Bialowieza National Park is not only the country’s oldest but also a UNESCO-listed site. If you are a nature lover, then it should be one of your day trips from Warsaw. It is home to rare European wild bison, deers, antelopes, hundreds of species of birds and plant life. Birdwatching is one of the popular activities to do in the park. You need to take a guide to get access to the selected reserve areas.
If you want to avoid the hassles of arranging transport on your own, you can book this Full-Day Bialowieza National Park Tour, which takes care of commuting, your entry ticket, pickup from your hotel, and, delicious traditional Polish lunch.
One of the many destinations of Poland with a dark history lies an hour away from the capital city. Treblinka, a small town, is home to former Nazi concentration death camp, which was the largest in Europe. Not one of the pleasant day trips from Warsaw, but worth checking out if you plan on visiting any of these Nazi camps in Poland.
The entry is free, and you can get an audio guide for 12 Euros.
How to get there: Take a train from Warszawa Wschodnia to Malkinia, the nearest station. From there, you can easily reach Treblinka by cab, which is 4km away. Alternatively, you can also take a train from Warszawa Wileńska to Prostyń and get a taxi to Treblinka.
If you are looking for excellent guided tours, I’d recommend this Treblinka Concentration Camp Tour with Hotel Pickup that starts from Warsaw. It covers pickup and drop, and also the entry fees. There is also a private tour with tickets and pick up from Warsaw. Both can be easily booked online, and you can cancel if need be without any charges up to 24 hours of the start of the trip.
The Wolfs Lair was the east front military headquarters of Adolf Hitler during WWII, where he lived for four years from 1940 to 1944. If you are interested in war history, you will love planning one of your day trips from Warsaw to Wolfs Lair. The remains of this fortress, along with documentaries, photographs and details of the operations during the war are exhibited for travelers.
How to reach: It takes about 5 to 6 hours if you intend to travel by train. It would be best if you took a Train from Warszawa Centralna to Ketrzyn, and then a cab from there, which takes about 20 minutes. The best way to reach from Warsaw is to take a taxi, as it takes about 3hours. The cost of a taxi ride would be around € 45 to € 55.
If you want to enjoy a comfortable trip, then I would suggest going for this Private tour of the Wolf’s Lair. It can be booked online, and mobile voucher can be shown offline. This 10-hour tour includes pickup and drops off to your hotel, skip the line tickets, water, and guided tour of the Wolfs Lair.
Probably the most unique and vibrant of all the day trips from Warsaw is Kazimierz Dolny, an artistic neighbourhood located on the banks of the Vistula river. It is known for the renaissance architecture in the historic old town, which also consists of the medieval market square.
Also, check out the beautiful ancient castle and the Three Crosses Hill, from where you can get magnificent views of the landscapes. If you are into arts, you will love those folk artist shops lined up closed to the old town.
How to reach Kazimierz: The best way to get to Kazimierz from Warsaw is to take a taxi, which will take about 2 hours and costs around € 110 to € 150. If you want a cheaper option, take a train from Warsaw central to Pulawy Miasto(1.5 hours), and then take a bus from Żyrzyńska – Nadleśnictwo to Kazimierz Dolny, which will take another 45 minutes.
As for tours, I would recommend Kazimierz Dolny Art Town Full-Day Private Tour, which includes pick up and guided tour. The tour lasts for about 10 hours.
There is another excellent combo guided tour which covers Kazimierz Dolny, Majdanek camp, Lublin and Kozlowka. This tour works best if you want to make the most of your time and money. It involves skipping the line tickets, guides in multiple languages, and easy to book. You can check the detailed itinerary and reviews here.
Consisting of five nature reserves, Bolimów Landscape Park is one of the recommended day trips from Warsaw, especially if you love nature and parks. You will find a lot of hikers, runners, cyclists here, and attracts locals during the summer.
You can spot Polish wildlife including deer, foxes and many birds. There is also one of the Jewish Ghettos that was constructed outside the town close to Bolimów.
How to reach: The cheapest way to enter is to take a train from Warszawa Centralna to Skierniewice, the nearest station, and then take a cab to the park, which is 10 minutes away. The total journey should take less than an hour and cost around €20 to €30.
Want to spend a day feeling like it’s the 19th century? Then make your way to Sierpc, an idyllic village located about 3 hours away from Warsaw. It is a perfect candidate for Warsaw day trip to go off the beaten path in the country. You will see the settlements unique to this village, like the wooden chapel, windmill, blacksmith’s shop, and different local food.
There is a museum dedicated to the 18th-century artefacts, where you can get a glimpse of the Masovian region. Summer is the best time to plan a trip to Sierpc as there are a lot of activities offered by the museum for its visitors. Here, you’ll be able to visit a blacksmith’s workshop, a wooden chapel and windmill, try local food, and learn more about Masovian customs.
Museum timings: 9 AM to 3 PM(Oct to March); 10 AM to 5 PM(summer).
Entry fees: 13 PLN.
How to reach: Buses and trains are the best options to reach Sierpc. Take a train from Warszawa Centralna to Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, and change the train to Sierpc here. Buses leave from Dw. Zachodni 02 to Sierpc.
Wondering where locals picnic in summer? Head to Zegrze Lake to find them. This artificial lake has plenty to offer and is an excellent option for taking a day trip from Warsaw. You can go swimming, sail, rent out kayaks, hike in the nearby forests, walk in the nearby village of Zegrze or visit the historic Radziwiłł Palace.
How to reach: The easiest way to reach Zegrze Lake is taking a train from Warszawa Centralna to Legionowo, the nearest station and opting for a taxi to the lake from there. The journey takes less than an hour and costs around €20 to €30.
For starters, the beautiful Kampinos National Park is located just 40 minutes away from Warsaw. This massive reserve area is a highly recommended day trip option if you like hiking, animals, and enjoy outdoor activities in general. You can spend time watching wildlife, taking hikes in the trails and visiting many museums.
For tourists, cycling, skiing, walking and horse riding trails are available. Depending on the season that you are arriving, you can plan your activities.
How to reach: The best way to get to the park from Warsaw is to first take a train from Warszawa Centralna to Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, the nearest station, and then take a taxi for about 30 minutes. The total journey should take about an hour costing around €20 to €25.
Czersk Castle is the formal residence of the dukes of the Masovian region and is one of the remaining gothic castles in Poland. Located about 35km from the city centre, it is an excellent addition to your list of Warsaw day trips.
This 15th-century castle is very well maintained and takes in you back in time through medieval dance performances, archery, sword fighting and more. Yes, exploring Czersk Castle is more than just appreciating history and architecture. To check their periodic activities, head to their website to plan.
How to reach: The only way to reach Czersk Castle is by renting a cab. It costs about €35 to €50.
Czersk Castle timings: 8 AM to 8 PM(Summer); 8 AM to 3 PM(Oct to March)
Entry fees: 8 PLN