Metros in Poland: The Warsaw Metro

The city of Warsaw is the capital of Poland. With around 1.7 million people, it is the largest city in the country. The language spoken in the city is Polish. The city was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but was later rebuilt. The Old Town in Warsaw is famous because it shows the city's pre-war history. Some of the famous festivals in the city are the Warsaw Film Festival and the Old-Polish Music Festival. There are two airports within Warsaw: Modlin Airport, and Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, which is the biggest airport in the city. An airport outside of Warsaw but still close to the city is the Lodz Airport.

The public transportation in the city is owned by ZTM (Zarzad Transportu Miejskiego.) The public transportation services available in the city are 190 buses, 20 trams, the national railway and the metro. Metro Warszawskie sp. Z.O.O operates the metro.

History

The metro’s construction was proposed during the late 1910s. Afterwards, tunnels began to be excavated for the metro in 1925. However, due to problems in Poland’s economy, the construction of the metro’s railway was delayed. Although the construction of the metro was resumed in the early 1930s, events like World War II and the Cold War delayed the construction once again.

Finally, the Warsaw Metro was inaugurated on April 7th, 1995. The first line to be opened was line M1, which had 11 stations at the time. This line was expanded, and was finally completed on October 25th, 2008, with the construction of 10 additional stations. A new line, line M2, was inaugurated on March 8th, 2015.

Lines and stations

The metro has two lines and 28 stations. The lines are called M1 and M2.

M1: It has the following 21 stations: Kabaty, Swietokrzyska, Natolin, Ursynów, Stokłosy, Sluzlew, Wierzbno, Pole Mokotowskie, Wilanowska, Raclawicka, Plac Wilsona, Politechnika, Imielin, Centrum, Stare Bielany, Ratusz Arsenał, Wawrzyszew, Dworzec Gdanski , Słodowiec, Marymont, Mlociny

M2: This line has the following 7 stations: Rondo Daszyńskiego, Swietokrzyska, Rondo ONZ, Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet, Stadion Narodowy, Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Dworzec Wileński

Some additional information will be provided for the stations Centrum Nauki Kopernik and Kabaty:

Centrum Nauki Kopernik: This station is located in the region of Srodmiescie, close to Swietokrzyska, and in the intersection between Kosciuszko and Tamka streets. Its platform is over 100 meters long. It is approximately 20 meters below ground. This station is one kilometer away from the previous station (Nowy Swiat-Uniwersytet,) and approximately 1.16 kilometers away from the following station (Stadion Narodowy.) You can make a connection in this station with buses 185, 385, and night buses N14 and N64.

Kabaty: This station is located in the region of Ursynów. It is located close to Komisji Edukacji Narodowej I ul. and Wawozowej. The Kabaty station is one of line M1’s terminals. It is approximately 1.16 kilometers away from the next station (Natolin.) Among the services available in this station are bathrooms, ATMs, and shops. You can make connections in this station to buses 166, 504, 192, 179, and night buses N34 and N37.

Connections

With a ticket from ZTM, you can make a connection from the metro to the tramways from Tramwaje Warszawskie, buses from Miejskie Zakłady Autobusowe, and the national railway service (provided by Szybka Kolej Miejska.) The metro is also able to make connections to buses from these private companies: Mobilis, PKS Grodzisk Mazowiecki, and ITS Michalczewski.

Connection to the airport

The closest metro station from Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is Imielin station. To go from this airport to Imielin, walk to Przyloty 02 within the airport. Then, board bus 148, and travel for 20 minutes towards Wiatraczna 17. After 13 stops, get off at Metro Imielin 01. The closest metro station to Modlin Airport is Centrum. To go to Centrum station, take the Modlinbus from this airport. The ticket for this bus costs 10 zl.

Schedule, timetables, and calendar

- M1:

    The frequencies of departure of the M1 trains are the following:
  • 1) Monday through Friday: two to 9 minutes.
  • 2) Weekends and holidays: five to 10 minutes.

The opening and closing times for each station are the following (the following format will show the station name, the day of the week, and the opening and closing time):

