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If you are flying into Poland from abroad, it's mostly likely that you will fly into Warsaw. The city's Okęcie Airport, also known as Fryderyka Chopina International Airport, is the largest airport in Poland, with about 70% of all the air traffic into and out of the country. About 80 daily international fights—as well as many charter flights—connect Warsaw with the rest of the world. You can fly nonstop from Warsaw to Chicago, Newark, New York–JFK, and Toronto. In addition, most European airlines connect Warsaw with the U.S. The new Etiuda Terminal serves most of the "low-cost" airlines that operate flights within Europe. The flying time from New York to Warsaw is approximately 9 hours, from London approximately 2½ hours.
A much smaller airport in Łódź is served by Ryanair; most other flights here are domestic.
Aer Lingus (022/626–84–02. www.aerlingus.com.)
Aeroflot (022/628–25–57. www.aeroflot.ru.)
Aerosvit Airlines (022/650–40–60. www.aerosvit.com.)
Airberlin (00-800/49-11-386 in Poland. www.airberlin.com.)
Air Europa (022/455–38–40. www.aireuropa.com.)
Air France (022/556–64–00. www.airfrance.pl.)
Alitalia (0801/10–77–00. www.alitalia.com.)
Austrian Airlines (022/520–34—26.)
Belavia (022/650–23–14. www.belavia.by.)
British Airways (00800/4411-592. www.ba.com.)
CSA (Nabielaka 6/1, Śródmieście, Warsaw, 00-743. 022/559–39–30. www.czechairlines.com.)
El Al (022/630–66–18. www.elal.co.il.)
Finnair (022/650–35–70. www.finnair.com.)
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (022/556–64–44. www.klm.com.)
LOT (022/195–72 in Warsaw. www.lot.com.)
Lufthansa (22/338–13–00. www.lufthansa.com.)
Malev (022/697–71–71. www.malevgsa.pl.)
SN Brussels Airlines (022/650–39–99. www.brusselsairlines.com.)
Swiss (022/520-34-56. www.swiss.com.)
Wizzair (0703/50-30-10 with a per-minute charge. wizzair.com.)
Airports & Transfers
The direct route to downtown, where almost all the hotels are, is along Żwirki i Wigury and Raszyńska streets. The "airport–city" bus leaves from Platform 4 outside Terminal 1 every 20 minutes and stops at all the major hotels as well as the Central Station. Tickets cost zł 6, and the trip takes about 25 minutes. Alternatively, Bus 175 leaves Okęcie about every 10 minutes (at night, Bus 611 is much less frequent). It also runs past most major downtown hotels and is reliable and cheap, but beware of pickpockets. Purchase tickets for zł 2.40 at an airport RUCH kiosk. If your immediate destination is not Warsaw, Polski Express has direct service from Okęcie to major Polish cities. Avoid at all costs the taxi hawkers and unmarked vehicles (which have no number at the top) outside the arrivals hall: not only are these cabs expensive but they can also be dangerous. Your best bet is to call radio taxi from one of the radio taxi kiosks in the arrivals area, or call your hotel in advance and have them pick you up. A cab ride into the city should cost about zł 25 (most hotel taxis have higher, fixed rates, of approximately zł 50).
Łódź Lublinek Airport is located southwest of the city center, about a 10-minute drive. It can be reached by public transportation (Bus L from the Main Railway Station; also bus number 55 via Piotrkowska Street and number 65 from Łódź Kaliska, the city's second railway station). A cab ride from the airport to the city center should cost about zł 20 to zł 25.
Okęcie Airport (Żwirki i Wigury 1, Warsaw, 00-906. 022/650–42–20. www.lotnisko-chopina.pl/pl/pasazer.)
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