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Arriving in Wroclaw

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By air

So far if you have flown to Poland, you have probably landed either at Okecie Airport (Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport) or at Krakow-Balice Airport (John Paul II International Airport) which are considered to be the busiest and the most modern airports in the country. Nowadays the situation has changed dramatically. Following Poland’s entry into the European Union, low-budget airlines started operating in different parts of Poland. Consequently, the cities which are as attractive for tourists as Warsaw or Cracow can offer direct flights. Wroclaw is one of them. Since 1997 from its local airport you can fly to various destinations offered mainly by low-budget airlines. Ryanair was the first of them to launch their routes to and from Wroclaw. Others became interested in investing in the flights to the capital of Lower Silesia as well and Wroc³aw became an important transit point for tourists travelling to or via Poland to various locations.
 
Wroclaw Airport links with other cities
 
Wroclaw’s airport named after Copernicus – the world-famous astronomer – is situated about 12 km southeast of the city centre. It is really a small airport as it has only one runway, one domestic and one international airport terminal but the good thing is a tourist will not get lost here. Wroclaw Copernicus Airport offers both regular flights operated by such carriers as LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa and low-budget flights operated by such carriers as Ryanair or Wizzair, etc.
 
Wroclaw has direct connections with the following cities: Frankfurt upon Main (Germany), Munich (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), London Stansted (UK), London Gatwick (UK), Dublin (Ireland), Nottingham East Midlands (UK), Dortmund (Germany), Shannon (Ireland), Glasgow (UK), Frankfurt Hahn (Germany) [starting from October 25, 2006], Liverpool (UK), Stockholm (Sweden), Cork (Ireland) [starting from October 31, 2006],Rome (Italy) [starting from October 29, 2006] and Milan(Italy).
 
Moreover, lots and lots of foreign and domestic travel agencies offer charter flights to and from Wroclaw.
 
Those who would like to see the capital of Poland during their stay in Wroclaw, Wroclaw Copernicus Airport offers direct domestic flights to Warsaw. There are about 4 - 10 flights to Warsaw on a daily basis depending on the day of the week. It is also possible to pop off to the Baltic seashore as one flight to Gdansk on workdays is on offer.
 
For details of the flight and the timetable visit the airport’s website:
 
 
Airport facilities
 
The airport facilities include a snack bar, a restaurant, a coffee shop, shops, duty-free shops, bureau de change outlets, a post office, a travel agency, a car rental agency, a travel agency, 24-hour first aid, a cash dispenser, a baby care room and a car park.
 
More information on customs regulations, passenger’s rights and baggage allowances at:
 
Getting to and from the airport
 
Getting to the town centre by taxi costs about PLN 40. It is cheaper, though maybe less convenient, to take No. 406 bus. The ticket costs PLN 2.00. If the dimensions of the luggage exceed 120 cm, you need to get an extra ticket for the luggage (PLN 1.00).
On weekdays the bus goes every 20-30 minutes (from 4.52 in the morning till 10.53 at night), whereas on Sundays and holidays it goes every 40 minutes (from 6.02 a.m. till 10.56 p.m.). The bus goes from the airport to the centre and the journey takes about 20 minutes (depending on the time of day). However, if you want to take a bus from the centre to the airport, the No. 406 bus leaves from a bus stop situated near the Main Railway Station (in Dworcowa Street).
 
See the bus timetables at: http://www.zdik.wroc.pl/komunikacja/zdik/0406/w.html (the timetable is subject to change depending on the time of year).
 
There is also a shuttle bus for Ryanair passengers which departs from the following bus stops in the city centre:
- Main Railway Station /Dworzec G³ówny PKP/ (between the Main Railway Station and the Main Bus Station): 12.30 a.m.
- Galeria Dominikanska bus stop (near Olawska Street): 12.35 a.m.
- Kazimierza Wielkiego Street (near the Swidnickie Underpass): 12.40 a.m.
As for the departure from the airport, the bus departs at 3.20 p.m. (the exact time depends on the Ryanair plane arrival).
A single ticket costs GBP 2,00 or its PLN, Euro or USD equivalent. However, the change is given only in PLN.
 
 
Arriving by budget airlines
 
Ryanair was the first to enter the Polish market. The first services offered were from Wroclaw to London. This Irish low-budget airline started operating in Wroclaw in March, 2005. Since then they have expanded their offer and it is possible to fly from Wroclaw to the United Kingdom (London Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands, Liverpool, Glasgow), Ireland (Dublin, Shannon), Italy (Milan), Germany (Frankfurt Hahn).
 
Another no frill carrier available is the Hungarian WizzAir which offers flights from/to Dortmund (Germany). The flights are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with the arrival in Wroclaw at 9.20 a.m. and the departure from Wroclaw at 10.00 a.m.
 
