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This page explains how to travel by train from Warsaw to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually direct from the relevant operator with print-your-own tickets.

Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, "Must I book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

European train travel FAQ...

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

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Warsaw to London & the UK...

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Warsaw to Paris & France from €75...

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 Wednesday...

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Warsaw to Brussels & Belgium from €69.80...

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...

Option 4, by sleeper to Prague then day trains to Brussels - the cheapest option!

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Warsaw to Amsterdam from €69.80...

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.

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Warsaw to Luxembourg from €80...

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Warsaw to Zurich & Switzerland...

Option 1, by day train in a single day...

Option 2, by day train to Vienna then sleeper to Switzerland - more time-effective with an afternoon in Vienna...

    Double-deck sleeping-car on Vienna-Zurich Nigtjet at Zurich

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families...

 

2-berth standard sleeper with washbasin.

 

Double-deck sleeping-car on the Vienna-Zurich Nightjet, at Zurich. Courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

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, ΦBB'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 Zόrichsee, then along the Walensee...

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Warsaw to Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome & Italy

Option 1, 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 Nightjets.

   

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 2, by sleeper trains with day in between exploring Vienna...

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

Option 4, by sleeper to Vienna then scenic daytime train to Venice.

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Warsaw to Barcelona & Spain from €124...

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...

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Warsaw to Lisbon & Portugal...

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

Option 1, Warsaw to Copenhagen in a single day from €79...  Onwards to Gothenburg, Stockholm or Oslo next day.

Option 2, Warsaw to Copenhagen from €79 with overnight stop in Berlin...

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

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   Inside a Danish IC3 train...

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station.  IC3s now work all the Hamburg-Copenhagen trains.

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More information about X2000 trains

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Warsaw to Berlin from €29.90...
Berlin to Warsaw train at Berlin

A Berlin-Warsaw EuroCity train at Berlin Hbf...

1st class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train.   2nd class open plan seating on the Berlin to Warsaw train

1st class compartment car...

 

2nd class open-plan car.  Some seats are in compartments.

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Warsaw to Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Nuremberg...

Option 1, by daytime trains via Berlin... 

Option 2, by daytime trains via Prague - cheaper, but takes a bit longer... 

Option 3, using the Warsaw-Prague sleeper train - the time-effective option... 

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used to Prague.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

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

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

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Warsaw to Cologne, Dusseldorf & other destinations in Germany from €39.90...

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

Option 1, by sleeper train to Vienna...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used to Vienna.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a double, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, by daytime trains...

Morning EuroCity train from Vienna to Warsaw

The morning EuroCity train from Vienna to Warsaw, at Vienna Hbf.  The green stripe above the windows indicates 2nd class.  Yellow indicates first class.  Red indicates the restaurant car.  Courtesy of Jennifer Delaney.

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Warsaw to Prague...

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

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used to Prague.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a double, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, by daytime EuroCity train - the chill-out option...

EuroCity train boarding in Prague

The Praha & Porta Moravica use comfortable Czech Railways air-conditioned carriages & restaurant car like this...

Prague to Budapest EuroCity traiin   2nd class open seating on Prague-Budapest EuroCity traiin

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Warsaw to Bratislava...

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

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a double, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, by daytime EuroCity train...

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Warsaw to Budapest...

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

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used to Budapest.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

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

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, by daytime EuroCity train...

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Warsaw to Brasov & Bucharest...

Option 1, by sleeper trains...

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

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Warsaw to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

Option 1, via Vienna...

Option 2, via Budapest...

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Warsaw to Belgrade, Sofia & Montenegro...

Option 1, by sleeper then day train...

Option 2, by day train then sleeper ...

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Warsaw to Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn...
Warsaw to Vilnius by train, not bus

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Warsaw to Kiev from €57...

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

The Prague to Kiev train

A Ukrainian sleeping-car of the sort used on the Kiev Express...

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.

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Krakow - if you prefer day trains to sleepers...

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Warsaw to Lviv from €36...

Option 1, by direct sleeping-car - the easy time-effective option.

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

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Warsaw to Minsk...

Option 1, by daily daytime connecting trans...

Option 2, by sleeper train 3 times a week...

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Warsaw to Moscow...

Option 1, by direct train...

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

Option 2, via Kiev, avoiding Belarus and the need for a Belarus transit visa...

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Warsaw to Athens & Greece...

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Warsaw to Istanbul...

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Hotels in Warsaw & other cities

    

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

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www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Suggested hotels in Warsaw:  Polonia Palace Hotel & Hotel Bristol

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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