I have travelled many times by train in Poland and find that
now with national train companies using the German railways
search engine model online, its a lot easier to plan your journey.
Also with the volcanic ash causing 16,000 flights to be cancelled
daily in Europe, train travel is yet again becoming
one of the best ways to get about.
Imagine if there were further eruptions and this went on for years...
travel habits as we know, would change completely.
The town is located on both banks of the river Świna, and since there is no road connection across it, transport is provided by regular ferries. For pedestrians this is free but car drivers pay. This reminds me of the port of Portsmouth and Cowes on the Isle of Wight where you see a town/city split in 2 and the locals ferrying to and fro. There are current plans that a tunnel will be built under the river some time before 2013.
Świnoujście has the largest and most modern ferry terminal in Poland, and also the warmest city in the winter, with regular connections to Denmark and Sweden. The city lies at the northern terminus of Polish National Route 3 (DK3, in the future express road S3), which is in turn part of the European route E65 running across Europe from Sweden to Greece. Świnoujście has four railway stations on the eastern bank of the river Świna, on Wolin island, with regular regional connections to Szczecin and long-distance connections to other cities in Poland.
Land border controls were abolished 21 December 2007, and free automobile traffic to and from Germany was allowed for the first time since 1945, (when it was part of German territory), as Poland implemented the Schengen Agreement. From 20 September 2008 the city has a railway connection to its western portion as well, when the railway line to Ahlbeck was extended eastward to Świnoujście, ("Świnoujście Centrum") giving it a direct link to the German railway network (UBB line where you can buy tickets using Euro which is cheaper than using Zloty. The nearest airport at Heringsdorf in Germany, 13 km west of Świnoujście, will likely become more important for travelling to the city, if it ever acquires year-round scheduled passenger connections; it currently has a number of summer connections to German cities only. The nearest airport with year-round traffic is the Szczecin-Goleniów "Solidarność" Airport, 80 km southeast in Poland.
I have travelled many times the old fashioned way overland and by sea to Sweden
from Poland. There are ferries from Gdańsk -to Nynäshamn (South of Stockholm) and
ŚWINOUJŚCIE to Ysatd (1 hour by train east of Malmo).
Świnoujście - Ystad
departure 22:30 arrival 06:30
Ystad - Świnoujście
departure 14:00 arrival 20:15
Passengers and cars must check-in no later than 90 minutes before the scheduled departure of the ferry. Failure to meet this obligation may result in deleting passengers and vehicles from passenger and vehicle list.
- for foot passengers 15 minutes before departure;
- for car passengers 30 minutes before departure.
Price one way.
Winter season -----------------------Summer season
12.01.10-30.04.10 ------------------------ 01.05.10-30.09.10
---- 510 SEK---------------- ---------------------590 SEK
Children under 7 --free
Schoolchildren, students under 26, pensioners
430 SEK------------------------- -----------------490 SEK
Domestic animals (carried subject to purchase of an assigned cabin)
290 SEK-------------------------------------------330 SEK
Discounts for EURO26 card holders (valid for the following items: Adult) as well as Inter-Rail. Discounts are offered subject to presenting a card, are not valid for cabins and special offers.
Final details for booking or tickets must be given no later than 24 hours before departure.
SEE WEB SITE FOR SPECIAL OFFERS IN ADVANCE
The town of Swinoujscie is divided by the Swina river. The railway station is located on the other side of the river and not in the city center. There is a free ferry “Centrum” which runs several times per hour Centrum to Warszow.
Please note that tourists on foot can always use this ferry but not the ones with a car. Tourists with cars should use the ferry “Karsibor” which runs Swinoujscie to Ognica which is further south.
Since 2008 Swinoujscie has been connected to the German railway system through the UBB (Usedomer Baederbahn). The end stop is called Swinoujscie Centrum. The trains run at least hourly. Some of them go all the way to Stralsund.
There is a ticket machine on the platform but you can also buy tickets from the conductor. Bring some Euro to do as prices in Zloty are more expensive and they don't take Zloty coins.
There are several options to travel by ship to Swinoujscie.
One is the hydrofoil (picture 1) from Szczecin which we first wanted to use but the station was very far from our hotel so that we decided against it.
Another option is the ship from German towns of Usedom island which are run by Adler Schiffe (picture 2).
And then there are the international ferries going to Denmark (Copenhagen, Ronne) and Sweden (Malmoe and Ystad) (picture 3).
We came to Swinoujscie by local train from Szczecin which took about 2 hours one way and cost 26 Zloty. In Szczecin the train arrived late. The train was quite full but we managed to find seats at the front of the train. There was also a toilet nearby.
We bought our return ticket in Swinoujscie as there are also options to use a minibus for the trip. You can find those minibuses between the railway station and the city ferry.
There are two ferries to cross the Swina, one for commuters only. We learned this when we had come into the city centre, turned left at the water and waited for the ferry to arrive. When it was our turn to drive onto it, we were told:" You cannot take this ship, it is for people from this city only".
Asking in the forum later I learned that the ferry on which non-citizens are allowed is outside the city center.
Instead of turning left once we had reached the river, we should have turned right and driven through the forest for some time. This ferry is further South.
As there is no information posted about this , the poor employee must probably say this sentence quite often.
Unfortunately we found out about this second ferry too late and could not travel further to the other parts of Swinoujscie.
Swinoujscie is scattered over 44 islands between the Baltic Sea and the Szczecin bay.
There is a daily ferry service to Ystad in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark and a summer service to the Danish island of Bornholm.
The European highway E65/A3 runs through the town and links Scandinavia with central and southern Europe.