Parking in Warsaw

by mbogda

Warsaw, being the biggest Polish city and the capital of Poland, is one of the most congested cities in Poland. To make things better, Warsaw authorities try to discourage citizens from driving their cars into the city centre, and use public transport instead. One of the ways to make people leave their cars at home, is introducing quite high fares in Warsaw parking zone in the city centre.

Warsaw parking zone fares

There is only one parking zone in Warsaw, which covers almost one-third of the city. You may see the coverage here. The fares are as follows:

Parking fares in Warsaw

First hour4,5 PLN
Second hour5,4 PLN
Third hour6,4 PLN
Fourth and following hours4,5 PLN

Parking fees are charged Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm. You don’t need to pay on weekends.

Parking fees may be paid in parkometers (cash – coins only – or card) or online using one of two Apps: Skycash/Mobiparking or Mobilet. Paying by Apps is much more flexible, as you may extend parking time or simply use start/stop buttons, while in parkometers you can only pay for the specified time. If you pay in parkometer, remember to put the parking ticket behind the front window. If you use the App, you should write Mobilet or Mobiparking on a sheet of paper and put it behind the window on passenger’s side.

Whatever option you choose, you need to type in your plate number.

Parking zone fines

Special cars go around the Warsaw parking zone and scan the cars to check whether their owners paid the necessary fee. Failing to do so results in a fine: 200 PLN if paid within a week, otherwise 300 PLN.

Other parking options in the city centre

There are a few private car parks in the city centre, but their prices are higher than parking zone slots. Arkadia Westfield Shopping Mall offers free parking for its customers, but it is over 2 km walk towards the city centre from here.

Park&Ride car parks in Warsaw

There are several Park&Ride car parks in Warsaw, that allow you to leave your car free of charge, provided you buy one of the following public transport tickets:

  • 1-day ticket,
  • 3-day ticket,
  • weekend ticket,
  • group weekend
  • 30-day ticket,
  • 90-day ticket

Most of P&R are conveniently located close to the subway station, so getting to the city centre is easy and fast. You need to present the ticket once you are leaving the P&R, otherwise, the parking fee is 100 PLN. You may find the list of P&R Car parks, their capacity and public transport connections here.

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