Travelling through Poland - roads, airports, railway, bus transportation
The transportation infrastructure in Poland has been developed to a fairly high level. It is intriguing to know that both the state and residents approach the issue of transportation with extreme thoroughness. Therefore, tourists often do not have any sort of problems with moving around the country. All means of transportation here always operate strictly by schedule. Even if an unforeseen situation occurred with the vehicle during the trip, for example a breakdown, the passengers are transferred to an analog transport as quickly as possible. You can travel within the country by plane, by train, using a bus, metro or tram. The option of car rental is also very popular among tourists.
The railway is stretched across the largest cities of Poland, connecting small provinces. Thus, you can easily travel between the most remote regions of the country by train. It is worth noting that Poland has a fairly extensive grouping of trains depending on their class and speed of movement. This ultimately determines the cost of the ticket. Please note that “Express” trains leave from the initial to the final point without stops, allowing you to arrive at the necessary city quickly. All international trains that run the rail network are mostly in fairly decent condition. They regularly undergo maintenance, so cases of breakages are rare. The insides of the wagons (even the sedentary type) are maintained to the maximum cleanliness and neatness. All information on the movement of trains in Poland can be obtained from the dispatcher by calling the railway station.
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If the traveler wants to be independent of buses’ and electric trains’ schedule, it is possible to rent a car. Moreover, the relevant agencies are located not only in all major and popular tourist cities but even in the territory of many terminals. The road traffic rules comply with that of West European standard. You will need a valid international driver’s license to drive a car. Within the city, you can travel at speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour during the day. At night, the speed limit increases to 80 kilometers per hour. On the outskirt of cities, you can travel at a speed of 90 kilometers per hour. Poland has upscale modern highways. It is possible to move on these high-speed sections at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour. It is worth remembering that the country has rather stringent traffic laws and the minimum penalty for breaking any is 25 dollars.
Due to the fact that the whole western part of the country is bordered by the Baltic Sea and channels and rivers are flowing all over the country, water transportation is available, but only in the warm season. There are no regular trips on the main rivers of Poland. This service is available only to cruise boats. You can also go on a ship, liner, yacht or on a boat to cruise along the seacoast. Recently, cycling has been actively developing in the country. The flat terrain of the country contributes to this. You can rent a bicycle in any city. However, only big cities have a modern large network of bicycle paths. Therefore, many tourists along with the bicycle rental are offered to acquire the map of the city. Bicycles can be left in parking lots near hostels and hotels. You can also take them with you when traveling by train.
Main airports and avia transportation
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The next airport that is near Warsaw is Modlin. It was built specifically to relieve the main Polish airport. From the terminal to Warsaw is not more than forty kilometers. Regular public transportation plies this route. The airport is very comfortable and convenient. A full-fledged European service is available for every passenger. At the same time, the air harbor serves about 7,000 passengers daily. The next major international airport is Krakow Balice, named after John Paul II. It also has a maximally developed and thoughtful infrastructure. There is a Wi-Fi network which is available in the free mode only for the first 15 minutes. You can eat here in small cafes, and in colorful local restaurants. Also on the territory are ATMs, currency exchange points, duty-free shops, and souvenir shops.
Railway, bus, water and other transport
Poland has an excellent transportation infrastructure. Therefore, tourists will find traveling through its territories to be comfortable and convenient. It is most convenient to move within the city by buses. Please note that every half hour buses in any city leave their respective bus station in different directions. It should also be noted that the trips go in strict accordance with the schedule. Bus tickets can be purchased at roadside kiosks or vending machines. If you choose to buy a ticket from the driver, it can cost a little more. The entire fleet of urban transportation consists of modern serviceable buses that are regularly serviced. The salons in the vehicles are clean and tidy. You can also move between neighboring regions by buses. However, the use of buses for long-distance routes is quite rare because in this case, the locals give preference to the railway.
Thanks to the flat relief, the railway network covers all regions of the country. The traffic interchange passes through the largest cities, connecting them to remote areas. Please note that trains also vary depending on their class and the speed of movement. There are slow trains that do not go beyond a single region and there are also fast trains that run only in the daytime or round-the-clock. Day trips by express trains are also available. There are also express trains with increased comfort, where even food is included in the cost of ticket. Tickets for trains that run on international routes are sold separately. There are also special midnight expresses. Their peculiarity lies in the fact that they move from the initial to the final point without a single stop. This allows you to reach the necessary city in the shortest possible time.
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There are ten airports in Poland, the largest one being in Warsaw. In general, only those who need fast traffic between large cities use the domestic transportation services. It is best to travel within provinces with the help of another means of transportation. The maximum duration of a domestic flight on an airplane does not exceed eighty minutes. The ticket will cost about 80 dollars. On holidays however, airlines can raise prices. Taxi services are also common in the country. As a rule, you can calculate the cost of the ride directly from the dispatcher. The minimum cost of pick-up will be around six zlotys. The cost of a kilometer ride within the confines of the city is from three to four zlotys. The out-of-town tariff is at least six zlotys per kilometer. Tariffs can also increase at night, starting at ten in the evening and until six in the morning. It will cost you at least 45 zlotys for every hour that you keep the taxi waiting.
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