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Arriving in Poznan

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By air


So far if you have flown to Poland, you have probably landed either at Okecie Airport (Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport) or at Krakow-Balice Airport (John Paul II International Airport) which are considered to be the busiest and the most modern airports in the country. Nowadays the situation has changed dramatically. Following Poland’s entry into the European Union, low-budget airlines started operating in different parts of Poland. Consequently, the cities which are as attractive for tourists as Warsaw or Cracow can offer direct flights. Poznan is one of them.

more about flying to Poznan and Poznan-Lawica Airport


By coach


Coach Terminal (Dworzec autobusowy PPKS) is located in Towarowa Street close to the PKP Main Railway Station. There are bus and tram stops near the terminal from which you can take a tram or a bus. PPKS – the state-owned coach enterprise – offers mainly services within the country. While visiting Poznan, you can choose from a wide selection of destinations on their offer to visit outlying tourist attractions in Greater Poland.

Facilities at the Coach Terminal include snack bars, flower shops, newsagent’s stands, etc. A lot of travel agencies offer a wide selection of direct connections between Poznan and most European cities. Their coaches also arrive and depart from here.
 
For online timetables see: http://www.pks.poznan.pl


By rail


If you arrive by train, you will arrive at the PKP Main Railway Station (Dworzec Poznan Glowny). The facilities include snack bars, flower shops, newsagent’s stands, shops, a book shop, tourist information desk, the MPK information desk (on the municipal bus service). Since recently there has been COK (Centrum Obslugi Klienta) where experienced English and German-speaking employees inform the travellers on the PKP railway services.

In front of the Main Railway Station there are bus stops and a taxi rank. In Roosevelta Street there is a tram stop.

BEWARE of pickpockets at the station and on the train, especially during the rush hour !!!

If coming by rail or planning to travel all around Poland by train, it is good to know something more about Polish railway services. There are the following types of trains: EuroCity, InterCity, express trains, fast trains and slow (passenger/local) trains. You can travel in the first class or in the second class carriages. For longer trips, it is advisable to choose the first class trains as they are less crowded and more comfortable. As for the EuroCity, InterCity and express trains reservations are required.

Local trains are usually the slowest ones as they stop at each station and are usually crowded, especially at rush hours. Fast trains (marked red on the arrivals and departures board) are faster and more comfortable though a bit more expensive. The most comfortable, though the most expensive, are EuroCity, InterCity and express trains. They stop only at major cities and are the fastest. So for long distances they are the most convenient ones. However, you pay for a ticket and a reserved seat on these trains.

For passengers planning to travel in Poland the ‘’Polrailpasses’’ are available. You can get them for 8,15,21 or 30 days. They can be bought mainly from the railway ticket offices and travel agencies in Poland. Children who are under four years of age travel free, however, those aged between 4 and 10 pay half fare.

Details: http://www.railchoice.co.uk/polandrail/information.asp?aid=273&prodid=15

Tickets can be usually bought at the railway stations, from Orbis Travel Agencies or (if buying ticket for domestic routes ) via Internet. However, they should be bought before embarking on the train. Otherwise, you will be fined. To avoid such an unpleasant situation, it is advisable to look for the ticket inspector in the first passenger carriage as soon as you get on the train. However, bear in mind the fact that the ticket will cost more as you pay the fare plus PLN 2.80 (up to 100 km) or PLN 5.80 (more than 100 km). Discounts are offered to students under 26, however, only to Polish citizens.

Complete train timetable is available in English at: www.rozklad.pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en

PKP Telephone information services: 022 9436 / 042 9436


By car

 
Poland has a poorly developed infrastructure of roads whose quality is a far cry from Western European standards. Fortunately, thanks to the inflow of European Union funds the situation has been improving and by 2009 Poznan and other major Polish cities like Wroclaw, Lodz, Cracow, Katowice and Warsaw will have an expressway built which will connect them with the expressway network of Western Europe.
 
Poznan has an A2 motorway connecting the city with Swiecko (Polish-German border) and Lodz. Its further section via Warsaw and Siedlce going east as far as the Polish-Belarusian border (Kukuryki) is to be built by 2013. Poznan has an A2 motorway connecting the city with Swiecko (Polish-German border) and Lodz. Its further section via Warsaw and Siedlce going east as far as the Polish-Belarusian border (Kukuryki) is to be built by 2013.

The condition of the roads leaves a lot to be desired. Thus, beware of potholes !
 
 

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