If you're planning to travel in the evening hours, check the event schedule to make sure there aren't any football matches or concerts taking place that day.
We took a day trip to Wdzydze the day that Lechia Gdansk was scheduled to play FC Barcelona. We got back to town after dark, just when the match was supposed to be at half time. I even joked about dropping in for the second half. We saw a bunch of cops rushing somewhere, so we thought some fans got in a fight. Anyways, we got to the stadium, and got off to switch trams. For some reason, the stadium was quiet, and the lights were off. I thought it died down for half time. I went towards the stadium to see all the cars, but couldn't see anything. I was talking to my mom about the game, and some lady overheard us and said, "There is no game today. It's been cancelled."
She then told us that if the match had been taking place, the tram wouldn't have made it through there. We would've been stuck in town, until they cleared the road.
We didn't even think about that. We figured the trams and buses, would run the same route as usual. I guess we got lucky. If the match hadn't been cancelled, we wouldn't have gotten home that night. It was a huge wake up call for us.
There are a lot of routes that run past the stadium, so avoid traveling them during events. I don't know how early they start closing the roads, so I would just avoid traveling on those days, or you will be stuck.
PORT LOTNICZY (Gdansk Airport).
DWORZEC GŁÓWNY (Gdansk Main Railway Station).
ZKM GDAÑSK (local public transport): http://www.info.zkm.pl:5000/rj_test/Default.aspx?lang=EN
Travel Information - How to get from the Lech Walesa Airport in Rebiechowo to the Gdansk City Center and Wrzeszcz: http://www.info.zkm.pl:5000/rj_test/Default.aspx?lang=EN
POLISH -ENGLISH POLISH translating program : http://www.poltran.com/
These people need to learn how to be patient. I will start form the begining. We took a day trip from Gdansk to Wdzydze by bus. Our tickets had assigned seats on them. Ignore this, it doesn't mean anything. Everyone was sitting calmly at the station waiting for the bus, but as soon as it pulled up, everyone got up and rushed the door. Everyone was pushing, shoving, and stepping on eachother's toes to get inside. There was no order what so ever. The driver didn't even get a chance to check people's tickets. Everyone just rushed the door, and pushed themselves in. It was crazy. There are incidents when people literally get carried onto buses or trains. Once they start pushing, you have no choice but to get on, so make sure it's the right bus. My dad told me about this happening during Communist times, I thought the people have become more civilized since then, guess not. I heard of this happening on trains too, though the trains I took have never been that full. Wait, it gets worse. The bus is like a greyhound. Here in the U.S., everyone has an assigned seat, and the driver will only take as many passangers as there are seats. That's not the case in Poland. The driver will take as many people as he can fit. This is supposed to be Europe, not India. Half the people on the bus were standing, so if you're only traveling a few stops, there's no way you're getting off, so try to get as close to the front of the bus as possible. We were getting off before the last stop, so we didn't have to worry, since it emptied out before we got there. Once you get on and actually have a seat, it's not that bad, unless you're planning on getting off soon, or changing buses, which we thankfully didn't have to do.
Another bad thing is, the driver doesn't annouce the stops, so you have to get a window seat, and pay attention to the names of the towns, or you won't know where to get off. Not anticipating this problem, we sat on the wrong side of the bus, so I had to sit with a map in my lap, and look back at what towns we had just passed. Luckily, a guy in front of us knew every little village on the route, so I always knew where we were. Once it cleared out, we moved to the otherside of the bus. And it wasn't as crowded on the return trip, so everyone was calm.
I've never seen anything like this before. It was complete chaos. I'm never traveling on a Polish bus again, and I seriously recommend avoiding inter city buses. The city buses don't have this problem, it's just the buses that go to other cities. Most places can be reached by train, but I heard it's the same with trains, during the high tourist season, so if you're not afraid of crazy Polish drivers, just rent a car. If you have to take a train or bus, avoid traveling on weekends, which is when it gets crowded. Seriously, the Poles really need to fix their transportation system. This is unacceptable.
