Warsaw to Berlin – Cheapest Way to Travel

In April I decided to leave Warsaw for a week and visit Berlin, my favorite city in the world. There are many ways to get there but what’s the cheapest way to get from Warsaw to Berlin?

Berlin to Warsaw

Warsaw – Berlin by air:

This is the first option that comes to mind – however this is usually the most expensive one. The cheapest plane ticket I found from Warsaw to Berlin was about 200 ($280). I am sure you might be able to find some cheaper low-cost flights from time to time but I wasn’t able to find any.

Warsaw – Berlin by train:

Traveling by train is often comfortable and the train journey from Warsaw to Berlin lasts a little more than 5 hours (no connections needed). The train ride will cost you abut € 60 ($80). A lot cheaper than flying, however, still not the cheapest way.

Warsaw – Berlin by bus:

PolskiBus.com is a quite popular way of getting to Berlin from Warsaw (or back). Traveling a long distance by bus is not very comfortable – but it is cheaper. PolskiBus leaves Warsaw and stops in 2 other Polish cities before heading to Berlin – this is why it takes almost 9 hours to reach the destination. The cost? € 25 ($35) if you purchase the ticket a few days before leaving. You can pay as low as € 12-13 ($17) if you buy this ticket months in advance.

Warsaw – Berlin by rideshare:

Rideshare or carpooling is becoming more and more popular around the world. It seems like BlaBlaCar.com is the most popular car-sharing website in Europe. On this website you can either find a driver with a car, or offer a ride in your car for a relatively small fee. The goal here is not to make money but to simply split the cost of fuel. The prices vary from 15 € to 35 € but the number that I see most of the time is 22 € ($30). Warsaw to Berlin car trip takes about 5 hours.

 

The Best and Cheapest Way to Travel from Berlin to Warsaw (Warsaw to Berlin).

Flying is expensive. Trains are expensive. I went from Warsaw to Berlin by bus for 25 € – which is rather cheap, but I really hated being in the bus for about 9 hours. PolskiBus also advertizes free WiFi on board, however WiFi was not available in that bus, which made the trip that much longer. On my way back from Berlin to Warsaw I decided to go with rideshare (BlaBlaCar). For a bit more than 20 € I got to Warsaw within 5 hours. Besides the fast trip, I was also a lot more comfortable in the car (it was actually a Mercedes van) than in the bus. So my personal recommendation would be carpooling. It’s the most comfortable and fastest way to travel without breaking the bank.

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Invisible Exhibition – Warsaw, Poland

How much money would you be willing to pay for an exhibition that you can’t see? I paid about $8 and it was totally worth it!

NIEWIDZIALNA WYSTAWA Warsaw

photo by Elizabeth Viatkin

The Invisible Exhibition (Niewidzialna Wystawa) in Warsaw offers just that: a tour into the world “without sight”. They asked us to not reveal too many details about this great exhibition so I will keep it short.

Before entering the exhibition rooms you will be instructed on how to behave. These little rules and hints will be very useful, so listen carefully. After the instructions your guide will take through a very memorable experience when you will use all your senses, except the sight. Your guide will be either blind or almost and you will not see anything for about an hour, while going through the exhibition.

It is highly suggested to contact the folks at Niewidzialna Wystawa a day in advance (especially if you want a tour in English). When I went there they told us that sometimes you might wait a while for a tour and someday they are sold out for the day. If you are a big group – you should also contact them in advance and reserve a tour.

If you can’t visit this exhibition in Warsaw – you can also visit it in Budapest and Prague.

One last tip: bring a few złoty with you for the tour, they might come in very handy at the end of the tour 😉

The regular tickets cost 24 zł on weekdays and 28 zł on weekends. You will pay 3 zł less if you buy the tickets online. Lower prices are also offered for students, elderly, families and groups.

For more info: Niewidzialna Wystawa Website (EN and PL)

 

– Alex

The Neon Muzeum in Warsaw

The Neon Muzeum is located in Praga district, Warsaw. This museum’s main goal is to preserve and document old Polish neon signs.

Elizabeth made this short video to gave you an idea what it’s about. If you are in Warsaw – you must check this place out.

Besides the museum you can also enjoy the Soho Factory, where the Neon Muzeum is located. You will find some cool shops, cafes and more around the museum. Remember that the museum is not publicly funded so your donations will help keeping this place alive.

