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'''Warsaw''' ([[Poland|Polish]]:''Warszawa'', [[Germany|German]]: ''Warschau'', [[France|French]]: ''Varsovie'') is the capital of [[Poland]].
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==Hitching Out==
 
Unfortunately for its inhabitants and fortunately for the hitchhikers, Warsaw does not have a district motorway nor is it linked to any major town with an expressway. As the city begins, most motorways and expressways end and turn into regular surface streets. This is largely due to the density of city construction and importance of existing city transit systems: The destruction of either in order to construct an inner-city freeway network is viewed as unbeneficial. This makes reaching a good spot for hitchhiking much easier, as most major roads in fact start in the city centre.
 
  
===Droga krajowa 7 (E77) [[Radom]], [[Kielce]], [[Kraków]] ===
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* '''Cost from PKP (Polish State Railways)''':
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|country = Poland
* '''Last verified''': September of 2007
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|state = Masovian (Voivodeship)
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'''WJ, WK, WN, WT, WU, WW, WX, WY''
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|expressways = S8, S2, S79
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* '''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 towards the final stop of {{wiki|Okęcie}} (9, 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]), 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 [[Slovakia]] in [[Chyżne]]. The other, ''droga krajowa 8'' (E67) is located between IKEA and the Geant shopping centre, see below for more details.
 
  
* [http://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 Maps
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'''Warsaw''' (Polish: ''Warszawa'') is the capital and largest city of [[Poland]].  
  
=== Droga krajowa 8 (E67) (dubbed "Katowicka" or "Gierkówka"), to [[Łódź]], [[Częstochowa]], [[Katowice]], [[Sosnowiec]], [[Wrocław]] ===
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You can cross city very fast by using public transport. Check public transport lines at bus and tram stations.
* '''Last verified''': August of 2007
 
  
Follow either path mentioned above. In Okęcie there is a risk that the driver would only get you to Janki. In Janki itself however the road is easy to reach. The ''droga krajowa 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 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 [[Piotrków Trybunalski]], where it joins the pan-European ''droga krajowa 1'' ([[E75]]). The latter connects Warsaw with [[Łódź]], [[Katowice]], [[Sosnowiec]], [[Wrocław]] and all other major towns in the south. For Łódź leave the motorway at [[Rawa Mazowiecka]], for Wrocław leave the road at Piotrków Trybunalski.
 
  
The E75 is also a possible connection to Kraków. While longer than E77 through Radom and Kielce (see above), it is in much better condition and much faster. In Katowice-Sosnowiec area the road ends, but there also starts the [[A4]] motorway linking Silesia with Kraków to the east and with [[Wrocław]] 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.
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== Hitching Out ==
  
===Going to Gdansk, Torun, Masuria===
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=== West towards [[Łódź]], [[Poznań]], [[Berlin]], ([[Germany]]) {{National Road Number Poland|A2}} {{National Road Number Poland|S2}}  {{National Road Number Poland|92}} ===
* '''Where to''': [[Gdańsk]], [[Gdynia]], [[Toruń]], [[Bydgoszcz]], [[Płock]], [[Olsztyn]]
 
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* '''Last verified''': July 2006
 
* Directions: There are generally two main routes, both starting at the Plac Wilsona sq.
 
** Option 1: Go to last Metro Station (Plac Wilsona) or to the final tram stop of Tram 15 and take bus '''L''' towards Łomianki (private line; [http://www.kmlomianki.info/lomianki02/001pl%20wilsona%202.htm timetable]). Get off at the stop called Woycickiego (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 Plac Wilsona and take bus '''181''' towards ''Cmentarz Północny''. Get off at the stop called Dzierzoniowska 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 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 [[Poznan]] and [[Germany]]===
 
  
To go in the direction of [[Poznan]] and [[Berlin]]: Take the tram 26 and get off at Fort Wola. 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.
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'''Option #1: S8 onramp (busstop) Warszawa-Powązkowska'''  
**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 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 sign could help.
 
  
===Going to [[Bialystok]] and [[Lithuania]]===
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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 final 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 [[Łódź]]. [http://goo.gl/maps/kizfT Streetview here].
  
* '''Last verified''': August 2008
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Next bigger rest stop on the A2 highway is in Biskupice - MOP Brwinów Południe.
  
