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'''Warsaw''' ([[Poland|Polish]]:''Warszawa'', [[Germany|German]]: ''Warschau'', [[France|French]]: ''Varsovie'') is the capital of [[Poland]].
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==South towards [[Radom]], [[Kielce]], [[Kraków]]==
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==Hitching Out==* <b>By national road (droga krajowa) 7 (E77)</b>Unfortunately for its inhabitants and fortunately for * '''Last verified''': September 2007** '''Option 1''': Get any tram from the hitchhikerscity centre e.g <i>Aleje Jerozolimskie</i>, <i>Warszawa Centralna</i> (Main Train Station), <i>Centrum</i> (Warsaw does not have Metro station) going towards the final stop of <b><i>Okęcie</i></b> (9, 15, 25). Once you get there, there is a district motorway nor bus stop some 50 meters away from the tram terminus further down the road. It is it linked one of the usual hitchhiking spots in Warsaw and many drivers often drive slowly to check if there are hitchhikers waiting. It also has the merit of being located some 50 meters from lights, which give the drivers some time to any major town with an expresswaysee you. There is also a kiosk and a filling station located within a minute's walk should you need anything. As This location has the downside of being a popular hitching spot for workers returning home for the city beginsweekend, usually to Kielce or Radom. It should be noted that for the most motorways part, these people are not "hitchhikers", but simply individuals wishing to get a ride home, often in exchange for a small fare. As a result, rules commonly accepted amongst hitchhikers (such as waiting in line) may not be respected at this spot. Furthermore, drivers stopping to pick up passengers at this particular location are aware that it is used by migrant workers, not hitchhikers, and expressways end and turn into regular surface streetswill often expect a small payment of about 5PLN. This can be avoided by making it clear that one is largely due to in fact a hitchhiker (for instance, by displaying a sign with the density name of city construction the destination, and importance of existing by wearing a rucksack). You can get to <i>Janki</i> (described in the following option) by taking a public bus that stops a short way down the road.** '''Option 2''': From the city transit systemscentre, take the free bus to <b><i>Centrum Janki</i></b> ([http: //www.ikea.com/ms/pl_PL/img/store_images/autobusy/janki.htm timetable]), a large shopping mall district some 20 kilometers from the city center. The destruction best place to catch the bus is on <i>Al. Jerozolimskie</i>, just west of either in order the Warsaw Central Train Station (Warszawa Centralna), near the WKD rail terminus. The trip takes 40 minutes to IKEA, and 45 to Geant. Once you're there, notice that the road splits into two separate roads. The earlier, eastern one (closer to construct an inner-city freeway network the bus stop at IKEA) is viewed as unbeneficialnational road no. This makes reaching a good spot for hitchhiking much easier7 (E77) to Kielce, Radom, as most major roads in fact start Kraków and the border with [[Slovakia]] in [[Chyżne]]. The other, national road no. 8 (E67) is located between IKEA and the city centreGeant shopping center, see below for more details.
* [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=pl&z=13&ll=Droga krajowa 7 (E77) [[Radom]]52.135279, [[Kielce]]20.896339&spn=0.077549, [[Kraków]] 0.181274&om=1&msid=113011033065220192664.00000111c8e4caa15aaf3&msa=* '''Cost from PKP (Polish State Railways)''': * '''Last verified''': September of 20070| Centrum Janki] on Google Maps
* '''Directions''': There are generally two places to hitchhike, one just outside the city centre and the other one in the commercial suburb of Janki. ** '''Option 1''': Get any tramway from the city centre (Aleje Jerozolimskie, Main Train Station, Centrum (Warsaw Metro)) going ==Southwest towards the final stop of {{wiki|Okęcie}} (9[[Łódź]], 15, 25). Once you get there, there is a bus stop some 50 metres away from the tramway terminus further down the road. It is one of the usual hitchhiking spots in Warsaw and many drivers often drive slowly to check if there are hitchhikers waiting. It also has the merit of being located some 50 metres from lights, which give the drivers some time to see you. There is also a kiosk and a filling station located