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    Furnicular from Zakopane to Gubalowka Hill

    by hopang Updated Mar 29, 2013

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    The beautiful Gubalowka Hill is a very popular tourist destination and attraction whenever you visit the winter ski resort of Zakopane. Lots of souvenir and gift shops as well as food stalls are located on top of the hill. Even though it is easy to walk up Gubalowka Hill especially during the hot summer months, most visitors would prefer to take furnicular railway up Gubalowka Hill simply because it may be a little bit slippery during the winter months and to save precious time which can be used for other important sight-seeing as well as other activities. The furnicular railway takes just five minutes of your time to reach the top of the hill and is operated from the northwest end of Krupowki Street in Zakopane.

    To save some foreign exchange you are recommended to purchase a return ticket which costs only 17 zl. A one way ticket up the hill alone costs 12 zl. Alternatively you can take furnicular railway up the hill and walk down from the top of the hill to Krupowki Street instead. But it is better to do it during the warm summer months as the roads downhill can be quite slippery in winter. The furnicular railway is operated by PKL (Polskie Koleje Linowe S.A.).

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    Walking tour in Krakow

    by hopang Updated Mar 16, 2013

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    Most of the famous tourist attractions in Krakow are located in the Old Town of Krakow and they are all within walking distance of each other. So the best way to visit and explore these attractions is by walking. You do not have to purchase any transportation pass to visit these attractions. Another option to visit these attractions is probably by horse-carriages. There are so many of these horse-caariages on the roads of Krakow even during the winter months. Please note that you need to take day trips to Krakow's other popular tourist attractions such as the Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

    Alternatively you may join group walking tours, some of them are free. You may start your own walking tour from the north of Krakow at the Barbican (as depicted on our first photograph) which is just a stone's throw from Krakow Glowny, Krakow's main railway station. You will then pass the famous St. Florian's Gate and walk further south into the Main Square (our second photograph).

    Wawel Hill with the elegant Wawel Cathedral (photo 3) and Wawel Castle is located just several hundred meters south of the Main Square. If you walk further south you will be able to visit Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter. Several lovely synagogues and Jewish cemeteries are recommended to be visited and explored! Approximately 200 meters south of the Jewish Quarter, you will be able to see River Vistula with the famous Father Bernard's Footbridge (our fourth photograph). After crossing the footbridge, you are in the district of Podgorze where several popular tourist attractions are located especially the Church of St. Joseph (our last photograph) and the popular Schindlers Factory. A stroll along the bank of River Vistula is also recommended. So good luck and enjoy your walking tour!

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    By commuter train from Krakow to Wieliczka

    by hopang Updated Mar 9, 2013

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    Wieliczka Salt Mine, a must-see tourist attraction, is located just 10 kilometers southeast of central Krakow. In our opinion the best and safest alternative to travel to Wieliczka Salt Mine in Wieliczka from the central of Krakow is by commuter trains from Krakow Glowny to Wieliczka Rynek. You will not miss Wieliczka Salt Mine when you travel by commuter trains since Wieliczka Rynek is the last stop on this route.

    However if you travel by a mini bus or a municipal bus, you may miss the Salt Mine if and when the bus driver forgets to let you know which bus stop to alight when the bus arrives at the Salt Mine. Many of the local bus drivers do not understand English. You may have to remind the bus driver all the time which can be very irritating to the bus driver and to other passengers! Another thing that we were worried about when travelling by mini buses in Krakow. Drving on the roads in Krakow leaves a lot to be desired. Many mini bus drivers drive like lunatics so as to maximise their profit and we were afraid that we might not reach Wieliczka Salt Mine in one piece!

    There are trains leaving Krakow Glowny every hour from platform 1, the same platform where you travel from the city to Balice International Airport. The Salt Mine is just a five to ten minute walk from Wieliczka Rynek. We timed our arrival at the Salt Mine perfectly for the English guided tour which began at 10.00 a.m. sharp. The train left Krakow Glowny at 9.10 a.m. sharp and arrived at Wieliczka Rynek at 9.35 a.m. We took a leaisurely walk to the Salt Mine and arrived at the ticketing office and main entrance at almost 9.45 a.m. After purchasing the admission tickets, we still had some time to look at items selling at the souvenir shop.