    a) Kabaty:
  • a.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:00 am - 12:10 am.
  • a.2) Fridays: 5:00 am - 12:15 am.
  • a.3) Saturdays: 5:00 am - 12:15 am.
  • a.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:00 am - 12:10 am.
    b) Swietokrzyska:
  • b.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:04 am - 12:32 am.
  • b.2) Fridays: 5:04 am - 12:37 am.
  • b.3) Saturdays: 5:08 am - 12:37 am.
  • b.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:08 am - 12:32 am.
    c) Natolin:
  • c.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:02 am - 12:12 am.
  • c.2) Fridays: 5:02 am - 12:17 am.
  • c.3) Saturdays: 5:02 am - 12:17 am.
  • c.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:02 am - 12:12 am.
    d) Ursynów:
  • d.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:07 am - 12:17 am.
  • d.2) Friday: 5:07 am - 12:22 am.
  • d.3) Saturday: 5:07 am - 12:22 am.
  • d.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:07 am - 12:17 am.
    e) Stokłosy:
  • e.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:06 am - 12:16 am.
  • e.2) Fridays: 5:06 am - 12:21 am.
  • e.3) Saturdays: 5:06 am - 12:21 am.
  • e.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:06 am - 12:16 am.
    f) Sluzlew:
  • f.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:09 am - 12:19 am.
  • f.2) Fridays: 5:09 am - 12:24 am.
  • f.3) Saturdays: 5:09 am - 12:24 am.
  • f.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:09 am - 12:19 am.
    g) Wierzbno:
  • g.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:04 am - 12:23 am.
  • g.2) Fridays: 5:04 am - 12:28 am.
  • g.3) Saturdays: 5:05 am - 12:28 am.
  • g.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:05 am - 12:23 am.
    h) Pole Mokotowskie:
  • h.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:08 am - 12:27 am.
  • h.2) Fridays: 5:08 am - 12:32 am.
  • h.3) Saturdays: 5:09 am - 12:32 am.
  • h.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:09 am - 12:27 am.
    i) Wilanowska:
  • i.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:03 am - 12:21 am.
  • i.2) Fridays: 5:03 am - 12:26 am.
  • i.3) Saturdays: 5:04 am - 12:26 am.
  • i.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:04 am - 12:21 am.
    j) Raclawicka:
  • j.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:06 am - 12:25 am.
  • j.2) Fridays: 5:06 am - 12:30 am.
  • j.3) Saturdays: 5:07 am - 12:30 am.
  • j.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:07 am - 12:25 am.
    k) Plac Wilsona:
  • k.1) Monday through Thursdays: 5:00 am - 12:39 am.
  • k.2) Fridays: 5:00 am - 12:44 am.
  • k.3) Saturdays: 5:08 am - 12:44 am.
  • k.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:08 am - 12:39 am.
    l) Politechnika:
  • l.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:00 am - 12:28 am.
  • l.2) Fridays: 5:00 am - 12:33 am.
  • l.3) Saturdays: 5:04 am - 12:33 am.
  • l.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:04 am - 12:28 am.
    m) Imielin:
  • m.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:04 am - 12:14 am.
  • m.2) Fridays: 5:04 am - 12:19 am.
  • m.3) Saturdays: 5:04 am - 12:19 am.
  • m.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:04 am - 12:14 am.
    n) Centrum:
  • n.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:03 am - 12:30 am.
  • n.2) Fridays: 5:03 am - 12:35 am.
  • n.3) Saturdays: 5:07 am - 12:35 am.
  • n.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:07 am - 12:30 am.
    o) Stare Bielany:
  • o.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:05 am - 12:45 am.
  • o.2) Friday: 5:05 am - 12:50 am.
  • o.3) Saturdays: 5:13 am- 12:50 am.
  • o.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:13 am - 12:45 am.
    p) Ratusz Arsenał:
  • p.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:06 am - 12:34 am.
  • p.2) Fridays: 5:06 am - 12:39 am.
  • p.3) Saturdays: 5:10 am - 12:39 am.
  • p.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:10 am - 12:34 am.
    q) Wawrzyszew:
  • q.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:07 am - 12:46 am.
  • q.2) Fridays: 5:07 am - 12:51 am.
  • q.3) Saturdays: 5:15 am - 12:51 am.
  • q.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:15 am - 12:46 am.
    r) Dworzec Gdanski:
  • r.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:09 am - 12:37 am.
  • r.2) Fridays: 5:09 am - 12:42 am.
  • r.3) Saturdays: 5:13 am - 12:42 am.
  • r.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:13 am - 12:37 am.
    s) Słodowiec:
  • s.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:03 am - 12:43 am.
  • s.2) Fridays: 5:03 am - 12:48 am.
  • s.3) Saturdays: 5:11 am - 12:48 am.
  • s.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:11 am - 12:43 am.
    t) Marymont:
  • t.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:01 am - 12:41 am.
  • t.2) Fridays: 5:01 am - 12:46 am.
  • t.3) Saturdays: 5:09 am - 12:46 am.
  • t.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:09 am - 12:41 am.

- M2:

    The frequencies of departure of the trains are the following:
  • 1) Monday through Friday: Three to 8 minutes.
  • 2) Saturdays: Six to 8 minutes.
  • 3) Sundays and holidays: 7 to 8 minutes.

