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The DDECS 2014 venue is Hotel BOSS in the south-east of Warsaw, about 20 kilometers from its center.
You can reach Warsaw by train, plane, or car. The city is served by two international airports: Warsaw Chopin Airport, situated just 10 kilometers from the city center but still within the city limits, and Warsaw-Modlin Airport, located 35 kilometers to the north.
The railway station that best suits DDECS attendees' purposes is Warszawa Wschodnia (Warsaw East), serving both international connections and domestic traffic. Among the many train operators that use this facility is Fast City Rail (SKM), serving local traffic including connections to the Chopin Airport and the conference venue. Thus, no matter how you reach Warsaw, you will probably have to use SKM to get to the conference venue. Timetables of SKM trains can be found here: S1, S2.
The following paragraphs explain step by step how to reach the Warszawa Wschodnia station after arriving in Warsaw by train or plane and, finally, how to get to the conference venue. All the key places mentioned in the text are also marked on the map below. Click on the colorful placemarks to find out how to commute between those places. Click on the rectangle in the upper right corner of the map to enter the full-screen mode.
A common ticket system is shared by all the means of public transportation in Warsaw: trams, buses, and railways of all types. Ticket machines can be found at and around the Warszawa Wschodnia station and the airport, as well as at many (though not all) bus- and tram stops elsewhere and on board of some buses. They accept credit cards and of course Polish currency. The cheapest option is a Single Fare Transfer Ticket for 4.40 zł (around 1 euro), which allows you to ride for 75 minutes while freely transferring between lines. This is enough time to reach the Symposium venue from the Warszawa Wschodnia station. If your journey starts at the Chopin Airport, it may be safer to buy a 90-minute ticket for 7.00 zł.
Reaching the conference venue once you have arrived in Warsaw...
...by plane to the Warsaw-Modlin Airport
Warsaw-Modlin Airport (code WMI) is located 35 km north-west of Warsaw. It is currently served by a single airline, Ryanair.
The easiest way to commute between the Modlin Airport and Warsaw is by ModlinBUS operating 24 hours a day. Tickets can be purchased on board of the bus, at the airport, or online. The latter way is recommended because it guarantees you will not miss a bus for lack of free seats. Alternatively, you can buy tickets on site with cash (including foreign currency) or card. Take a ride to Warszawa Centrum. It will take from 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions. You will arrive in the very center of Warsaw, right in front of the Palace of Culture & Science – the huge stone building with a spire on top. Just keep it on your right and after a five-minute walk through parking lots and walkways you will reach the Warszawa Śródmieście station.
Once at the station, buy at least two tickets for the SKM local trains: for a ride to the conference site and back (see the Tickets section). Then catch the S1 line of Fast City Rail (SKM) in the direction of Otwock (departing every 30 minutes from 4am to 11.20pm). Once on the train, do not forget to validate your ticket. After a 30-minute ride get off in Miedzeszyn (10th stop). Take the route shown on this map and 10 minutes later you will be in Hotel BOSS, the DDECS 2014 venue.
...by plane to the Chopin Airport
The best way to get to the conference venue from the airport is by Fast City Rail (SKM). To reach the station, go all the way to the right. You can buy the tickets (see the Tickets section above) from vending machines at the entrance to the SKM station. Alternatively, while still in the Arrivals, you can get tickets at the Public Transport Service Point next to the Tourist information in the Arrivals hall (open from 7am to 8pm). It is recommended to buy at least two tickets: for a ride to the conference site and back.
For an interactive map of the Chopin Airport click here.
Take the S2 Fast City Rail (SKM), which leaves every 30 minutes from 6am to 10.30pm. Once on the train, do not forget to validate your ticket. After approximately 32 minutes you will leave at the Warszawa Wschodnia station (7th stop).From now on, proceed as indicated in the following section.
The most straightforward way to get to the conference venue from here is by Fast City Rail (SKM). Once at the station, buy at least two tickets for the SKM local trains: for a ride to the conference site and back (see the Tickets section). Then catch the S1 line of Fast City Rail (SKM) in the direction of Otwock, departing every 30 minutes from 4am to 11.20pm. Once on the train, do not forget to validate your ticket. After a 20-minute ride get off in Miedzeszyn (7th stop). Take the route shown on this map and 10 minutes later you will be in Hotel BOSS, the DDECS 2014 venue.
Alternative ways to get about Warsaw
A reliable point-and-click trip planner for Warsaw can be found here. Just select your start and destination points on the map and press "Search". Alternatively, street addresses and names of objects of interest (hotels, museums, railway stations, airport etc.) can be typed in the text fields marked A and B in the top-left portion of the screen. Most of the proper names are only accepted in Polish but the search is greatly facilitated by a list of hints.
Useful facts about Poland
Language The official language is Polish. The vast majority of young people are fluent in English, while many people in their forties or older speak Russian. The German language is also quite popular.
Time zone Local time in April is UTC/GMT +2 hours.
Currency Polish złoty (official code: PLN, usually abbreviated as zł). The approximate exchange rate is 1 EUR = 4 PLN.
Weather Weather in Poland is fairly unpredictable in April. Temperatures above 20 degrees are equally likely as heavy snowfall. Thus, it is recommended to consult a trusted weather-forecast source immediately before the journey.
Power supply 230 volts AC, 50 Hz, type C and E electrical outlets
Calling from abroad Poland's country code is +48.
Emergency number 112