Poland by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Poland.

Here you will find information for Poland about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 38.2 million

Currency: Zloty

Language: Polish

Capital: Warsaw

Country Code: +48

Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

Train Companies

Most of the trains in Poland are operated by Polish State Railways (PKP); however, there are smaller, private train operators around Poland. Some other well-known companies are listed below:

Arriva RP operates in the north-central part of Poland, no rail passes applicable.

SKM and WKD operate commuter trains in the Warsaw region, no rail passes applicable.

Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for Poland online on the Polish Railway (PKP) official homepage.

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TrAIN tYPES

The major rail network in Poland is composed of the following trains:

Regional Trains (Przewozy Regionalne)

PKP SKM w Trójmiescie serves Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia, Poland’s Tri-city area.

  • 2nd Class only
  • No reservations required

Koleje Dolnośląskie/ Silesian Railways (Os) serving southwestern Poland.

  • 2nd Class only
  • No reservations required

REGIO (R) serves local train lines making frequent stops.

  • 2nd Class only
  • No reservations required

InterREGIO (IR) links Warsaw to Łódź, stopping at the middle to large stations along the route.

  • 2nd Class only
  • No reservations required

Twoje Linie Kolejowe (TLK) serves long-distance routes throughout the country.

  • 1st Class: Compartments of 6 seats
  • 2nd Class: Compartments of 6 or 8 seats
  • Some carriages are equipped with electrical plug-ins, WiFi, air-conditioning, and a refreshment trolley.
  • Reservations required*

* Reservations are free if made locally in Poland

Intercity (IC) connects major cities in Poland.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2), or compartments of 6 seats
  • Reservations not required, but recommended*
  • Trains are equipped with power sockets, WiFi, and air-conditioning. Most services have a bistro car or a minibar service offering a range of food and drinks.

* Reservations are free if made locally in Poland

Express InterCity (EIC) runs on significant routes throughout Poland.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1), or compartments of 4 seats; inclusive of free drink and snack
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2), or compartments of 6 seats; inclusive of free drink
  • Reservations required*
  • Trains are equipped with power sockets, WiFi, and air-conditioning. Most services have a dining car or a minibar service offering a range of food and drinks.

* Reservations are free if made locally in Poland

Express InterCity Premium (EIP) runs on significant routes throughout Poland.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1), inclusive of free drink and a meal at their seat
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2), or compartments of 4 seats for families; inclusive of a free drink.
  • Trains are equipped with power sockets, WiFi, and air-conditioning. Most services have a bistro car offering a range of food and drinks.
  • Reservations required, an additional €10 reservation fee may be required when the reservation is made outside of Poland. 

International trains in Poland

EuroCity (EC) Links Poland to large cities in bordering countries.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Reservations required*
  • Trains are equipped with electrical plug-ins, free WiFi (on most services, for most of the journey), and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a restaurant car offering a range of hot foods and drinks, in addition to in-seat refreshment service.

* Reservations are free if made locally in Poland

RegioJet Bus links Krakow and Katowice to Ostrava, the Czech Republic by bus to RegioJet trains heading toward Prague, Czech Republic as well as to the Tatra Mountains and Košice, Slovakia.

  • 1st Class (Fun & Relax): seat reservation included in the price, onboard personal entertainment screens, free wifi, free hot drinks, and power sockets
  • 2nd Class (Economy): seat reservation included in price
  • All buses include air-conditioning and a toilet

Night Trains in Poland

TLK Night Trains

Routes

    • Warsaw – Swinoujscie
    • Krakow – Swinoujscie
    • Zakopane – Szczecin
    • Zakopane – Gdynia
  • Reservations are included in the ticket price
  • Sleeping Carriage:
    • 1 – 3 berth sleeping accommodation available.
    • Includes bed linen
    • Some cabins may include private toilet, otherwise, bathrooms are located at the end of each carriage.
  • Couchette Carriage:
    • 3 and 4 berth couchettes available. Includes bed linen
    • Bathrooms are located in the coach carriage
  • Sitting Carriage:
    • 2nd Class offered, no 1st Class
    • Six seats per compartment
    • Bathrooms are located in the coach carriage
  • Food cart offering a selected variety of drinks and food pass through the carriages.

Euro Night (EN)

Routes

    • Warsaw – Krakow – Prague, Czech Republic
    • Warsaw – Vienna, Austria
    • Warsaw – Budapest, Hungary
    • Warsaw – Moscow, Russia
    • Warsaw – Nice, France
  • Reservations are included in the ticket price
  • Sleeping Carriage:
    • Standard cabin includes your own bed, washbasin, and breakfast in the morning
    • Deluxe cabin includes your own bed, shower, toilet, washbasin, and breakfast in the morning
  • Couchette Carriage:
    • 4 and 6 berth couchettes available, denoted as 2nd Class accommodations
    • Bathrooms are located in the coach carriage
  • Sitting Carriage:
    • 2nd Class offered, no 1st Class
    • Bathrooms are located in the coach carriage
  • Food cart offering a selected variety of drinks and food pass through the carriages.

Classic Courier
Kulturzug: Berlin – Wroclaw

Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In Poland

National

 
From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Warsaw to Krakow 2:22 Direct Train
Warsaw to Poznan 3:00 Direct Train (IC)
Warsaw to Katowice 2:22 Direct Train
Warsaw to Szczecin 6:27 Direct Train (IC)
Warsaw to Gdansk 2:36 Direct Train
Krakow to Gdansk 2:24 Direct Train
Poznan to Lodz 2:50 Direct Train
Lodz to Gdansk 4:30 1 Train

International

 
From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Warsaw to Prague, Czech Republic 8:24 Direct Train (IC)
Warsaw to Vienna, Austria 7:10 Direct Train (EIC)
Warsaw to Berlin, Germany 6:02 Direct Train (EIC)
Warsaw to Budapest, Hungary 10:28 1 Train
Warsaw to Minsk, Belarus 7:33 2 Train
Warsaw to Kiev, Ukraine 15:55 Direct Train
Poznan to Berlin, Germany 3:00 Direct Train (EIC)
Krakow to Berlin, Germany 6:46 Direct Train

Poland travel routes

Belarus and Poland

Belarus and Poland

Poland’s Most Beautiful Cities

Poland’s Most Beautiful Cities

Main Train Stations

  • Warsaw
  • Gdansk
  • Lodz
  • Wroclaw
  • Szczecin
  • Krakow
  • Katowice
  • Poznan

Train Tours in Poland

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Poland

We recommend traveling anytime between April – June because the temperatures are more pleasant, there is less rainfall, and the weather is a bit more predictable than in summer and fall. Every season is worth visiting during, tour old cities, take a beach holiday to the Baltic Sea, explore the Lake District or ski the Tatras, there is plenty to see, and plenty to do year-round for you!

  • High Season: June to August
  • Low Season: November to March

 

Accommodation In Poland

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