Taxi is the vehicle I recommend you the most to travel around Katowice if you are not the Polish speaking visitor and reading the bus or tram route planns can be a little bit problematic and difficult for you. Especially if Polish cabs are not very expensive. Besides I find Polish cab drivers to be quite hones to foreigners, so you don't have to be afraid of paying more only because you don't know the city.
You don't catch the taxi on the street. You should go on the special place where all cabs are waiting for customers and you should take the first one in the line/queue. The other way to catch the cab is to phone the taxi company and give them the location and the time you want the taxi to wait for you. If you are phoning in the night-time you have 30% discount than in case you found the taxi on the street.
Giving tips is not required, however if you want to do this, the most common amount is something between 2-5 zl.
Taxi companies in Katowice:
- Echo Taxi - tel: 201-42-00
- Hallo Taxi - tel: 96-27 or 203-77-77
- Inter Taxi - tel: 252-72-66
- Karolina Taxi - tel: 96-22 or 201-01-01 --> this is the one I use the most often
- Radio Taxi - tel: 919 or 259-92-11 or 259-66-59
- Tele Taxi - tel: 257-95-55
- Taxi Rondo Katowice - tel: 96-26 or 205-26-26
Good luck! :-)
My Wizz air flight was very comfortable. It departed and arrived on time. The planes were very nice and clean. The seats had good angle (not like Ryan air) and normal leg space. The quality of the seats were good overall. The airline crew was young and efficient. I think if Wizz air keeps their standards high, there is a huge potential that they can become most famous eastern european airline.
there are alot of buses operating in katowice, you just need to know which one to get on, there is also a bus station in the centre of katowice, which is where we caught our bus to and from the airport.
Katowice train station is in the centre of town and easy to reach and there are several trains to any other town in Poland.
There are only some cons: it is ugly, but that's not a big problem, what can be a proble will probably be to find an English speaking person there! Unless you speak Polish (or maybe Russian) it will be hard to get some information there, so prepare yourself! ;-)
Katowice airport is rather new and very nice, but it's quite far from the town. There are very good and cheap flights done by the Hungarian company WizzAir.
There are really few buses which go/depart from there, there is no railway and just some quite expensive taxis, so I suggest to book the bus directly through WizzAir.
The best way to travel around Katowice is by tram. You can buy tickets from kiosks or there is a machine at the Rynek and remember to cancel your ticket in the machines on the tram. Inspectors in plain clothes ride the trams and frequently carry out inspections - a fine awaits you if you don't have a ticket or have one and haven't cancelled it.
The best way to get there is car.
Trains > I don't order local trains . Most of the time they are crowded and dirty
You can choos Inter city and Express trains but it's much more expensive.
In Katowice there are local buses, trams
In the city ther's no many path for bicycle.
Malopolska Motorway is the first toll motorway in Poland. This is the most comfortable road connection between Katowice and Krakow. The concession section length is 61 km.
Katowice is easly reached from almost every big city in Poland. There are several trains going to Katowice from Warsaw, Krakow or Wroclaw. There are international connections too.
The best and the easiest way to go to katowice especially from aboard is to fly especially with wiss air. You will always find cut-price tickets.
If you are a wizz air passenger then you can take a direct bus from Katowice international airport to Krakow central bus station. The journey takes roughly 2 hours and it costs 50 PLN.
It is a small airport with minimum facilities. It takes hardly 10-15 mins to check-in or check-out from here.
Katowice might not be a famous Polish city but since its airport has become international, now many people can easily fly into it and stay in Katowice before heading towards Krakow or Warsaw.