The opening and closing times for each station are the following:

    a) Rondo Daszyńskiego:
  • a.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:03 am - 12:35 am.
  • a.2) Fridays: 5:03 am - 12:15 am.
  • a.3) Saturdays: 5:03 am - 12:15 am.
  • a.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:03 am - 12:15 am.
    b) Swietokrzyska:
  • b.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:07 am - 12:39 am.
  • b.2) Fridays: 5:07 am - 12:19 am.
  • b.3) Saturdays: 5:07 am - 12:19 am.
  • b.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:07 am - 12:39 am.
    c) Rondo ONZ:
  • c.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:05 am - 12:37 am.
  • c.2) Fridays: 5:05 am - 12:17 am.
  • c.3) Saturdays: 5:05 am - 12:17 am.
  • c.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:05 am - 12:37 am.
    d) Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet:
  • d.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:08 am - 12:40 am.
  • d.2) Fridays: 5:08 am - 12:20 am.
  • d.3) Saturdays: 5:08 am - 12:20 am.
  • d.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:08 am - 12:40 am.
    e) Stadion Narodowy:
  • e.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:12 am - 12:44 am.
  • e.2) Fridays: 5:12 am - 12:24 am.
  • e.3) Saturdays: 5:12 am - 12:24 am.
  • e.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:12 am - 12:44 am.
    f) Centrum Nauki Kopernik:
  • f.1) Monday through Thursday: 5:10 am - 12:42 am.
  • f.2) Fridays: 5:10 am - 12:22 am.
  • f.3) Saturdays: 5:10 am - 12:22 am.
  • f.4) Sundays and holidays: 5:10 am - 12:42 am.

Prices, tickets, and cards

Prices will be shown in Polish Zloties (zł, 1 zł = 0.24 €).

    - Tickets: They are divided into the following categories: Time Tickets (3.40 zł,) Transfer Single Tickets, Short-Term Tickets, 30-Day Tickets, 90-Day Tickets, Poland + Tickets, Ticket for Families with Three Children (99 zł,) and Senior Tickets (50 zł.)
  • a) Transfer Single Tickets: They are divided into the following categories: 75 Minute Ticket (4.40 zł,) and 90 Minute Ticket (7 zł.)
  • b) Short Term Tickets: They are divided into the following prices: Daily Ticket for One Zone (15 zł,) Daily Ticket for Two Zones (26 zł,) Weekend Ticket (24 zł,) and Weekend Group Ticket (40 zł.)
  • c) 30-Day Tickets: They are divided into the following prices: 30 Day Personal Zone One (110 zł,) 30 Day Personal Zone Two (112 zł,) 30 Day Personal Zones One and Two (210 zł,) 30 Day Zone One (98 zł,) 30 Day Zone Two (100 zł,) 30 Day Zones One and Two (196 zł,) Young Ticket Zone One (49 zł,) Young Ticket Zone Two (50 zł,) Young Ticket Zones One and Two (98 zł,) and 30 Day Bearer (230 zł.)
  • d) 90 Day Tickets: They are divided into the following categories: 90 Day Personal Zone One (280 zł,) 90 Day Personal Zone Two (282 zł,) 90 Day Personal Zones One and Two (536 zł,) 90 Day Zone One (250 zł,) 90 Day Zone Two (252 zł,) 90 Day Zones One and Two (482 zł,) Young Ticket Zone One (125 zł,) Young Ticket Zone Two (126 zł,) Young Ticket Zones One and Two (241 zł,) and 90 Day Bearer (600 zł.)
  • e) Poland + Ticket: They are divided into the following prices: 30 Day Zone Two (98 zł,) 30 Day Zones One and Two (196 zł,) 90 Day Zone Two (250 zł,) and 90 Day Zones One and Two (482 zł.)

- Cards: The card for the metro is called City Card. You can store some of the aforementioned tickets in this card.

Tips in Metro Warsaw

1) You can reach most touristic attractions by travelling in the M2 line. M1 line’s main purpose is to transport people from the outskirts to downtown Warsaw.

2) Buy a Weekend Ticket or a Daily Ticket if you want to travel more than two times per day. You can use them in the metro and in any other public means of transportation. If you will stay in the city for a longer time, buy a 30 Day or a 90 Day Ticket to save money.

3) Zone One Tickets cover rides within the city of Warsaw. Zone Two Tickets are for rides outside of Warsaw. Therefore, it is recommended that you buy Zone One Tickets if you do not plan to get out of the city.

