As you might have seen on social media, we were enjoying some time off in Poland. We did not really have a vacation to take but we had a lovely 3-days weekend in Warsaw. Therefore, I am beyond excited to share with you the details of this weekend and our itinerary there. Also, it’ll probably help understand why it is an amazing destination for a short gateway!
To have a bit more time there, we took Friday off and left Stockholm bright and early! If you are planning a similar trip, you can find our travel itinerary first. Then, we listed our costs for the weekend in order to give you a better idea of what to expect when traveling to Warsaw!
For information, we flew to Warsaw on Aug. 17th and flew out on Aug 19th.
We decided to fly cheap, and so we booked our tickets with Ryanair, about 2 to 3 weeks before flying. Ryanair flies from Stockholm Skavsta, which is about a 1h20 drive from the center. We used ‘Flygbussarna’ as a shuttle bus, which is highly reliable and “wallet-friendly”. It is also the only company that drives you there and it offers many departures even early in the morning. We took this bus at about 3.30 AM on Friday (I told you it was bright and early!), and so got to the airport with plenty of time for our 6.30 AM flight.
Unfortunately, there were a few technical problems and we left Stockholm with 2 hours delay. The flight lasts 1h20, and lands in Warsaw Modlin, which is about 45 min away from the city center. We used the Modlin express shuttle bus to reach the city and after this, decided to walk to our hotel, which was in the business district. By 12.30 PM we checked in and unpacked our backpacks.
Once in Warsaw,
We got an amazing surprise of being upgraded by the hotel! So we got a bigger room, higher floor (22nd!!) with a perfect panorama view and also the access to the executive lounge of the hotel where we could enjoy some nice snacks and drinks during the day.
So, first things first, after settling in our room we decided to go out in the city and explore a bit. The tricky thing about such an early departure is that if we would have stopped longer in the room and napped, we would have probably woken up late in the day and wasted a lot of time – so as long as we don’t stop we’re fine. We followed that plan and walked back to the city, straight to the old town. Luckily, we had great weather, 28 degrees, and the sun shining for the whole time. We walked along the royal road, leading to the royal palace and the smaller streets of the old town. After wandering around, we headed back to the road we came from as we could see some terraces, where we enjoyed yummy Polish dumplings (pierogi) and a beer.
After walking around the old town, we decided to head back to the hotel and get a bit of rest. Luckily, we could enjoy the pool area with sauna and jacuzzi to relax. Before taking off again, we stopped by the lounge for a drink. Later on, we drove (Uber) to the Palace of Culture and Science to watch the sunset. It was, of course, crowded but definitely worth going. From there, we walked to the panorama bar of Marriott’s hotel. It happened to be one of the first skyscrapers in the city. After getting a drink, we went back to the old town for a short walk and a waffle. After a day full of activities, we went back to the hotel for a deserved night of sleep!
Saturday started with an amazing breakfast, and like every time we planned on having a long day. We enjoyed a large breakfast, that kept us full until late in the afternoon. On our second – and last – day in Warsaw we started to walk towards the Lazienki Park (Royal Park). On our way, we stopped by a bike-sharing station, picked up a couple of them, and cycled all the way there. Saturday happened to be a lot busier than Friday. Spending time in the park was a good idea as it is big enough for us not to be packed with more tourists!
We walked around a lot that day and discovered a lot of nice places. As we created accounts for the bike-sharing system, we cycled everywhere, and mostly along the river! We stopped in a floating boat/bar for a little break, then headed back to the old town and went back to the hotel for an afternoon break. Every time we went back to the hotel we stayed for about 2 hours, which was just enough to relax but not enough to fall asleep.
In the evening, we cycled back to town for one last walk in a very beautiful old town. In the main square, there are a lot of shows at night, so it’s a gathering spot for both locals and tourists. We went down to the fountain for a lighting show and walked all the way to a not too crowded “Zapiecek” restaurant. We followed friends’ recommendations and had dinner there before heading back to the hotel to pack our bags and sleep!
Sunday-Funday-Travelday! The trip was almost over, and our way back to the airport was slightly epic! As our flight was taking off at 8.30 AM we needed to be there early enough. Yes, that’s what it takes when you want to travel cheap! We left the hotel at around 5 AM with a packed breakfast. After riding to the central train station, we hopped on a train and then a bus and eventually, we made it to the airport.
The tricky thing is that the station is not really announced and the train’s doors don’t open at each station unless you push the button. The time it took us to find this button, we almost missed the stop! After running to the bus, we managed to get on and we got to the airport fairly quickly. This time, there wasn’t any delay and we used the same shuttle bus to get to central Stockholm and then home. We got back at around 12.30 PM.
The reason why we didn’t take the same shuttle bus in Warsaw for the way back is due to the schedule. We would have been at the airport either way too early or way too late. There are a lot of taxis and Uber available, but we didn’t want to pay the price they gave us. The train+bus option was quite cheap and would bring us there at the perfect time!
All in all, this weekend in Warsaw happened to be perfectly relaxing and we got to discover a place where we haven’t been to before. On top of this, it is really affordable and easy to get from Sweden. Such a good experience definitely calls for the next one!
How much does so much fun cost?
The prices stated below are per person (adult), and the currency used is euro.
Flygbussarna airport shuttle bus (from Stockholm cityterminalen to Stockholm Skavsta): 26€
Ryanair return ticket: 50€
Modlin express bus shuttle: 8€
Hotel (2 nights, including breakfast): 40€
Entrance fee to the palace of culture and science: 3,5€
Food (for the whole weekend): 16€
Drinks (whole weekend, incl. tea/coffee breaks): 19€
Uber rides (all combined): 5€
Train+Bus to Modlin Airport: 4,8€
All in all, we spent 150€ each for 2 days in Warsaw, all expenses included.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and got a little curious about Warsaw! This is an amazing city and place to enjoy a weekend trip, especially with summer days like these! If you have any recommendations about Warsaw, please share them below, we never know when we’ll head back!
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