within a minute's walk should you need anything. This location has the downside of being a popular hitching spot for workers returning home for the weekend, usually to Kielce or Radom. It should be noted that for the most part, these people are not "hitchhikers", but simply individuals wishing to get a ride home, often in exchange for a small fare. As a result, rules commonly accepted amongst hitchhikers (such as waiting in line) may not be respected at this spot. Furthermore, drivers stopping to pick up passengers at this particular location are aware that it is used by migrant workers, not hitchhikers, and will often expect a small payment of about 5PLN. This can be avoided by making it clear that one is in fact a hitchhiker (for instance, by displaying a sign with the name of the destination, and by wearing a rucksack). You can get to Janki (described in the following option) by taking a public bus that stops a short way down the road.** '''Option 2''': From the city centre, take the free bus to Centrum Janki ([http://www.ikea.com/ms/pl_PL/img/store_images/autobusy/janki.htm timetable[Częstochowa]]), a large shopping mall district some 20 kilometres from the city centre. The best place to catch the bus is on Al. Jerozolimskie, just west of the Warszawa Centralna train station, near the WKD rail terminus. The trip takes 40 minutes to IKEA, and 45 to Geant. Once you're there, notice that the road splits into two separate roads. The earlier, eastern one (closer to the bus stop at IKEA) is ''droga krajowa 7'' (E77) to Kielce, Radom, Kraków and the border with [[SlovakiaKatowice]] in , [[ChyżneWrocław]]. The other, ''==* <b>By national road (droga krajowa ) 8'' (E67) is located between IKEA and the Geant shopping centre, see below for more details.(dubbed "Katowicka" or "Gierkówka")</b>* [http'''Last verified'''://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=pl&z=13&ll=52.135279,20.896339&spn=0.077549,0.181274&om=1&msid=113011033065220192664.00000111c8e4caa15aaf3&msa=0| Centrum Janki] on Google MapsAugust 2007
=== Droga krajowa Follow either path mentioned above. In <b><i>Okęcie</i></b> there is a risk that the driver would only get you to <b><i>Janki</i></b>. In <i>Janki</i> itself however the road is easy to reach. The national road no. 8 (E67) is located between IKEA and Geant shopping centres, at most some 10 minutes walk from the free bus stop. If you wish to go down road 8 (dubbed "Katowicka" or "Gierkówka"E67)towards [[Katowice]], it is best to get off at the stop after IKEA, that is Geant. Further down the road there is a nice and wide shoulder so there should not be a problem with finding a decent place. The road itself leads to [[ŁódźPiotrków Trybunalski]], where it joins the national road no. 1 (E75). The latter connects Warsaw with [[CzęstochowaŁódź]], [[Katowice]], [[Sosnowiec]], [[Wrocław]] ===* '''Last verified''': August of 2007and all other major towns in the south. For Łódź leave the motorway at [[Rawa Mazowiecka]], for Wrocław leave the road at Piotrków Trybunalski.
Follow either path mentioned aboveThe road no. In Okęcie there 1 (E75) is also a risk that the driver would only get you possible connection to JankiKraków. In Janki itself however the While longer than road is easy to reachno. The ''droga krajowa 8'' 7 (E77) through Radom and Kielce (E67see above) , it is located between IKEA in much better condition and Geant shopping centresmuch faster. In Katowice-Sosnowiec area the road ends, at most some 10 minutes walk from but there also starts the free bus stop. If you wish to go down E67 towards [[KatowiceA4]], it is best motorway linking Katowice with Kraków to get off at the stop ''after'' IKEA, that is Geant. Further down the road there is a nice east and wide shoulder so there should not be a problem with finding a decent place. The road itself leads to [[Piotrków TrybunalskiWrocław]], where it joins and then the German border to the pan-European ''droga krajowa 1'' ([[E75]])west. The latter connects Warsaw with [[Łódź]]However, [[Katowice]]many hitchhikers going to Kraków take the straight route, [[Sosnowiec]], [[Wrocław]] and all other major towns often making the trip in one or two cars (switching at the roundabout in Radom), as many trucks going southfrom Warsaw to Kraków follow road no. For Łódź leave the motorway at [[Rawa Mazowiecka]]7 (E77), for Wrocław leave rather than the road at Piotrków Trybunalskidetour through Katowice.
