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    Travelling within Poland

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    Hi guys,

    I am reaching Poland a little early and my travel agent was only able to get the cheapest flight to Krakow. Does anyone know if trains are affordable/convenient to travel in within Poland? How much do they cost and what is the closest stop to the University? I found two websites for trains, one is for Rail Europe and the other for Polrail Service. They both say the trains are from 7 to 10 hours, does this seem right?

    I really appreciate any help.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Labyrinth View Post
    Hi guys,

    I am reaching Poland a little early and my travel agent was only able to get the cheapest flight to Krakow. Does anyone know if trains are affordable/convenient to travel in within Poland? How much do they cost and what is the closest stop to the University? I found two websites for trains, one is for Rail Europe and the other for Polrail Service. They both say the trains are from 7 to 10 hours, does this seem right?

    I really appreciate any help.

    Thanks!


    Polish trains are cheap, when you get your student card from the Dean's office you will be entitled to a 51% discount on all travel within Poland.

    From Krakow you need to take a cab to the Krakow train station (Krakow Glowny). You will have the option of taking a cheap train or expensive train. The cheap train will take 13-15 hours to get to Poznan the fast train maybe 10 hours. Price wise the cheap one will cost 50pln and the expensive one will cost like 100-120pln.

    You would want to get of at Poznan Glowny which is the central station in Poznan and a 10min drive from the dorms.

    I personally suggest to spend the extra $100-200 and fly since going on a Polish train from a city on the other side of the country is the last thing you want to do after spending 9 hours on a plane. Or rent a car and drive to Poznan.

    Enjoy your trip

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    The ride doesn't haven to be anywhere near 9-10 hours. I went last year through Katowice from Poznan to Krakow in just over 6 hours. You might be able to take ICC express trains as well which could drop the travel time to 5 hours. The flights are a good option, but the trains allow you to see more of the country.

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    cheap flight

    check skyscanner.net for cheap flights it's a master search engine usually the prices are around 100 bucks cheaper or so.

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    Thank you for the info. I am going to try and take the fast train. I had another Q about this. My flight is arriving later in the day, so the trains available seem to be in the evening and will make me reach at around 3am. Is that safe or should I stick around in Krakow till the next morning? If I was to arrive early and had slept off in the train (is it safe to sleep in the train?- I will have a bag), is there somewhere I could hang out in the city till I went to the hotel, or should I book a hotel for that night as well?

    Thanks!

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    Yeah it's ok to sleep on the train, just make sure you keept your wallet and valuables safe.

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    Twój Plan Podró?y - rozk?ad jazdy poci?gów

    This website may help you get a feel for prices. You may want to paste it in to google and then hit translate to see the page in english if you don't speak polish.

    =-)

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    Thanks for the info!

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    The OP may be gone, but the various rail passes are always a good deal, but I believe you have to buy them before you arrive. They may not all be like that though.

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