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How do I get to the conference venue and hotel?

Please refer to the section Travel and Accommodation.
If you arrive on the 20 January 2023, there will be a pickup provided from Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) and also from the two railway stations (Warszawa Centralna and Warsawa Zachodnia). If you plan to arrive by train, please choose Warszawa Centralna as preferred option.

What language do you speak?

The official language is Polish. Most people will also speak English (especially young generations), and sometimes German.

Which time zone are you guys in?

Poland is in the Central European Timezone CET, which is GMT +1

What currency do I need to bring?

Poland uses the Polish Złoty (ZŁ, ISO code: PLN).
In general all major credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants in Poland and of course also in the conference hotel.

When do shops open / close?

This may vary, but most supermarkets will open around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. and close between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday to Friday and around 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Stores are generally closed on Sundays (with a few exceptions).
There are small stores within walking distance of the hotel which are open typically from 7am to 11pm every day – watch out for the green Żabka signs.

What kind of clothing do I need to bring?

You will need your general Annual Conference attire of course – such as fancy clothing for the gala dinner, traditional clothing from your country for the international evening, etc.
Most of all bring warm clothes – temperatures below 0 °C, wind, rain and snow are all to be expected in a Polish January.

What are the emergency phone numbers?

If you’re in an emergency you can dial general emergency number 112.
You will be guided to the proper service.

Moreover, in Poland the following emergency telephone numbers are also available:

  • Ambulance –  tel. 112 / 999
  • Fire brigade – tel. 112 / 998
  • Police – tel. 112 / 997
  • Municipal Guards  – tel. 986

Can I drink the tap water?

You can indeed! It’s fully safe, eco-friendly and free of charge!

Do I need an adapter to charge my phone?

Well that depends on where you’re from of course. Poland uses type F plugs with a standard voltage of 230 V and a standard frequency of 50 Hz. So please check if you need the special adaptor.