Episode #125 of the Stack Overflow podcast is here. We talk Tilde Club and mechanical keyboards. Listen now

Hot answers tagged

33

I travelled the opposite direction by train (fast train) recently and while I did spend part of the journey sleeping, I can say that I don't recall seeing anything spectacular outside the windows while I was awake. It's flat land and a you will see rural landscapes plus the odd look in someone's backyard every once in a while. Personally I would make my ...


22

Traveled this route both by bus and by train, no big difference for me. Consider required level of comfort and the time/money you're ready to spend. Mostly you'll see flat land, villages. If you're interested in local people life then bus is preferable: you'll cross many villages and towns.


21

Things to consider: data roaming is very expensive you're charged for incoming calls in roaming you're charged local cost + roaming surcharge for outgoing If you have a sim-free second phone, your best option is to buy local sim. Pay-as-you-go (called pre-paid here) are very popular and inexpensive in Poland. You can get them as low as 5PLN ($1.60 CAD)....


18

I'm Polish and that route is not scenic. But train ride should be faster. If its direct connection than it should take 2.5-3h. Which train ride exactly you were looking at? Koleje Mazowieckie? If you would take a bus - then probably you should take Polski Bus which was mentioned here. It's kinda nice - it has WiFi and usually they'll give you small ...


14

There is no direct train from Warsaw to Riga or Tallinn. It is possible to do the journey by train, but it's cumbersome. It takes two days and you would be traveling on local trains, mainly soviet-style Elektrichkas. You have to travel from Warsaw to Vilnius and then from Vilnius to Riga, and finally from Riga to Tallinn. Note that this route does not ...


12

I have taken polski bus from Krakow to Warsaw. It was somewhere between 5 to 6 hours. I took that bus early in the morning and I think just in the beginning there were some scenic areas. After that mostly it was just plain fields nothing exciting but you will be passing few villages on your way to Warsaw. I was coming to Krakow from zakopane which is I ...


12

I am from Poland and i use to travel on this route. The best way to go from Krakow to Warsaw will be a high speed train called Express Intercity Premium. It goes up to 200 km/h (125 mph) - bus goes up to only 100 km/h (62.5 mph). Travelling between both cities by theese high speed trains will take only 2:15 h. You can exit the train on stations: Warszawa ...


12

Polish train carriages use a mix of open and compartment-style rolling stock. Generally, the open carriages have both overhead shelves and also shelves at the end of the carriages where you can put large items. The compartments have only overhead shelves, but these should be big enough for your case. In my experience, if you are seen to be struggling getting ...


9

As a citizen of Warsaw, I never carry cash around (and most young people don't), since card payments are accepted almost everywhere (as long as you use Visa or Mastercard), even in small stores, especially in the central parts of Warsaw (which is what you're most likely going to see as a tourist). I regularly visit restaurants, and not being able to pay by ...


9

I have two close Polish friends, who are homosexual. They live together for many years now, in a small-ish city. (Far smaller than Warsaw or Cracow) Form what they told me, the biggest problem with their orientation was some old ladies telling them about the "hell which await them for they are sinning". Now, the question "should you be careful" is ...


8

You can use a special "Modlin Bus" - http://www.modlinbus.com/ which has a bus stop in front of the airport terminal and goes directly to the centre of Warsaw. It might be the best option for you, because you don't need to change from bus to train like in case of "Koleje Mazowieckie". You can also use trains provided by "Koleje Mazowieckie" railways. To get ...


8

I am not sure about the skyscrapers, but it is definitely possible to access the viewing area on the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science, which is right in the centre of the city.


8

So I did pay a visit to the museum and while I did not carry along any (heavy) luggage I can answer all of the questions: can I visit the museum with a (medium/large 55l) backpack? I saw two guys with medium sized backpacks (ca. 30l) being asked by the guards to store them. My slightly smaller shoulder pack (ca. 20l) was fine however. The museum ...


7

On the way from Berlin to Warszawa, you can safely simply miss Warszawa Zachodnia and in the very unlikely event there will be ticket control between Zachodnia and Centralna you can act surprised and worried that Zachodnia already passed, and I don't think anyone is going to give you a fine. I don't guarantee it, but I'd do it this way without worrying to ...


7

From my experience, non fast-food restaurants generally accept credit cards. As for musea, it depends, so bring always some cash with you, to make sure. Some smaller shops require[d] some minimal sum (not sure if it's legal now), but it was so tiny (about 10 PLN) that you're unlikely to met that sum in a restaurant. If the credit cards are accepted, those ...


