Cheap Warsaw car hire – arriving at Okecie Airport
The international Chopin Airport in Warsaw – WAW is the main airport of Poland. Warsaw’s airport is internationally known as Fryderyk Chopin Airport, or simply F. Chopin Airport, in honor of Poland’s greatest composer. The Poles, however, are likely to use the name Okecie, or Okęcie (Polish spelling) given after the part of the city where Warsaw Airport is located. You can also find Warsaw Airport referred to as Lotnisko Chopina w Warszawie in Polish. The airport area lies within the Włochy-Warszawa district, which directly translated means 'Italy-Warsaw'.
Ford Ka is amongst the cheapest hire cars at Warsaw Airport (WAW)
Poland, a country of rich, diverse culture and dynamic economics attracts a great number of visitors every year: tourists, as well as business people. Warsaw-Chopin Airport handles around 50% of the air traffic in Poland.
Cheap car rental at Okecie Airport in Warsaw
It is a convenient and often inexpensive sollution to rent a car while on holiday or when doing business in Poland.
Warsaw, with its wide main communication arteries, clear, regular layout of the city and many parking areas is very easy to drive in.
See roadmap of central Warsaw.
The road infrastructure between Poland’s main cities has been considerably improved before the Euro 2012 Championship which took place in Poland and Ukraine. The price level in Poland continues to be below even the cheapest Western European countries like Portugal and Spain. Purchase prices for passenger cars in Poland are amongst the lowest in Europe, and cheap hire car offers are often found when booking car rental in Warsaw Airport online.
Polish car hire from Warsaw Airport
Car hire is called “wynajem samochodow” in Polish and a rent-a-car company: “wypożyczalnia samochodów”. The car hire desks at Warsaw Airport can be found in the public area of the older part of Terminal A arrivals hall, next to the exit.
The following major car hire companies are present at Warsaw Airport: Avis Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Budget, Europcar car hire, Sixt Warszawa, National car rental, Dollar Thrifty, as well as local Polish car rental providers: GT Cars, MWM Cars, Autocash, Express Rent A Car, Rentis and Panek.
Cheap car hire in Warsaw Airport
The cheapest rental car at Warsaw Chopin Airport can usually be found from approx. £100 for a 7 days period of car hire in Warsaw (outside high season). For this amount you are likely to receive the smallest rental vehicle, usually a Ford Ka or similar. This basic city class of hire car has space for 4 people and two pieces of luggage which is just enough for moving around the city. It is easy to park, but comfort is limited. For maximum safety on the roads of Warsaw, a larger, slightly heavier and better equipped hire car is preferable. If you are planning to take longer trips around Poland you may find it more comfortable to rent a middle class vehicle. Warsaw car hire in this larger car rental class is quite cheap. Rental of a midsize Ford Mondeo, Toyota Avensis, or similar at Warsaw Airport will cost from around £240 for a week of car hire in Poland.
When travelling in a bigger group, consider renting a more spacious vehicle. The cheapest 7-seater, as Volkswagen Touran, or similar, can be found in Warsaw at a prices from around £370 for one week car hire in Poland. However, using the two foldable seats in this type of a car always take up most of the luggage space. A minibus in the form of a Mercedes Vito, VW Caravelle or similar, is usually available for rental in Warsaw Airport at competitive rates for car hire starting at some £400 for 7 days. The minibus can be driven on a normal valid drivers licence and offers space for up to 9 people including driver.
Cross border travel in Polish rent-a-cars
You may find it useful that most cars for hire in Poland are permitted to cross borders to Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Lithuania and most other Western European countries. Please check the Cartrawler offer under ‘Rental conditions’ to see if cross border travel from Poland to a particular country is permitted. You may even find that cross border travel to Ukraine and Russia is permitted in some hire cars in Poland.
Chopin Airport – easy reach from Warsaw city centre
Warsaw Airport is situated 10 km south west from Warsaw city centre and can be easily accessed by car, public transportation, hotel shuttle buses or taxi. It takes approximately 30 minutes and a £8-12 worth regular taxi ride to reach Warszawa Okecie Airport from Warsaw’s city centre. The Warsaw Airport main road to the centre of the Polish capital is the dual carriageway 634. Getting from the airport to the city is easy too. The old era relict, suspiciously looking private taxi entrepreneurs fishing insistently for clients at arrivals terminal and practicing very unclear pricing rules are gone now. Taxis from regular companies with clearly marked fare prices wait in front of arrival terminal day and night.
Once you’re in Warsaw, take time to explore the city´s rich cultural offer and get to know historical sites. Take a stroll at the streets of the charming Old Town, fully restored after having been destroyed during the World War II, see the exquisite art collection at the Royal Castle or feed the squirrels and take a gondola ride at the lake in Lazienki Park, an unique example of classicist architecture and landscaping in the very heart of the capital city of Warsaw. See map of central Warsaw.
If you are interested in modern history, do not miss out on the Warsaw Rising Museum, probably the finest Warsaw museum, dedicated to a tragic and largely unknown chapter of World War II. The loved and hated Palace of Culture, the perfect example of communist monumental architecture, surrounded by modern skyscrapers and glass surfaced office centres is a symbol of the city’s eclectic character and will give you an idea of the changes Poland has undergone. Children of all ages will enjoy Copernicus Science Centre during their visit in Warsaw. As an addition to this hands-on, interactive experience in the world of science, see Copernicus Sky Planetarium.
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Okecie Airport – central location within Poland and Europe
Warsaw’s central location within Poland makes it very convenient to travel to other major Polish cities after arriving at Okecie Airport. The most sought national destinations are: Wrocław (340 km distance from Warsaw), Gdańsk (330 km from Warsaw) and Kraków (300 km distance from Warsaw). Poznan is well know for its trade fairs and cultural life (320 km distance from Warsaw). Use Warsaw Airport and its cheap low cost flights as a base for your exploring of what Poland has to offer. See map of Poland. Fryderyk Chopin Airport is by far Poland’s largest airport. The most popular international destination from Warsaw-Okecie Airport are London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. At present regular passenger flights, as well as charters and low-cost companies operate out of Warsaw Airport.
Terminals at Warsaw main airport
There have been serious changes in the layout of Warsaw-Okecie Airport in recent years. The old terminal has been developed and merged into a very modern and spacious 3 storey structure. The initial names of different phases of modernization works - Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, were replaced by the current name, Terminal A, announcing future expansion of the Warsaw Airport. The Terminal A serves arrivals, as well as departures. The car hire companies in the new Warsaw Airport are still located in the same place as they were in the old airport building from 1992.
New Warsaw Airport for the Euro 2012 Championship
In 2012, in time for the Euro 2012 inauguration, charter, low-cost traffic was moved to Modlin Airport. This former military airport is situated 40 km north of Warsaw city centre. Ryanair and Wizzair were the first tenants of Modlin Airport after its inauguration. Both airlines, however had to move their operations to Warsaw Chopin when the new airport got closed for a runway repair. Only Ryanair returned to Modlin after the airport’s reopening.
Fly low cost from the UK to Warsaw
There are plenty of options for flying to Warsaw from different UK destinations. Except from the obvious British Airways and LOT, also low-cost airlines Wizzair budget carrier offers daily flights to Warsaw at very affordable prices. In early 2016, Wizzair’s flights to Warsaw were available from Birmingham, Doncaster/Sheffield, Glasgow-International, Liverpool and London-Luton. Norwegian Air Shuttle offered cheap flights to Warsaw from London-Gatwick.