Poland by train

Map with main train connections in Poland

Grab your Eurail pass and hop aboard for a spectacular East European rail travel adventure. From Warsaw to Wrocław, from Kraków to Toruń, the people and sights of Poland are unforgettable. Get a taste of the famous hospitality and affordability of this east European treasure, using the convenient and accessible Polish rail service.

Poland in images
Train types in Poland
Places to visit in Poland
Events in Poland
Benefits in Poland
More about Poland

Poland in images

Royal Wilanow Palace in Warsaw

Royal Wilanow Palace in Warsaw

Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Malbork castle

Malbork castle

Trains types in Poland

 

Rail network

Eurail pass validity

You can travel in Poland with the Eurail Global Pass, the Eurail Poland Pass or the Eurail Germany-Poland Pass. These Eurail passes are valid on: Logo of Polish railway PKP

  • all trains operated by the national railway company PKP / PKP Intercity JSC. This includes domestic trains with sleeper cars.

  • trains on the regional railway lines:
    Przewozy Regionalne (Regional Services).

  • the trains run by Koleje Mazowieckie (KM).

 

Eurail passes are not valid in Poland on:

  • trains operated by Arriva PCC.

  • trains operated by Koleje Dolnośląskie (local trains in the region of Lower Silesia).

 

International trains

The international services offered by PKP include:

  • international day trains to Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Prague and Vienna.

  • high-standard international night trains to Berlin, Budapest and Prague.

 

All international trains have air-conditioned coaches.

 

You can plan your trip with the help of online timetables.

 

 

 

Reservations

Train types

The main train types in Poland are:

  • Ekspres InterCity (EIC, EkspresIC) - domestic high standard trains with obligatory reservation.

  • EuroCity (EC) - international high standard trains, reservation obligatory on domestic routes.

  • Tanie Linie Kolejowe (TLK) - fast trains with optional reservation in 1st class, no reservation in 2nd class.

  • Ekspres (Ex) - express trains (obligatory reservation).

  • InterRegio (IR) and Regio (R) - local trains without reservations.

 

Reservations for EX, IC, EC and TLK trains are free if made locally in Poland.

 

See the overview of domestic reservation fees.

 

Hotel trains run from Gdynia to Zakopane, from Kraków to Kolobrzeg and from Warsaw to Szczecin/Swinoujscie. These trains only have sleeping cars and couchettes and do not stop at intermediate stations.

 

Itineraries

A nice scenic route is Walbrzych Glowny – Jelenia Góra.

 

Extra info

Airport - station link

From Warsaw Airport Fryderyk Chopin you can take Bus 175 City-Airport Link to Warszawa Centralna railway station. Eurail passes are not valid on this bus.

 

PKP lounge

Holders of a 1st class Eurail pass have free access to the PKP lounge (Strefa VIP) at Warszawa Centralna station.

 

Spelling of cities in Poland

On Polish train timetables and at train stations in Poland, you'll usually find the local spelling of Polish cities and stations.

 

Here is the local spelling of some popular Polish cities:

  • Warszawa = Warsaw

Places to visit in Poland

 
Extermination camp, Auschwitz Birkenau
Extermination camp, Auschwitz Birkenau

A moment of remembrance

In your European travel adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to visit many historically significant landmarks. The Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz (Oswiecim) is certainly one of them. The concentration camp, the largest of its kind, is where 1.5 million people lost their lives during World War II. In addition to all the fun you’ll have on your trip, take some time to acknowledge the things no one should ever forget.

Every day, ten buses leave from Krakow Central Station and arrive at the Auschwitz entrance in less than 1 hour.

Bieszczady Mountains
Bieszczady Mountains

Bieszczady Mountains

Lush mountain landscapes, quaint wooden churches and extraordinary wildlife call this picturesque and secluded area home. Unless skiing is your thing, be sure to visit in summer or autumn for the most beautiful scenery and weather.

Depending on the season, there are usually direct trains from Krakow and direct (night) trains from Warsaw to the Bieszczadys.

Wawel Castle Krakow Poland
Wawel Castle Krakow Poland

Krakow’s indomitable spirit

Krakow (Kraków), once the capital of Poland, remains one of the highlights of Eastern Europe. Don’t miss Wawel Castle, nestled atop a limestone hill in the center of town or the 700 year old Salt Mines (Wieliczka) which are labyrinths of halls and corridors, lakes and caves. There’s no shortage of religious attractions either. Try the Church of the Holy Trinity and Dominican Monastery for a taste of history and stunning architecture.

From tram stop Kraków Glówny, the splendid Mariacka Basillica (Bazylika Mariacka) is less than a 10-minute walk.

Dunes at sunset, Slowinski National Park
Dunes at sunset, Slowinski National Park

Slowinski National Park

The massive sand dunes on the banks of Lake Łebsko are a stunning natural attraction. It used to be a training ground for Rommel's Afrika Korps. Now, it’s a biosphere reserve and haven for rare bird species. Well worth the trip just for the dunes, the park also offers other activities and attractions.

From Krakow, take the train to the town of Łeba. From there, you can take a bus or taxi to the sand dunes.

Castle Square, Warsaw
Castle Square, Warsaw

The many faces of Warsaw

Although completely destroyed in World War II, Warsaw (Warszawa) has returned to its former glory. Enjoy its rich history, architectural attractions (like the stunning 17th century Wilanów Palace), monasteries, museums and more. Then, enjoy Warsaw’s vibrant nightlife, including artistic hotspots like the Praga District. That, plus incredibly hospitable locals, and it’s easy to see the appeal. 

Warsaw’s historic old town (Stare Miasto) has its own stop on the city tramline.

Events in Poland

 
Wianki Festival, Krakow
Wianki Festival, Krakow

Wianki Festival

June 20, 2015

Krakow traditionally celebrated the high point of summer with pagan rituals and old-world style. Today, bonfires, fairs, fireworks and especially a lot of music make this an unforgettable event.

The festival site is located at the banks of Vistula River, next to the Wawel castle. It's a 30-minute walk from the central train station to the castle, which lies in the heart of the old city center.

Audioriver festival
Audioriver festival

Audioriver

July 24 - July 26, 2015

Last year, more than 15,000 people attended this 3-day music festival, celebrating independent and world music, with a heavy emphasis on electronica. The city of Płock comes alive with music.

Plock is a 3hr train ride from Warsaw.

Benefits in Poland

 
View on Kraków

View on Kraków

Bus travel to Germany

If your Eurail pass is valid in Poland and Germany, you can travel for free on the following route (pay reservation fee only):

  • Krakow – Wroclaw – Berlin

 

See all pass benefits for Poland

More about Poland

 

Quick facts

  • Capital: Warsaw

  • Population: 38.2 million

  • Language: Polish

  • Currency: Zloty (PLN)

  • Dialing code: +48

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