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A guide to travelling by trains in Poland

An introduction to train travel in Poland, Polish trains, trains to and from Poland, buying rail tickets in Poland and using rail passes in Poland including InterRail and Eurail.

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2 - Next click the tickets link to the left.

3 - (optional) - next click the name of the city that you will be travelling to/from (if its listed)

4 - If you've clicked a city, go back to the tickets link, you should now know all you need to know before making a booking.

More information for Polish trains, tickets/rail passes is available on the links to the left.

National Rail Operator

Rail services in Poland are provided by the state operator Polskie Koleje Panstwowe (PKP)

Train Travel Words/Phrases

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  • Train = pociag
  • Station = stacja kolejowa (ordinary station)/Glowny (central railway station)
  • Track/Platform = platforma
  • Ticket = bilet
  • Single Ticket = bilet w jedna strone
  • Return Ticket = bilet powrotny
  • 1st class = pierwsza klasa
  • 2nd class = Druga klasa
  • Ticket/Booking desk = kasa biletowa
  • Information Desk = Informacja
  • Left Luggage office = przechowalnia bagazu
  • Arrival = przyjazd
  • Departure = odjazdu
  • Timetable = rozklad jazdy pociagów/rozklad kolejowy
  • Reservation =
  • Destination = miejsce przeznaczenia
  • Fridays only = tylko w piatki
  • Saturday only = tylko w sobote
  • Sunday only = tylko w niedziele
  • Weekend only = tylko w weekendy
  • Not Saturday = nie soboty
  • Not Sunday = nie niedziele
  • Not weekend = nie weekendy
  • Public Holiay = swieto

Travelling by train in Poland summary

Domestic rail services that operate wholly within Poland between towns and cities are grouped into four categories: EIC; TLK; IR and RE.

A combination of these services operate on all major routes, there is no route on which EIC trains operate that is not also served by TLK trains.
It’s therefore relatively straightforward for leisure travellers and pass holders to avoid paying the (small) supplements charged for travel on EIC services.

Long distance travel should be planned in advance as long distance trains don’t operate at even interval timetables.
For example fewer trains depart from Warsaw in late mornings and early afternoons compared to other times of day.
Also only certain trains on each route will be TLK or IR services, so it can be pay to identify them in advance of travel if you wish to save money.

Polish railway timetables on long distance routes tend to be arranged so that in one hour an EIC train will operate, while in the next hour (or two) a TLK or IR train will operate.
Therefore when making connections, it is usually a good idea to take the next available train regardless of what category it is, the alternative can involve long waits at stations.

The primary rail station in Polish cities with more than one station is named ‘Glowny’, but Warsaw is an exception, the primary rail station in Warsaw is Warsaw Centralna.

Train Travel on Public Holidays

Public Holidays in 2012 = Mar 25th; Apr 8th/9th; May 1st/3rd/27th; Aug 15th; Nov 1st; Nov 11th; December 25th and December 26th.

On public holidays many train services will not operate, particularly services that usually only operate on specific days of the week such as Mon-Fri

If you're planning to travel by train on a public holiday double check in advance that you're train service will be available.
When buying a ticket online for a holiday you may be offered an alternative train service due to the special timetable that is likely to be in place.
Polish trains are more crowded than usual either side of holidays, so try to travel by trains on which you can reserve seats and make reservations a minimum of two weeks in advance.