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Yes, it's an ugly introduction to Warsaw, but inevitably almost every traveller to the city will begin or end their journey at Warszawa Centralna, or the Central Train Station of Warsaw. While it's hardly the most attractive building in the city, this gigantic underground centre has plenty of shops and places to eat if you've got a few hours to kill, and it's conveniently located in the centre of the city, right next to the Palace of Culture. See this page to plan your journey and for timetables of departures and arrivals at the Warsaw Train Station.
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Ok this station may not look the nicest, but I find it very functional, easy to get tickets, easy to see where your train is leaving from and at what time. Also you get the benefit of the labyrinth of tunnels that are underneath the station and surrounding streets that are full of cafes, shops, internet cafes, book shops etc.
My first impression when I visited a few years ago, was that it felt unsafe, but once you have been there a few times you realise it is just as safe as any station in the UK - maybe even safer.
Warszawa Centralna Station would of been great, but when the soviet leader came to visit in the 1970s everyone wanted it to be built for his arrival. So they did... and they built it so quickly that the building started having problems in the early 80s! But never the less its a strange and very good station. Although leaking roofs and tramps and and the horrible smells make it not the best place to be.