National rail operator
Facts about Poland
- Currency: Zloty (PLN)
- Timezone: 1+ UTC
- Language: Polish
Poland was for so long pinched by the great powers (Prussia, Russia and the Habsburg Empire) which jostled at its borders and often occupied its territory. Now assertively independent, this large central European country is an eastern bulwark of the European Union, sharing common borders with the Russian Federation, Belarus and Ukraine. Visitors discover a rich Jewish and Slavic history, a vibrant arts scene and a food culture that goes well beyond the proverbial meat and potatoes.
Poland is traversed by great rail routes linking the east and west of Europe; the country has a decent domestic rail network, albeit one that in some areas cries out for modernisation and investment. From London, Paris and Amsterdam, most itineraries to Poland are routed via Berlin, so you may want to consider stopping off for a night or two in the German capital. There are several express trains each day from Berlin to Poznan and Warsaw, as well as useful direct services to Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin.
We can also sell tickets for journeys to many Polish destinations from major rail hubs in central Europe where the journey is not via Germany. So if you are setting out from Vienna, Budapest, Prague (and many other cities in central Europe), we can certainly help you – though on many such routes we sell only the fully flexible fare rather than special promotional deals.
We don't currently sell tickets for domestic train journeys wholly within Poland. But that should not deter you from exploring Poland by train. Rail travel is very cheap and tickets for most journeys within Poland can easily be purchased at the station before departure. Bear in mind that travel times may be slow, especially once you leave the main routes. Polish train timetables on many secondary routes may change three or four times each year, often at short notice.
Image credits: Gdansk, Poland © Utiwamoj