Return PolishForums LIVE
  PolishForums Archive :
Archives - 2005-2009 / Travel  % width 10

Warsaw Metro & Public Transport & WiFI in Warsaw


joepilsudski 26 | 1,389  
7 Apr 2008 /  #1
I a very big 'rail fan' and have had the opportunity to ride on Metro systems in most of the US and some foreign countries...How is the Warsaw Metro, and how is progress going on it's extension?...how is public transit generally in Warsaw, whether light rail (trolley), bus or regional rail...I'd appreciate comments...and here's an article on the Warsaw Metro from

urbanrail.net/eu/war/warszawa.htm
vndunne 43 | 279  
7 Apr 2008 /  #2
Hi. i have travlled the metro twice and it is fine. Basic but gets you from a to b quickly. I think they are extending it bit by bit but there is currently only the one underground line.

in relation to other forms of transport, warsaw has a very good bus and tram system in place. A number of different trams lines and many buses. Warsaw people might complain about it but i am originally from dublin and oh to have a transport system like warsaw in dublin.
db1874 7 | 227  
10 Apr 2008 /  #3
There's supposed to be a second metro line in time for Euro 2012 but I can't see it happening. The tram and bus network is extensive but can be very busy and crammed at rush hour.
cyg 5 | 119  
16 Apr 2008 /  #4
If the city authorities could see straight, they would adapt the existing local train network instead of building another underground line parallel to it. But that would limit all kinds of pork-barrel contracts and goodies for backers, and no politician is going to go for that.
TimTim - | 3  
18 Dec 2009 /  #5

Monthly cost of public transportation (bus/tramway/metro) in Warsaw?



Hello. I'd like to get some info about the monthly cost of public transportation (bus/tramway/metro) for student in Warsaw.
Lukasz K - | 103  
19 Dec 2009 /  #6
If you have valid Polish student card (unfortunately only those alow you to use discounted tickets) it will cost you 39 PLN (50% discount) for 30 day travelcard for all the types of transport (bus, tram, subway) i the 1st ticket zone (which means everything within the borders of Warsaw). If you are staying loger itis even cheaper to by a 90 day ticket for 98 PLN

Look up here:

ztm.waw.pl/index.php?c=110&l=2

Regards

Lukasz
nana - | 40  
19 Dec 2009 /  #7
in rush hours I recommend to use trains. Recently I have been travelling by trains and it's a good opportunity to save your time.
jonni 16 | 2,485  
19 Dec 2009 /  #8
How is the Warsaw Metro

Clean (even a bit sterile), efficient.

and how is progress going on it's extension?

It isn't. The first line probably won't be extended. Ever. There may be one or two new stations, like the pl. Konstitucji station (actually by ul. Wilcza in the premises now used by a gogo bar, called Chilli) and pl. Inwalidow, which were planned but not built. The second line is in the technical planning and finance stage. The original plan was to have part of the second line running for Euro 2012. This won't be, but they should have started before the end of next year. Most of it will be 'cut and cover' rather than tunneled which should make it quicker. The third line's route isn't agreed yet. I'll see if I can find a map of the second and third lines and add as an edit.

how is public transit generally in Warsaw, whether light rail (trolley), bus or regional rail.

Buses and trams are generally good, and EU membership has allowed modernisation. Trolleybuses (Warsaw to Piaseczno) were stopped amid protests a few years ago. The WKD (light rail to the Western suburbs commuter towns) is being upgraded. Local trains are significantly improving, but slowly, and with beaurocratic arguments. Small suburban stations are being upgraded with EU infrastructure grants - but the service is still so bad that they are under-used.

There was meant to be a tram to Wilanow two years ago and was never built. This is now a problem due to thousands of flats and no transport infrastructure. A bigger priority is Tarchomin, north of the city. There's meant to be a new bridge with some sort of rapid transit connecting them to the metro. Land has been bought, tenders submitted for building, but no significant progress yet. The people who live there wish there was.

Still no airport trains. There's a station a few hundred yards from the terminal, but no easy way to get there and not many trains stopping there. The plans to re-route the WKD past the airport came to nothing.

One problem is lack of co-ordination between services leading to public arguments between the different providers. This has improved lately, with the monthly ticket now working on train and WKD.

A bigger problem is that the small towns around Warsaw have a high degree of administrative autonomy, and there is no one central body to co-ordinate transport in the Warsaw 'travel-to-work' area. This has led to the Warsaw bus company threatening to pull transport to Piaseczno and putting posters on the buses about that (threat now averted), and a bewildering array of mini buses and private companies with no central timetable or co-ordination.

This is a bit old - all of line one is finished. Line two will cross at Metro Swietokrzyszka (that's why it's such a small station - only half has been built). They can't cross at Metro Centrum due to a certain very well-known building, too heavy to tunnel near.

Line 3 is a very, very long way off, but will probably cross line 1 at pl. Konstitucji and have a station at pl.Trzy Krzyzy.

@ Joe

You might like this site about the metro:

metro.civ.pl
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
19 Dec 2009 /  #9
and EU membership has allowed modernisation.

Fascinating. Could you explain ?
jonni 16 | 2,485  
19 Dec 2009 /  #10
Grzegorz_

Grzegorz, I'm sure you know perfectly well about The European Infrastructure Fund. Details of it are painted on the sides of the new trams that have been bought with it, it has very well publicised both when the SKM local train track was replaced and new trains bought for SKM and WKD and also during the tender process for line 2 of the Metro and the planned 'Most Polnocny'.

Archives - 2005-2009 / Travel / Warsaw Metro & Public Transport & WiFI in WarsawArchived