Warsaw

The capital of Poland is surrounded by palaces and parks, where you can visit the magnificent Palace of Culture, the tallest building in Poland. It was a present to Polish people from the Soviet Union. You can also admire the Royal Castles in the Old District the official residence of the Polish monarchs and other gothic buildings scattered throughout the city and don’t forget to stroll along the “Royal Route” in order to observe the most attractive part of Warsaw.

SAFETY INDEX

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Violent crime almost doesn’t exist in Warsaw. Most common crimes are theft, pick-pocketing and other financial-motivated offense. SafeAround wants to make your trip to Warsaw as cool and relaxed as possible, thus we compiled information concerning all possible risks in the Warsaw’s neighborhoods. SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous areas, details on scams and other possible risks, as well as some useful travel advice in order not to let anything spoil such a wonderful journey to this magnificent vibrant city.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Overall, Warsaw is a safe city with a rating of 80.7, it is ranked 16th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any other touristic capital in the world large flow of tourists makes pickpocketing and petty theft incredibly popular. Simple precautions will almost eliminate chances of being robbed. The most common way of pickpocketing in Warsaw is when someone distracts your attention, while the other steal your phone or wallet. Don’t let to divert your attention.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Warsaw is a place, where you are not likely to be kidnapped or mugged. Anyway, we recommend you not to accept drinks from strangers and avoid using unofficial taxi.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

There is also common a scam with fake police officers who are under the guise of checking the ID’s additionally ask to show the cash in order to check its authenticity, whilst steal imperceptibly a couple of banknotes. There is scams with fake police officers and criminals which use electronic “skimming” to steal credit card credentials and pin code at some ATM’s. Overcharging scams are also very common, especially in the capital, thus don’t be shy to ask the price of the meal or a cocktail in the bar beforehand as afterward, you could be unpleasantly surprised. Many persons in Warsaw will try to help you, but some of them might be scammers. For instance, you will be proposed to help to purchase a train ticket, however, the helper will simply take your money and run away.  

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Pick-pockets operate in a public transport, especially in Warsaw. SafeAround recommends to be vigilant and look after your belongings all the time and be especially prudent in the overcrowded areas and while getting on the public transport. Taxi drivers are used to overcharge tourists for their services. So, make sure before the ride that taxi meter is on and we additionally advise you to check out the approximate price of the ride beforehand in a hotel or on the web.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There is flooding possible during the spring. Any other natural disasters are not common.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Though the threat from terrorism is low in Poland. In light of frequent terrorist attacks in Europe.  We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Warsaw as the rest of the Poland is safe for women travellers. We advise to exercise normal prudence and use common sense. Whenever possible try to avoid public drunkenness places if you are alone.  

Carte

WHAT TO DO?

Praga Polnoc

This area is located over the river from the main city and was the least destroyed part of the city after the WW2.  Apart from the batch of restaurants and fashionable bars, the area is seedy and poor as it always was. Locals say that it has its own character but on the reality its just place with infamous drug addicted musicians and spots where beer is drunk on the streets. It is worth to visit this neighborhood quickly during the day, but it is not definitely a place where is tourists should go at night.

Old Town

(Royal Castle, Sigismund III Vasa Column, St. John’s Cathedral) This is the oldest area in Warsaw with the most historical and picturesque sights. Unfortunately, some of them were completely demolished during the WW2 and rebuilt afterward. As a famous touristic destination, the old town is the main spot for pickpockets. We are especially advising to keep an eye on your belongings and use common sense while getting on the public transport on Nowy Swiat and Aleje Ujazdowskie, between the Old Town and Rozbrat Square near Lazienki Garden.

New Town

New Town area is supposed to be a wonderful place to walk around on a sunny day. Numerous historic buildings, churches, and modern cafes accompany you during the walk. There are very little bag snatching and pickpocketing reported, but still, we advise to be prudent while walking around.

Warszawa Zachodnia station

It’s a very important transport station, with trains and long-distance bus connections. SafeAround recommends being vigilant at this site, as there are concentrated lots of pickpockets and scammers. On the top of the mentioned above, we advise avoiding abandoned areas, outskirts of the city. Areas around football stadiums, especially after the football match is over and numerous drunk football fans staggering around. Non-tourist areas where the most muggings took place are Mokotów, Śródmiieście, Wola, but still, there are pretty safe for both tourists and locals. SafeAround just recommends to choose another area for stay  Warsaw if possible.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days. If you planning to stay longer you have to obtain a visa. Normally Polish government requires the proof of payment ability in order to be sure that you possess sufficient amount to cover your trip. Make sure your passport has at least 3 months’ validity from your planned date of return. Dual national visitors (Australian – Polish) must use Polish passport for entering and departing.
Zloty is the currency in Poland. SafeAround advises to use only trustworthy establishments like banks and currency exchange kiosks in the airport or ATM machines.
Throughout the year there is possible to experience almost every type of weather. During summer the temperature might be between 24 to 36 degrees Celsius. In winter months the temperature can fall below zero.
Main Polish airports are located in Warsaw, Kraków, Gdánsk, Katowice and Wroclaw. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.