Poland by train

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.

Train types in Poland
Rail passes for Poland
Places to visit in Poland
Events in Poland
Benefits in Poland
More about Poland

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).
    - Koleje Mazowieckie (KM).
    - Koleje Dolnoslaskie (operating in the area of Lower Silesia).


Eurail passes are not valid in Poland on:

  • trains operated by Arriva PCC.


International trains

The international services offered by PKP include:

  • international day trains to 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.





Train types

The main train types in Poland are:

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

  • Ekspres InterCity Premium - domestic high-speed train with obligatory reservation and supplement.
    If your reservation is made outside of Poland, you'll be asked to pay an additional 10 euros on the train.

  • 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.



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

Rail passes for Poland


Rail pass options for Poland

  • Eurail Global Pass starting from USD$ 336: Be free to explore Poland and up to 27 other Eurail countries.

  • Eurail Germany-Poland Pass starting from USD$ 228: See popular cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Cologne.

  • Eurail Poland Pass starting from USD$ 68: Use your whole vacation to discover Poland by rail.

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.

To reach Auschwitz, take a train from Krakow to Oswiecim. From there, it's only a 10-minute taxi ride.

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 21, 2017

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


July 29 - July 31, 2016

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 (local spelling: Warszawa)

  • Population: 38.2 million

  • Language: Polish

  • Currency: Polish Zloty (PLN)

  • Dialing code: +48

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