Connecting in Warsaw [WAW]

Old May 4, 19, 8:19 am
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Originally Posted by Vmmj View Post
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I'm flying from Lviv to Warsaw to Toronto with two young kids. Our layover time is 1hr20min. Both flights are with LOT on same tickets. I've never been to Warsaw airport. Could someone be kind enough to explain to me the different areas we need to go to ...someone mentioned "go left" ..lots of people are mentioning busses .Sounds a bit confusing to me being an anxious flyer. Will we make our connection ?
It's possible your plane from Lviv will not get a gate with a jetway but be parked on a hard stand and then you'll be bused to the terminal. Once there you'll "turn left" to follow the signs to the gate area international flights depart from. It's at the far end of the concourse through passport control. It should be pretty easy, I managed to do it on a scheduled 30 minute connection including the bus.
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Old May 4, 19, 11:05 am
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I would say it’s very likely it won’t have a finger, as the smaller aircraft arriving non-Schengen very rarely have.
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Old May 5, 19, 4:43 am
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Originally Posted by hugolover View Post
I would say it’s very likely it won’t have a finger, as the smaller aircraft arriving non-Schengen very rarely have.
Or even more annoying - your aircraft will arrive at the Schengen jetty and you will have to be bused to the non-Schengen area Happens sometimes...
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Old May 6, 19, 3:35 am
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Had that much more with BArb though. To arrive at one of her premium domestic gates. The difference with BArb is that she won’t use the forward door so everyone must go down the back. With Basia she will use the front (maybe both) and of course P and C will nearly always get the dedicated bus.

BArb would need to be having a truly magical day for those combinations to occur.

Even if you fly in her £18k F cabins you’d be so lucky.
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Old May 9, 19, 6:57 am
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I'm flying YYZ-WAW-BEG Sunday and returning Friday. Do passengers connecting in Warsaw have to go through an immigration process between two non-Schengen countries and, if so, what does it entail and how efficient is it? The connection times are not too bad: 2:10 outbound, 1:20 returning.
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Old May 9, 19, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by Badenoch View Post
I'm flying YYZ-WAW-BEG Sunday and returning Friday. Do passengers connecting in Warsaw have to go through an immigration process between two non-Schengen countries and, if so, what does it entail and how efficient is it? The connection times are not too bad: 2:10 outbound, 1:20 returning.
It's an NS-NS transfer so no immigration check, just security control.

If you arrive via a bus then you turn left as you enter the terminal building (i.e. where other pax are lining up for passport control, you take a left).

For arrival via air/jet bridge it can be slightly different. Pax from the USA should end up directly on departures level, otherwise you could be on the arrivals level. In either case you still only need to go through security control and then possibly take the stairs/lift up to the departures level.
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Old May 15, 19, 5:34 am
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Connection this Saturday at WAW. Arrival from USA on LOT (J) at 10AM. Fly out on Swiss (J) to ZRH at 2:30 PM. Star Gold.
Assuming on time, I was planning to run into the city to walk around a bit. Now seeing that Thunderstorms are forecast.

If I want to just stay in the airport (due to weather, or late arrival), can someone advise on lounge preferences?

Is it possible to access the Intl / Non-Schengen upon arrival, before going through Immigration?
I assume the Intl / Schengen lounge would be "better" than in the non-Schengen area, but would welcome input on where best to hang out...

Thanks.
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Old May 15, 19, 6:08 am
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You won’t be able to access the non-Schengen lounge with your ZRH BP and there is no reason you would want to.

The Schengen lounge (Polonez) is a much better plans to “hang out”, plus the Star Gold section has better drinks and food to make the wait pass better.

In other words, don’t bother at all trying to get to non-Schengen “Mazurek”.
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
Connection this Saturday at WAW. Arrival from USA on LOT (J) at 10AM. Fly out on Swiss (J) to ZRH at 2:30 PM. Star Gold.
Assuming on time, I was planning to run into the city to walk around a bit. Now seeing that Thunderstorms are forecast.

If I want to just stay in the airport (due to weather, or late arrival), can someone advise on lounge preferences?

Is it possible to access the Intl / Non-Schengen upon arrival, before going through Immigration?
I assume the Intl / Schengen lounge would be "better" than in the non-Schengen area, but would welcome input on where best to hang out...

Thanks.
You're better off just going straight through to the Schengen side in any case. You'd have time for a quick jaunt around the Palace of Culture area but if the weather is going to be stormy I certainly wouldn't bother.
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Old May 15, 19, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by yurtripper View Post
It's an NS-NS transfer so no immigration check, just security control.

If you arrive via a bus then you turn left as you enter the terminal building (i.e. where other pax are lining up for passport control, you take a left).

For arrival via air/jet bridge it can be slightly different. Pax from the USA should end up directly on departures level, otherwise you could be on the arrivals level. In either case you still only need to go through security control and then possibly take the stairs/lift up to the departures level.
Thanks. It was a very easy connection. Jet bridge to the terminal, up one floor and direct into the gate for the BEG flight. No security. Straight through.
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Old May 15, 19, 7:34 am
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Originally Posted by hugolover View Post
You won’t be able to access the non-Schengen lounge with your ZRH BP and there is no reason you would want to.

The Schengen lounge (Polonez) is a much better plans to “hang out”, plus the Star Gold section has better drinks and food to make the wait pass better.

In other words, don’t bother at all trying to get to non-Schengen “Mazurek”.
Originally Posted by yurtripper View Post
You're better off just going straight through to the Schengen side in any case. You'd have time for a quick jaunt around the Palace of Culture area but if the weather is going to be stormy I certainly wouldn't bother.
Great info. Thanks to you both !
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Old May 16, 19, 6:24 am
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
Connection this Saturday at WAW. Arrival from USA on LOT (J) at 10AM. Fly out on Swiss (J) to ZRH at 2:30 PM. Star Gold.
Assuming on time, I was planning to run into the city to walk around a bit. Now seeing that Thunderstorms are forecast.

Thanks.
My weather app shows 3% rain chance during this time on Saturday

But 4 hours might not be enough. Even if you take a cab to show you around, some parts like Royal Route are closed for car traffic during weekend.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 1:39 pm
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LOT tight connection 50 min WAW

Hey team, new flight service from DEL to WAW 50 min connection to catch WAW to EWR, is this doable? current NOTAM for Pakistan airspace is still closed and major PIA for travellers.. The ticket was a an Award ticket via UA. Do I need to reschedule this issue with UA as they already have their DEL to EWR on cancelled status or try to get rebooked on anther carrier with a longer airport window. this flight is taking place in late September 2019.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 1:51 pm
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There’s a specific thread on WAW connections’ query, your thread may be moved accordingly (just an FYI).

That said, this is a perfectly fine connection and you would even have time for a quick drink at the lounge. Even a minor delay would allow you to make the EWR flight with no issues whatsoever. All this, needless to say, in normal circumstances. Nobody knows how long the airspace issue is going to last and it’s therefore entirely up to you whether you wish to amend your travel arrangements at this very stage, for extra peace of mind, may I add.

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Old Jun 9, 19, 9:16 am
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I had a interesting connection via Warsaw this morning. I was flying Yerevan - Warsaw - Heathrow and was scheduled to land at 06:30 and depart at 07:30 (so a 1hr connection).

The flight from Yerevan was predictably late (check the on-time performance of this flight - it’s awful). We pushed back at 05:55 (1hr10mins late) and arrived at the gate in Warsaw at 07:15 (45mins late) with just 15minutes connection time.

The doors opened at 07:17 and I went through security, boarded the connecting flight to London and was sitting in my seat at 07:25. I think 8 minutes seat to seat via security is pretty good.

There were a few people along the route in hi-vis calling for London and directing people in the correct direction so it seems to me LOT are used to very short connections.
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