We have been living in Warsaw since mid-March and will probably stay here permanently. However, before we moved from Gdansk to Warsaw, a wave of myths related to the capital flooded us. Today I would like to refute some myths about life in Warsaw that are circulating in Poland. In the post I will often refer to an apartment in Gdansk, because in connection with the fact that we lived there for many years, it will be easiest for me to refer, for example, to the cost of living in Gdansk.
Myth: eating in Warsaw is more expensive
This is one of the first myths we heard after we told our family that we were moving to Warsaw. In Gdańsk, we ordered purchases via the Piotr i Paweł or Tesco e-store, in Warsaw we order purchases from Tesco and WARNING - we pay the same for shopping. Food prices in Gdańsk and Warsaw are the same - of course, grocery shopping prices depend on where we buy. It is known that in organic markets or in luxury neighborhoods they may be more expensive, but nevertheless high food prices are one big MYTH. The same applies to eating out - prices in Gdańsk and Warsaw are comparable.
Fact: public transport in Wawa is more expensive than in Gdańsk
It is true. In Warsaw, ticket prices are more expensive by approx. 40 pennies. It should be noted, however, that tickets have different time validities. In Gdańsk there are 3 types of tickets - reduced, normal for one trip and normal hourly (by buying this ticket within one hour we can change to other buses or trams in Gdańsk). There are zone tickets in Warsaw. Most often we use 75-minute tickets (to get from Mokotów to the center we have to buy this ticket, because on 20-minute I only got to the center once). There are big traffic jams in Warsaw, especially in the center, so I don't recommend taking the risk, just buy this ticket right away. Its price is 4,40 PLN. (regular ticket).
A lot of people commute to the center and the surrounding area to work. Hence the crowds in the morning and afternoon in public transport. It is not uncommon for people from outside of Warsaw to reach the center and the surrounding area (closer and farther around). Warsaw is VERY GOOD communicated. Actually, everywhere can be reached by bus, tram or subway. We rarely travel by public transport, because we found a cheaper (especially in two people) and a more comfortable way of transport - Taxify. It's something like Uber, but the quality is much higher in my opinion. This application is now also available in the Tri-City! If after installation, in the Taxify application enter the code: EJFX7 - you will get PLN 10. first trip discount.
Fact / Myth: prices of apartments for rent are much higher
It's both a fact and a myth. It all depends on what apartment we are looking for and in what district. Room rental prices are comparable to room rental prices in Gdansk. However, the prices of renting apartments in cooler neighborhoods are more expensive. In Warsaw there are a lot of closed estates (crossing the other side of the street is a horror! You have to walk around!), Which means that apartment prices are higher. Higher prices are also if you want to buy an apartment. Of course, what counts here is in which district we want to buy the property.
Myth: there are huge traffic jams in Warsaw
Show me where, in a larger city, there are no traffic jams? There were also traffic jams in Gdańsk (Jaśkowa Dolina or Bypass were forever jammed). The closer you get to the center, the longer you stand in traffic, especially when everyone is driving or returning from work. You have to remember how many people live in the capital 😉 We noticed (I have no idea what it depends) that the biggest traffic jams are on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Fact / Myth: salaries are much higher than in Gdansk
This is not quite a fact, because it all depends on the industry in which we operate. However, it is true that there are more companies in the capital and hence - more opportunities to change jobs. In Gdańsk, in the industry in which I live (Social Media and Influence marketing), I was looking for a job, after 3-4 (how it went well). There is a minimum of 20-30 in Warsaw. There is no denying that there are many more jobs and opportunities here. People also look more favorably at remote cooperation than in the Tri-City. There, for the most part, everyone wanted to sit 8 in the office, which was not cool for me.
Fact: Usually you work during 9-17 hours
It's a fact that in Warsaw many companies work during 9-17 hours. This has its pros and cons. Initially (before I started working from home) I couldn't get used to these hours of work. At 16: 00 I was already so tired that I dreamed to go home. For me, these working hours are not perfect, but it's all a matter of habit. Piotr, however, works during flexible working hours. He can come to work from 7 to 10 and return home from 15 to 18. As you can see - it all depends on the company where you work.
Myth: Everything is far away in Warsaw
It's not true. Once you get to know Warsaw, it turns out that the distances are not that great (of course you can feel the difference compared to Gdańsk, but Gdańsk is smaller). In addition, there is well-organized public transport and very cheap a'la Uber taxis (if we are going to the center in two, it is more profitable to take this taxi than by public transport!).
As I wrote at the beginning - I referred to our experiences related to life in Gdańsk and staying in Warsaw for several months to write facts and myths about life in Warsaw. If you are curious why we have just moved to Warsaw now, be sure to check out the post about this when we were one leg in Warsaw. And if you're interested in how moving to Warsaw has affected my skin, take a look at the post in which I recommend great Korean masks on cotton sheets that saved my skin after moving.
Let me know in the comments in which cities you live and do you know any myths about living in your city?