6

There is a train station within walking distance of the terminal, if you're going to take the train into the city, but last time I was there it was not easy to find: the signage was not very clear, basically. If you start walking along the airport access road you've gone too far. Other than this I think it is very simple and easy. WAW is a good airport.


6

The Man in Seat 61 says that there is both an unmanned 24-hour locker service, as well as a manned left-luggage service at Warsaw Central station. Quoting from the Man himself: Warsaw:  Warsaw Centralna has luggage lockers in the passageway at the top of the steps to the platforms, around 9 zlotys (£2) per locker per 24 hours.  There's a staffed left ...


6

Traditionally, Praga is considered the most dangerous districts. There are many dramatical stories, like that one that an estate agent have told me, after going there to see an appartment, he had to pay ransom to leave the staircase. But it don't apply to the whole Praga, only to a few streets. As for general statistics, see here: http://dobraulica.pl/2013/...


6

I know this is a late response but in case it helps anyone in the future: Myself and my girlfriend have travelled over most of Europe and did not have a problem in Poland. We got a few stares and eye-rolls (as in most places) when we are holding hands but nothing hostile or violent. (We actually get more in the North of England than we have ever gotten ...


5

The trains do run from Tallinn and Riga to Warsaw same as the other way around. The easiest way to find them would be actually via Polish Rail site and schedule, which will allow you to search destinations in either direction and will provide you the changes needed to complete your journey. Strangely enough (or may be not) the number of changes is actually ...


5

You have three things to consider: The possibility and expenses of roaming (using your home cell contract abroad). The possibility and inconveniences of using a local SIM in your home phone The costs of buying a new phone. When you go abroad, the easiest, but the most expensive is to simply use your home phone there. This requires you to have roaming ...


5

If you want to get from Wrocław to Warsaw quickly, the fastest (3h40) option is the EIP (Express Intercity Premium) train. It costs ~14EUR if you book ~2-3 weeks in advance, see http://intercity.pl for journey planner and tickets. If you're buying on the day of the journey, the price rises to ~35EUR, but you should still be able to get a seat. Slower trains (...


5

I think there's no 100% general answer, but card payments are so popular in Poland that I find it hard to imagine that any bigger museum in Warsaw wouldn't accept it. The same goes for restaurants. Regarding any minimum amount, it may happen, but it's more often the case in really small shops, and then this amount is really small (like 10-20 PLN) and you ...


4

Frankfurt Airport operates a Fast Lane to allow connections under 30min: http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/content/frankfurt_airport/en/services/container_services/fast_lanes.html Fast Lanes What not everyone knows: when passengers are hurrying to catch a connecting flight at Frankfurt Airport they can take a shortcut to get to their gates faster....


4

It depends from where exactly in the centre and how much the given taxi charges per kilometre. To give you some background: all the taxis have a table with rates on their side window. Normal daytime rates vary between PLN 1.4 - 2.4 per kilometre, and there is some set multiplier for night rates (the same for all the taxis). Hotel taxis and taxis not in one ...


4

If your flight arrives in Sheremetievo (BT426), then you may use the H1 (it's russian N letter) night bus. It goes right through the city center, and at night there will be no traffic jams. Judging by the timetable, the first bus leaves the airport at 03:00, which should give you the time to pass the customs, then every half hour.


4

The train route from Krakow to Warsaw goes along previous cargo train route to be fast. This is the reason it is not scenic nor interesting in any way. Travelling by bus may be much more interesting and cheaper - but it takes nearly 2 times longer.


4

There are reports of much of what you describe as being a scam. FromWorld Nomads: But not even A grade uniform recognition skills will help you with one con; thieves claiming to be plain-clothed policemen come to assist you. The "policemen" then ask to see your ID and credit cards and to be given PIN numbers. The fake police officer will then look ...


4

By PolskiBus bus it takes 9:30 hours and costs 15-26 EUR (62-109 PLN), depending if you buy in advance. It leaves ~3 times a day, isn't very comfortable. Direct Euro InterCity train takes around 5 hours and costs around 54 EUR (230 PLN) for second class, around twice as much as the bus. If you buy in advance it can be cheaper, even 39 EUR as Martin ...


4

Yes, according to iFly Terminal map it's located on departures level. And in this official Facebook post (may be outdated though), the price is mentioned to be 50 PLN (around 12 EUR).


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible