Wondering what are the means of transport available in Poland? Find out in this article.
By moving to Poland, you will probably have queries regarding the means of transport available in the country. The Pole transport network may not be as wide as that of other countries, but it is very developed and modern, including bus, tramway, trains, taxis, etc. Carpooling is also a widespread practice in the country. So you don't really have to worry, wherever you want to go.
Bus and tramway
Bus and tramway are the most popular means of transport in the big Polish cities. The networks are dense, but very practical and accessible. However, you might have some trouble with the signs which are often illegible. Hence, you are advised to buy a city plan which will definitely be useful in these cases. In fact, these often contain bus and tramway schedules.
The smaller cities, for their part, are served by several bus networks. Medium-sized cities such as Gdynia, Lublin and Tychy are served by trolleybuses.
Bus and tramway tickets can be purchased either aboard or at newspaper stalls, stations and supermarkets. In some cities, long trip tickets are available and these can be used for a day, a week or a month, depending on the package chosen. Rates generally vary from one city to another.
The railway network is quite developed and modern, just like the bus and tramway networks. Rates are rather affordable, especially in the case of long trips. However, train trips are longer than bus trips.
You will find different types of trains in Poland, namely the pociąg pośpieszny which is the rapid train, the sseau NA, which is the express train and the pociągs osobowys which is the omnibus. Intercity trains, for their part, will allow you to transit through several cities without stopping.
The disabled can find it quite difficult to travel by the public means of transport as buses and tramways are not adapted to their needs. However, local authorities have encouraged transport networks to provide optimized support to them. Hence, bus and tramway fleets are renewed in a progressive way. The introduction of new modern and equipped vehicles is a real blessing for the disabled.
Major Polish cities are served by a few low-cost companies. Most of these are linked to Warsaw, the capital city, via a daily return flight.
Carpooling and auto-stop
Auto-stop and carpooling are quite common in Poland like in the rest of the world. Hence, you can find carpoolers on the Internet provided you understand and speak some Polish. As regards auto-stop, you are more likely to find truck drivers driving out of the cities. Note that you are not allowed to stop cars by the roadside.
The taxi is the most appropriate means of transport to travel from one city to another within Poland. You can thus choose from two types of taxis: the Express Taxi and the Super Taxi which are the most popular ones.
In general, day, night and Sunday fares differ from one another. You will pay around 7 new zloty for the first kilometer and between 2 and 4 new zloty for each additional kilometer.
Common taxis are also available for those who wish to share the trip. This is usually cheaper than tramway trips.
Taxis can be found at special stands which are indicated by a sign.
E-podroznik – Bus schedules en.e-podroznik.pl
Polskibus – Bus company www.polskibus.com
Rozklad PKP – Information on the Polish railway network www.rozklad.pkp.pl
Intercity – Train schedules intercity.pl