This week I’m “liveblogging” my trip to Ukraine. Unlike traditional reports, these posts will be shorter and more frequent.
When it comes to tap and pay, Poland is pretty advanced. But apparently, when it comes to buying public transport tickets in Warsaw, cash is king.
Polish Public Transport In Warsaw – Can I Use A Credit Card?
I’m trying to use public transport more when I travel, not such much for environmental reasons as because I hate crowded roads and highways and therefore using public transport, when available, contributes to that goal via the ethic of reciprocity.
Upon reaching Warsaw, my first order of business was to get to the central railway station to see if I could obtain a same-day rail ticket to Kyiv. Public transport (both trains and busses) connect the rail station to Warsaw’s Chopin International Airport and I thought I could save a few bucks and not even lose all that much time by using the train.
It is quite a walk from the terminal to the station, but eventually, I made it and tried to buy a ticket.
I tapped to pay and my card was rejected. I tapped another card…it was rejected. Then I stuck the physical card in the reader. Rejected. And another one. Rejected. And another one. Rejected.
Visa? Nope. MasterCard? Nope.
I had EUR, CHF, and USD, but no Polish Zloty (PLN).
Now, let’s see if I can find a currency exchange booth. The one next to the station is closed.
Perhaps public transport is not meant to be for me in Warsaw…