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IKEA in Warsaw


new-expat  
28 May 2009 /  #1
Hi,

I was told that there's an IKEA near Warsaw and that it's easy to go by metro then bus.

Can you please give me more information guys ?

Anyone having a car and planning to go in the next days / week-ends (so I could join :)) ?

Thanks !!!
krysia 23 | 3,057  
28 May 2009 /  #2
There are 3 IKEAS in Warsaw

Ikea Targówek‎
Malborska 51, 03-286 Warszawa, Poland‎ - 22 334 44 00‎

Inter Ikea Centre Polska SA‎
Malborska 51, 03-286 Warszawa, Poland‎ - 22 711 22 49‎

"IKEA Retail" Sp. z oo‎
Malborska 41, 03-286 Warszawa, Poland‎ - 22 711 23 01‎
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098  
28 May 2009 /  #3
Can you please give me more information guys ?

Use google Luke ;)

IKEA Janki
buses: 706 and IKEA bus (for free)

IKEA Targówek
buses: 112, 126, 140, 190, 390, 718, 805
OP new-expat  
28 May 2009 /  #4
Thanks anyway. I guess bus 706 can be take in the city center ? I'm sorry but somehow I cannot read the information on IKEA pl website :(
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098  
28 May 2009 /  #5
I guess bus 706 can be take in the city center ?

no, 706 route is OKĘCIE <---> JANKI
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595  
28 May 2009 /  #6
You can for example take a bus from downtown to OKĘCIE, and then bus 706 to PL. SZWEDZKI. Or you can take the free IKEA-bus from OKĘCIE.
BevK 11 | 248  
28 May 2009 /  #7
Thanks for the map!
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098  
28 May 2009 /  #8
OKĘCIE, and then bus 706 to PL. SZWEDZKI

ztm.waw.pl/mapa/mapa_7.htm
BevK 11 | 248  
28 May 2009 /  #9
I do find it a bit weird that the bus is free since I have a monthly travelcard - I know people who lived here for years spending 9zl a day on travel ... crazy!
jonni 16 | 2,485  
1 Jun 2009 /  #10
I have a monthly travelcard

Exactly. Did you know that they're changing the travelcards to one with a photo in. On the one hand it saves having to write the serial number of some photo id on, but on the other hand, they need a PESEL. Discriminatory to foreign residents without a PESEL? Maybe. Irritating? Yes.

By the way, for the original poster, of the two big IKEAs (I think the third one's closed, unless they relocated it somewhere) the one at Targówek (Marki) is less crowded than the one at Janki, and the journey's a little easier.
esek 2 | 228  
1 Jun 2009 /  #11
On the one hand it saves having to write the serial number of some photo id on, but on the other hand, they need a PESEL.

if there is no way to get this new travel card by foreign people then this is just an omission and this is high time to tell ZTM about it and if it won't help then you should contact with local press - i would recommend tvn warszawa
sadieann 2 | 205  
1 Jun 2009 /  #12
Is IKEA popular in Poland?
BevK 11 | 248  
1 Jun 2009 /  #13
Discriminatory to foreign residents without a PESEL? Maybe. Irritating? Yes.

No I didn't know that. Assume existing travelcards won't be affected and can just be recharged?
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098  
1 Jun 2009 /  #14
Is IKEA popular in Poland?

Many people go there for sightseeing.
sadieann 2 | 205  
1 Jun 2009 /  #15
Interesting. It is an experience. Crowded, one entry/exit, and huge parking lot. Most people drive there. The quality doesn't have longevity, but people in US tend to like the prices. Personally, it's not my favorite. I can see how it would be different in Poland. It might be interesting..
George8600 10 | 637  
2 Jun 2009 /  #16
Is IKEA popular in Poland?

lol, IKEA is cheap, people don't go there for sightseeing. That doesn't mean it's cheap quality, I love IKEA and depending on how much money you invest depends on the quality you get. The cheap stuff is usually made in China from cheap materials and the expensive stuff is usually made in Scandinavia with expensive materials.
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098  
2 Jun 2009 /  #17
Is IKEA popular in Poland?