Neon Muzeum:

Budynek 55, Soho Factory, Mińska 25, 03-808 Warszawa

Neon Museum Website

Opening hours:

Monday    Closed
Tuesday    Closed
Wednesday    12:00 – 5:00 pm
Thursday    12:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday    12:00 – 5:00 pm
Saturday    12:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday    12:00 – 4:00 pm

Visiting Sopot and Gdansk, Poland

In mid-March our friends Klaudia and Marc invited us to visit Gdansk and the known seaside town of Sopot, on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

GdanskandSopot

Gdańsk, Poland – 2014

Sopot is mostly known as a “resort town”. With only 40,000 residents the city is very small yet always attracting tourists, even during the cold season. Sopot is also known for it’s 515.5 meters long wooden pier, the biggest of its kind in Europe. The pier goes deep into the Bay of Gdańsk. I think it costs about 6zt to go on the pier, however we were there on a off-season evening and no one asked us to pay anything.

Unfortunately it was rather cold (around 5*C) when we went to visit so there wasn’t much going on. On the positive side – there weren’t many tourists, so it was easy to walk through the pier, the beach and the main street.  I am sure during the summer months this little town is packed with Polish folks, international tourists and the infamous stag-party dudes.

Sopot in 2014

Enjoying the salty air of the Baltic Sea.

My favorite thing about Sopot – the sea. I have loved the sea since I was a little kid and there is something magical about it that still seduces me. The familiar smell, the calming sound, the: “let me try to see the other bank”. I love the sea. Even the cold Baltic sea in winter.

As we were taking a walk on the beach we have noticed a few people looking for amber in the sand. Well, we’ve decided to find some amber as well and here is the first result:

Sopot amber picking

Small amber on the beaches of Sopot

I have to warn you: amber-picking is addictive. First you find a few small pieces and you get all excited. Then you find a tiny bigger one and get more excited. Then you actually start ignoring the tiny ones and only take the slightly bigger ones. An hour passes without you realizing and all you are thinking is: “Just one more bigger piece, then I stop”. Cool activity and the amber can be used as a good souvenir or gift. Here is our final result:

Amber-picking Sopot

Amber: Just one more piece…

Monte Cassino Street is the street that goes from the railway station all the way down to the Sopot beach. This is THE place where you can find loads of shops, cafes, bars, clubs and a lot more. Younger people should know that legal drinking age in Sopot is 21 and not 18 like in the rest of Poland. Yes, they will check your I.D. at the entrance.

Sopot Accomodations

The original plan was staying at the hostel. However, Klaudia suggested we rent a flat instead, since it wouldn’t cost more. I am quite sure the apartments go for a lot more money in the summer but in mid-march we were charged 160zt per night. That’s only 40zt per person – same or cheaper than a hostel. The place was located in a residential neighborhood and 10-15 minute walk away from the Monte Cassino street.

On the second night our heaters stopped working – however it didn’t get any colder in the apartment (gotta love the cement walls). The next day when we were leaving we were reimbursed half of the night’s fee for the “inconvenience”. Later that day we also received a call from the owners of the flat who wanted to make sure we heard their apologies. To be honest I was very surprised by such level of attention and care for customer. I guess if I come back to Sopot I will stay at the same place.

 

Visiting Gdańsk

 St John’s Church in Gdansk 2014

St John’s Church in Gdansk

Unfortunately our visit to Gdansk only lasted a few hours. It was cold, rainy and late in the day. The city is beautiful with its cobbled streets and numerous churches. From my own experience I can suggest to spend some time in the Old Town, enjying its beautifully restored renaissance buildings. Take a walk along the canal and wander into some of Gdansk’s churches.

Gdansk also has a variety of great museums and I hope I’ll be back to this city to explore it a little more.

Have you been to Gdansk or Sopot? Share your experiences in the comments!

 

– Alex

Photo of the Day 1

Like most people these days I often snap random photos with my phone. I have decided to share some of these photos on this blog. I am sure I won’t be able to post a new photo every single day but I will try to post as often as possible.

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This is a photo of the line-up for a… kebab! Mustafa’s kebab in Berlin is very known and popular. Some people claim they had to wait over 2 hours to get a tasty lunch. The queue that you see in this photo – that’s about 1 hour wait. Is it really that good and is it really worth the wait? I will give out all the details in another blog post some time soon :)

– Alex