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Poland Travel Tips. Just for you.

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Everything You Need to Know Before You GO!


  • Please check the expiry date on your passport. Travel outside of the United States requires a passport that is valid for at least the next six months.
  • US citizens do not need a visa to enter Europe. If you are not a US citizen, please check with your diplomatic or consulate office about whether you require a visa for your trip destinations.


The US State Department provides Country Specific Information sheets for every country in the world as well as Travel Alerts and Warnings. For this information, call 888 407 4747 or 202 501 4444 or see


  • Plan to visit your doctor or local travel clinic at least 4-6 weeks before departure to allow time for any vaccinations to take effect or to fill any prescriptions.
  • We strongly suggest purchasing appropriate trip insurance covering medical, baggage, and trip cancellation as needed.
  • Before traveling to Europe or any other destination, we recommend consulting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for up-to-date information on required and recommended vaccines and medications. Visit or call 800 232 4636 for more information.
  • For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO), which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.
  • If you received any vaccinations in preparation for your journey, pack your vaccination certificates in your personal carry-on baggage in case you are asked to show them on arrival.
  • Make sure that any medications you require, as well as copies of your prescriptions, are packed in your carry-on luggage and not in your checked baggage.
  • Special meals and allergies: If you require special meals for health or dietary reasons, please let your Da’at tour operator know at least 60 days prior to your departure.


We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air, and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.


  • The official Polish currency is the zloty (literally, “golden”), abbreviated to zl and pronounced zwo-ti. It is divided into 100 groszy, which are abbreviated to gr. Banknotes come in denominations of 10zl, 20zl, 50zl, 100zl, and 200zl, and coins in 1gr, 2gr, 5gr, 10gr, 20gr, and 50gr, and 1zl, 2zl, and 5zl. The banknotes feature Polish kings, come in different sizes, and are easily distinguishable.
  • Click here to obtain the most current exchange rates.
  • ATM: In Warsaw and Krakow, “bankomaty” (ATMs) are easy to find, and the majority accept Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, and Maestro cards. The easiest and cheapest way to carry money is in the form of a debit card, with which you can withdraw cash either over the counter in a bank or from an ATM. Charges are minimal at major Polish banks (typically from zero to about 2%) and some home banks charge nothing at all for the use of their cards overseas.
  • Try to keep some small-denomination notes for shops, cafés, and restaurants – getting change for the 100zl notes that ATMs often spit out can be a challenge.
  • Cash: Kantors change cash only and accept major world currencies and are the best place to exchange cash. Kantors can be found all over town and in some hotels. They are open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and till around 2 p.m. on Saturday, but some open longer and a few stay open 24 hours. The most common and thus the most easily changed are US dollars, euros, and UK pounds. There’s no commission on transactions – the rate you get is what is written on the board (every kantor has a board displaying its exchange rates). The whole operation takes a few seconds and there’s no paperwork involved. You don’t need to present your passport or fill out any forms.
  • Credit Card: Credit cards are widely accepted for buying goods and services, though their use is still limited to upmarket establishments, mainly in major cities. Among the most popular cards accepted in Poland are Visa and MasterCard. Other cards (such as Amex, Diners Club, Eurocard, and Access) are not as widely accepted.
  • We recommend that you contact your bank in advance of departing on your journey to determine whether you will be able to use your ATM and credit cards while traveling. When contacting your bank, notify them of your travel dates so that they will anticipate charges being made outside of your hometown and do not suspend your cards for what may appear to them to be “suspicious” charges. We also recommend that you make a photocopy of the front and back sides of your ATM and credit cards to leave behind with someone at home who will assist you in the event your cards are misplaced, lost, or stolen.
  • For more information about money, in Poland click here.


  • In Poland, the power plugs and sockets are of type C and E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • For more information about this, visit
  • Electric shavers, traveling irons, phone rechargers, and other small appliances may require adaptors and/or converters, which you can purchase prior to your departure or at the airport.


Central European Time is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, US. To determine current time in major cities around the world, visit


Tips to avoid international roaming charges:

  • Use your existing plan – contact your local carrier to find out plans and prices for data roaming.
  • Rent a device – Rent a phone, download your information, and use the borrowed device as if it were your own.
  • Get a local SIM card – Make sure your phone is “unlocked” before purchasing a local SIM card in your destination and using your phone on the local network.
  • Wi-Fi only – Turn off your cellular data, switch your phone to airplane mode, and enable a Wi-Fi connection to access Internet hotspots in your destination.


For international calls from Poland to the US: Dial 00-1, followed by the US or Canadian area code and number.


Here’s a recommended restaurant list to help you decide which of Poland’s many restaurants might suit you best. These are all popular places so we suggest that you plan ahead and make reservations in advance.


