The capital of Poland, like other cities in Europe, has extensive transport network. More than 1500 buses, 400 trams, 40 underground trains and 20 city trains runs daily connecting suburbs and the city centre. Read our short guide about public transportation in Warsaw.
TARRIFS AND SCHEDULES
Zarząd Transportu Miejskiego – ZTM (Board of Transportation in Warsaw) is a transport organiser responsible for functioning and using the public transport in Warsaw. It supervises all means of transportation within city limits and some lines outside the city.
Warsaw’s network is divided into 2 zones: 1 (city boundaries) and 2 (outside the city). Generally tourists travel in zone 1. Standard ticket costs 4,40 zloty. This ticket allows you to travel for 75 minutes from validation (transfers are possible) or till the end of the route in one vehicle. For short trip we recommend you buying 20-minute ticket which costs 3,40 zloty. If you stay longer in Warsaw you should buy one-day ticket which costs 15 zloty. At weekend we recommend buying weekend ticket, which entitles to unlimited number of journeys from 7PM on Friday till 8AM on Monday.
Where to buy tickets? The easiest way to buy a ticket are vending machines. They are usually located in popular stops and underground stations. Vending machines accept coins, bank notes and credit cards. Some part of buses and trams are also equipped with it. Another way to obtain tickets are newsagents, post offices or Passenger Service Centres.
Bus lines are divided into 5 categories: standard bus lines (100-299), seasonal lines (300-399, eg. peak-only line), fast lines (400-599), express lines (E-X), zone lines (700-899) and night lines (NXX). Tram lines have 2-digit number – from 1 to 79. Day lines run usually from 5AM till 11PM. After you hop on the bus or tram you have to validate your ticket in the yellow box. If you change the vehicle you don’t have to stamp a ticket again. In case your stop is a request stop you have to press to stop button ahead.
Warsaw’s underground network consists of 2 lines:
- M1: MŁOCINY – POLITECHNIKA
- M2: DWORZEC WILEŃSKI – RONDO DASZYŃSKIEGO
Interchange station between these 2 lines is Świętokrzyska. Metro trains run from 5AM till 0.10AM from Sunday to Thursday and till 3AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Average frequency during rush hours is 2 min 30 sec. and 7-9 mins in late evening.
For middle distances the best way is a train. There are 2 operators running on Warsaw’s tracks: Szybka Kolej Miejska (Fast Urban Railway) in red-white colour – lines S1, S2, S3 and S9. Trains connect Warsaw city centre and satellite towns. All city tickets are valid here. Remember to have proper ticket if you cross city boundaries.
Second operator covers region of Masovia. Koleje Mazowieckie (Masovian Railways) in blue-green-white colour operates lines KM1-KM9 and KML. To travel in these trains you have to possess at least one-day city ticket. Alternatively you may buy single ticket from cash offices or ticket machines.
Are you looking for itineraries or public transport map? Find out more on ZTM website.