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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

Rail network

Eurail Pass validity

You can travel in Poland with the Eurail Global Pass or the Eurail Poland Pass. These Eurail Passes are valid on:

  • 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 Dolnośląskie (operating in the area of Lower Silesia).

      Please note: the Kulturzug, the direct train between Wroclaw and Berlin, is not included.
    - PKP Szybka Kolej Miejska w Trójmieście Sp. z o.o. (SKM w Trójmieście).

 

Eurail Passes are not valid in Poland on:

 

  • trains operated by Arriva PCC.
  • trains operated by Koleje Mazowieckie (KM).

 

International trains

The international services in Poland include:

 

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

 

All international trains have air-conditioned coaches.

 

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

 

Train types and reservations

The main train types in Poland are:

  • Express InterCity (EIC, ExpressIC) - domestic standard trains with optional reservation.

  • Express InterCity Premium - domestic high-speed train with mandatory 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 mandatory on domestic routes.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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:
  • By phone. By calling the Deutsche Bahn booking centre on +49 1806 996 633 (open 24/7).

 

See the overview of domestic reservation fees.

 

Itineraries

A nice scenic route is Wałbrzych Główny – Jelenia Góra.

 

Extra info

Airport - station link

From Warsaw Chopin Airport: Koleje Mazowieckie (KM) trains run every half hour to Warsaw central station. Eurail Passes are not accepted.
 

From Warsaw Modlin Airport: Koleje Mazowieckie (KM) buses travel to Modlin railway station. Eurail Passes are not valid, a one-way bus ticket is 5 PLN. From Modlin railway station trains run every hour to Warsaw central station. Eurail Passes accepted.

 

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

Benefits in Poland


    View on Kraków
View on Kraków

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

More about Poland

Quick facts

  • Capital: Warsaw (local spelling: Warszawa)

  • Population: 38.2 million

  • Language: Polish

  • Currency: Polish Zloty (PLN)

  • Dialing code: +48

Rail Pass options 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

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.

tip-image 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.

tip-image 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.

tip-image 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.

tip-image 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.

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