安全嗎？「東歐」＝灰暗的城市？Is it safe to travel?
September 2018, I told myself to be brave and decided to visit Poland.
Is Poland safe? Does Warsaw city look very gloomy?
a solo-travel woman like me, can’t speak a word in polish, I landed in Warsaw and decided only to pay with plastic during my 1-week stay.
“The less you know, the more scared you will be. But gladly, the worst is usually in your imagination." I often say this to my friends with a mindful smile, as if I were a wise philosopher.
But I was so scared before my trip to Warsaw and I checked many websites to make sure it’s a safe city/ country. Always easier to say than doing it, isn’t it?
I thought Warsaw would look gloomy, dark and conservative because of it’s architecture style and color. But really, without even knowing how I get my old impression towards Poland, I landed in Warsaw in late evening.
All the worries disappeared upon landing, the airport is bright and clean, peace floating in the air. Good infrastructure and everything works.
(exchange rate on 2018/09/24)
1 USD = 3.65 PLN
1 EUR = 4.30 PLN
1 PLN = 8.40 PLN
Credit card works everywhere.
喬西這次待一週，沒有換錢，全部刷信用卡，visa/ master卡都可以。只有買交通票的機器要輸入pin code，其他地方都用簽名、或免簽。
During my 7-day stay, I didn’t exchange any local currency. I can use my visa and master cards everywhere. Only the metro/bus/train ticket machine requests to enter PIN code. The rest of the shops asks you to sign, sometimes no need to sign when use credit cards.
Airport to city? Follow the ‘train’ sign
->按「 90 minutes」(90分鐘內任轉乘鐵路、巴士、路面輕軌、地鐵)
單程機場往市區的票價 PLN 4.4。車上有網路。
Don’t worry, it’s not complicated at all, just follow the ‘train’ sign and it will lead you to airport train to city. Buy a ’90-min ticket’ for your ride at the red ticket machine, since the city is not so big, you should be able to reach your hotel if it’s in downtown.
It takes about 50 mins to central train station, with the same ticket, you can transfer to metro, bus, tram, just make sure it’s within 90 minutes.
90-min ticket to city: PLN 4.4/ each. Wifi available in the train.
If your brain is too tired to function, ask a local to help. Polish people are very friendly and helpful. You will be fine. 🙂
UBER 貴嗎？ costly?
Uber is an affordable option, too. I took uber to airport (daytime), 17km (about 25 mins) cost PLN 36.03.
Warsaw city in early morning, very photogenic.
市區日票day-pass zone 1是PLN 15
市區日票day-pass zone 1+2是PLN 26
單程票 20-min 任轉乘是PLN 3.4
Most tourist attractions are in zone 1 and can be reached by foot. If you are not sure if you need day-pass, I suggest you buy some single-ride 20-min tickets and use when needed.
物價可愛 (Very) affordable
Cost of living? (very) Affordable.
Comparing with central-western Europe, Nordic countries, and Manhattan,it’s a very affordable place to visit.
餐廳價格 Dine in restaurants
在市中心，燈光美、氣氛佳的餐廳，一餐大約PLN 30-50 (主食、湯、啤酒)，如果要吃牛排、海鮮，再加PLN 20-30。餐廳啤酒一杯約PLN 6.5-15，看餐廳的種類、地點和外國人多寡而定。
Yes, you can dine in restaurant everyday for at least 1 meal.
I was in Manhattan and New Jersey last week, so price in Warsaw seems very lovely now! A decent meal in downtown fancy restaurants costs approx. PLN 30-50, including main dish, a soup, a beer, add PLN 20-30 more if you have steak or seafood.
Beer costs PLN 6.5-15, depending on how fancy the restaurant is.
Local diner would be a budget choice, a meal costs about PLN 8-15.
超市一瓶水(1.5L) 約PLN 1.2-2，啤酒一瓶550mL約PLN 5-8，啤酒跟台灣差不多。
Water 1.5L is PLN 1.2-2; beer 550mL is PLN 5-8.
買太多？郵局寄包裹 Sending international package
PLN 8.5 紙箱＋封箱膠帶，郵局買。
PLN 98.0 一般海運，寄回台灣。
Why mention this? People, listen! If you like cosmetics and body care products, bring a empty suitcase with you! Yeah~!
I am usually blind to beauty products but somehow I ended up buying 6-7 kg…if your suitcase is already full before traveling, just like mine, then send a parcel back if you don’t want to pay up at airport check-in.
PLN 8.5 a box + duct tape, but at post office
PLN 98.0 sending 6.8kg package by sea to Asia
Wrap the entire box with duct tape, it might highly possibly break because it’s very thin.