CURRENCY & ATMs
The currency in Poland is the Polish Zloty (PLN) and 1 PLN = 100 groszy.
Coins circulate in denominations of 1, 2, 5 PLN and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 groszy.
Notes are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 PLN.
Please check current exchange rates of the National Bank of Poland: www.nbp.pl
Most places do not accept foreign currencies and the payment has to be done in Polish Zloty. Only some shops in bigger shopping malls and selected hotels, bars and restaurants may accept Euros, USD or GBP.
However, major credit cards like VISA or Maestro are accepted almost everywhere, including hotels, shops, restaurants, bars, cafés, etc. Most of them accept both contactless and PIN cards.
The best way to exchange money is to do it at exchange counters (in Polish: Kantor).
You can find many exchange counters especially in the city centre and some of them are open 24/7.
We discourage you from exchanging money at the airport or train stations as rates tend to be very unfavourable in such locations.
You can easily find ATMs (Polish: Bankomat) on your way to any of the festival venues.
Depending on both your bank and the ATM, you might be charged a fee per withdrawal.
As the story goes, the weather in Poland can be harsh. Since the 11th Five Flavours is in the second half of November, don't expect temperatures higher than +10 degrees Celsius, at best. It's usually quite windy, so even in the full sun you may need a warm scarf and a hat. It might happen that the temperature will drop below zero (especially at night) and there might be some snow. On the other hand, it's been a few years that there was no snow in Warsaw until January.
Thus, please remember to take warmer clothing. Gloves, hats and scarves are a must.
Before taking off you can check the weather forecast here: www.yr.no/Warsaw
or here: www.meteoprog.pl/Warsaw
Warsaw is in the Europe Central time zone (GMT +1, so-called winter time in November).
The voltage is 230V, 50 Hz. The plug is the standard European double plug (type C or E).
Tap water in Warsaw is clean and safe to drink. Nonetheless, drinking bottled water is much more common, especially in restaurants.
Warsaw is generally a very safe place, although, as in every bigger city there is always a risk of pickpocketing, so make sure you do not leave your valuables unattended and keep your bags zipped.
They are available not only at stores run by mobile operators but also at many kiosks and Empik stores and prices start from just a few PLN.
Polish law requires every mobile SIM card to be registered so while purchasing your SIM card you are asked to provide your personal data for the operator's database.
Most popular operators in Poland are T-Mobile, Plus, Play and Orange, but there are several others, relatively new to Polish market like Virgin Mobile.
WIFI is easily accessible at numerous places like hotels, hostels, bars and restaurants. It can be protected but some networks, especially the ones created for guests, can be accessed without a password.
There is also urban WIFI available especially in the city centre. You have to register with your e-mail address to be able to access this network.
A vast majority of Polish cities, including Warsaw, incorporate the scheme in which ascending odd numbers are on one side of the street and ascending even numbers are on the other. Where additional buildings are inserted or subdivided, they are often suffixed A, B, etc.
You will easily find blue-and-red street nameplates and its number directly on the building. There are also many blue or brown signs fixed on single signposts which show names of locations (such as important offices, museums, etc.) and the distance from them.
BASIC TRAFFIC RULES
Traffic in Poland is on the right side.
As a pedestrian, you are legally obliged to cross the street at the zebra crossing and not allowed to cross the street on a red light (even if there is no traffic coming). If stopped by the police while crossing on a red, you may be fined up to a few hundred PLN, depending on a size of the crossing.
However, you are allowed to cross the street in any other place, if the distance to the nearest zebra crossing is more than 100 meters.
Since traffic jams are common in Warsaw, we advise you to use trams and metro-underground instead of urban buses.
Vaccination prior to the arrival to Poland is not necessary.
In case you should need medical assistance in non-emergency situations during your stay in Warsaw, we advise you to contact Five Flavours team to help you out (due to possible language issues).
Many people, especially young, speak at least basic English.
USEFUL POLISH PHRASES
Polish is found a difficult language and for some it seems absolutely unpronounceable.
However, you can easily win Poles' hearts by saying a word or two. Please have a look at the most common phrases:
- Yes = Tak [tak]
- No = Nie [nye]
- Thank you = Dziękuję [jyen-koo-ye]
- Thank you very much = Dziękuję bardzo [jyen-kko-ye bar-dzo]
- Good morning / good afternoon = Dzień dobry [jyen’ dob-ri]
- Good evening = Dobry wieczór [do-bri vye-choor]
- See you = Do zobaczenia [do zo-ba-che-nya]
- Good bye = Do widzenia [do vee-dze-nya]
- Hello / hi = Cześć [cheshch]
- Please / here you go / you are welcome = Proszę [pro-she]
- Excuse me = Przepraszam [pshe-pra-sham]
- How are you? = Jak się masz? [yak shye mash]
- Fine, thanks = Świetnie, dziękuję [shvyet-nye, jyen-koo-ye]
- What's your name? = Jak masz na imię? [yak mash na ee-mye]
- My name is… = Mam na imię… [mam na ee-mye]
- I'm from… = Jestem z… [yes-tem z]
- I don't speak Polish = Nie mówię po polsku [nye moo-vye po pol-skoo]
- I don't understand = Nie rozumiem [nye ro-zoo-myem]
- Wonderful! = Wspaniale! [fspa-nya-le]
- Great! = Świetne! [shvet-nye]
- Awful! = Straszne! [strash-ne]
- I like… = Lubię… [loo-bye]
- I don't like… = Nie lubię… [nye loo-bye]
- Do you have… = Czy jest… [chi yest…]
- May I have… = Poproszę… [pop-ro-she]
- I'm just looking around = Tylko oglądam [til-ko og-lon-dam]
- Cheers! = Na zdrowie! [na zdro-vee-e]