Poland: things to know before you travel
This way you can save on travel and see a lot of interesting things on the way. Small Polish towns have neat houses with trimmed bushes, and storks nest right on lampposts.
We have collected the main things about sights, prices, road and parking in Poland. Read more in the full article.
What you’ll learn
What to see in Poland.
Gdańsk. The main attraction in Gdańsk is the city itself: red tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, and Gothic churches all around. The old city was destroyed during the war and then rebuilt, but the pastel-colored houses don’t look like new models.
Warsaw. If you can not decide what you prefer: the old Europe or modern cities, go to the capital of Poland. There are glass skyscrapers, and green parks, and buildings under the old times. The first thing tourists see in Warsaw is the Palace Square with the Royal Castle, the quiet Lazienki Park and Stare Mesto – the old city.
Krakow is the former capital of Poland, somewhat reminiscent of St. Petersburg. The main attraction is Wawel Castle. There is a good place to walk through the market square and the Jewish quarter. On the promenade – a free open-air cinema, Frisbee, dancing and rides.
There are caves at the top of one of the cliffs of the Tatras. The climb is equipped with chains that you can hold on to, but sometimes it’s more convenient to lean on trekking poles.
According to travelers on the forums, the most popular trekking route in the Tatras is the Eagle Path. But it requires good preparation
How to make a visa to Poland
Along with the basic package of documents for traveling by car, they ask to submit a driver’s license, vehicle registration certificate, green card – which is an international insurance policy for the car, and a route plan with dates and points of stops. The plan can be drawn up in the form of a table.
There are currency exchangers in shopping malls and on the streets of the city. Zloty is sold for both euros and rubles. There are many ATMs in cities that may charge a fee. The percentage depends on the bank.
Everywhere accept cards, papass, too, is almost everywhere. Cashless is hard to pay only away from big cities, for example in a village in the Tatras.
How to get to Poland via Belarus
It takes an average of 16 to 24 hours to get from Moscow to Poland, depending on the number of stops and queues at the border. It is 1100 km to the border. On the way one can have a night in the Polish city of Lublin 100 km far from the border.
There are 6 customs points at the border between Poland and Belarus. The closest to Lublin are Brest and Domachevo. In Brest there are long lines, but you can book a place in them for 25 Belarusian rubles (760 P ). Time is booked 90 days in advance or no later than 3 hours of arrival at the border.
It takes 2-3 hours to cross the border. Faster travel is usually possible only in the off-season: autumn or early spring. After entering Poland, the road becomes twice as narrow, and deer, foxes and hares can come out of the woods on the side of the road.
️ Roads in Poland
From Domaczewo to Warsaw is 200 km, to the Tatras 440 km. If you’re going to the mountains, it’s convenient to go through Lublin and Krakow. From Lublin to Krakow is 283 km. The offline Maps.me application leads through Polish villages and serpentines to the ferry across the Vistula River. This road is 54 km shorter than the route directly on the S7 highway. But according to the time it takes two hours longer to cross the ferry because of the winding roads. On the way you can see a lot of beautiful landscapes with rape fields.
The ferry across the Vistula goes near the town of Zawihost once every 30 minutes. It costs 12 zł (204 P ) to carry a car and all passengers. Tickets for the ferry are sold to its captain. The crossing takes 10 minutes.
There are a lot of accidents on the Zakopane-Krakow route, so you could be stuck in a traffic jam for hours.
A liter of gasoline costs 45 R on average in Russia, 43 R in Belarus and 77 R in Poland. It’s better to fill up your tank full before the border.
Lodging in Poland is not expensive: hostel costs 500 R, hotel in the mountains 1200 R per night. For example, a night in Królewska Hostel in Lublin costs 26,5 zł (451 P ) per person. Four nights in a guesthouse in the Tatras costs on average 250 zł (4254 P ). For 8 zł (136 P ) they serve breakfast: cheeses, porridge, yogurts, sandwiches and toast.
How to pay In large cities, such as Krakow, you pay for parking at parking meters. They accept 1, 2 and 5 zloty coins and do not give change. The old parking meters don’t accept cards, but the new ones even have paypasses. Check whether you can pay by bank transfer and learn how to pay for parking on the Krakow city infrastructure website. In small localities like Zakopane you can meet parking attendants. They ask when you plan to come back for your car, take the money and give you a receipt.
Average cost for lunch or dinner per person
What to bring from Poland
Gingerbread. Of the sweets in Poland are popular gingerbread “katarzynki”. Mostly they are made for Christmas according to the traditional recipe, but sometimes you can find them at Bidronka. They really taste spicy – you can bring them as a souvenir.
If something happens.
Russian Embassy in Warsaw: Belwederska 25C, 00-761.
Phone: +48 22 122-10-12.
If there is an emergency or accident, call: +48 601 258-664.
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