In the centre of the town you must pay for parking your car from Monday to Friday in hours 10-17 . ( If you follow the link below you will see what streets are included). You can buy the parking tickets from men who are strolling around and checking it.
0,5 hour of parking costs 1 zl.
This Polish harbour city is located 12 km away from German border, 130 km from Berlin, 230km from Poznan, and 60 km from the Baltic Sea.
The access to the city is easy with railway connections to the biggest cities in Poland and abroad: Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Budapest.
There is a regular ferryboat connection with Ystad (Sweden) , Copenhagen and Bornholm (Denmark) from nearby Swinoujscie. The Goleniow airport offers direct flights to/from Warsaw, Great Britain - London and Edinburgh, Ireland - Dublin and Norway - Oslo.
If you have a yacht - you can also come to Szczecin by Swinoujscie, Szczecin Bay and Odra river.
In Szczecin there are a few marinas.
The bigger one is on Odra is in Goclaw part of town at Lipowa street.
And in Dabie part of town on the Dabie Lake at Przestrenna Street.
During summer the marina at Waly Chrobrego Street is opened - in the heart of the city. This summer each time I visit Waly Chrobrego - there are always a few yachts from Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway or the Netherlands.
This year also some big cruise ships visited Szczecin - like "Delphin Reinassance" or "Columbus".
The picture was taken during the visit of the great cruise ship on Waly Chrobrego in Szczecin.
After getting into the bus or a tram remember about punching / validating your tickets. Otherwise he tickets inspectors can fine you. You can buy tickets in " kiosk" , and during holidays or at night from the bus drivers. There are available tickest for 20, 60, 120 minutes or 24 hours, 5 or 10 days. If you have a luggage - you have to buy additional ticket for it. Visit this website to checks the prices of tickest.
Great way to take a ride around Szczecin is to hop on TRAM #0 every sunday during the summer months. If you have lived in Szczczecin in the 80's (like I did) it is also very nostalgic, since we all have beed riding on those kind of trams to work and school back in the days.
TRAM #0 is an old restored tram, that is making a circle around Szczecin, so from its windows you can see the best of the town.
You can get on #0 on Brama Portowa, next to "Okraglaki". You buy a ticket on the tram, from a nice ticket girl and an engeneer wearing fancy ourfit will drive the tram for about an hour or so, stopping in the various places.
Here are few photos taken in August 2006
P.S. there is also so called CUCUMBER BUS, that will take you to the shipyard and other places, it is a great raid too, but be aware it may make you unwell if you are sensitive. We survided it and had lots of fun.
Here is how to get to Szczecin if you plan to visit.
Direct flights to Szczecin from Warsaw and London Standted.
Direct flights to Berlin (airports 2 hour drive from Szczecin) from Algiers, Amsterdam, Ankara, Athens, Barcelona, Basel, Belfast, Belgrade, Bristol, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Catania, Copenhagen, Damascus, Dortmund, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kiev, Liverpool, Ljubljana, London (LHR, LTN, STN), Luxemburg, Madridm Manchester, Milan, Minsk, Mombassa, Moscow, Munich, Naples, Newcastle, New York, Nice, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Reykjavik, Riga, Rome, Sofia, Split, St.Petersburg, Stockholm, Stuttgard, Tallinn, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw, Zagreb, Zurich.
Direct train connection from Berlin HBF to Szczecin.
There is also web of mini-bus service from every Berlin airport and Berlin center to Szczecin.
Ferries are an inexpensive way to visit Poland. Polferries goes from/to Swinoujscie ferry terminal, which is close to the city Szczecin. You can travel to Ystad, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark. (There is also a line between Gdansk and Nynashamn).
There are 4 ferries:
Polferries, Polish Baltic Shipping Co:
ul. Dworcowa 1,
Ph: +48 91 32 26 140, 32 26 107
Fax: +48 91 32 26 168
Monday - Saturday 8.00-17.00
If you follow the link, you can see the outline of the bus and tram communication in Szczecin:
(the translation of some words: " dzienna" - during the day, " nocna" - at night, "tramwajowa" - by tram).
In the picture taken at Waly Chrobrego you can see one of the smallest buses in Szczecin - number 70 - which travels from the train station to the building of the Szczecin's municipality.
There is no doubt that low-cost airlines have revolutioised transportation and leisure travel within Europe. One of the primary reasons we decided to travel to Szczecin was that Ryanair, one of the major low-cost operations, had opened up a new route there and were offering extremely cheap fares. Free, in fact (paying only mandatory government taxes).
