Travel and visas

The Chopin Airport is also served by a network of long-distance buses. The long-distance bus terminal is located in front of the south part of Terminal A, at the arrival level. The route from the Chopin Airport to Białystok is served by the bus carrier PLUS BUS (dawniej Podlasie Express). Long-distance bus tickets can be purchased online at the bus carrier’s website and, if there are free places on the bus, from bus drivers before departure. Without a purchased ticket there is no place guaranteed. The bus driver accept payment only in cash in Polish zloty.

Visa information

Since 21st December 2007 Poland has been a part of the Schengen Area, a zone without controls on internal borders which comprises of 26 countries (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland). Third country nationals may enter Poland if they are in possession of a valid travel document and, if required, a visa. Detailed information on the border-crossing formalities and the list of countries whose nationals may enter Poland without a visa are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland. Conference participants requiring a visa are recommended to apply for it as early as possible at least one to two months prior to their planned departure to Poland.

Travelling to Białystok

Warsaw Chopin Airport  (Lotnisko Chopina w Warszawie in Polish, frequently called Lotnisko Okęcie by the local population) is the closest to Białystok. It is an international airport located approximately 10 km from Warsaw’s city centre.

You can get to Warsaw’s city centre from the Chopin Airport either using public transport or a taxi. The Chopin Airport and Warsaw’s city centre are connected by a railway. The train ride from the Airport to the city centre takes around 25 minutes. The service is operated by two companies –  the Fast Urban Railway (Szybka Kolej Miejska – SKM in Polish) and the Masovian Railways (Koleje Mazowieckie – KM in Polish).

The Chopin Airport is served by three train routes all with stops at the most important Warsaw’s railway stations. Two of them are operated by the Szybka Kolej Miejska: S2 and S3. The third is operated by the Koleje Mazowieckie: KML. If you decide to get a taxi, choose one that belongs to a licensed company or book it by telephone.

You may find more useful information on the travel to/from/across Poland by train at the Polish State Railways.

The Chopin Airport is also served by a network of long-distance buses. The long-distance bus terminal is located in front of the south part of Terminal A, at the arrival level. The detailed bus timetable is available at the bus terminal and on bus carrier’s website. The route from the Chopin Airport to Białystok is served by two bus carriers: Podlasie Express and Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacji Samochodowej w Białymstoku. Long-distance bus tickets can be purchased online at the bus carrier’s website and, if there are free places on the bus, from bus drivers before departure. Without a purchased ticket there is no place guaranteed. The bus driver accept payment only in cash in Polish złoty.

Warsaw Modlin Airport is an international airport located approximately 40 km from Warsaw’s city centre, which is intended for low-cost carriers.