The bus and train stations at Gdansk have something of a luggage locker crisis. They have approximately 1% of the actual number of lockers they need, and about 75% of the lockers they do have are broken. Yup, that means that about 0.25% of travelers who need luggage lockers will get one.
Fortunately, there is a somewhat-hidden left luggage room in the basement of the train station. If you can't get a locker for your bags, definitely consider leaving them here. Similar facilities cannot be found in the bus station, so travelers using buses will inconveniently have to move between the two buildings (using their respective, looong staircases).
For travelers without a visa for Belarus or Russia (Kaliningrad), moving onward to Lithuania can be a minor hassle. During my visit in summer 2012, overnight buses were running this route every other day. The route was very busy and I'd recommend buying a 150-zl ticket several days in advance (you can buy them at the bus station, which is behind the train station). The stops were not announced and it was only due to my keen eye that I noticed we were in Kaunas.
Travelers with visas for Russia or Belarus will find more transportation options.
To get into town from the airport there are two options: bus line "210" takes you on a 35 min long journey on a quite bumpy road to the main railway station, Dworzec PKP, which is the transport hub for changing lines. At the airport you can buy tickets by the Tourist Info desk (if you are lucky!! The girl seemed to be much disturbed when I asked IF they had tickets to sell. Evidently her nails were much more important than some stupid visitor coming to her home country. Yes, well what to say? A good first impression is always nice.... Right person in right place it seems..)
You will need a ticket valid for one hour, cost 2,50 PLN (then you can change to another tram or bus in town if there is enough time for you to get to your destination within the hour) or a one-way ticket for only one ride without changings (but no time restrictions), cost 3,00 PLN. No extra fee for bulky luggage! And just be sure to validate your ticket, there are lots of controls, especially on this line!! I was checked myself last time I was in Gdansk.
The second option to get from the airport is to take bus "110" to Wrzeszcz but that is probably not suitable for most of you as Wrzeszcz is a bit out from city centre.
Whatever way you arrive in Gdansk, by air at the airport or by train, you will come to the main railway station, Dworzec PKP. If you come by air then there is the bus "210" to take from the airport to the city = Dworzec PKP.
The station is a real transport hub for, I believe, all trams as well as buses.
When you're looking for the right track for your train it might be a little tricky and confusing because you might have to go up and down a couple of stairs at different places.
I remember the times when there used to be problems with buying tickets for a tram or a bus, especially at nights. Then drivers were compelled to sell tickets, but not always was possible or easy to communicate with a driver if you are a foreigner and do not speak Polish. Now you can easily buy a ticket in a ticket machines which are scattered in the city in 49 places.
See the addresses of the spots on ( only in Polish):
On weekdays from 6 a.m. till 10 p.m. they charge you 2, 70 PLN (zl) per kilometer plus an initial payment 8.50 PLN. So from the airport you can drive at least three ways but it is around 15 km to the downtown. You will pay about 50 PLN. It is more expensive at night from 10 p.m. till 6 a. m. and on Sundays and public holidays ( e.g.15th August). You may be charged 4,05 PLN per kilometer so the cost of such ride will be around 70 PLN. Another thing is being stuck in a traffic jam, when the meter is beating.
Also, read it carefully
“Although most taxis are now trustworthy with honest meters, there are still certain drivers who will quite happily take advantage of your ignorance and overcharge for journeys. To guard against this ensure that you use a taxi which is clearly marked. The firms listed below are all reliable with Neptun being the only firm allowed to sit outside of the airport terminal building. Look out for 19686 on the sides of their cabs. Taxis are slightly cheaper if called in advance. If calling one of the abbreviated numbers such as 19686 please be aware that you may need to prefix it with 58 if calling from your mobile.
And now a warning. Because each of the cities are independent when it comes to taxis the driver is allowed to put the meter to the higher tariff when he leaves Gdańsk. That means if you are travelling from Gdańsk to Sopot or Gdynia the tariff increases at the Gdańsk/Sopot border. This can make a difference to the fare between Gdańsk and Gdynia because the Gdańsk taxi will spend more time in his own city and therefore at the lower tariff. A taxi from Gdańsk to Gdynia will cost around 80zł whereas a taxi in the other direction will cost around 100zł as the Gdynia taxi will be spend more of the journey outside of its own city.”
