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Travel Facility for Students In Poland

Having a knowledge about the travel facilities before you visit a place, gives you confidence to explore new places. Being a student and being strict on budget, you really can’t afford to spend much on travelling. However, in Poland there are many ways to travel from place to place, Lets check out some transportation facilities in your budget to go out without any hesitation.

Need To Know!

  • Public transport normally operates daily from around 5am to 11pm, Service is less frequent on weekends.
  • Trams and buses are likely to be crowded during rush hour (7am to 9am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm Monday to Friday).
  • Buy more tickets at once since you may find yourself at a far-flung stop with no chance to buy tickets locally.
  • Get tickets from newspaper kiosks (Ruch or Relay ) or from street stalls around the central stops.
  • There are no conductors on board buses and trams so have to buy tickets.

BUS

  • PKS tickets is at the bus station itself, you can buy either from the ticket counter or the bus driver or you can buy the ticket directly from the driver.
  • For Polski Bus and other private national bus companies you have to buy the ticket online. In this case, print out the ticket, or save the online ticket to your smartphone and show the driver while boarding the bus.
  • In Poland’s you will find Państwowa Komunikacja Samochodowa (PKS) bus which is code word when seeking directions to bus stations.
  • Apart from PKS, you will get privately-operated bus companies offering both domestic (short and long-distance) and international connections.
  • You will get Minibuses as well which are more frequent and faster than their big brothers PKS and Polski Bus, which  service more routes displayed on the vehicles. 

Railway

  • Poland’s train network is extensive, easy to use and reasonably priced with transport for covering long distances.
  • In Poland intercity EIP/EIC trains are the most expensive trains, It include the basic ticket price, as well as a mandatory seat reservation.
  • Students below 26 years of age are offered 50% discount and for foreigners holding a Pole's Card has 37% discount. 
  • For frequent traveller there is InterRail pass which is only available  Europe for at least six months (Students who pay 50 EUR for a semester pass, available for 6 months).

Types of Railway

  1. ExpressInterCity Premium (EIP): This is high-speed 'Pendolino' trains that transit between major cities(Warsaw, Kraków, Katowice, Wrocław and Gdańsk). You will get both 1st and 2nd-class seats are available, and reservations are mandatory for both.

  2. ExpressInterCity (EIC): This is the most comfortable and less expensive trains which run between major cities (Warsaw–Kraków and Warsaw–Gdańsk). There's seating in both 1st and 2nd class, and reservations are complusory in both.

  3. TLK (Pociąg Twoje Linie Kolejowe; TLK): It is the Low-cost express trains which fare that are around 40% cheaper than other trains. It runs between major cities at speeds approaching EIP trains. this can be step down in comfort and can be crowded.

  4. InterRegio: These are the standard fast trains running between regions, this trains normally don’t offer 1st-class seating, and no seat reservations are required.

  5. Regio: These trains are much slower as they stop at all stations. These may be 2nd-class only and reservations are not required.

Taxis

  • Remember to carry small bills, so you’ll be able to pay the exact fare. If you don’t, it’s hard to get change from a driver who’s intent on charging you more.
  • In Poland you will get taxi easily and not too expensive, here 5km taxi trip will cost around 20zł, and a 10km ride shouldn’t cost more than 35zł. 
  • Taxi fares are higher at night on Sunday which may vary with the time of the day.
  • Taxi fares in areas frequented by tourists (e.g. airports, railway stations) may be inflated.Avoid taxis without a company name and/or telephone number printed on the light bar.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

— Arthur Ashe

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