The E75 is also a possible connection to Kraków. While longer than E77 through Radom ==North and Kielce (see above)northwest towards [[Gdańsk]], it is in much better condition and much faster. In Katowice-Sosnowiec area the road ends[[Toruń]], but there also starts the [[A4Bydgoszcz]] motorway linking Silesia with Kraków to the east and with , [[WrocławPłock]] and then the German border to the west. However, many hitchhikers going to Kraków take the straight route, often making the trip in one or two cars (switching at the roundabout in Radom), as many trucks going south from Warsaw to Kraków follow E77, rather than the detour through Katowice.[[Olsztyn]]==
===Going to Gdansk, Torun, Masuria===
* '''Where to''': [[Gdańsk]], [[Gdynia]], [[Toruń]], [[Bydgoszcz]], [[Płock]], [[Olsztyn]]
* '''Cost from PKP''':
* '''Last verified''': July 2006
* Directions: There are generally two main routes, both starting at the Plac Wilsona sq.** Option 1: Go to last the Metro Station (<i>Plac Wilsona) </i> or to the final tram stop of Tram 15 and take bus '''L''' towards <i>Łomianki </i> (private line; [http://www.kmlomianki.info/lomianki02/001pl%20wilsona%202.htm timetable]). Get off at the stop called <b><i>Woycickiego </i></b> (you should press the bell as the bus doesn't always stop there; the list of bus stops is within the bus itself and all bus stops are visibly marked). This is a perfect place to hitch-hike northwards, there is a lot of space for cars to stop. For Toruń, leave the road at Płock.** Option 2: Go to the Metro station <i>Plac Wilsona </i> and take bus '''181''' towards ''<i>Cmentarz Północny''</i>. Get off at the stop called Dzierzoniowska <b><i>Dzierżoniowska</i></b> and from there you'll see the main road leading northwards. The road is fairly straight and has plenty of good spots to hitch-hike. An additional pro is a McDonald's eatery located nearby with a toilet free of charge.
For Bydgoszcz and Toruń leave the road at Płońsk and take the national Noroad no. '''10'''. For Olsztyn - ask the driver (plenty of options, no main road)
[[Image:Warsaw-poznan.JPG|right|thumb|234px|Hitching place to [[Poznan]] and [[Germany]]]]
===Going to West towards [[Poznan]] and , [[Berlin]], [[Germany]]===
To go in the direction of [[Poznan]] and [[Berlin]]: Take the tram 26 and get off at <b><i>Fort Wola</i></b>. There you can get in the bus 713 and get off at the last but one stop. The stop is just around the corner, you can stand at the street, there's a bus stop where cars can stop and a street lantern so you can also stand there in the dark.
**Traffic is going too fast
**Trucks cannot stop for you because there is not enough space on the bus stop.
A better option is to get off the bus some kilometers before (forgot to write down the bus stop) where there is an ORLEN Orlen petrol station on the right-hand side of the road (forgot the name of it but it is reddish). Do not hitch rides at the petrol station as mostly local people stop there, but there is a lot of space for cars and trucks to stop in front of the petrol station. Holding a POZNAŃ Poznań sign could help.
===Going to Northeast towards [[BialystokBiałystok]] and [[Lithuania]]===
* '''Last verified''': August 2008
To go in the direction of [[Bialystok]] and [[Lithuania]]: Take tram 25 from Central Station or any tram from Metro <i>Ratusz</i>. Get off at <b><i>Dworzec Wilenska/Park Praski </i></b> tram stop, walk right down the underground passage, walk out the other side and turn right onto the bus top. This is situated beside the big clock on the commercial building. Catch bus 718 until the 2nd from last stop (this is where the bus turns). Note that the 718 goes outside of the city limits and an additional ticket is required. The first stop outside the central fare zone is a place loved by controllers, so beware.
You can hitch from the traffic lights, there is a street light, which helps [[at night]].
You can also hitch from the bus stop but The cars go very fast and appear reluctant to stop.
Also, if all of the above is bad, walk for 30 minutes from the 718 bus stop (see above), in the direction of BilaystokBiałystok, and you will come to traffic lights that are better for hitch hiking and where more cars stop. [[User:Nialldolan|Niall Dolan]] waited 2 minutes.
Traffic from Warsaw into Lithuania stops at the [[Budzisko-Kalvarija border checkpoint]].There is a series of petrol station past stations and car parks before and after the ex-[[Budzisko-Kalvarija border checkpoint]]. If you are heading to Estonia, Finland or Russia, you might want to stop at the busiest one and get a trucker from there.
===Going to Southeast towards [[Lublin]] and [[Ukraine]]===
To go in the direction of [[Lublin]]: From Central Station, get on tram 9, 22, 24 and get off at ''<b><i>Rondo Wiatraczna'' </i></b> station, from there get bus 704, 720, 722, 730 and get off at the ''<b><i>Szosa Lubelska'' </i></b> station. Try to hitchhike right from the bus-station at Szosa Lubelska.
===Going to East towards [[Brest]] and [[Belarus]]===
To go in the direction of [[Brest]]: From ''Central Station'', get on tram 9, 22, 24 and get off at ''Rondo Wiatraczna'' station, from there get bus 704, 720, 722, 730 and get off at Get to the ''<b><i>Szosa Lubelska'' </i></b> station(see above). Try to hitch right from the bus stop at Szosa Brzeska.
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