    Train ticket costs just 4.00 zl each way. If you miss your scheduled train departure, you can still travel on the next train to Wieliczka as your train ticket is valid for two hours.

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    Regional bus from Krakow to Zakopane

    by hopang Updated Mar 9, 2013

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    Take a day trip to the lovely ski resort of Zakopane if you visit Krakow during the winter months. Zakopane is situated just 100 kilometers south of Krakow. Zakopane is certainly beautiful in winter.

    The regional bus station Regionalny Dworzec Autobusowy or RDA as it is called, is located beside the main railway station Krakow Glowny. You may book your bus tickets in advance from the ticket counters at the bus station or you may also buy your bus tickets from the bus driver if want to leave Krakow for Zakopane immediately. We suggest you take an early morning bus after your breakfast in your hotel so that you can have an almost entire day in Zakopane.

    Buses leave quite regularly from Krakow, approximately every 20 minutes during the peak hours. We travelled by 8.55 a.m. bus and arrived at Zakopane at 11.00 a.m. The regional bus departs Regionalny Dworzec Autobusowy and passes through several towns and villages such as Lubien and Nowy Targ Dworzec Autobusowy (stop for one minute to pick up passengers) and arrives at Zakopane Dworzec Autobusowy after two hours. Bus fare is 20.00 zl per adult each way. You may do a search at their below website for suitable time to travel from Krakow to Zakopane.

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    Hitchhiking in Poland

    by eMGeographer Written Mar 4, 2013

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    I've never had any problems with hitch-hiking in Poland. No matter if I traveled in 2 or 3. Of course it is much easier to travel when you are two girls than two guys, however mixed team is a bit safer (for girls).

    You stop a car simply shaking hand with the index finger pointed at the road or stick your thumb upward (picture above). Good idea is to write your destination on a sheet of paper, but it's not necessary.

    The most importatant thing is to choose a good spot for hitchhiking. If you feel that something is going wrong, ask locals whether you are standing in a proper place - maybe 500 m farther is a popular places for catching cars?

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    General info on Polish trains

    by piosku67 Written Jul 19, 2012

    "In Poland passenger services are operated by several railway undertakings:

    - PKP Przewozy Regionalne sp�lka z o.o. - http://www.pr.pkp.pl - regional and commuter transport in the area of whole Poland ( except Warsaw and Tri-City Gdansk-Sopot-Gdynia situated along the Bay of Gdansk ), international boarder traffic and long - distance domestic and international transport,

    - PKP Intercity sp. z o.o. http://www.intercity.pl - Fast long-distance transport between big cities,, domestic and international, all trains with obligatory seat place reservation.

    - Koleje Mazowieckie - KM sp. z o.o. http://www.koleje.mazowieckie.com.pl - commuter and regional transport in the area of Warsaw and Mazovian Voivodship,

    - PKP Szybka Kolej Miejska w Tr�jmiescie sp. z o.o., http://www.skm.pkp.pl - commuter and regional transport in the area of Trie-City and Pomeranian Voivodship,

    - PKP Warszawska Kolej Dojazdowa sp. z o.o. http://www.wkd.com.pl - local transport on indicated lines: Warsaw - Grodzisk Mazowiecki and Warsaw - Milan�wek. ( located south-west of Warsaw )

    Travel tickets, separate for each railway undertaking are distributed via their own station ticket-offices channels and travel agencies.

    Timetable available on : http://www.rozklad.pkp.pl and respective carriers' websites.

    Bike and train formula:
    Cycles can be conveyed on all commuter, regional and long-distance trains at the ownwer's risk.
    Cycles hire and other bike-related services ( eg. cycle storage facilities ) are not available .

    Call Center :
    For international phone connections : Polish language (24 h) and English language (8-22) (+48 22 ) 511 60 03
    For internal phone connections : Polish language (24 h) and English language (8-22) 22 94-36 or 42 94 36 "
    http://www.railpassenger.info/bike_pkp.php?lang=english&nompage=bike_pkp.php&onglet_selected=1&fontsize=1

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  • In Buses with Luggage.

    by henrykkanada Written Sep 18, 2011

    On most urban buses, there are no seats opposite the middle and rear doors. Stand against the window in this area. This protects both your pockets and your luggage. Also easier to get off in a crowded bus. Also applicable to some subway/metro cars.

