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About Poland

The Republic of Poland is located in Central Europe. This cultural paradise serves to welcome all with its alluring ancient city attractions and cobblestoned streets. With a population of over 38 million people, it is the opportunity to see incredible historic sites. Popular attractions include Wrocław Fountain in Wrocław, Royal Castle in Warsaw and Main Square in Krakow.

Cheap flights to Poland are available for a limited period of time, so prepare to journey through this history-filled destination. Warsaw is home to Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) which is a 15-minute drive from the city centre. WAW serves a multitude of airlines including LOT Polish Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Lufthansa and British Airways. Popular flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Warsaw is approximately 13 hours and 30 minutes.

Why visit Poland

cobblestoned old town

Cobblestoned Street Attractions

Explore Poland’s exquisite attractions by enjoying a beautiful stroll along several cobblestoned streets. Whilst in the capital city, Warsaw, be sure to embark on an exploration of the historic streets in Old Town.

church building

Chapel of Skulls

Kaplica Czaszek is located in one of the oldest villages in Lower Silesian Voivodeship. This unique tourist attraction is home to the skulls and bones of over 3000 people, decorating the walls and the ceiling.

bison in poland

Białowieża Forest

This precious land is the last Primeval Forest in lowland Europe. Rare species of birds and several categories of fungi can be found in this otherworldly forest. It is also home to the continent’s largest land mammal – the European Bison.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Polish Złoty
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.29 PLN
Language Polish and English
Hub Airport Warsaw Chopin Airport
Airline LOT Polish Airlines
Time Zone GMT +1
Travel Adaptor Type E

Best time to visit Poland

Summer (June to August) is the peak tourist season in Poland. Embrace the cityscape filled with historic streets and explore the beautiful outdoors. November to February are the winter months in Poland, with captivating snow-capped mountains and temperatures dropping below zero. Explore ideal skiing environments such as Karpacz, Zakopane, Szczyrk and Białka Tatrzańska. For cheap flights to Poland consider the shoulder tourist months of March, April and October. You will be enchanted with the beautiful colours encapsulating the city. Prepare to be whisked away by spring and autumn landscapes.

Weather & Climate in Poland

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -6°C -6°C -2°C 3°C 8°C 12°C 13°C 12°C 9°C 5°C 1°C -3°C
High °C 1°C 0°C 5°C 13°C 19°C 22°C 24°C 23°C 18°C 13°C 6°C 1°C
Rainfall (mm) 22 23 25 33 53 67 71 58 43 35 39 32

For those who are willing to travel to Poland with an open mind, avoid preconceptions and get ready to embrace its authenticity, you are sure to have this country unfold in its pure splendour. Poland’s unique beauty allows for a joyous and scintillating encounter throughout its cityscape and natural wonders. Traverse through Gothic architecture and derelict buildings from the Communist era, co-existing with modern business centres and a cool artistic scene.

Warsaw affords tourists the chance to explore the city at their own pace. Stroll through the cobblestoned streets of Old Town and discover historic attractions. Pay a visit to one of the bustling cafes or experience the open galleries and musical performances during summer.

Poland’s seaport, Gdańsk, has a multitude of life changing attractions such as the Royal Way, the European Solidarity Centre and Dlugi Targ. Beginning on the last Saturday of July for a period of three weeks, the city celebrates St. Dominic’s Fair – one of the longest traditions of Gdańsk. This festival includes street theatre, parades, concerts and sports events. Rzeszow is one of the most elite cities in Poland. As with all Polish cities, the main attraction is the Old Town Square. Beautiful historical buildings enchant the cityscape of this ancient dazzling metropolis.

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South African passport holders require a Schengen Visa to enter Poland. Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days beyond your period of stay.

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland:

14 Amos Street Colbyn 0083 Pretoria

Telephone: (+27) 12 430 2631 / 32

Tourists should be up-to-date with routine vaccinations. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and your yearly flu shot. Most travellers are encouraged to get vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and rabies.

Poland is a safe country to tour. The people are friendly and welcoming. Tourists are still encouraged to use common sense and obey general regulations in the country. Be wary of pickpocketing in public spaces such as tourist destinations and public transportation. Do not leave your valuables unattended.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Warsaw
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R341
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R27
Cappucino (regular) R23 R22 R29
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R8
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R40 R51
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