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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.

 

Trains types in Poland

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Intercity trains in Poland

The majority of passenger trains in Poland are operated by PKP JSC, the Polish State Railways.

 

Intercity (IC)

  • Links major cities in Poland.

  • Reservations are mandatory.

 

Express InterCity (EIC)

  • Operates on important domestic routes.

  • Reservations are mandatory.

 

Express InterCity Premium (EIP)

  • Runs on important domestic routes.

  • Reservations are required and you'll need to pay an additional supplement to take these trains. They're popular so it's worth reserving your seat further in advance if you'll be travelling during a busy period.

  • Please note: if a reservation is made outside of Poland, you'll be asked to pay an additional €10 on the train.

 

Twoje Linie Kolejowe (TLK)

  • Long distance regional trains.

  • Reservations are mandatory.


Regional trains in Poland (Przewozy Regionalne)

 

REGIO (R)

  • Local trains stopping at all stations along their routes.

  • 2nd class only.

  • No reservation required.

 

interREGIO (IR)

  • Operates on the route Łódź to Warsaw, stopping at medium and major stations along the way.

  • 2nd class only.

  • No reservation required.

 

Koleje Dolnośląskie (Os)

  • English: Lower Silesian Railways.

  • Regional trains operating in southwestern Poland.

  • No reservation required. 

    Please note: the Kulturzug, the direct train between Wroclaw (Breslaw) and Berlin, is not included.

 

PKP Szybka Kolej Miejska w Trójmieście Sp. z o.o.

  • Alternative name: SKM w Trójmiescie.

  • Regional trains operating in Poland's Tricity area (Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia).

  • No reservation required.

 

International high-speed trains in Poland

EuroCity (EC)

  • International trains on major routes connecting Poland to cities in neighbouring countries.

  • An advance reservation is required.

     

RegioJet Bus

  • RegioJet, based in the Czech Republic, runs a connection bus service from Krakow and Katowice to Ostrava (Czech Republic) with a guaranteed change to RegioJet trains in direction to Olomouc and Prague and also to Košice and Tatra mountains in Slovakia.
  • The RegioJet bus is included in the Interrail Global Pass.
  • Reservations are required ($ 3 for a seat for 1st and 2nd Class Pass holders) and can be made online (https://www.regiojet.com/about-us/contacts/) and at stations in Poland

Night trains in Poland

Euro Night (EN)

  • International overnight trains.

  • Links Poland with Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria.

  • You need to reserve sleeping accommodation or a seat on this train in advance.

Private train companies in Poland

Arriva RP

  • Operating in mid-northern Poland.

  • You can't board these trains with a rail pass.

 

SKM and WKD

  • Commuter railways operating in the Warsaw region.

  • You can't board these trains with a rail pass.

 

Popular Connections

Modern, air-conditioned international trains link Poland to popular cities in the following European countries:

Route Which train? Duration Reservations
Warsaw to Berlin (Germany) EuroCity 5 hours 40 mins Required
Warsaw to Budapest (Hungary) EuroCity / Euro Night 10 hours / 11 hours (overnight) Required
Warsaw to Prague (Czech Republic) EuroCity / Euro Night 8 hours / 9 hours (overnight) Required
Warsaw to Vienna (Austria) EuroCity / Euro Night 7 hours / 8 hours (overnight) Required
Wrocław to Dresden (Germany) trilex regional train 4 hours Not required

 

Reservations

How can I make reservations for trains in Poland?

  • At train stations in Poland:

    • By making your reservation at a railway ticket office in Poland you don't pay a reservation fee, making this by far your best option.

    • If you want to take an Express InterCity Premium train you'll still need to pay a supplement.

    • While it's often possible to make your reservation on the day of travel, some trains do get fully booked, especially in summer. Consider making your reservation in advance.

  • Online:
    • You can reserve Polish trains using our Reservation Service.
    • You can reserve Polish trains through PolRail
    • Please note that reservations cost around $ 3.50 when made online (via a distributor)
  • By phone. By calling the Deutsche Bahn booking centre on +49 1806 996 633 (open 24/7).

 

Important:

Some IC and TLK trains have optional reservations, while others have mandatory ones. Always check our timetable to see what reservation is needed for your train. Even for optional reservations, we strongly recommend you to book reservations, as IC and TLK trains are often fully booked.

 

 

Get your Pass for Poland

Poland Pass

 

Use your whole vacation to discover Poland by rail.

 

Standard prices from $ 51

Global Pass

 

Be free to explore Poland and up to 32 other Eurail countries.


Standard prices from $ 185

 

Tips and tricks for Poland

Bus travel to Germany or Czech Republic

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

 

  • Krakow – Wroclaw – Berlin (Germany)
  • Krakow – Katowice – Ostrava (Czech Republic)

 

 

See all pass benefits for 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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