Rules in Metro Warsaw

  • 1) You need to validate your ticket at a validating machine either at a station or inside the metro.
  • 2) You can buy tickets at stations or from the driver. However, if the metro is three minutes delayed, the driver will not sell you a ticket.
  • 3) Tickets are non-transferrable.
  • 4) Make sure your personal data is correctly printed on your ticket.
  • 5) If the metro is delayed for over an hour, you can get a refund. However, only a fraction of the ticket price will be refunded.
  • 6) Tickets with prices below 4 zl will not be refunded.
  • 7) You can bring pets to the metro, as long as they do not obstruct other passengers.
  • 8) You can bring bikes to the metro if there is space. You will have to fasten it to the metro's rack using the metro's seat belts.
  • 9) If you bring dogs, they must use a muzzle and a leash. Other small animals should be in a cage.

Fun Facts

  • 1) The Centrum Nauki Kopernik station has an underground bus stop for bus 185.
  • 2) The metro's railway is 1.4 meters wide.
  • 3) The metro gets its 830 volts of electricity from a third rail.
  • 4) When the metro's doors close, a low pitched sound plays.
  • 5) The metro is ridden by over 370,000 people per day.

Future expansions

There is a proposal to build two new stations for line M1, which were in the original construction plans but had to be removed. Line M2 is not yet finished. A new line, line M3, will be built.

Line M1 will have the following two stations: Muranów and Plac Konstytucji. There is no construction date yet for these stations.

Line M2 will have a total of 28 stations once it is completed. Currently, only three new stations for this line are being built. The first of these stations, Szwedzka, began construction on April 30th, 2016. The second and third stations, Trocka and Targówek, began construction on May 2nd, 2016. All of these three stations will be finished by 2019.

Line M3 will have 8 stations. This line will cover the regions between Goclaw and Stadion Narodowy, the station from line M2. The construction of line M3 will begin around 2020. The stations for this line will be: Stadion Narodowy, Dworzec Wschodni, Minsk, Rondo Wiatraczna, Fieldorfa, Ostrobramska, and Goclaw.

Nearby attractions

The Centrum Nauki Kopernik station will be used as a reference point. Follow these instructions to go from Centrum Nauki Kopernik to these attractions via the metro:

1) Center for Modern Art: The trip lasts 24 minutes. From Centrum Nauki Kopernik, board the metro, and travel to Swietokrzyska for five minutes. Get off at Swietokrzyska station. Walk to Swietokrzyska 01. Next, board bus 520, and head towards pl. Na Rozdrozu 05 for 10 minutes. Get off at pl. Na Rozdrozu 05. Walk to Jazdów 2, 00-467.

2) Museum of History of Polish Jews: The trip lasts 20 minutes. From Centrum Nauki Kopernik, board the metro, and head towards Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet for five minutes. Get off at Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet station. Next, walk to Uniwersytet 02. Board bus 111, and head towards Esperanto 06 for 10 minutes. After five stops, get off Nalewki-Muzeum 02. Finally, walk to Muzeum Historii Zydów Polskich.

3) Royal Palace Museum: The trip lasts 50 minutes. From Centrum Nauki Kopernik, board the metro, and head towards Swietokrzyska for five minutes. Get off Swietokrzyska. Next, board the metro, and head towards Wilanowska for 10 minutes. After five stops, get off at Wilanowska. Next, walk to Wilanowska 17. Next, board bus 139, and head towards Ogród Botaniczny 03 for 10 minutes. After 9 stops, get off at Wilanów 01. Finally, walk to Palac w Wilanowie.

4) Ethnographical Museum: The trip lasts 15 minutes. From Centrum Nauki Kopernik, board the metro, and head towards Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet for five minutes. Get off at Nowy Swiat-Uniwersytet station. Finally, walk to Panstwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne.

5) National Museum: The trip lasts 18 minutes. From Centrum Nauki Kopernik, board the metro, and head towards Nowy Swiat-Uniwersytet for five minutes. Get off at Ordynacka 01. Next, board bus 503, and head to Natolin Pln. 06 for five minutes. Get off at Foksal 01. Finally, walk to Muzeum Narodowe.

6) The Warsaw Rising Museum: The trip lasts 20 minutes. From Centrum Nauki Kopernik, board the metro, and travel to Rondo Daszyńskiego for 10 minutes. After three stops, get off at Rondo Daszyńskiego station. Finally, walk to Muzeum, Warszawa Grzybouska 79.

Warsaw metro map

  • Passengers/Day 520000
  • Fares: 0.47
  • 24h operation: Fri, Sat night
  • Air Conditioning: No
  • Walk between platforms: No
  • Driverless trains: No
  • Screen Doors Platforms: No
  • Operator: Metro Warszawskie
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