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 by train
Trains types in Poland
Eurail pass validity
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).
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.
The main train types in Poland are:
Ekspres InterCity (EIC, EkspresIC) - domestic high standard trains with obligatory reservation.
Ekspres InterCity Premium - domestic high-speed train with obligatory reservation and supplement.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Benefits in Poland
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
More about Poland
Population: 38.2 million
Currency: Zloty (PLN)
Dialing code: +48