You actually fly to Szczecin-Goleniów Airport, which is a small airport about 40km from the centre, although there is a bus service which meets all Ryanair flights (see seperate tip).
Szczecin is a stone throw away from the Polish/German border. Due to its direct link to the autobahn (motorway) it can easily be reached by car (90min from Berlin). You hardly have to wait on the border.
In town the best way to get around is by public transport as parking spaces are not easy to find.
Next to Szczecin there is an airport in Goleniow. It offers direct flights to/from Warsaw (4 times a day), London - UK (4 times a week), Edinburgh - UK (2 times a week), Dublin - Ireland (4 times a week) and Oslo - Norway ( 2 times a week).
Driving in Poland can be challenging as Poles have to feed their ego while operating vehicle.
They often tailgate, speed, cut you off. Road rage is not rare as almost every Pole behind a wheel has high blood pressure (genetic I guess :-)
Don't get discouraged however from driving as it is the best way of seeing the country.
Be careful, always watch your back view mirror. Be polite, let the crazy Poles go first and watch out for cops hiding behind every corner and every bush.
Here are some photos of us driving to Pniewo village by Borne Sulinowo close to Pojezierze Drawskie.
Dont pass unless you are 200% sure you can make it.
Make sure those who are trying to pass you can make it - other wise they will crash head on and you may get hurt as well
Be aware of huge trucks - they can't stop as fast as you can.
Be aware of those huge trucks passing you or passing someone else and going straight head on to you.
Yeah - it is exciting :-)
Szczecin's central railway station (SZCZECIN GLOWNY) is located at Kolumba Street, facing river Odra. It's very close to the city centre. In front of the railway station, there's a huge traffic junction: here you'll catch city trams and buses that will give you a ride to the centre.
Szczecin Glowny has regular direct train connections with all major Polish cities, as well as Berlin, Amsterdam (Schiphol), Wolfsburg, Hannover, Osnabrueck, Luebeck, Pasewalk, Potsdam, Schwerin, etc. The direct connection with Prague is currently planned.
In Dąbie district there's another huge railway station at Stacyjna Street (SZCZECIN DĄBIE). It's directly connected with Szczecin Glowny station and most of major Polish cities. It's far away from the centre and used mostly by people who live in the "Right Bank" district.
Other railway stations in Szczecin
- Szczecin-Port Centralny
Those stations are of minor importance - you'll most likely arrive to and depart from Szczecin Glowny railway station.
It's quite obvious you have to have a ticket if you want to go by bus or tram.. But it's not so obvious which one you should buy though.
In Szczecin, price of a ticket depends on the period of time it is valid. When you punch the ticket, the puncher places a current time on it. You can change means of transport as many time as you want, but when the ticket expires - you have to punch another one. For example, if your ticket is valid for 20 minutes since it ispunched, when the 20 minutes pass, punch another one, unless you want to be in trouble and pay a fine.
Prices of tickets:
DAY (numbers from 1 to 500) and NIGHT TRANSPORT (numbers from 501)
TIME / NORMAL / HALF-FARE
15mins / 2.00 PLN / 1.00 PLN
30 mins / 3.00 PLN / 1.50 PLN
60 mins / 4.00 PLN / 2.00 PLN
120 mins / 5.00 PLN / 2.50 PLN
FAST BUSSES (marked with letters)
TIME / NORMAL / HALF-FARE
15mins / 4.00 PLN / 2.00 PLN
30mins / 6.00 PLN / 3.00 PLN
60mins / 8.00 PLN / 4.00 PLN
Also, you should remember that the public transport in Szczecin will allow you to get to some neighbour towns and villages, such as Police, Tanowo, Pilchowo, Warzymice or Przeclaw.
* The fine for travelling without a valid ticket is 169.00 PLN (if you pay it immediately or during the next 7 days) and 242.00 PLN (if you pay it later)
* Half-fare tickets: for children and students
* Tickets can be bought at press stands (not all), shops and ticket offices belonging to the Municipal Public Transport and Road Institution (ZDiTM). Also, you can buy tickets from tram/bus drivers: Monday-Friday: from 18.00 to 6.00; Saturday-Sunday + public holidays: during the whole day
* More information can be found by following the link below, but, unluckily, the website is in Polish only :(
* 1 PLN equals to around 0.25 - 0.30 EURO
Szczecin has its own airport which is around 40 km outside of the city. LOT the Polish National Airline offers both international and domestic flights with Warsaw being their hub. They are members of the Star Alliance.