To go in the direction of [[Bialystok]] and [[Lithuania]]: Take tram 25 from Central Station or any tram from Metro Ratusz. Get off at Dworzec Wilenska/Park Praski 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]].
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'''Option #2: A2 highway service station MOP Brwinów Południe / Mcdonalds'''
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 Bilaystok, 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.
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(Opposite side of higway are some lakes. Search maps for Wake Family Brwinów)
  
Traffic from Warsaw into Lithuania stops at the [[Budzisko-Kalvarija border checkpoint]].
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Ride a train to railway station ''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 [https://www.google.lv/maps/place/Lotos/@52.1555185,20.6843505,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x0b81cddde3d7575f link here]
There is a series of petrol station past the [[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 [[Lublin]] and [[Ukraine]]===
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Alternative way: bus 743 from Cmentarz Wolski  till Wolica Plochocina end stop and than walk to Biskupice 5 km (look a bus stop list some buses goes to other final stop)
  
To go in the direction of [[Lublin]]: 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 the ''Szosa Lubelska'' station. Try to hitchhike right from the bus-station at Szosa Lubelska.
 
  
===Going to [[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 the ''Szosa Lubelska'' station. Try to hitch right from the bus stop at Szosa Brzeska
 
  
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'''Option #3: S8 onramp Warszawa Zachód'''
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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:
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A. 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 snd hitchike there
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B.  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.
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You can take the trains from platform #3 at ''Warszawa Śródmieście'' which is next to the Central Station
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'''Option #4: S2 bus stop on the entry to bypass from southern part of the city'''
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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.
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'''Option #5:  National road 92 slower option'''
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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:
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Take the ''KM3'' train in direction of [[Łowicz]] or [[Sochaczew]] and get out at ''Ożarów Mazowiecki''.
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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.
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=== South towards [[Radom]], [[Kielce]], [[Kraków]] {{National Road Number Poland|7}} {{E|77}} ===
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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  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''.
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From the stop ''Janki'', note that the road splits. The Aleja Krakowska road going left will cointinue on E77 highway. Place next to Aleja Krakowska street 5 has nice place to hitchike. Using a large sign can be very effective.
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=== Southwest towards [[Wrocław]] {{National Road Number Poland|8}} {{E|67}}, [[Łódź]] {{National Road Number Poland|72}}, [[Katowice]] {{National Road Number Poland|1}} {{E|75}} ===
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'''Option 1'''
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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  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''.
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From the stop ''Janki'', note that the road splits. The Mszczonowska road going right will cointinue on S8 highway. Place next to Mszczonowska street 9 has nice place to hitchike. Using a large sign can be very effective.
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'''Option 2'''  - AMIC Energy gas station / MOP Urzut rest stop
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There is a AMIC Energy gas station / MOP Urzut rest stop about 5 km after Nadarzyn town.  Get by bus 733 to the bus stop Urzut and walk 1 km forward
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=== North and northwest towards [[Gdańsk]] {{National Road Number Poland|7}} {{E|77}}, [[Olsztyn]] {{National Road Number Poland|51}} and [[Toruń]], [[Bydgoszcz]] {{National Road Number Poland|10}} ===
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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 trafic lights next to McDonald.
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=== Northeast towards [[Białystok]], [[Kaunas]] ([[Lithuania]]) {{National Road Number Poland|S8}} {{E|67}} ===
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'''Update: Highway S8 in and around Warsaw is now complete and open for traffic'''
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'''Option #1''' - Go to the metro station Dworzec Wileński and from there take bus 738 bus till stop Cmentarz and walk back and a bit forward on road 8 / 629 towards Bialystok after some disctance this road joins a S8 highway.
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First bigger rest stop on S8 highway is MOP Małopole
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Also there are some small lakes and nice place to camp overnight
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'''Option #2''' (test option) - Roundbout S8 / national road 631 on ramp
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Bus 738 till Marki Szkolna and change to bus L43 till  Sowinskiego and walk to aleja Jozefa Pilsudskiego (its same road as national road 631)
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'''Option #3''' - A2 highway service station BEFORE Warsaw - MOP Brwinów Południe / Mcdonalds
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(Opposite side of higway are some lakes. Search maps for Wake Family Brwinów)
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Ride a train to railway station ''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 come the A2 highway and before it turn left. The distance to walk is about 3 km
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Alternative way: bus 743 from Cmentarz Wolski  till Wolica Plochocina end stop and than walk to Biskupice 5 km (look a bus stop list some buses goes to other final stop)
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=== Southeast towards [[Lublin]], [[Lviv]] ([[Ukraine]]) {{National Road Number Poland|17}} {{E|372}} ===
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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.
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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''.
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''Wał Miedzyszynski - Bronowska Street'' intersection is also quite a good spot.
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=== East towards [[Siedlce]], [[Brest (Belarus)|Brest]] ([[Belarus]]) {{National Road Number Poland|2}} {{E|30}} ===
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Get to the station ''Szosa Lubelska'' (see above). Try to hitch right from the bus stop at Szosa Brzeska.
  
