Connecting in Warsaw [WAW]

Old Jun 9, 19, 11:12 am
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Originally Posted by B7474U3 View Post
it seems to me LOT are used to very short connections.
They would otherwise end up paying compensation to most of their passengers on a daily basis...

LOT’s on-time performance is renownedly poor (and that’s an understatement) but at least Warsaw airport is no Frankfurt and these days I am so used to it that don’t even worry when my next flight has nearly finished boarding and we are still taxiing towards a remote stand...

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Old Jun 21, 19, 8:34 am
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Hi Guys, I will have a connection to Warsaw from Toronto with LOT. We are non Shengen residents. What Can we expect once at the airport? travelling with kids and we have 2hr20 for our next connection with Austrian Airlines.

Thanks for your time
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Old Jun 21, 19, 9:02 am
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Originally Posted by ekc8946 View Post
Hi Guys, I will have a connection to Warsaw from Toronto with LOT. We are non Shengen residents. What Can we expect once at the airport? travelling with kids and we have 2hr20 for our next connection with Austrian Airlines.

Thanks for your time
Where are you going? On a Toronto-Belgrade (both non-Schengen) flight last month it was a simple matter of leaving the arrival gate, going up one flight at the terminal and locating the departure gate. No security clearance was required. 2 hours and 20 minutes should be ample time. We had about the same layover time and still had plenty of time even though our flight leaving Toronto was an hour late.
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Old Jun 21, 19, 9:08 am
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Originally Posted by ekc8946 View Post
Hi Guys, I will have a connection to Warsaw from Toronto with LOT. We are non Shengen residents. What Can we expect once at the airport? travelling with kids and we have 2hr20 for our next connection with Austrian Airlines.

Thanks for your time
Assuming all on-time, you can expect an easy-peasy and indeed stress-free connection in one of the best European airports [when it comes to transfers]. You will easily find your way through the 'small' terminal and have plenty of time for drink & food as well. By all means, no need to worry.

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Old Jul 3, 19, 9:54 pm
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Me and some coworkers are flying yyz-waw-tse in J. Have a lengthy layover of about 12 hr. We arrive about 12:30 pm and fly back out around midnight that same day to tse.

advice on killing time, finding a day rate for a hotel?

TIA
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Old Jul 4, 19, 1:19 am
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By all means, you should head into town: get on the train and stop at either Warszawa Centralna or Warszawa Śrůdmieście, you will have plenty to do and see before heading back to the airport. If there's anything in particular you'd like to see and do, let me know and I'll come up with suitable advice.

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Old Jul 4, 19, 7:10 am
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12 hours is a long time to spend in Warsaw sightseeing and in the lounge plus your red eye to TSE.

For whatever reason the Hiltonís donít offer day rates in WAW. But you can easily book say the Hampton at the Airport or the Mokotow Airport and arrange in advance you can check in at 12PM.

Theres no need to check out, so day rate makes no difference.

I presume you're travelling soon, so over the summer itís very cheap.
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Old Jul 4, 19, 7:54 am
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WAW-downtown is like 25min, a train daypass (includess all public transport) is 15PLN (~5 CAD). Get it from the RED machines.
Cards widely accepted; if you need cash, go to a "Kantor" exchange booth IN TOWN (there are many).
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Old Aug 18, 19, 8:37 pm
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Unhappy Seeking Clarity On WAW Transfer

U.S. citizen flying both segments in J LOT JFK-WAW on to Bucharest Romania. The official Chopin airport website states this for Non-Schengen to Non Schengen (Romania is non-schengen at this time): Passengers will deplane, go through security check and customs then to departure gate.

Terminal A is divided into Schengen and non Schengen. It appears from this information that Poland itself treats Romania as a Schengen member. Does Donald Tusk know this? Again, we see total confusion, disinformation, foul ups and a circus. It is unclear whether the LOT Bucharest flights depart Schengen or Non-Schengen side. I don't even think the LOT pilots have any idea.

