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|Major roads:||S8, S2, S79|
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Warsaw (Polish: Warszawa) is the capital and largest city of Poland. While hitching out, in or just passing through during rush hour can take a bit longer, because there are traffic jams everywhere.
You can cross city very fast by using public transport. Check public transport lines at bus and tram stations.
'Due to ongoing constructions for the 2nd metro line all over the city many tram lines have changed their routes. Check if the lines mentioned below really exist and go where they are supposed to go to.'
There are several options to hitch out of Warsaw in western direction, and the option you choose depends on your location in the city and your personal preferences.
Option #1: S8 onramp Warszawa Zachód
This option involves the least walking and is quite close to the city centre and the western districts. To get there you have two different possibilities:
#1:Take the tram 8, 10, 26 direction Os. Górczewska and get off at Ciepłownia Wola. There you can get in the bus 713 and get off at Mory (The first stop on public transport zone 2 (strefa II)). Walk back around 200m in the direction your bus came from, until the on-ramp of the A2. Or go up by the ramp to highway E77 , little bit further there wil be separate zone where cars can stop. Better hold big sign with your destination!
#2: Especially during rush hour, there is a faster way to get to the on-ramp at the A2: Take the KM3 train in direction of Łowicz or Sochaczew (sometimes only going to Błonie) and get of at the station Gołąbki. From the pedestrian crossing over the tracks you can already spot the highway's noise barrier to the north-west. Follow the road on the northern side of the train station to the north, turn right at the next crossing and the road should lead you through an under-bridge under the highway after a couple of minutes. After, you cross the road and arrive at the on-ramp described under #1. The whole walk is around 1,5km.
You can take the trains from platform #3 at Warszawa Śródmieście which is next to the Central Station, but not the same! It is more East of the Central Station and South to the Palace of Culture and Science. Have a look at the timetables and different stations from where to take the trains on the website, since they run often just one or two times in an hour. Tickets cost probably a few zlotys, make sure you buy one before entering the train (alternatively you can buy one in the train in the first car).
Option #2: S8 onramp (busstop) Warszawa-Powązkowska
This option is best when you have to get from the northern districts of the city to a good spot. There's no walking involved, you'll be able to get out of the bus and start hitching right away!
Take bus 103, 122, 180, 186 or 409 and get off at Gen. Maczka (Note: bus stops only on request here!). Hitch right from the bus stop where bus 186 in direction Szczęśliwice stops. Holding a sign A2 makes the difference to get the ride out. The S8 starts here and eventually changes into the A2 to Poznań. Streetview here. (I used this spot in July 2018 and absolutely the best spot it is for Poznan. just waited 3 min and even the driver told me how convenient spot it was.)
Option #3: A2 service station Brwinów (very good option)
From Warszawa Śródmieście railway station take a "KM1" in direction of Grodzisk Mazowiecki and get out after 30 minutes at Brwinów. When you walk down the stairs of the platform turn right and walk direction north. The road is first called Rynek, later Biskupica, and the road number is 720. Keep following it until you pass the A2 with a tunnel, then take the first road left and follow it until the service station. The distance to walk is about 3.5 km. Google maps link here
Option #4: S2 bus stop on the entry to bypass from southern part of the city
Take the bus from metro station Wilanowska to the stop Żołny (lines 319, 709, 715, 727, 739). Then go back a bit to the direction you arrived under the overpass and turn left. There is a place where a lot of the southern inhabitants of Warsaw go to A2. There is an unused bus stop on the highway entrance. There is enough space to stop a truck. The drivers will come around the bend, but if you stay at the end of the bus stop they will go slow enough and they will have much time to see you and stop. It is a great place to catch direct car to Łódź, to Poznań or even Gdańsk you can change on the service station (MOP) Nowosady (there are Burger King and Shell gas station), if the driver comes to Łódź and you want to go west or north it is important to left before A1 and A2 junction.
Option #5: The old road / longer traveling time since you cross many villages
If you wish to take the old main road DK92 (not advisable if you want to travel fast...) you can use a place which takes a bit more time to reach:
When you get out at the station in Ożarów Mazowiecki (make sure you keep an eye out for the correct station, Ożarów Mazowiecki only has one sign at the end of the station) just leave the station to the right (facing away from Warsaw) and follow Marii Konopnickiej Street until you reach a bigger street, Poznańska (about 500m). Another few hundred meters to the East you will find a bus stop with plenty of space to stop (it's across the street from the church). It's just one lane, cars are going quite slow and you avoid a great deal of local traffic out of Warsaw. Even though this is the old main road to the West and some drivers (especially trucks) take it to avoid the highway fees, it will probably take longer than using the highway.
Get tram 7, 9, 35 from the city centre e.g Aleje Jerozolimskie, Warszawa Centralna (Main Train Station), Centrum (Warsaw Metro station) going in the direction of P+R Aleja Krakowska and get off at the last stop. Then, take bus 707, 728, 807 (not 715) to Janki, or bus N88, 706 or 807 to Plac Szwedzki (a stop near Janki and in front of an IKEA store) and walk back to the stop Janki.
From the stop Janki, note that the road splits. The road going east (left) is national road 7 (E77) where you can hitch towards Kielce, Radom and Kraków. Using a large sign can be very effective.
Note: As of November 2015, the S8 express road towards Piotrków Trybunalski is under reconstruction. Drivers going to Łódź, will most probably prefer the A2 highway to Poznań (see above). The old hitch-hiking spot at Janki doesn't exist anymore as the road has been closed. If you're going towards Wrocław or Katowice, follow the directions below, just be aware that the conditions will be changing with the progress of road construction.
Get tram 7, or 9 from the city centre e.g Aleje Jerozolimskie, Warszawa Centralna (Main Train Station), Centrum (Warsaw Metro station) going in the direction of P+R Aleja Krakowska and get off at the last stop. Then, take bus 703, 733 or 711. Look for a good hitching spot from the bus stop called "Paszków". The bus will use a service road pararell to the highway. As for November 2015, the traffic is redirected onto the service road just after "Paszków" bus stop due to construction works, making it a perfect spot. If you don't find any good spot before the town of Nadarzyn, get off at "Poniatowskiego" (703) or "Warszawska" (711) and walk ~500m to the main highway. The spot shouldn't be too bad. If you're on 733 you're luckier - it continues past Nadarzyn, get off at "Rusiec" or "Urzut". The whole journey takes about 1h from the city centre. There should be a gas station about 25kms past Nadarzyn, so if you're driver is not going in the desired direction, you can get of there and find someone to take you where you're going. For updated public transport information, check jakdojade.pl 
A good place to hitch from near the bus stop Dzierżoniowska(you need to press STOP for that busstop). To get here, either take bus 114 from metro Młociny in the direction Młociny-UKSW, or take bus 181 from the metro station Plac Wilson in the direction Cmentarz Północny. Once you get off the bus at Dzierżoniowska, you can see the main road going north and there are several places to stand Best is traficlights next to McDonald). Best stops betwen Warsaw - Olsztyn :(dont agree for Płońsk) Glinojeck (on roundbound), Mława, Nidzica (on trafic lights cross),
Update 26th July 2018: Highway S8 in and around Warsaw is now complete and open for traffic
Go to the metro station Dworzec Wileński and from there take bus 738. Get off at the bus stop Wolności or bus stop Wiejska. Walk north from bus stop Wolności (or south from bus stop Wiejska) towards the junction of Piłsudskiego and the S8. At the start of the on-ramp for the S8 is a bus stop where cars can pull into.
Also you can get out from bus 738 at bus stop Cmentarz and walk back and a bit forward on road 8 / 629 towards Bialystok after some disctance this road joins a S8 highway. Also there are some small lakes and nice place to camp overnight
The on-ramp in front of the Ikea also looks promising
From Central Railway Station (Dworzec Centralny') get on tram 9, 24 direction Gocławek and get off at Plac Szembeka stop, from there, go trough the street, and bus stop in this same direction (east) is on the second side of the street. Get bus 704, 720, 722, 730 and get off at the Szosa Lubelska. Hitch right from the bus stop at Szosa Lubelska street.
Or from Central Railway Station (Dworzec Centralny') or from metro station Politechnika, take bus 502 to the last station, Stara Miłosna. From here walk to the intersection Szosa Brzeska, then turn right and walk 500 m to the aforementioned stop Szosa Lubelska.
Wał Miedzyszynski - Bronowska Street intersection is also quite a good spot.
- Internet cafe for free: at the Univerisity of Warsaw main campus (adress: Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28) there is situated free of charge internet cafe for students, but none will check your ID. Internet cafe is located in old library building vis a vis main entrance on the 2nd floor. Printing up to 10 pages is for free. It is open from 08:15 to 20:45. Please be polite:)
Now it is downstairs in the old history building of the university, and printing costs 0,10 zloty per sheet.
Wild camping with tents next to Vysla river and not far from Central bus station/railway - go to Świętokrzyski Bridge cross it to direction Bialystok/Lithuania and after crossing turn left on the first road Wybrzeże Szczecińskie. Walk one minute and you will spot downhill to side of river with the flat land and big tree down there. Thats nice place noone see you from the road above. Also its on the other side of bus station Most Świętokrzyski 03 (buses 102, 162, N14, N64 stops here)
Also a Vistula riverbank there looks promising for tent camping
There are several large squats in Warsaw. You will find the Skłot Przychodnia on Skorupki 6. There's another one called Serena.