 
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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. It is open from 08:15 to 20:45. Please be polite:)
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Vysla river ''Wild camping'' with tents not far from Central bus station/railway - go to Świętokrzyski Bridge cross it and 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 small hill with big tree camp on opposite side  of the tree. 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)
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There are several large '''squats''' in Warsaw. You will find the Skłot Przychodnia on Skorupki 6. There's another one called Serena.
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You can swim in Lake Czerniakowskie, Dziekanowskie Lake, Zegrzyńskie Lake
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Warsaw
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Country:
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Poland
Voivodeship:
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Masovian (Voivodeship)
Population: 1 709 781
Licence plate: WA, WB, WD, WE, WF, WH, WI,

WJ, WK, WN, WT, WU, WW, WX, WY

Major roads: A 2S8, S2, S79
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Warsaw (Polish: Warszawa) is the capital and largest city of Poland.

You can cross city very fast by using public transport. Check public transport lines at bus and tram stations.


Hitching Out

West towards Łódź, Poznań, Berlin, (Germany) A2 S2 92

Option #1: S8 onramp (busstop) Warszawa-Powązkowska


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 final 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 Łódź. Streetview here.

Next bigger rest stop on the A2 highway is in Biskupice - MOP Brwinów Południe.


Option #2: A2 highway service station MOP Brwinów Południe / Mcdonalds

(Opposite side of higway are some lakes. Search maps for Wake Family Brwinów)

Ride a train to railway station 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

Alternative way: bus 743 from Cmentarz Wolski till Wolica Plochocina end stop and than walk to Biskupice 5 km (look a bus stop list some buses goes to other final stop)



Option #3: 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:

A. 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 snd hitchike there

B. 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



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: National road 92 slower option


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:

Take the KM3 train in direction of Łowicz or Sochaczew and get out at Ożarów Mazowiecki.

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.

South towards Radom, Kielce, Kraków 7 E 77

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 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 Aleja Krakowska road going left will cointinue on E77 highway. Place next to Aleja Krakowska street 5 has nice place to hitchike. Using a large sign can be very effective.

Southwest towards Wrocław 8 E 67, Łódź 72, Katowice 1 E 75

Option 1

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 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 Mszczonowska road going right will cointinue on S8 highway. Place next to Mszczonowska street 9 has nice place to hitchike. Using a large sign can be very effective.


Option 2 - AMIC Energy gas station / MOP Urzut rest stop There is a AMIC Energy gas station / MOP Urzut rest stop about 5 km after Nadarzyn town. Get by bus 733 to the bus stop Urzut and walk 1 km forward

North and northwest towards Gdańsk 7 E 77, Olsztyn 51 and Toruń, Bydgoszcz 10

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 trafic lights next to McDonald.

Northeast towards Białystok, Kaunas (Lithuania) S8 E 67

Update: Highway S8 in and around Warsaw is now complete and open for traffic


Option #1 - Go to the metro station Dworzec Wileński and from there take bus 738 bus till stop Cmentarz and walk back and a bit forward on road 8 / 629 towards Bialystok after some disctance this road joins a S8 highway.

First bigger rest stop on S8 highway is MOP Małopole

Also there are some small lakes and nice place to camp overnight


Option #2 (test option) - Roundbout S8 / national road 631 on ramp

Bus 738 till Marki Szkolna and change to bus L43 till Sowinskiego and walk to aleja Jozefa Pilsudskiego (its same road as national road 631)


Option #3 - A2 highway service station BEFORE Warsaw - MOP Brwinów Południe / Mcdonalds

(Opposite side of higway are some lakes. Search maps for Wake Family Brwinów)

Ride a train to railway station 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 come the A2 highway and before it turn left. The distance to walk is about 3 km


Alternative way: bus 743 from Cmentarz Wolski till Wolica Plochocina end stop and than walk to Biskupice 5 km (look a bus stop list some buses goes to other final stop)

Southeast towards Lublin, Lviv (Ukraine) 17 E 372

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.

East towards Siedlce, Brest (Belarus) 2 E 30

Get to the station Szosa Lubelska (see above). Try to hitch right from the bus stop at Szosa Brzeska.

Money-saving Tips

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. It is open from 08:15 to 20:45. Please be polite:)

Sleeping

Vysla river Wild camping with tents not far from Central bus station/railway - go to Świętokrzyski Bridge cross it and 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 small hill with big tree camp on opposite side of the tree. 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 riverbank there looks promising for tent camping

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There are several large squats in Warsaw. You will find the Skłot Przychodnia on Skorupki 6. There's another one called Serena.


You can swim in Lake Czerniakowskie, Dziekanowskie Lake, Zegrzyńskie Lake

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