Anyone with first hand recent knowledge/experience of having transferred WAW NS-NS, better yet to Bucharest. Thank you in advance.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 1:13 am
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Hi,

While I didnít connect from Bucharest, last Friday afternoon we did connect from non-Schengen to Schengen. It was a complete and utter disaster. The queues were huge, both for passport control and security. There were two security scanners for Schengen connections from non-Schengen. We landed 1hr before our connection to BRU was due to depart and we spent that entire 1hour in passport and security queues (arriving from KIV). There were three transfer agents trying to help passengers, but a large amount of people missed their connections. Some of those had arrived from Bucharest so I presume that Bucharest is therefore treated as non-Schengen (which it should be). We only got picked out of the queue (would have had another 20 mins wait or so in queue) when we proactively shouted that we were connecting to BRU and our flight was on final call. The staff picked us out of the queue, put us in front of everyone else and then we had to run across the airport and then got a bus to the plane. Those who didnít understand English or didnít really know what was going on werenít so lucky. A group of elderly passengers in front of us missed their flight to CDG because they didnít know what to do.

when we go to the plane the cabin manager asked why we had taken so long (they had held the flight for us, which was one good thing), and I explained that we were waiting fo 1 hour in transfer security. He wasnít impressed.

After this experience I would actively avoid flying through Warsaw again on a Non-schengen to Schengen connection, particularly around mid-afternoon. Two scanners for so many passengers is simply not enough in a growing airport. I did take a photo but canít upload it here for some reason. It was a joke, and the staff seemed completely at a loss as to how to handle it. The infrastructure is simply not there. So be wary of short non-Schengen to Schengen connections.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:54 pm
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Originally Posted by ChrisBub View Post

After this experience I would actively avoid flying through Warsaw again on a Non-schengen to Schengen connection, particularly around mid-afternoon. Two scanners for so many passengers is simply not enough in a growing airport. I did take a photo but canít upload it here for some reason. It was a joke, and the staff seemed completely at a loss as to how to handle it. The infrastructure is simply not there. So be wary of short non-Schengen to Schengen connections.
They just managed to enlarge the non-Schengen to non-Schengen security area upstairs. I noticed they are now working on non-Schengen to Schengen security that will be moved to a new place. Both areas should be at least 3 times bigger than today. So the situation shall be improving soon for jetty arrivals. I think there is no hope for bus arrivals, though.... Simply no room...
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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:57 pm
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Originally Posted by loopflyer View Post
U.S. citizen flying both segments in J LOT JFK-WAW on to Bucharest Romania. The official Chopin airport website states this for Non-Schengen to Non Schengen (Romania is non-schengen at this time): Passengers will deplane, go through security check and customs then to departure gate.

Terminal A is divided into Schengen and non Schengen. It appears from this information that Poland itself treats Romania as a Schengen member. Does Donald Tusk know this? Again, we see total confusion, disinformation, foul ups and a circus. It is unclear whether the LOT Bucharest flights depart Schengen or Non-Schengen side. I don't even think the LOT pilots have any idea.

Anyone with first hand recent knowledge/experience of having transferred WAW NS-NS, better yet to Bucharest. Thank you in advance.
Romania is non-Schengen. Regardless what the web site says you will depart from the non-Schengen area. Leave the aircraft, follow the signs, clear security, go downstairs. You are done
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Old Aug 21, 19, 4:10 am
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A question for the WAW experts out there. Wife and I are flying J class Qatar DOH-WAW, arriving 0545 in early January. We then need to fly onto LHR. Our options are either LOT at 0735, but obviously cannot through-check as the WAW-LHR would be different alliance. Option B is BA at 1245. Option A) as i see it key risk is flight delay, but also i have read some flights require a bus ride to terminal. Is Qatar one such airline at WAW that is subject to the bus risk? If we have pre checked in for the LOT flight, I guess all we need to then do is get thru immigration, retrieve bags - which one would hope be expedient given J class, and then bag drop our bags again and get back through security. Is 0545 arrival to non schengen, and departure from non schengen at 0735 taking into account all of the above re bags etc, too fine? (and i assume i'm right with my non-schengen / non-schengen combo). Ideally we would prefer not to have to wait until the BA flight, and the next LOT flight would be at 1500 if we missed the 0735. Thanks in advance.
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Old Aug 21, 19, 6:08 am
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Welcome to FlyerTalk first of all.

No risk when it comes to remote stand/bus to terminal (QR pays for a gate) but the 5:45-7:35 option seems a bit 'stretched' (not to say risky) to me: you would probably be okay assuming all on-time (say you would be collecting your bags just after 6:15, drop your bags again and clear security before 6:45) but even a slight delay could compromise the whole thing and I'm not sure I'd risk it.

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Old Aug 21, 19, 6:18 am
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QR and LO have interline agreements, as long as QR are willing to check through LO will accept the bags.
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