If you use SKM (Urban Fast Train – in fact it’s very slow) mind the gap between a carriage and a platform. For elderly people and for mums with trolleys it’s a real challenge.
Also, buy tickets, and remember to punch them, only on the platforms, not inside the train because stocky guys from Renoma (a name of company hired by SKM ) control / check them very often in summer. They know that many people come to Tri-cities and may not be familiar with the system. However if you buy a ticket in a special vending machine, which are situated on platforms, you do not need to validate it by punching.
The guys from Renoma do not wear any special uniforms, they've got only a badge to show you who they are. A friend of mine, once travelling with me on a train was surprised who are they.
Information on SKM (train company) timetable in English is on: .
Gdansk Airport is one of four airports in the Host Cities UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland, where it will be the Spanish national team throughout the first phase
The airport, with the name of Lech Walesa is located 10 km from the center of Gdansk, 10 km from the center of Sopot and 23 km from the center of Gdynia, for what should be called the Trójmiasto airport
To go from Gdansk airport , we took the bus 210 in front of the Golden Gate , we paid 4.10 zl and we arrived to the airport in half an hour
El aeropuerto de Gdansk es uno de los cuatro aeropuertos situados en Ciudades Anfitrionas del Campeonato UEFA EURO 2012 en Polonia , donde va a estar la selección española durante toda la primera fase
El aeropuerto , con el nombre de Lech Walesa está situado a 10 km del centro de Gdansk, a 10 km del centro de Sopot y a 23 km del centro de Gdynia , por lo que debería ser del Trojmiasto
Para ir de Gdansk al aeropuerto tomamos el autobús 210 ,enfrente de la Puerta Dorada , que por 4,10 zl te lleva al aeropuerto en media hora
We arrived to Gdansk by train to a station that is fine and is in a very nice building
Here you may take the train to Sopot.
The Trjmiasto Towns are well connected, trains depart from platforms 3-6, every 10 minutes and takes 25 minutes until the ninth stop that is Sopot. To go to Gdynia you continue on the same trains up to station 14
Do not expect luxury, but the trip is nice
Nosotros llegamos a Gdansk en tren a una estación que está muy bien y que está en un edificio muy bonito
Aquí tomamos el tren para ir a Sopot . está muy bien comunicado , los trenes salen de los andenes 3-6 , cada 10 minutos y se tardan 25 minutos hasta la novena parada que es Sopot .
Para ir a Gydnia se sigue en los mismos trenes hasta hasta la estación 14
No esperes lujos , pero el viaje es agradable
The public transportation of Gdansk consists of trams and buses. The 10 tram lines cover an area in and around the city centre.
Tickets are sold at many kiosks, especially RUCH kiosks. They are valid for both trams and buses. The ticket price depends on the length of the trip: 10 min (1,40 Zloty), 30 min (2,80 Zloty) and 60 min (4,20 Zloty).
A 24 h ticket sets you back 9,10 Zloty (2005). A stripe of 3 x 1,40 Zloty tickets is available from the driver. Tickets have to be validated on board of the tram.
I flew to Gdansk from Dortmund with the Hungarian Airline Wizzair. Gdansk's Airport is one of the few places in the world which is named after a living person: Lech Walesa.
The airport is situated about 10 km west of the city centre. The cheapest options to get to town are the local buses No. B (to the city centre) and No. 110 (to the train station Wrzeszcz).
A single ticket for the bus is 4.20 Zloty (2005) and a trip to the city centre takes about 35 minutes.
July 2011 currently building a new teminal in preparation for the upcoming European Football competition taking place here.
Very busy Sunday morning departure for us, but passengers dealt with pretty efficiently and an on time departure.
All the usual budget carriers spotted while we were waiting!
Take a look at the website for info on transfers to - from the city.