With an abundance of world heritage sites, fascinating historic monuments and beautiful cities bursting with culture, it comes as no surprise to discover that Poland is one of the world’s most visited countries. While many come for the built attractions, others are drawn by its wealth of outdoor activities and reputation as a pioneer of agrotourism. From the beach resorts of the Baltic Sea coast to the hiking trails of the Tatra Mountains, the carefree ambience of Krakow to the chilling legacy of Auschwitz, the glorious brick gothic architecture of Malbork Castle to the romantic childhood home of Chopin in Warsaw, cheap flights to Poland lay the country’s masterpieces at your door in less than 3 hours.
Summer is high season for international visitors to Poland, reaching a peak in July/August, although if your travel dates are flexible you may still be lucky in finding affordable flight deals – especially if you’re willing to travel at less popular hours. For the best choice of cheap tickets, try spring or autumn departures – the weather should be mild enough in April and October to enjoy the sights without the crowds. Winters can be on the chilly side in Poland, but if you don’t mind wrapping up warmly and taking pot luck, this is a great time to fix up a last-minute city break. Travel midweek, if your plans allow, for the best chance of a bargain.
The UK benefits from an excellent range of direct flights to Poland thanks to the ever-reliable budget carriers. Ryanair’s service from London Stansted arrives 2 hours 15 minutes later in Warsaw, while Hungarian low-cost pioneer Wizz Air covers the same route from London Luton. Polish carrier LOT and British Airways both have scheduled departures from London Heathrow. Non-stop flights to other Polish cities include Wizz Air’s services from Birmingham to Poznan and Doncaster/Sheffield to Gdansk, or Ryanair’s Manchester to Krakow route. easyJet flies to Krakow from Bristol, Liverpool and Edinburgh, among other airports.
Warsaw Chopin Airport serves the Polish capital and is located around 6 miles from the city centre. Onward transport options from the terminal include a rail service, 5 public bus routes and licensed taxis – the taxi fare from the airport to the centre costs approximately 40 Polish złoty (PLN). Krakow’s John Paul II Airport has a direct train link into the city centre, with a transfer time of around 20 minutes, as well as 2 bus lines to whisk you to the old town and other destinations. Check what facilities are available at your arrival airport before you fly – if it’s your first visit, a pre-booked taxi ride offers comfort, convenience and peace of mind, as well as the security of an agreed price.
Drink in the architectural bounty of Krakow, the former royal capital, with its bewitching mix of medieval, gothic and baroque. Trace the moving heritage of Lublin, once a major centre of Jewish scholarship dubbed the “Jewish Oxford”, or visit the lively port of Gdansk, birthplace of the Solidarity movement that was to change the course of history in the 1980s. Search for the rare European bison in Bialowieza National Park, the oldest in Poland and now protected by two UNESCO designations for its unique ecology, or strap on your walking boots and hit the scenic trails of the Tatra Mountains. Feast on hearty Polish stew and sauerkraut or try delicious pastries flavoured with poppy seeds in preparation for the main event – a tot of heart-warming vodka, served neat in the local fashion. If your curiosity is piqued, many artisan distilleries offer guided tours where you can learn some of the inside secrets of Poland’s national tipple.
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