EXCURSIONS & DAY TRIPS
Malbork Castle tour from Gdańsk
Enjoy a guided tour of the world's largest castle. See the castle's many permanent and temporary exhibitions holding 40 thousand items and visit St. Mary's Church.
Self-guided tour with interactive city game of Kraków
Explore the city of Kraków in a unique and affordable way.
Vodka and food tasting tour in Warsaw
Taste your way through some of Poland's best vodka and local delicacies.
ATTRACTIONS & GUIDED TOURS
Wieliczka Salt Mine tour
Step into the underground and enter the world of the Wieliczka Salt Mine – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
TICKETS & EVENTS
Chopin concert in Kraków
Experience the masterpieces of Chopin in a unique setting and enjoy a complementary glass of wine.
Polish złoty PLN
Type C & E
2 hours 20 minutes
Culture and etiquette
The majority of Polish people identify as Roman Catholic, with over a quarter attending mass every week.
No one's going to force you to tip in Poland, but around 10% to 15% is very much appreciated for good service.
Smoking is banned in enclosed public spaces, including shops and public transport. However, smoking is allowed in cafes, bars, clubs, restaurants and other public places as long as it's in a separate, well-ventilated room. So smoking rooms are quite common.
The official language of Poland is, believe it or not, Polish. English is pretty widely spoken in the country so you shouldn't have too much trouble speaking to locals, but it might be worth learning a few handy phrases to help you along the way. Locals will appreciate it too.
Be warned – there are 32 letters in the Polish alphabet compared to the 23 in English. Don't worry, we'll help out with pronunciations...
Hello – Cześć (cheshch)
Excuse me – Przepraszam (psheh-prah-shahm)
Yes – Tak (tak)
No – Nei (nyeh)
Please – Proszę (proh-sheh)
Thank you – Dziękuję (dyen-koo-yeh)
Do you speak English? – Czy mówisz po angielsku? (tu moh-viez poh an-gel-skoh)
How much? – Ile? (eel-eh)
Where is? – Gdzie jest? (gd-yest)
- One – Jeden (yeden)
- Two – Dwa (d-vah)
- Three – Trzy (t-seh)
- Four – Cztery (ts-ta-reh)
- Five – Pięć (pee-ench)
- Six – Sze?? (seh-shch)
- Seven – Siedem (sheh-dem)
- Eight – Osiem (oshem)
- Nine – Dziewięć (jeh-vee-ench)
- Ten – Dziesięć (jeh-sench)
Goodbye – Do widzenia (doh vid-zenyah)
Jabs, visas and other advice
For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website.
For fire call 998, police call 997 and call 999 if you need an ambulance.
Poland Airport Transfers
Book your Poland Airport transfers, with prices starting from under £5 and free cancellations up to 3 days before travel.
Poland Car Hire
Book your Poland car hire, with free cancellations.
Poland Ultimate Experiences
From grand castles to salt mines! Make the most of your trip and book the top Poland experiences for you and your family before you fly.
Travel Insurance for Poland
Whatever you're doing in Poland, you'll want a reliable travel insurance policy for your trip.
What's the weather like in Poland?
Poland has four distinct seasons not too dissimilar to the UK. Think mild weather and blossoming flowers in spring, fairly hot summers, then a crisp and sunny autumn followed by cold winters.
The mountains get a lovely blanket of snow in the winter that's perfect for skiing. Head there between December and April for all things winter sports, or to laze on the beach (yes, beach holidays to Poland are a thing) head up to the Polish Riviera in summer – Sopot, Gydnia and Gdańsk will do the trick.
Getting to Poland
It takes about two and a half hours to fly from London to Kraków, and you'll get to both Warsaw and Gdańsk even quicker. Perfect for a city break if you ask us.
If you wanted to cut down your air miles, you can also get there by train. Just catch the Eurostar from London to either Berlin or Brussels, stop off for a bratwurst or a Flemish stew, then when you're ready head on over to Kraków, Warsaw or wherever else takes your fancy.
Getting around Poland
One way to get around is by hiring a car, which you can pick up at the airport. Conditions can be tricky though, especially in the countryside, so try to avoid driving at night and stick to major roads if you can.
Or, trains connect most major cities and are pretty reliable. Consider getting an InterRail or Eurail pass if you plan on travelling around a bit.
Sticking to the city? Major ones are well served by buses, trams and metros so you shouldn't have much trouble getting from A to B. Taxis are available too, just make sure to avoid unlicensed 'pirate' taxis.Top
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Where to stay in Poland
Kraków is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so yes the medieval architecture is as stunning as you'd expect. The historic Old Town, Wawel Castle, and the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz) are must-visit attractions. Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, a sobering but important historical site, is nearby too if you wanted to pay your respects and learn more about this terrible part of history.
The Polish capital is a mix of old and new, with a reconstructed Old Town, Royal Castle, and modern skyscrapers. The Warsaw Rising Museum and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews are worth a visit for their historical significance.
Picturesque Wrocław is known for its colourful Market Square, beautiful bridges, and charming Old Town. Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski) and Centennial Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are popular attractions.
A port city on the Baltic Sea, Gdańsk is rich with maritime history. The Old Town, Long Market, and the historic shipyard are major highlights. You can also visit the nearby resort town of Sopot and the medieval Malbork Castle.Top