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The "Member state of first entry" will be Austria because that's where you will pass through immigration.


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I am surprised nobody mentions VOIP. With VOIP you technically have a fixed line number that works over an internet connection. There are various apps for both iOS and Android. I personally like Zoiper. My current provider offers polish numbers which will work over a Canadian internet connection. So your friends and relatives can simply call you in Canada ...


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As I see it, you have three options. Option 1: Skype I like this option because all you need is a credit card and internet connection. You can make calls from your computer or a smartphone with the Skype app. Option 2: Calling card Two calling cards off the top of my head: CiCi and Vox. Note that to use this option, you will need a land line or ...


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Skype out can be used to to call land lines or mobile phones pretty reasonably from computers and some other devices capable of running Skype. It's a couple cents a minute to Poland, IIRC, so basically almost free.


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Yes best bet is to get a local number plus a calling card. Usually at hotels, local calls are free which takes care of the first part. If you must use a cell phone, than any prepaid number will do. It costs under $10 for the SIM and you can load in increments of $10 with most plans. We do not have many providers and you have to do the work to find out ...


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Many ATMs in Poland by default offer to exchange PLN into the main currency of your debit/credit card. Almost always the exchange rate they offer is pretty bad, but there is always an option not to use it - i.e. the ATM will charge PLN to your card issuer, who will use their exchange rate (and usually a fee on top of that) to debit your account. In my case ...


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You may not find all the routes but busbud.com has departures from Poland and allows you to check busses and book them online. Hope it helps


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This might not include private bus operators, but is worth a try: http://en.e-podroznik.pl/


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Polish mountain shelters are operated by PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society). They have site with list of their shelters in Tarta mountains. By clicking More you get detailed description, contact and price information.


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Define "reasonable". The distance isn't a problem, road conditions shouldn't be either (but don't expect US style superhighways) except some parts maybe in winter (snow and icing). There might be rental agencies disallowing entry into Poland in their vehicles (crime statistics...) but you'd have to check that with your chosen rental agency and I seriously ...


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Passenger transport between the Kraków bus station and the John Paul II Airport in Balice runs via a dedicated railway line on the route Balice Airport - Main Station (departures approximately every half-hour, travel time 15 min) or by bus line no. 292 (travel time approx. 40 min) http://www.mda.malopolska.pl/en.port_lotniczy_balice.html This ...



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