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Getting Around in Poland
 
 
 

By Air

Domestic flights are operated by LOT Polish Airlines (www.lot.com) and Centralwings (www.centralwings.com). There is a comprehensive network linking all major cities.

By Rail

Cheap and efficient InterCity trains are operated by Polskie Koleje Państwowe (Polish State Railways; www.pkp.pl) and link all parts of the country in a network radiating from Warsaw. There are two classes of travel and trains are often classified as Inter-City, Express or Local; for comfort and speed stay on Inter-City (IC) or Express (Ex) routes.

InterRail One-Country Pass – offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month within Poland. Travel is not allowed in the passenger’s country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children’s tickets are reduced by about 50%. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Rail Europe (www.raileurope.co.uk/inter-rail).

Eurail Poland Pass – available to visitors traveling from outside of Europe. Offers unlimited rail travel within the country for five, eight, 10 or 15 days’ travel within a one-month period.

By Road

Like most of Europe, traffic drives on the right, and standard international traffic signs are used. Major inter-city routes use the prefix ‘E’ and motorways use ‘A’. Most petrol stations located along international routes are open 24 hours a day. Road quality ranges from smooth brand new motorways to narrow, pot-holed single lanes.

The minimum driving age in Poland is 17. Speed limits are 50 kph (31 mph) in built-up areas, 90 km (55 mph) on other roads, 100 kph (62 mph) on major roads and 130 kph (81 mph) on motorways. Seat belts and warning triangles are compulsory. Trams have the right of way. From 1 October to 1 March, all vehicles should have their lights switched on at all times.

For roadside assistance, contact the Polish Automobile and Motorway Federation, Polski Zwiazek Motorowy (PZM; www.pzmtravel.com.pl).

Bus/Coach

There are good regional bus and coach services operated by Polish Motor Communications (PPKS; www.pks.warszawa.pl).

Car Rental

Self-drive cars are available at the airport or through various car rental offices in town centres. All major firms are available. The minimum age for hiring a car is 21.

Documentation: Tourists travelling in their own cars should have vehicle registration cards, their national driving licence (driving licences of EU nationals are accepted) and third party insurance documents. Green Card motor insurance is necessary for vehicles coming from outside the EU and Switzerland. An International Driving Permit is required for non-EU licences.


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