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Old Oct 9, 19, 5:43 am
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It's not really true to say it's an honour system - you are obliged to either have a ticket prior to boarding or purchase one on board. Of course, if no ticket inspectors come on board (at least 99% likely, see below) then you will get off scot free. If the machines are playing up then you would likely be able to blag your way out of it by putting on your best 'stupid lost tourist' impression to an inspector whose English probably won't stretch beyond 'hello'.

Having said that, despite having lived for 12 years in WAW, I don't ever recall seeing a ticket inspector on an airport bus - and for a night bus the chances are infinitesimally small - so you could just play the odds. I think one reason is that the ticket inspectors can barely speak a single word of English, and the airport buses are likely to have lots of people who don't speak any Polish. They can find easier pickings elsewhere.

Also, you don't board from the back. You board from any of the doors - front, middle or back.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 12:52 pm
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Actually on my last trip to WAW in August we got controlled on the bus 175 to the airport.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by :D! View Post
If you missed the last shuttle, or if you just missed one and don't fancy waiting 25 minutes, buses 175, 188 and N32 (providing 30-min service all night) can also bring you to the hotel. It's 4 stops then you will need to cross a big intersection diagonally.

Most buses have ticket machines in the back, it's an honour system and you board by the back doors (not sure if night buses are different). If you don't need a 24-hour ticket then it's PLN 3.40 to the hotel (less than $1/€1/£1)
The night buses are the same "honor system" as the daytime ones. Also, one can also walk directly from the airport to the hotel (without having to cross any major street).
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Old Oct 9, 19, 8:57 pm
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I stayed back in Aug 1 night, flight was delayed into WAW . For some reason thought there was a free phone to the hotel, couldnt find it (theer is none). A nice employee at 1 of the car rental counters called for me and told me where to get the shuttle and the last one for night was leaving in afew mins. The hotel told him to tell me if I missed it to simply take ataxi from Company (I forget) and the hotel will pay for it So no reason to bother with a bus. But Id call 1st so that you dont get there and get told its on your dime since we didnt OK it
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Old Oct 9, 19, 11:49 pm
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I used the hotelís shuttle both ways between the airport and the hotel and only used the 175 bus to and from the Old Town. I got on in the front waving my credit card which the driver ignored but one of the passengers pointed at a ticket machine in the middle of the bus. I could figure out there were (at least) two fares, for trips up to 20 minutes and 75 minutes. I chose 75 minutes but after that it wasnít clear which button to press. I tried several and eventually got a ticket which cost 4.40 PLN.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 1:04 am
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Lest this become a thread about buses, I will just say I was told that you should not board by the front door in Warsaw by a local, and after several visits I notice bus drivers never open the front door unless you actually approach it but they look at you a bit funny until they see you are not a local.

I wouldn't take a taxi when the bus or walking is so easy.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by fransknorge View Post
Actually on my last trip to WAW in August we got controlled on the bus 175 to the airport.
That's interesting. I'm sure I've been on that bus over 100 times and never saw inspectors. I always have a valid pass in any case.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 9:01 am
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Originally Posted by :D! View Post
Lest this become a thread about buses, I will just say I was told that you should not board by the front door in Warsaw by a local, and after several visits I notice bus drivers never open the front door unless you actually approach it but they look at you a bit funny until they see you are not a local.

I wouldn't take a taxi when the bus or walking is so easy.
Most people don't use it anyway because the very front door is narrower and more awkward to board by, All the other ones always open anyway (not just the rear)
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