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Getting around Warsaw by Car

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While using a private car or one hired from one of the numerous car rentals always drive carefully and beware of potholes. If possible, avoid the peak-hour traffic (i.e. between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.). The traffic is banned from the centres of both the Old and the New Towns. Thus, if planning to sightsee those two historic parts of Warsaw, the best idea is either to walk or use the public transport. There are more and more cars in the streets of Warsaw making the city jammed. It is advisable to think well before going on a tour of Warsaw in a car. On the other hand, it is a good idea to use a car to get to the outlying attractions of Warsaw. One can also get there using public transport.

Parking rules

Park your car in the car parks. Otherwise, your car may be towed away to a police car park or it can be wheel-clamped. You might also find a parking ticket under the windscreen wiper for parking with no valid parking pass.

NOTE: pay with COINS as the parking metres give no change.

There is a paid parking zone in and around the city centre of Warsaw. The parking passes are sold by parking metres. Having purchased one, display the parking receipt on the dashboard so that the ticket wardens can see it while inspecting the car park.

In most cases parking is FREE between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays.

It is advisable to use one of the secure car parks available in the city.

NOTE: NEVER leave any valuables in the car.

Driving regulations

Starting from April 17, 2007 all drivers must drive with their dimmed headlights on night and day throughout the year!


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