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The Tram Network
The Krakow tram network provides a slightly faster way of getting around the city than the bus system and like the bus system most routes originate in the suburbs passing through the city centre before travelling outwards again. Ticketing and pricing are exactly the same as the bus system.
The trams themselves are of varying ages and designs but the network seems to run quite smoothly and are generally well signposted.
Expect standing room only during peak periods unless you are either ancient or pregnant.
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Hop on and off the tram
Krakow´s main public transportation system revolves around buses and trams. On the tram, a single ticket will cost you Zloty 2.50 - about EUR 0.60 and they can be bought from vending machines, at some news stands or from the driver of the tram, although for the latter correct change is appreciated. Tickets must be validated immediately. Tram stops are sometimes named and usually have a list of which trams are stopping at that stop. The trams vary in age somewhat - some date from the 60s others from the 21st century. During peak hours it can be a bit of a squash and you may have to buy a ticket for your baggage too - if it is bulky.
- Budget Travel
bus/tram pass week or months pass much cheaper month is 95zloty.normal tickets 2.50.or 3.10 ticket for up to one hour you can change buses&trams.also 24/48/72 hour passes10.40/18.80/25 zloty for tickets,if at train bus stations theres a ticket booth oppostite polnia hotel [here you get tram to midowa 3 13 34 for kazimerz or tram73 for wolnica other side of kaizermz cant spell] its .50 more if you buy ticket on bus
Trams trams trams
Trams in Krakow are quite popular to use. They are everywhere. I used three numbers of trams when navigating in Krakow - it seems I liked when, and doesnt matter that they looked old.
Only I stayed a bit dissapointed about prices of going by trams. One ticket for adult cost 2,5 zloty, what is more if you have bigger bag with you, you need to pay for bag 1,35 zloty or 2,5 zloty as well. For me thats looks not logical :) Maybe this thing is made for tourists to pay more money for public transport.
Trams and buses
There is a great public transportation system in Krakow - tams and buses take you whereever you want to. A single ticket costs 2.50 zl and can be obtained either in kiosks, at vending machines or at the driver's. Be sure to validate the ticket as soon as you step on the tram/bus - there are frequent checks! What I especially liked was that there are signs with the name of the stop on many if not most stops, that is extremely helpful!
Don't forget to stamp your ticket on Tram
I've heard that it's rare that people are checked to see if they have a tram ticket and if their tram ticket is stamped (you have to "cancel" it or get it stamped when you get on the tram). However, on our 2nd tram ride - a nondescript man sat in a seat for about 1 minute and then whipped out his ID as an inspector and began to check everyone's tickets. They got a woman who didn't have one (or maybe it wasn't cancelled), and they took her off the tram and wrote a fine.
So, don't mess around with this! Buy tickets at any newspaper stand (2.50 zlotys), or for .50 zlotys more, you can buy it on the tram.
I used the tram only once going to one neighbourhood and back. Cheaper to buy the ticket from the kiosk then the driver, and, when I was not sure, the young people do understand English and were very kind to help me.
Lots of trams
There were plenty of trams in Krakow.
Travelling by tram is cheap and it is a good solution to avoid traffic jam at rush hours.
But I find it always difficult to use the tram, especially if you are visiting a city for the first time, it is difficult to orientate and to know to get of the tam at the right spot (and you do not know the language, so it is difficult to ask).
As you can see the tram is decorated with the small Polish flag, as this picture is made on 1st of May which is a festivity in Poland (and in many other countries).
- Historical Travel
In Krakow, you're only entitled to using a student discount for your mass transit tickets if you are studying in Poland for a semester or a year. My summer study abroad didn't qualify me for discounts, so I had to pay regular fares. The rules of using student discounts vary from city to city, so check. Could save you a bunch of money.
as Chemical Brothers sing- Push the button
Now I wouldn't write it if it wastn't for the fact that I've seen a few foreigners not common to the rule used here. You have to push the door button for them to open while on a tram... Maybe I just saved someone's life with it :P
PS: Contrary to buses, trams are almost always on time, so if you can- choose them.
/one ticket for both means of transportation/
- Road Trip
getting around by tram
This is the way I like to explore a city on a rainy day. In Krakow the tram is very cheap - I think I payed 1 Zloty (~25 cent) for a ride - not sure. The only problem was to buy a ticket. Didn't know where to purchase one so I went in a hotel and asked the receptionist. He sold me one.
By far the best way to get around Krakow is the trams. This big blue thing whizzing by in the picture is one of the new trams. They are quiet and clean, and I like them because they sit lower on the street, so old people have an easier time getting on and off. These new trams don't have character though. You guys should see some of the really old trams. They're really skinny and tall, and they have tall, rounded roofs. Just be sure to have a ticket and to cancel it. If you don't have it cancelled, you will get a fine, just as though you didn't have a ticket at all. The guys who check for tickets come on the tram in plain clothes, there is usually two or more of them, and Polish people call them 'kanary.' If you don't have a ticket, just pay the fine. Otherwise things could get ugly. One time my friend pissed them off by taking a picture of them. They pinned him by force to the window and wouldn't let him go. They made the tram driver go off his course and go by the police station where they held my friend for a couple of hours. They eventually let him go, but they kept his camera. Just be careful, because if you cause trouble in Poland, the police will be on the Polish people's side, not the foreigner's. They tend to be corrupt, and it's better not to have dealings with them at all if you can avoid it. Besides, if you don't speak Polish, you will have a hard time even explaining your side of the story, and the accuser can say basically anything he wants and you won't even understand. Be careful. the laws are different.
To move around in Krakow the best type of transportation is the Tram, is fast, cheap, cover everywhere in Krakow, it's confortable and.... it's warm!!!!!
You can buy the tickets in the shops all around the city.
Trams are usually run quite frequently during the day and are a good way of getting around. I haven't tried them, because of a lack of the time, but who knows... Maybe next time?:-)
Take the tram
Trams are easy to use - just buy tickets from kiosks and don't forget to cancel them in the machines on board. Weekly tickets are a good bet if you're staying a while.
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