Warsaw/Śródmieście

Śródmieście is the central district of Warsaw, the capital of Poland, hosting the most tourist attractions, cultural institutions, gastronomic outlets and being the hub of the city's nightlife. Most visitors to Warsaw will visit the area, if not spend most of their time there, as it also offers extensive accommodation choice. Today's city centre is a mixture of brand-new, 21st-century development and remains and reconstructions of historic heritage. The oldest parts of Śródmieście, the Old and New Town of Warsaw have a separate guide on Wikivoyage.

Get in

Warsaw's Śródmieście district in dark red.
Śródmieście

By rail

Almost all long-distance trains to Warsaw arrive at   Warszawa Centralna, the central train station and the transportation hub for the entirety of the city. Most local suburban trains mostly arrive at   Warszawa Śródmieście, linked via an underground passageway to Warszawa Centralna. Some trains, however, will use the northern, somewhat remote   Warszawa Gdańska station. Local trains travelling eastwards from Warszawa Śródmieście will also stop at   Warszawa Powiśle, which is also a good place to start exploring the district.

By subway

From the Mokotów, the last subway before entering Śródmieście is the Pole Mokotowskie metro station. The first stop in Śródmiescie from this direction is Politechnika. The last northern stop in Żoliborz before entering the district is Plac Wilsona. The first stop in Śródmieście from this directions is Dworzec Gdański.

From the Warsaw Chopin Airport

To get to Śródmieście from the Chopin Airport, you can either take a local train, a bus or a taxi to get to Śródmieście.

The local trains depart from the terminus station right under the terminal - the S3 SKM and the green-yellow-white Koleje Mazowieckie (KML) trains stop at Warszawa Centralna, while the S2 SKM stops at Warszawa Śródmieście and Warszawa Powiśle. SKM trains depart every 15 minutes (S2 alternating with S3), and around 30 minutes to get to Warszawa Centralna or Warszawa Śródmieście.

The bus line linking the airport with Śródmieście is 175. It is very useful for tourists arriving in Warsaw, as it stops by a multitude of tourists attractions and hotels. The fare is no different from any other bus line in Warsaw. 175 departs every 20-30 minutes, depending on time of day, between 4AM and 11PM. The journey takes around 25 minutes to Warszawa Centralna and around 30 minutes from the airport to the other terminus at Plac Piłsudskiego.

The taxi to Śródmieście should set you back around PLN 50-60, depending on your destination and time of day, which also affect travelling time. Despite Warsaw repeatedly topping traffic congestion rankings, the traffic jams rarely affect the route to the airport, but you can get stuck in one inside Śródmieście. Outside of rush hours, you should be able to get to Śródmieście within 15 minutes by taxi.

Get around

Śródmieście is a relatively small district. The entire width of Śródmieście could be walked in roughly 25-35 minutes. The length of the district, however, would be longer by approximately an hour or so of non-stop and brisk walking. The district's geographical location and size makes it the easiest district to get around. Being home to many well-known businesses, governmental institutions, universities, and the center of a tourist's universe means that public transportation is well built up in the district.

By foot

Considering that the strict city center is a flat area whose sides measure only some 2 km, it is a good idea to take a stroll through it. There are two streets that serve the purpose of a promenade, ul. Chmielna, which is fully pedestrianized and ul. Nowy Świat, which is closed to traffic on summer weekends.

If you start your walk from Metro Centrum (this is a popular place where people arrange to meet one another), you can get to the other side of ul. Marszałkowska through the underpass. The round building adjacent to the intersection is called the Rotunda. It is a bank branch and the pavement in front of it is another popular meeting place. Going along the ul. Marszałkowska you'll pass some department stores and after 500 m or so, turn right into ul. Chmielna. At the end of it, turn left into ul. Nowy Świat and go straight ahead. This street, which then changes into Krakowskie Przedmieście, will lead you to Castle Square and the Old Town.

By car

By bus

Dworzec Centralny is also a big bus terminus. Note that the stops are named either Dw. Centralny or Emilii Plater (the street which runs in front of the train station), but they are really just next to each other.

By metro

Within Śródmieście, there are five subway stations that more-or-less cut through the midsection of the district from north to south. These are Dworzec Gdański (at the district's northern border with Żoliborz), Ratusz Arsenał (at Plac Bankowy, beside Warsaw City Hall), Świętokrzyska (at the intersection of ul. Marszałkowska and ul. Świętokrzyska), Centrum (at Rondo Dmowskiego, the intersection of ul. Marszałkowska and Aleje Jerozolimskie), and Politechnika (located near the Technical University).

See

The sprawling Palace of Culture and Science complex houses two universities, three theaters, a movie theater, a museum, and a concert hall
Church of the Holiest Saviour

Main streets and squares

Key landmarks

Modern Architecture

Jewish Warsaw

Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Galleries

Museums

Parks

Łazienki Park on a warm spring day

Other

ul. Kubusia Puchatka or Winnie the Pooh Street in Warsaw's central district.

Do

Performing Arts

Theaters

Cinemas

Buy

Off-the-beaten-path shops

Neat little shops can be found all over Warsaw, especially for those who are looking for a shopping extravaganza in Warsaw other than snobby upscale shopping malls, where the experience becomes lost.

In Śródmieście, and the Centrum area, in fact, there are several streets that see fewer tourists, but have interesting boutiques of all sorts. These same streets boast some of the best and most intimate restaurants and cafés. Plac Trzech Krzyży is an excellent starting point. The streets that branch out from the square are host to numerous of such shops and restaurants. Ul. Bracka, ul. Nowogrodzka, ul. Żurawia, ul. Krucza, ul. Mokotowska, and ul. Hoża would all be great streets to start wandering up and down. As you progress down ul. Hoża, drawing closer to ul. Marszałkowska, the shops will likely become of less interest, but the closer you remain to Pl. Trzech Krzyży the more boutique shops you'll find.

Malls

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Cafés

Bars

Clubs

Concert venues

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Hotel Bristol is a landmark in its own right

Connect

Internet

Post

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