General Info About Warsaw

General Info About Warsaw

Uncover essential facts about Warsaw and clear up any questions you may have regarding Poland's business hours, Warsaw's prices, weather, holidays, and other crucial details. Everything you need to know about Warsaw in one place!

General Info about Warsaw

Warsaw in Numbers

As the capital of Poland and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the European Union, Warsaw is home to over 1,700,000 residents, making it the most populous city in the country, with Krakow trailing behind. The Vistula River gracefully winds its way through Warsaw, holding the title of Poland's longest river.

Notable Figures

Warsaw's history is interwoven with the legacies of remarkable individuals. One such notable figure is Marie Curie, born in Warsaw in 1867, who won two Nobel Prizes for her groundbreaking discoveries of radium and polonium. In the realm of music, the illustrious pianist Frédéric Chopin, born in Warsaw in 1810, stands as Poland's preeminent artist.


Warsaw's official time is the same as the rest of Western Europe, GMT+1.

Electric Connections

In Poland, electrical sockets adhere to the European type, with two outlets and 220V power – the same configuration found in most of Europe.


The currency of Warsaw is the Polish złoty, whose symbol is PLN.


As in the rest of Europe, to receive free health care in Warsaw, you need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If you're European, the card is free of charge, and to obtain it, you only need to present your ID card at any Social Security center.

If you're not European, consider our reasonably-priced travel insurance, which will cover you while you're abroad:

Useful telephone numbers

  • Poland area code: +48
  • Warsaw local code: 22
  • Emergency: 112
  • Police: 997
  • American Embassy in Warsaw: +48 22 504 20 00
  • British Embassy in Warsaw: +48 22 311 00 00
  • Australian Embassy in Warsaw: +48 22 521 34 44