No it isn't popular. Many people go there for sightseeing. Majority of 38 mln Poles never been to IKEA shop. They treat IKEA as novelty and modern, smart IKEA style doesn't fit to the rest of furniture in their houses. They buy smart stainless steel can-opener as a souvenir and that is all.
PolishCowboy 1 | 48  
2 Jun 2009 /  #18
That doesn't mean it's cheap quality,

Sorry, to tell you- it is cheap. All it is, is cheap veneers on particle board, mostly.
I agree with you that you get what you pay for. If you want quality modern furniture you should check out Knolls, or design within reach. I think they ship international or should have a place in Europe. Its expensive but worth it. Make sure its authentic, the Chinese make alot of cheap knock-offs that have flooded the market.

I jak we hartford bylo?

And how was Hartford?,(I think that's what he was trying to ask)

ja taz :-)

Me too :-)
OP new-expat  
2 Jun 2009 /  #19
Discriminatory to foreign residents without a PESEL? Maybe. Irritating? Yes.

What's a PESEL ?
Mh I'm a foreigner and I bought a 3-months travelcard with a photo, I didn't have problems getting it...

I think what ppl like about IKEA is that :

1) it's like a big supermarket for the house and you can buy many things and you don't need to go in several places to do your shopping ; so instead of spending months furnishing and decorating your flat you just spend an afternoon ;)

2) for many kitchen, bathrooms and decoration stuff, it's cheaper than in any other shops and the quality is the same, e.g basic lamps, frames, curtains...

3) The furniture and the other items are really practical and facilitates the everyday life because they're cleverly designed - and that's something Swedish ppl are good at.

I'm personnally not a big fan of a whole IKEA-furnished flat but as a student I was very happy fo furnish my own flat by myself at a cheap price and with stuff which looks like design furniture :)
jonni 16 | 2,485  
2 Jun 2009 /  #20
No I didn't know that. Assume existing travelcards won't be affected and can just be recharged?

Existing ones can be recharged until 2010

@ NewExpat, which office did you buy it at? People are saying that some ZTM offices require a PESEL and some don't. It seems to be up to whoever is behind the counter. I'd like to know because I really need to get one.

As for IKEA, Poland is one of their largest markets - from a handful of stores 10 years ago, they've really grown. A lot of their production is outsourced here too.
OP new-expat  
3 Jun 2009 /  #21
I bought it in Centrum, upstairs. I think it's the main office. I was helped by a Polish guy but I didn't need any special document, even not a passport: my French ID card was enough. It took 10 minutes.

But what's a PESEL ?
esek 2 | 228  
3 Jun 2009 /  #22
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PESEL
OP new-expat  
3 Jun 2009 /  #23
All right :)

I think I filled a form especially for foreigners and the woman put my French ID number on it. No problem.

According to the number of foreigners there are in Warsaw, I'm pretty sure everyone can have the same card as mine.
BevK 11 | 248  
3 Jun 2009 /  #24
Assume a passport would suffice then? The French ID card would fall under Schengen rules, which the UK is not part of.
Harry  
3 Jun 2009 /  #25
Go to the ZTM website and there is a .PDF file you can download with the application form for a transport card for a foreigner who doesn't have a PESEL number. Fill it in and take it to the office with you and you'll have no problem getting the card.
BevK 11 | 248  
4 Jun 2009 /  #26
Thanks Harry. I have one already but helpful for peeps who don't yet :)

for people who need the general website, and the page about the travelcard in general is

ztm.waw.pl/taryfa/wkm.php

I've just realised I have a direct bus to IKEA in Targówek, so those cheap tat coffee tables I want will be a reality by bedtime YAY
kendriannna 7 | 32  
4 Jun 2009 /  #27
IKEA sucks in Warsaw. everything is overpriced and crap
jonni 16 | 2,485  
5 Jun 2009 /  #28
@ Harry and @ Newexpat, thanks for the info!
Harry  
5 Jun 2009 /  #29
Go to the ZTM website

I was posting from my iphone yesterday so couldn't put the link for the form in but here it is: personalizacja.ztm.waw.pl/wniosek-obcokrajowiec.pdf
trevorisimo 1 | 27  
12 Aug 2009 /  #30
Its near Raszyn if memory serves correctly.

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