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    Getting about in major Polish cities

    by evaanna Updated Aug 18, 2011

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    This is just to give you a link to a most useful site that will help you get around the major Polish cities. I learnt about it from an American lady we met on a train to Gdansk only yesterday and owe her thanks for giving it to me. The site tells you in great detail how to get to any place within the city you might wish to visit by public transport or just walking. Our travel companion had found it very helpful, especially that there was also an English version of this marvellous guide. I hope you find it useful too. Here is the link:
    jakdojade.pl

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    Polish Railways PKP

    by ZiOOlek Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Polish Railways (PKP) is the main train carrier in the coutry. It is devided into some firms that carry different kind of trains in Poland. The most popular and the fastest is Intercity (website down). Intercity trains link the biggest cities in the country and are not only the fastes but olso the most expensive.:-) When travelling between Warsaw and Krakow, Katowice, or Gdansk you will probably go by this kind of train.

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    Discovering Poland by train

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Via the website of the Polish train company (PKP), it was very easy to make a planning.

    You can easily find al the connections and the time schedules.

    Mostly I used IC trains, because these trains do not stop so often, so travelling time is shorter.

    Via the website of the Polish Intercity company: www.intercity.com.pl/en/main, you should be able to make a reservation. But unfortunately it did not work from abroad.

    But like in my case a friendly Polish girl (thank you Anna) made these reservations for me, and then did send me the reservation forms.

    And the system works. Once you have your reservation, you have a wagon number and a seat number, you just have to present this reservation form at the conductor and pay the money to him.

    So no problems standing in line to get a ticket, no language problems at the ticket office.

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    Easy way of travelling

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    So for my Polish roundtrip, I had 4 reservation forms:

    On my day of arrival, I travelled from Warsaw to Krakow :
    - Warszawa Centralna - Krakow Glowny
    - travelling time : 2h55
    - travelling distance : 292 km
    - price : 85 zl.

    Then from Krakow to Wroclaw :
    - Krakow Glowny - Wroclaw Glowny
    - travelling time : 3h39
    - travelling distance : 268 km
    - price : 80 zl.

    Then from Wroclaw to Poznan :
    - Wroclaw Glowny - Poznan Glowny
    - travelling time : 1h52
    - travelling distance : 165 km
    - price : 68 zl.

    And finally from Poznan back to Warsaw :
    - Poznan Glowny - Warszawa Centralna
    - travelling time : 2h56
    - travelling distance : 306 km
    - price : 77 zl.

    So all this information could be found after an easy search on the web, which made it very easy to plan my trip.

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    Free drinks on the train

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Even on the train there was a good service, as shortly after the train left the station, a man passed by with drinks.

    First I thought he was selling drinks.

    No no he was bringing free drinks, you could get coffee, tea, orange juice or water. With this drink he also gave a snack a chocolate waffle.

    But this was only the case on the IC-trains, like from Poznan to Warsaw, it was an EC-train and there you needed to pay for your drink.

