Warsaw Centralna station, for trains to Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Moscow, Kiev

The imposing Warsaw Centralna station.

Suggested hotels in Warsaw

This page explains how to travel by train from Warsaw to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets.

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       Train information is current for 2017.

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Warsaw to Krakow & other destinations within Poland...

EIP trains:  Warsaw to Krakow in 2h18 at up to 200 km/h, 125 mph... 

Introduced in December 2014, these are the very best trains on the Polish network are modern bullet-nosed pendolinos like this.  They operate on the Krakow-Warsaw-Gdynia route at up to 125mph, with faster operation planned in the future.  Reservation is compulsory and they have a bar-bistro car - for more photos see www.vagonweb.cz/fotogalerie/PL/PKP_ED250.php.  Above right, 2nd class seats.  Buy tickets at www.intercity.pl.

A Warsaw to Krakow InterCity train at warsaw Centralna   2nd class seats on a PKP InterCity EIP train

Polish Railways EIP train...  Photos courtesy of www.vagonweb.cz

 

2nd class seats...

   

EIP train...

 

Bar car...

 

1st class...

EIC & IC trains...

EIC & IC trains are the next ranks down, with modern air-conditioned carriages and usually a bistro-bar.  Below right, a first class compartment.  Some seats are open-plan, some in compartments like this.  Below EIC & IC, the next rank is TLK which are slower and use older non-air-conditioned cars.

A Warsaw to Krakow InterCity train at warsaw Centralna   A 6-seat compartment on a Warsaw to Krakow train

Warsaw to London & the UK...

Warsaw to Paris & France from €68...

Option 1, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin...

Option 3, by direct top-quality Russian sleeper train.  Runs every Thursday all year round...


Warsaw to Brussels & Belgium from €78...

Option 1, by daytime trains in a single day...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne...


Warsaw to Amsterdam from €68...

Option 1, by daytime trains in a single day...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin...

Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   Inside the Amsterdam to Berlin bistro car

InterCity train from Berlin to Amsterdam...

 

The bistro car on an InterCity train.


Warsaw to Luxembourg from €80...

Warsaw to Zurich & Switzerland...

Option 2, by day train to Vienna then sleeper to Switzerland - the most time-effective option...

   

The Vienna-Zurich train has double-deck sleeping-cars.

 

2-berth sleeper.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Vienna - the scenic option...

The morning RailJet from Munich has arrived in Budapest.   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

Step 2. Vienna-Zurich by Railjet, ÖBB's (Austrian Railways) premier trains...  More photos, video & information about Railjets.

 

Economy class on RailJet, in open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Bistro-restaurant car...

The mountains of Austria...

Taking the train through the Arlberg pass...   Lunch is served at your seat in first & business classes

In the Arlberg pass itself, the railway hugs the valley side, past fir forests and meadows...

 

In Railjet first & business class, the stewardess takes your order & serves lunch at your seat...

The lakes between Zurich and the Austrian border

The Railjet clips a corner of Lichtenstein, passing non-stop through the little station of Schaan-Lichtenstein.  Once in Switzerland, the Railjet runs alongside the Zürichsee, then along the Walensee...


Warsaw to Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome & Italy

Option 1, by sleeper trains with day in between exploring Vienna...

Option 2, by day train to Vienna then sleeper to Venice, Milan, Florence or Rome...

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Innsbruck to Hamburg.  More information about Nightjet trains...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families...

Option 3, by day trains with overnight stop in Vienna...


Warsaw to Barcelona & Spain from €133...

By daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne...

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  Seen from the train and one of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline all the way from Girona to Perpignan...


Warsaw to Lisbon & Portugal...

Warsaw to Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Oslo...

Option 1, Warsaw to Copenhagen in a single day from €68...  Onwards to Gothenburg, Stockholm or Oslo next day.

Option 2, Warsaw to Copenhagen from €68 with overnight stop in Berlin...

Option 3:  By comfortable daytime trains with an overnight stop in Hamburg...


Warsaw to Berlin from €29...
The Berlin-Warsaw Express train   2nd class seating compartment on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

The Berlin-Warszawa Express has modern air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class coaches, most with compartments and side corridor like this, others with open-plan seating.

Bistro car on the Berlin-Warszawa Express train   Sausage soup on the Berlin-Warszawa Express   A main course schnitzel in the bistro-restaurant on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

Warsaw to Cologne, Dusseldorf & other destinations in Germany from €39...

Warsaw to Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Bratislava...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train...

