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Poland’s untamed mountain vistas, glassy lakes and Baltic beaches make it a popular destination for tourists seeking an affordable getaway. The country’s natural splendour is accompanied by a rich and varied history, from the medieval to the modern. Whether you’re visiting Warsaw, Krakow or Gdansk, this vast nation is the underrated gem of Eastern Europe.
In recent years, tourists have discovered Poland’s charms as an unusual but affordable summer getaway. This has resulted in a huge surge in popularity. Summer time is host to an increasing number of festivals such as the Krakow Film Festival and Wroclaw Good Beer Festival, which take place in May and June.
For this reason, the best time to find cheap flights to Poland from the UK is usually during the winter months, when the temperature gets much lower, but so does the tourist footfall. November to April generally turns up the best deals, although you should avoid Christmas and New Year, when prices briefly go up.
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Don’t forget to check the flight prices to different airports in Poland, such as Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk or Wroclaw. Expedia offers flights to all these places and you may find some cheaper than others.
As a hub of European travel, you should have no trouble finding direct flights to Poland. Average travel time from London is around two and a half hours.
Warsaw’s Chopin Airport is the largest in Poland, serving around 16 million passengers every year. For those looking for trips to cities outside the capital, we also offer flights to Krakow Airport and Wroclaw Airport (both located in the south of the country) and Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (located on the northern coast).
A good mix of budget and premium airlines fly to Poland, improving your chances of finding an affordable flight.
If you’re visiting the capital, Chopin Airport is situated only six miles outside the city centre, with a train station, taxi rank and several bus routes heading directly into the city.
Once you’ve settled in and are ready to start exploring, you’ll find the public transport system generally efficient and reliable. Depending on where you’re visiting, the metro system may close as early 11pm – sooner than most European cities – so be sure to plan your evening journeys to avoid getting stranded.
Of course, Poland is also famed for its unspoiled wilderness, making travelling by road a picturesque experience. Hiring a car in Poland is a great way to get a sense for the local landscape, especially if you want to head out hiking.
Unfortunately, Poland’s capital city of Warsaw was almost completely flattened during the Second World War. Nevertheless, the resilient Poles have rebuilt the Old Town, which is now almost a perfect recreation of the city that was destroyed. Wandering the cobbled streets and exploring the Royal Castle and 14th century St John’s Cathedral, you’ll hardly notice the difference.
Krakow, meanwhile, escaped much bombing during the war, making it the ideal place to visit if you’re after something a little more authentic.
Be sure to make the most of the country’s specialities, from cured meats to locally distilled vodka. The latter is particularly helpful for warming the cockles in the cold winter months!