Flights to Poland are now on sale for less than $800 return
Catch cheap flights to Poland's capital this year.
Flights to London, Paris and Athens are often your cheap seats into Europe but now the tables have turned with Air China dropping fares under $800 return to the capital of Poland AKA Warsaw.
These are on select dates in October and November with the cheapest seats flying out of Melbourne. They come in just shy of $800 return – $795 to be exact – and include a 20+ hour stopover in Beijing.
That might seem like a long time to mull in an airport but neither leg is a red-eye flight and if your stopover is under 25 hours, Australian passport holders are entitled to a transit visa which allows you to exit the airport and explore the city.
Flights from other Australian cities are also available, though nowhere near as cheap. For example, Perth to Warsaw starts from $1,143 return while Sydney to Warsaw starts from $1,184 return.
In their defence, both Perth and Sydney flights are with Qatar Airways, which is a 5-star quality airline and a cut above Air China, which is only a 3-star airline.
You can browse the full suite of flights available through Flight Finder here. They're on sale only until sold out.
How good are these fares?
- Price: Great. If you're flying out of Melbourne then it's difficult to do better than $800 return fares.
- Airline: Good. While not a 5-star airline, Air China is still a full-service carrier and fares include checked luggage and in-flight entertainment so you won't have to worry about any surprise fees.
- Travel time: OK. The cheapest flights take upwards of 40 hours to get from Australia to Poland and include a long stopover in China. You might prefer this to break up the trip or to tack an extra holiday destination onto your itinerary but if time is of the essence you're better off paying more for a faster service.
- Weather: Good. October and November are the end of autumn in Poland and tend to see warm days before the winter hits. Try to aim for October dates rather than November for better weather.
Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au and has been writing travel and lifestyle content for publications in Australia and the UK for over a decade. She's been to Poland three times and hit a heatwave when she was in Warsaw in October so she can attest to the warm/sweltering weather despite the location. If you do head in, make sure you explore this immense country and wander the castle in Krakow, kayak the lakes in the Masurian Lake District and hunt for gnomes in Wroclaw.