Practical information for traveling to Poland
Located in Europe, and part of the Schengen Area, Poland shares borders with a number of countries, including Slovakia, Germany and Belarus. Its capital city is Warsaw, while other major cities in Poland include Kraków, Gdańsk and Wrocław. The currency used in Poland is the Polish złoty. There are a number of international airports in Poland, including Warsaw Chopin Airport, John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice and Katowice International Airport. Poland is located in the Central European Time Zone.
What airlines fly to Poland?
A large number of airlines operate flights to Poland, with a range of low-cost and regular airlines to choose from. Aeroflot, LOT Polish Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Lufthansa and United Airlines operate non-stop and connecting flights to airports in Poland such as Warsaw Chopin Airport and John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice from US airports including John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
When is the best time to buy tickets to Poland?
Poland sees the highest number of visitors during the summer months, when warmer temperatures allow for open-air dining, festivals and outdoor activities. As a result, during the summer months of June through August, hotel prices rise and crowds are more likely. Winter can be very cold in Poland, however cities such as Warsaw and Kraków play host to traditional Christmas markets, making December a beautiful time to visit Poland. During spring and fall, fewer visitors mean cheaper prices – and great deals to be had on airfares to Poland. Book flights to Poland in advance to enjoy the best travel deals.
How long is the flight to Poland?
The flight time from the US to Poland varies depending on the departure airport and whether the flight chosen is non-stop or connecting. From New York airports such as Newark Liberty International Airport, the non-stop flight time is 8h 15m. From Miami International Airport, the flight time can be as short as 12h 15m, or as long as 19h 35m. From west coast airports such as San Francisco International Airport, the flight time can be as long as 14h 20m on a connecting flight to Warsaw Chopin Airport.
What is there to see and do in Poland?
From cities steeped in history to beautiful hiking trails and outdoor activities, Poland has plenty for visitors to enjoy. Its capital city of Warsaw has gone through some troubled times: the city was badly damaged during World War II, and saw a number of Soviet-era buildings appear under Communist rule. Today, it is a vibrant city filled with great things to see and do. The Old Town is a must, and plays host to the Royal Castle and the colourful Rynek Starego Miasta. Meanwhile, outdoor enthusiasts in Poland can visit destinations such as the Białowieża Forest, and the Słowiński National Park. Kraków is another city in Poland to put on the bucket list. The city is known for its old-world charm, Kraków's Jewish Quarter and medieval architecture. The Main Square is home to the stunning Cloth Hall and St Mary's Basilica. Don't miss a trip to the Old Synagogue, Wawel Cathedral and the Kraków Barbican. Nearby, the Auschwitz Concentration Camp stands as a reminder of the Holocaust, with a museum and memorial on the site of the former camp.