The Jan Kiepura EuroNight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

The Warsaw-Vienna & Warsaw-Budapest trains each have one modern air-conditioned sleeping-car with standard & deluxe compartments like the ones on the Warsaw-Cologne Jan Kiepura See more photos.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, by daytime trains...


Warsaw to Prague...

Option 1, by overnight sleeper train - the time-effective option...

A Polish sleeping-car as used the Warsaw to Budapest & Warsaw to Prgaue trains   A newly-refurbished sleeper compartment as used on the Warsaw to Budapest & Warsaw to Prague trains

The Warsaw to Budapest sleeper train has a smartly-refurbish Polish sleeping-car like this, with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin...

 

A cosy 2-bed sleeper with washbasin...

Option 2, by daytime EuroCity train...


Warsaw to Bratislava...

Option 1, by overnight sleeper train - the time-effective option...

  • A safe and comfortable direct sleeper train leaves Warsaw Centralna around 21:30 and arrives Bratislava Hlavna around 05:36.

  • The train has a comfortable Polish sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin, and economical 4 & 6 bunk couchettes.

  • It cannot be booked online, at least not when the journey starts in Poland.  Buy in person when you get to Warsaw or pre-book through reliable train booking agency www.polrail.com - their booking system is at http://booking.polrail.com.

  • If you're interested, you can check the train formation at www.vagonweb.cz.  Click the UK flag then 'composition' then look under 'Poland' and 'TLK' - the train is called the Chopin which leaves Warsaw cars for Vienna, Prague & Budapest.

A Polish sleeping-car as used the Warsaw to Budapest & Warsaw to Prgaue trains   A newly-refurbished sleeper compartment as used on the Warsaw to Budapest & Warsaw to Prague trains

The Warsaw to Budapest sleeper train has a smartly-refurbish Polish sleeping-car like this, with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin...

 

A cosy 2-bed sleeper with washbasin...

Option 2, by daytime EuroCity train...

  • A comfortable air-conditioned EuroCity train with restaurant car leaves Warsaw Centralna as 09:43 and arrives Bratislava Hlavna around 16:50. 

  • There are also 06:43 and 12:43 departures by Warsaw-Vienna EuroCity train, changing at Breclav for Bratislava.

  • Take a good book, enjoy inexpensive waiter-served meals in the restaurant car, and chill out.

  • Polish Railways don't offer online booking of international trains so check times and prices and buy through reliable Polish train booking agency Polrail www.polrail.com - their booking system is at http://booking.polrail.com.


Warsaw to Budapest...

Option 1, by overnight sleeper train - the time-effective option...

The Jan Kiepura EuroNight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

The Warsaw-Budapest & Warsaw-Vienna night trains each have one modern air-conditioned sleeping-car with standard & deluxe compartments like the ones on the Warsaw-Cologne Jan Kiepura See more photos.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, by daytime EuroCity train...


Warsaw to Brasov & Bucharest...

Option 1, by sleeper trains...

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stops...


Warsaw to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

Option 1, via Vienna...

Option 2, via Budapest...


Warsaw to Belgrade, Sofia & Montenegro...

Option 1, by sleeper then day train...

Option 2, by day train then sleeper ...


Warsaw to Vilnius...
Warsaw to Vilnius by train, not bus

Warsaw to Kiev...
The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

Boarding the Kiev Express in Warsaw...

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.


Warsaw to Lviv...

Warsaw to Moscow...

The Polonez train from Warsaw to Moscow uses Russian air-conditioned sleeping-cars, pictured below, with compartments which can be used as 1st class 2-berth or 2nd class 4-berth (shown below right), with a shower & toilets at the end of the corridor.  See panorama photo inside one of the new Russian sleepers.

A modern Russian sleeping-car of the sort used on the Polonez   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Warsaw to Athens & Greece...

Warsaw to Istanbul...

Find hotels in Warsaw & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Suggested hotels in Warsaw:  Polonia Palace Hotel & Hotel Bristol

Other hotel sites worth trying...

  • www.tripadvisor.com is the place to find independent travellers' reviews of all the main hotels.

  • www.booking.com is my own preferred hotel booking system (Hotels Combined being a search/comparison system).  It has a simple interface, a good selection in most countries worldwide, useful online customer reviews of each hotel, and decent prices, usually shown inclusive of unavoidable extras such as taxes (a pet hate of mine is systems that show one price, then charge you another!).

Backpacker hostels...

  • www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in most cities at rock-bottom prices.


 


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