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for some a luxury, for others a hassle - nonetheless, there are things to know and they are all here:

- what airport should I fly to?
- what are Polish airports like?
- how do I get to the city centre?



contents

airports & destinations

airports & destinations

domestic

domestic

LOT Polish Airlines

LOT Polish Airlines

tips

tips

airports & destinations


For information on how to get to/from any of the airports below to the city it serves, the alternatives to flying, as well as on sleeping in the airport and the amenities it provides, see the airport city's dedicated article.

Below is a map of all commercial airports in Poland. When using this map for own purposes, please link this page.

what are Polish airports like?

They're nothing to write home about, but they will meet your expectations on everything. They're mainly well-functioning modern glass structures with all the standard amenities and not much else. You can read more about each individual airport in the article of the city it serves.

Warsaw airport airside

Cracow airport landside

Wrocław airport inside

Katowice airport lounge


destinations to/from Polish airports

Warsaw Chopin (WAW)

Warsaw airport (WAW) is connected to the vast majority of European countries. The connections are, however, mostly limited to the largest 1-2 airports in the country (though this does not apply for the UK, Germany, and Ukraine, where there are additional connections to smaller airports). The airport also hosts long-haul flights, namely to China (Beijing), the USA (Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Chicago), Canada (Toronto), the UAE (Dubai), Japan (Tokyo), South Korea (Seoul), Singapore, India (Delhi) and Qatar.

Warsaw is also served by its low-cost airport, Warsaw Modlin.


Warsaw (WAW) - European destinations

Cracow (KRK)

From Cracow, with the city being a major tourist destination, you can go to most major cities in Europe, and especially in the UK. There are also intercontinental connections to Dubai and Chicago. Unlike WAW airport, this city is also serviced by Ryanair. The only connections Ryanair has with Warsaw are with the neighbouring Modlin Airport (WMI).


Cracow (KRK) - European destinations

Gdańsk (GDN)

GDN is Northern Poland's main airport, but is significantly smaller than both Cracow and Warsaw airports. Nonetheless, it has a variety of connections to large European cities, as well as a number of budget destinations serviced by the likes of Ryanair and WizzAir.


Gdańsk (GDN) - European destinations

Katowice (KTW)

Katowice Pyrzowice Airport is a very quickly-growing airport serving the Upper Silesian Metropolis, including Katowice, Bytom, Zabrze, Gliwice, and more. It has many business-oriented connections, as well as holiday connections aimed at the local population. KTW airport also serves an intercontinental service to Dubai-Al Maktoum Airport.


Katowice (KTW) - European destinations

Warsaw Modlin (WMI)

Modlin Airport is Warsaw's 2nd airport, designed to service low-cost carriers, specifically Ryanair. It hosts many connections to typical budget holiday destinations, but also to some major cities in Europe.

Warsaw is also served by its more central airport, Warsaw Chopin.


Warsaw Modlin (WMI) - European destinations

Wrocław (WRO)

Wrocław is Lower Silesia's main and only airport, oriented at both business and leisure travellers. It has a number of connections to large cities, as well as low-cost vacation destinations.


Wrocław (WRO) - European destinations

Poznań (POZ)

This is a rather small airport with a few key destinations, serving the city of Poznań and the Greater Poland Voivodeship.


Poznań (POZ) - European destinations

Rzeszów (RZE)
Very small airport serving Southeastern Poland, with a handful of European connections and, amazingly, a long-haul connection to New York City.


Rzeszów (RZE) - European destinations

Szczecin (SZZ)
SZZ airport serves Northwestern Poland and has just a few connections, mainly to the United Kingdom and Norway.


Szczecin (SZZ) - European destinations

Lublin (LUZ)
A tiny airport serving Eastern Poland, namely the Lubelskie Voivodeship.


Lublin (LUZ) - European destinations

Bydgoszcz (BZG)
A central Polish airport with a few connections to transit airports and UK airports.


Bydgoszcz (BZG) - European destinations

Łódź (LCJ)
An airport serving the city of Łódź and the Łódzkie Voivodeship with a very small number of essential connections.


Łódź (LCJ) - European destinations

Olsztyn (SZY)
Olsztyn Airport serves the Masurian Lake District and Northeastern Poland with its newly-opened small airport.


Olsztyn (SZY) - European destinations

(Zielona Góra Airport (IEG) does not have any international destinations.)


domestic



Though flying domestically in Poland has never been easier or cheaper, it is generally still much more of a hastle and expense than taking the good ol' train. Therefore, for any domestic travel in Poland, if possible, take the train over the plane.

Below is a map of domestic connections in Poland, which are all served by one of two airlines - LOT Polish Airlines or Ryanair.

We do not recommend flying domestically in Poland. The train is cheaper, more comfortable, fully flexible, and sometimes even slightly faster.

If you're the type of person who always shows up at the airport 2 hours before your flight, do not fly the following routes (it will be slower than the train):

what are domestic flights in Poland like?

I would like to say that they are just like in Western Europe, but that would not be entirely truthful. Unsurprisingly, Ryanair operates their regular Boeing 737 aircraft. LOT Polish Airlines, however, operate not only their American Boeing 737s, but also less comfortable (though just as safe) propeller-powered Canadian DHC-8 Dash 8. The airline does not operate any Russian-made aircraft.

LOT Boeing 737

Ryanair Boeing 737

LOT DHC-8 Dash 8

LOT Boeing 737 inside


LOT Polish Airlines



The national carrier of Poland, LOT Polish Airlines is a Star Alliance member and a truly intercontinental airline with a hub in Warsaw and Budapest and a focus city in Tallinn.


LOT Polish Airlines - European destinations



LOT Polish Airlines - intercontinental destinations

safety

LOT Polish Airlines has not had a fatal accident since 1988, before the airline was restructured and drastically improved after the fall of communism. As such, it is easily within the top tier of airline safety. Airline Ratings has given LOT the highest safety rating.

fleet

For European flights, LOT operates Boeing 737s and Bombardiers DHC-8 Dash 8s. For photos of those aircraft, see our domestic chapter. For intercontinental flights, LOT employs only new Boeing 787s - Dreamliners.

LOT Boeing 787

LOT Boeing 787 economy

LOT Boeing 787 premium economy

LOT Boeing 787 business



tips


tickets

For buying tickets, we strongly recommend the flight search engine Momondo - it works great in Poland. We also recommend buying tickets 3 weeks or more before your planned departure. If you are planning to go within the next 3 weeks, it may be cheaper to take the train. However, you should be able to get a fair deal as long as you book more than 10 days before departure. Be aware that flights from major Polish migration cities, such as London or Dublin, are sold out much more quickly, especially in the Christmas and Easter periods.


should i fly?

It doesn't always make sense to fly to Poland. Now, the answer to whether you should fly depends on whether your alternative is driving or taking a bus/train. Below is a map of where from it can make sense to take the train.