Despite Warsaw’s metro, tram and bus network being incredibly easy to use, even for foreigners, we’ll still admit to being a bit put off from using it at first; that is until we discovered the veritable skeleton key to unlocking public transport: the warszawa.jakdojade.pl website and web app for your smartphone. The former is a wonderful and free tool for advance planning, but the web app is more practical for figuring out how to get from point A to B once you’re out in town and away from your computer. Just type in your starting address (the app does this automatically) and destination, or pin the locations on a map; select the time you want to depart or arrive, and Jakdojade magically churns out the best method for you to get there. Finished at the museum and want to head back to the hotel? This app will tell you exactly which bus or tram to get on, lead you to the correct stop and even tell you which ticket to buy. You can also buy and validate tickets in the app.
For those who prefer to feel smarter than their phones, you can also find timetables and network maps at ztm.waw.pl.
This site can also help you get from point A to point B within Warsaw, but is really invaluable when it comes to planning the journey to your next destination, whether within Poland or abroad, by bus or train. Use e-podroznik.pl to easily search bus and train connections and timetables, compare prices and even buy tickets in one of seven languages. There’s also a free mobile app (Android only).
Glob Cab Taxi:
Not to be outdone, Glob now has their own app - good, because they are one of the better ones operating in the city, charging only 2zł per km, and with fixed rates for transfers to/from the two major airports: Warsaw Chopin Airport is 29zł to/from the city centre and 99zł to/from Modlin Airport. Their app is easily found on the App Store and Google Play - Please note: you must use a registered Polish no. to sign up (prepaid or contract). To order by phone, call either +48 1-9668 or +48 666 00 9668.
If you don't have the patience for public transport in the first place, there's a nifty app for ordering taxis in PL: iTaxi.pl. iTaxi allows you to compare rates, arrival times, car models and more, sending the cab of your choice to your location without you having to talk to any dispatchers. Best of all, the drivers register to create a profile, and are heavily vetted so there's no funny business. Download it for free from their website. Please note: you must use a registered Polish no. to sign up (prepaid or contract).
Not only has Uber (uber.com) arrived in Poland, but the company recently opened their European hub in Kraków. If you're already an Uber user, you'll find that the alternative taxi service - whose free mobile app offers cheap one-tap, no cash, no tip rides from local drivers - has good coverage across Warsaw and all of Poland, however there are some drawbacks. Specifically, Uber drivers don't have the same permissions as regular cabbies and may not be able to take you as close to your destination, or get you there as directly; such is the trade-off for slightly cheaper rates.
Although agitating to some, electric motorised scooters are everywhere across Warsaw, and provide a cheap, easy, efficient and environmentally-friendly way to get around. To get started, you need an e-scooter app on your phone (create an account and add your personal data and payment details). The firms with the most current coverage in the capital are Lime, Bolt, Blinkee and CityBee. Spare yourself the wrath of locals by using your scooter responsibly; don’t ride through congested areas and when you’ve finished your ride, park it out of the way without blocking the sidewalk.