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Facts and myths about life in Warsaw

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.

facts and myths about life in Warsaw

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?

13 Comments

  1. Avatar Beti 16 October 2019 / 23: 14

    Hello, I read the post one year after its publication, I wanted to ask how after this time the impression of living in the capital? On the plus side, did you come back to Gdańsk? Did you miss the sea, beach and coastal nature? Or maybe not?

    • dpblogpl dpblogpl
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      17 October 2019 / 16: 35

      We still live in Warsaw, only in a different place (near the Center). As for the events, nothing was happening in the Tri-City in comparison with Wawa. There is something here every now and again - fashion shows, events, press day or just some nice events not related to blogging. In addition, there are many more opportunities for development in our industries (professionally) compared to Tri-City.

      Initially, we lacked greenery (we lived in a large number of office buildings and a total lack of greenery) and the sea, it is obvious, but when we lived in the Tri-City we were not often on the beach - we work a lot and we just didn't have time for it 🙁 Now we live in the area two large parks, so if we want to relax, we go for a walk. In general at the beginning it was hard to switch - you had to get to know the whole city, some nice places or even stop getting lost in the underground tunnels in the Center (I still sometimes go out where I need it hahaha).

      We are very happy with the decision to move from the Tri-City to Warsaw. We will definitely not return to Tri-City. Here we feel good in terms of development, financial and lifestyle.

      • Avatar Beti 17 October 2019 / 16: 38

        Thank you very much for your reply, best regards

        • dpblogpl dpblogpl
          Author
          17 October 2019 / 16: 53

          Are you thinking of moving from the Tri-City to Wawa? 🙂

          • Avatar Beti 17 October 2019 / 17: 48

            Yes, we are considering moving.

          • dpblogpl dpblogpl
            Author
            18 October 2019 / 09: 03

            If you are development-oriented, this is definitely the place for you 🙂 There really are many possibilities, you just have to want.

  2. Avatar Mariusz 22 July 2019 / 10: 09

    I once lived in Zabrze, a city many times smaller than Warsaw. And there I was everywhere and longer there than in Warsaw. There is well organized communication here and without a car you can get everywhere much more efficiently than in Silesia.

    • dpblogpl dpblogpl
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      22 July 2019 / 10: 58

      It is true! In Warsaw, public transport is great. Many people give up their car for public transport - it is much faster to get somewhere by bus (bus lanes), tram or subway (unless there is any failure or evacuation through lost luggage).

  3. Avatar Katarzyna 13 June 2019 / 16: 42

    As for more expensive prices, when it comes to housing, it depends a lot on the district. I feel it now after moving to the so-called a better neighborhood. Although I don't spend more money on food, the cost of the rent made me transport my furniture. I will still have to wait for the interior to change. And Warsaw is Warsaw.

  4. Avatar Matt sets 16 August 2018 / 10: 00

    Good to know, because in fact many of these facts about this city often hear from many people, and it turns out that they are only myths. I live outside the city, so I can't refer to this information (it has its drawbacks - you have to travel everywhere, but there are many advantages). Super blog! 😉

    • dpblogpl dpblogpl 16 August 2018 / 22: 23

      There are many myths, but I wrote down the ones we most often heard.

      I wouldn't be able to live in the center of Warsaw, just as we didn't live in the center of Gdańsk (15 minutes by bus from the center is the perfect distance). Thank you very much and welcome again 🙂

  5. Avatar Tile 15 August 2018 / 17: 53

    Moving to Wrocław from a smaller town (near Wrocław) I also heard that it would be more expensive blah blah. It's always more expensive in a big city 😛

    • dpblogpl dpblogpl 15 August 2018 / 20: 53

      It's probably such a general myth, no matter where you move 😉

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