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    PKP Polish Trains

    by Wojtek_R Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    check out

    http://www.intercity.com.pl/en/main

    for all intercity train schedules and prices to and around Poland

    or
    http://www.rozklad.pkp.pl/cgi-bin/new/query.exe/en

    for all Europe-wide train schedules

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    From the Middle East part 1 (countries A-O)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    LOT Polish Airlines Offices and General Sales Agents in Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman:
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    AL-MANAMA
    BAHRAIN
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE +973
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Gulf Travel Agency
    Manama P.O. BOX 45
    PHONE: 20 92 76, 22 91 22
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    TEL AVIV
    ISRAEL
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE: +972
    LOT POLISH AIRLINES
    95 Allenby Road
    PHONE: (3) 56 64 182, (3) 56 64 386
    FAX: (3) 56 63 580
    OPEN: Mon-Thu 8.00-12.00, 13.00-16.00; Fr 8.00-13.30
    AIRPORT: (Ben Gurion-25km)
    BUS: 15 ILS
    TAXI: 75-85 ILS
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    AMMAN
    JORDAN
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE +962
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    International for Travel and Tours
    King Hussain Street P.O. BOX 7086
    (6) 62 59 81, (6) 65 51 56
    AIRPORT: (Queen Alia-32 km)
    BUS: 30 min 1 JOD
    TAXI: 10 JOD
    .
    KUWAIT
    KUWAIT
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE +965
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Al Sarraf Travel Agency
    P.O. BOX 11165 Al Dasma
    KUWAIT
    PHONE: 241 68 00
    FAX: 241 68 33
    AIRPORT: (International-15 km)
    TAXI: 5000 KWD
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    BEIRUT
    LEBANUN
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE +96
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Rasmal Trading Cournich
    El Mazraa-Shwairy Bldg.
    1st floor P.O. BOX 1336601
    PHONE:(11) 70 57 13, (11) 70 57 14
    FAX: (11) 81 60 53
    AIRPORT: (International-10 km)
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    MUSCAT
    OMAN
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE +968
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Eihab Travels LLC
    Muscat Sultanate of Oman
    P.O. BOX 889
    PHONE: 796 282, 563 258
    FAX: 793 849

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    From the Middle East part 2 (countries N-U)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    LOT Polish Airlines Offices and General Sales Agents in Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates:
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    DAMMAN
    SAUDI ARABIA
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE +966
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Yusuf bin Ahmed KaNro
    Head Office, P.O. BOX 37
    Damman 31411
    PHONE: (3) 834 88 80
    FAX: (3) 834 47 46
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    DHAHRAN
    SAUDI ARABIA
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE +966
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Yusuf bin Ahmed KaNro P.O. BOX 122
    PHONE: (3) 898 28 29
    FAX: (3) 899 28 55
    AIRPORT: (International-60 km)
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    JEDDAH
    SAUDI ARABIA
    TELEPHONE COUNTY CODE +966
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Yusuf bin Ahmed KaNro
    P.O. BOX 812
    PHOHE: (2) 669 69 33
    FAX: (2) 663 68 81
    AIRPORT: (International-30 km)
    TAXI: 50 SAR (45 min)
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    RIYADH
    SAUDI ARABIA
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE +966
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Yusuf bin Ahmed KaNro
    Riyadh 11421 P.O. Box 753
    PHONE: (1) 402 71 76
    FAX: (1) 402 39 80
    TLX: 40 10 38 KaNro SJ
    AIRPORT: (King Khaled-35km)
    TAXI: 70 SAR
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    DAMASCUS
    SYRIA
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE +963
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Hammadeh Travel&Tourism
    Yousef Al-Azmeh Square P.O. BOX 563
    PHONE: (11) 22 13 441
    FAX: (11) 22 13 022
    OPEN: 9.00-13.30, 17.00-19.30 Sob-Thu
    AIPORT: (International-30 km)
    TAXI: on request
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    ABU DHABI
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    TELEFONICZNY KOD KRAJU +971
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Albadie Travel Agency
    P.O. BOX 2838
    PHONE: (2) 632 51 34, (2) 632 27 75
    FAX: (2) 633 57 84
    AIRPORT: (International-45 km)
    (2) 75 75 00 ext. 5680 room 2239
    TAXI: 70 AED
    BUS: 3 AED
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    DUBAI
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    TELEPHONE COUNTY CODE + 971
    LOT POLISH AIRLINES
    P.O.BOX 1520, Dubai
    PHONE: (4) 228 42 92
    FAX: (4) 227 93 81
    General Sales Agent
    Nasser Air Travel & Shipping AG.
    Al Makatoum Street. P.O. BOX 1520
    PHONE: (4) 221 44 55
    FAX: (4) 221 10 16
    AIRPORT: (International-7 km)
    TAXI: 30 AED
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    SHARJAH
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE +971
    GENERAL SALES AGENT
    Orient Travel & Tourism AG.
    P.O. Box 772
    PHONE: (6) 535 73 23
    FAX: (6) 536 22 73
    OPEN: Sun- Thu.8.00-13.00, 16.00-19.00

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