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Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by Comet » 27 May 2017, 19:15

Does anyone have any good tips/advice about WAW Chopin Airport? I have read some pretty unpleasant reviews of the place which invariably mention slow passport checks, nasty security staff who can't talk English and people often missing their flights because the process of going through security and passport checks is so slow!
Please tell me it's not that bad!

We always check in as soon as possible (online if we can and then drop off our bags at the airport) so we don't leave it until the last minute for check in as some people like to do. We are flying from WAW-AMS - will that make a difference to length of time in a passport queue?
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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by sn26567 » 27 May 2017, 23:02

You will clear passport control at AMS in both directions. You shouldn't have any trouble at WAW, which is a nice modern airport (although sometimes crowded). The queues might be longer in AMS!
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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by Frederic_K » 29 May 2017, 10:21

do not worry, not worse or better than any other European airport.

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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by Comet » 30 May 2017, 10:29

Thanks for answering :mrgreen: We have a bit longer in AMS on our return leg as our flight has been retimed, I'm not complaining as transferring makes me nervous - last time we did it (at Heathrow) it was a real pain.
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Post by sn26567 » 30 May 2017, 17:11

Comet wrote:
30 May 2017, 10:29
Thanks for answering :mrgreen: We have a bit longer in AMS on our return leg as our flight has been retimed, I'm not complaining as transferring makes me nervous - last time we did it (at Heathrow) it was a real pain.
I transferred in LHR yesterday and it was indeed a real pain, now that security has just been increased. One hour was really insufficient.
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Post by Comet » 30 May 2017, 19:00

LHR was a nightmare back in 2006 - landed at Terminal One from MAN and then had to dash over to Terminal Four to catch our flight to BRU. Had to use the fast track security lane and dash to the gates area. After arrival in BRU we discovered that none of our bags had accompanied us - one was still at LHR and the other hadn't even left MAN. One bag arrived on the later flight from LHR which in turn made us late getting to our hotel (this was Christmas Eve). We got our other bag back at New Year.
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Post by quixoticguide » 06 Jun 2017, 20:24

I can't remember having troubles in WAW!
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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by sn26567 » 06 Jun 2017, 22:51

quixoticguide wrote:
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I can't remember having troubles in WAW!
I already made 'very' short connections in WAW.
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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by M K » 19 Jun 2017, 22:42

WAW Airport is just like other European airports.

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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by Comet » 20 Jun 2017, 10:45

M K wrote:
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WAW Airport is just like other European airports.
Some European airports are truly vile (Munich and CDG come to mind) and some are pleasant and easy to use. Which category does WAW come into?
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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by cathay belgium » 20 Jun 2017, 18:51

Hi,

Indeed you can make short connections in WAW, but i missed almost my flight extra-shengen because of the -frequent the say there- strikes of the immigration police...
1 h of waiting to get your passport sorted...
So be there on time for your flight to LHR !

Otherwise, WAW is quite pleasant, nice views of the runway and planes, polish food and mcDonalds, COSTA coffee and PAUL's and some nice shops for liquor and stuff...

Free ( good working not limited ) WIFI ! and electricity sockets !

Enjoy !

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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by WalterBoyd » 30 Aug 2017, 05:56

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With Very early flight from Warsaw Airport, just book a night in cheapper hotel close to the airport and order a taxi or go to any club till 4.30am and then to the airport.
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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by Comet » 07 Sep 2017, 19:43

Thanks for the replies :mrgreen: We had our first experience of WAW on Monday this week - we didn't pass through any passport check when we arrived (maybe because we arrived from a Schengen country) and just walked through the green customs lane to find the train into Warsaw. My experience of KRK departures last year wasn't favourable, as the passport control was at the gate entrance, it took ages and our flight was called as we were stuck in the queue. Thankfully we made the flight but we were getting concerned as we waited for passport control.
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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by convair » 08 Sep 2017, 20:52

How was the border control in AMS? Long queue?

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Post by airtrainer » 09 Sep 2017, 14:17

convair wrote:
08 Sep 2017, 20:52
How was the border control in AMS? Long queue?
Flew from AMS to the US last week and queues were not long at all, be it for security or passport control, a nice surprise for sure :)

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Re: Tips and advice for WAW airport?

Post by Comet » 11 Sep 2017, 09:17

AMS was fine - there were some queues at the ordinary passport desks near the entrance to the C gates but I used the e-passport gate and there was no queue there. We fly back today and we are currently at WAW.
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