CimberAir offers flights to Copenhagen (Denmark) on Monday – Friday at 12.30 a.m. and on Sunday at 8 p.m. There are no flights on Saturday. The flight from Copenhagen is scheduled for 12.05 a.m.(Monday – Friday) and 7.20 p.m. (Sunday).
 
CentralWings – the first Polish budget airline – offers flights to/from Ireland (Dublin and Cork), the United Kingdom (London Gatwick), Italy (Rome) and a domestic flight to Warsaw.
 
 
Norwegian Air Shuttle is another low-fare airline which has flights to/from Stockholm (Sweden). The flight to Stockholm is scheduled for Tuesdays and Saturdays. It departs from Wroclaw at 5.40 p.m. As for the Stockholm-Wroclaw flight – it departs from Stockholm at 3.25 p.m. and arrives in Wroclaw at 5.15 p.m.
 
 
The exact information on all the flights from/to Wroclaw Airport on offer and the carriers can be found at: http://www.airport.wroclaw.pl/en and the carriers’ websites:
 
http://www.ryanair.com
Average flight times
 
City
Average flight time
Cork
2 h 15 m
Copenhagen
1 h 40 m
Dortmund
1 h 25 m
Dublin
1 h 45 m
Frankfurt Hahn
1 h 35 m
Frankfurt upon Maine
1 h 55 m
Gdansk
1 h 20 m
Glasgow
1 h 40 m
Liverpool
1 h 30 m
London Gatwick
1 h 50 m
London Stansted
1 h 5 m
Milan
1 h 40 m
Munich
1 h 20 m
Nottingham
1 h 30 m
Rome
2 h 25 m
Shannon
1 h 40 m
Stockholm
1 h 50 m
Warsaw
1 h
 
   
By coach

The bus terminal (PKS buses) is located directly behind the Main Railway station in Sucha Street. There are bus and tram stops near the terminal from which you can take a tram or a bus. PKS – the state-owned coach enterprise – offers mainly services within the country. While visiting Wroclaw, you can choose from a wide selection of destinations on their offer to visit outlying tourist attractions in Lower Silesia.

Facilities at the PKS Coach Terminal include: a snack bar, shops, a newsagent’s, a travel agent’s, etc. For online timetables see: http://www.polbus.pl or call 0 300 3000 121 to 125. More details on PKS telephone services at: http://www.wroclaw.pl/m50001/p50002.aspx#1

By rail

If you arrive by train, you will arrive at the Main Railway Station. Here in the main hall you can have a snack, withdraw some money from a cash dispenser, change money at the non-stop currency exchange office, leave your luggage at the left luggage office or in the luggage lockers after inserting a few coins into the slot. There is also a train information desk to the left of the arrivals and departures board.

If you want to visit the centre, you can walk as it is not far from the station – about 15-20 minutes’ walk. You can also take a tram or a bus as there are bus and tram stops in front of the Main Railway Station. Tickets can be bought at the kiosks (with the BILETY sign) or the newsagent’s.

If you have come by car, you can leave it here in front of the station at the secure car park.

If you do not feel like walking to the centre, take a taxi from a taxi rank situated in front of the Main Railway Station or call a taxi.

BEWARE of pickpockets at the station and on the train, especially during the rush hour!
 
Trains
 
There are four types of trains: EuroCity, InterCity, express trains, fast trains and local trains. You can travel in the first class or in the second class carriages. For longer trips it is advisable to choose the first class as they are less crowded and more comfortable. As for the EuroCity, InterCity and express trains, reservations are required.

Local trains are usually the slowest ones as they stop at each station and they are usually crowded, especially at rush hours. Fast trains (marked red on the arrivals and departures board) are faster and more comfortable though a bit more expensive. The most comfortable, though the most expensive, are EuroCity, InterCity and express trains. They stop only at major cities and they are the fastest. Thus, for long distances they are the most convenient ones. However, you pay for a ticket and a reserved seat on these trains.

For passengers planning to travel in Poland the ‘’Polrailpasses’’ are available. You can get them for 8,15,21 or 30 days. They can be bought mainly from the railway ticket offices and travel agencies in Poland. Details: http://www.railchoice.co.uk/polandrail/information.asp?aid=273&prodid=15

Children who are under four years of age travel free, however, those aged between 4 and 10 pay half fare.
 
Railway tickets
 
In Wroclaw tickets can be bought at the railway stations or from Orbis Travel Agency in the Market Square. However, they should be bought before embarking on the train. Otherwise, you will be fined. To avoid such an unpleasant situation, it is advisable to look for the ticket inspector in the first passenger carriage as soon as you get on the train. However, bear in mind the fact that the ticket will cost more as you pay the fare plus PLN 2.80 (up to 100 km) or PLN 5.80 (more than 100 km).
 
Discounts are offered to students under 26, however, only to Polish citizens.

Complete train timetable is available in English at:

Telephone information services:
PKP information: 9436, 717 33 33
 
 

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