Travelling

 

BY PLANE

Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport is located 15 km from Gdańsk city center with flights to many cities in Europe. The airport is well-communicated with the city center of Gdańsk and Gdynia (taxis, buses, shuttles, car-hire options). 
The airport is served by Star Alliance airlines: LOT, Lufthansa, and SAS, each of which operates 3-7 flights a day to their hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Warsaw, Copenhagen, and other airports.
Budget airlines serve destinations in Germany, the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. For more information, see the airport website.

It is also possible to fly to Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport and connect to a domestic flight to Gdańsk or take an Intercity train (connections every 1-2h, trip duration 3h).

   GDANSK LECH WALESA AIRPORT
Słowackiego Street 200, 80-298 Gdansk
phone +48 525 673 531
fax +48 58 345 22 83
www.airport.gdansk.pl

 

 

 

 

 

BY TRAIN

Polish Railways (PKP) provide direct connections from Gdansk to all major Polish cities and to Berlin. Estimated travel time is 3h from Warsaw, 6h from Berlin. 

Gdansk Glowny Railway Station is located in the city center, in the heart of downtown, at Podwale Grodzkie Street 2. Main Gdansk is part of an important node rail-tram-bus. The building is connected underground passage to a bus station, located at 3 Maja Street.

   GDANSK GLOWNY Railway Station
Podwale Grodzkie 2, 80-895 Gdańsk
phone +48 58 721 31 97
http://pkpsa.pl/en/

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY CAR

There are three main routes into the Tri-city: the E28 from the west via Gdynia; the E77 from the south-east which enters the city via Gdansk and the A1 highway from the south.

Travel time by car is 3-4h from Warsaw and 6h from Berlin. Two ferry connections operate to Sweden: Polferries has a daily ferry between Gdańsk and Nynashamn near Stockholm, and Stena Line operates 2 ferries a day between Gdynia (20 km from Gdansk) and Karlskrona.

Parking is available once you arrive in Gdansk but remember that the old town area is permit parking only and you will be fined by the city police for driving into the old town without a pass. Watch out for the signs marking the start of the permit parking zone. You will have to use street parking which is paid for (3zł for the first hour) and you will need to buy a ticket at the street machine.

 

BY BUS

GDANSK GLOWNY Bus Station
3 Maja Street 12, 80-802 Gdansk
phone +48 58 323 81 00
fax +48 58 323 81 79
http://www.pks.gdansk.pl

 

GETTING AROUND

SKM Train: Travelling between the three cities of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot is extremely easy and best done using the SKM kolejka (commuter train). These yellow and blue trains run more or less every 10-15 minutes between 05:00-19:00 through the Tri-city and less frequently outside of these hours with trains also running occasionally between 00:00 and 04:00.

Tickets can be bought from modern ticket machines which can be found on most platforms and have instructions in English and a couple of other languages. Alternatively you can buy tickets in main stations where you see the sign for "Kasa Biletowa" or as a last resort from the conductor at the front of the train. If you buy tickets from the "Kasa Biletowa" make sure that you stamp them with the time in the bright yellow boxes on or close to the platform to validate them.

Ticket prices are dependent on the number of stops you are travelling but a journey from Gdańsk to Gdynia  will cost 6.00zł and take about 35 minutes (Sopot will cost 4.00zł and take about 20 minutes). Bikes travel for free and should be carried in a specially marked carriage usually at one end of the train. Children under 4 travel for free although you also have to buy a 0zł ticket (we kid you not) and you are likely to be requested to provide proof of the child‘s age so basically keep passports on you at all times. ISIC cards will get you a student discount but only if you're a Polish student, while Euro 26 cards are not valid. You will have to pay a fine if caught travelling without a validated ticket by one of the plain clothes inspectors.

Please note! SKM Trains run on tracks like trains and the carriages look like trains but the platforms are separate.

Taxi: Official taxis are clearly marked and reasonably priced, usually displaying a five-digit phone number. Transfers from the airport to the city center cost about 40-80 PLN, while trips within the downtown area usually cost not more than 15-25 PLN. To avoid being overcharged, make sure to have cash in PLN ready. The taxi driver is required to give you a printed receipt and is expected to give you exact change. Tipping is not required; rounding up the fare to the nearest multiple of 5 PLN would be considered more than sufficient. 

Bus and tram: Gdansk has a well-developed bus and tram network (including airport buses and night buses) with time-tables and maps available online. Regular commuter trains connect Gdansk, Sopot, and Gdynia (every 7 minutes in the rush hour). Use jakdojade.pl to find connections within the metropolitan area. 

Several car hire options are available at Gdansk Airport.

 

Foreign currency

The currency in Poland is PLN - Polish Zloty (rough exchange rates: 1 EUR = 4,2 PLN, 1 USD = 3.8 PLN). All major credit cards are widely accepted, though some small businesses and taxis will take cash payments, only. There are one or two ATM-s located in the arrival hall of Gdansk airport, and plenty throughout the city center. You can also find several money changing boutiques in the downtown area which offer reasonable exchange rates (avoid money-changers at the airport!). 

When using a foreign credit card, the card terminal or ATM may offer you the possibility of payment directly in your currency (EUR, GBP, USD). You will usually be slightly better off turning down the offer, and going for the currency conversion offered by your home bank.

 

Electricity

Voltage: 220-240 volts, European – type of plugs, two-pin plugs.

 

Gdansk emergency phone numbers:

  European emergency number for mobile phones 112
  Police 997
  Fire Brigade 998
  Ambulance 999
  Municipal Police 986