  • Travel through Europe for people with special needs is doable/manageable but with certain limitations.
  • Airports, public transportation, and many tourist sites are wheelchair-friendly and most hotels have special rooms designed for disabled travelers.
  • When making independent dinner plans, check with your hotel as to which recommended restaurants can best accommodate your needs.
  • Many of the streets in the old cities and towns of Central Europe are still paved with cobblestones making free exploration very limited and possibly almost impassable for wheelchairs. Many places and sites have stairs only and don’t offer wheelchair access.
  • The decision to participate in one of these tours is at the sole discretion of each participant.
  • Should you require handicapped facilities, please contact our office.


The official language of Poland is Polish. English is the second most common language learned and spoken in Poland so many Poles speak reasonable English. Still, it is always worthwhile to speak a little of the local lingo so we recommend you click here for some useful Polish words and phrases.


  • Poland’s climate is continental. Summers are mild or warm and winters are very cold. Snow is common from December to mid-March. Rainfall is higher in summer than in other seasons.
  • Use a website such as to find average temperatures and rainfall during your travel times.
  • June, July, August, & September have the highest chance of rain while being the warmest months.
  • December, January, February, and March are the coldest months, with a good chance of snow.
  • Spring months: April, May
  • Summer months: June, July, August
  • Autumn months: September, October
  • Winter months: November, December, January, February, March


Click here for our suggested packing checklist.


Confirm baggage limitations with your international carrier before packing. Remember that airlines can change their baggage restrictions at any time.


  • Be sure to reconfirm your international flights with your airline 24 hours prior to your departure.
  • Passengers must check in for international flights from the US/Canada at least three hours prior to departure time.

Airport Security
Security checks are carried out routinely for your protection and safety. Expect to be asked about the contents of your luggage, who packed it, whether anyone asked you to transport items for them, and whether your luggage remained with you before you arrived at the airport. Do not take any mail, packages, or unknown items from anyone either before or after arriving at the airport.


  • If your package includes arrival and departure transfers, this will be detailed in your travel documents which will be e-mailed to you up to one week prior to your trip.
  • If you deviate from the arrival and/or departure dates and time as specified in your travel documents, you will need to arrange your own transfers. Alternatively, you may request a transfer service up to three working days prior to your arrival and the cost of the transfer service will be added to your invoice.
  • When requesting a transfer service, please provide us with your flight information. Your arrival transfer is guaranteed for up to one hour from your scheduled arrival time in order to compensate for minor delays.
  • Da’at or the transfer company will not be responsible for delays, for any reason, beyond one hour from your originally scheduled arrival time. In case of a delay, it will be your responsibility to contact Da’at directly and/or to make other transfer arrangements, such as by taxi.
  • Transfer costs are not refundable and any additional expenses will be your responsibility.


  • Taxi: Cabs are easy to find and relatively inexpensive; the prices are between 3 and 6 PLN/Zloty per km. It is normally less expensive to order a cab than to hail one.
  • Renting a Car: One can rent a car from a number of internationally known car rental companies or choose a local rental company. A passport, major credit card, and US/Canadian driver’s license will be required.
  • Public transportation in Warsaw: The ZTM Public Transport System in Warsaw offers a combination of tram, bus, metro, and urban rapid rail lines. Tickets are also valid on trains serving the Warsaw surroundings. For more information and timetables visit the ZTM or call +48 801 044 484.
  • Public transportation in Krakow: While Krakow has no underground metro system, it does have an integrated bus and tram system. For more information and timetables please visit the Krakow Public Transport Authority or call: + 48-12-910 / International Info: 48-12-4224182


If you arrive at your hotel before the customary 3:00 p.m. check-in time, your room may not be available. Store your luggage with the concierge and take the time to walk around and get a feel for your new city.


  • Hotel safes are usually provided and can be used to protect valuables such as passports, medications, jewelry, money, and electronics. If you must carry valuables, keep them on your person at all times, be mindful of your surroundings, and take extra caution in crowds.
  • We recommend photocopying the personal information pages of your passport and leaving one copy with a family member or friend and packing another in a place separate from the passport itself. You can also scan your passport and email a copy to yourself for easy online access. This will help you to secure a replacement quickly should the need arise.


Where and whether to shop while traveling with Da’at is a personal choice and shopping is never compulsory. If at any point during your journey you feel pressured to shop or make purchases, please immediately discuss the matter with your tour educator.


We recommend the following for tipping (amounts in US dollars):

  • Groups of 20 participants or more:
    Da’at Tour educator/escort $8, local guide $5, and driver $3 per participant per day
  • Recommended restaurant tipping when lunch or dinner is “not included in package”:
    10%-15% depending on your satisfaction. Note that if you say thank you to the server when you pay your bill, the server will assume that you don’t want any change. If you do want change, it’s best to thank the server only after receiving the change. It’s recommended to tip in cash as tips added to your credit card don’t always reach your server.
  • Porter:
    Included in your package.


European emergency number 112
Police Call 997
Ambulance 999
Fire Brigade 998
City Guard 986
For foreigners in Poland during the summer, there is a special emergency number (these numbers are in service from June 1 to September 30, between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily). +48 800 200 300; from mobile phones, dial +48 608 599 999