Travelling in Poland is very easy. International flights are operated by airports among others in Warsaw, Gdansk, Katowice, Lodz, Poznan, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Wroclaw, Krakow, Rzeszow and Lublin. The main airport in Poland is Warsaw’s Fryderyk Chopin Airport. You can take a bus to cities and to most smaller towns that have no rail connections. There is also minibus service offered by scores of carriers. PKP Intercity and Przewozy Regionalne operate railway long-haul connections, while regional carriers take passengers for shorter distances. The fastest train is Pendolino (designated for longer distance).
Renting a car
There are some restrictions when renting a car as a foreigner. Each rental company has different rules. Therefore you will have to search and compare the companies to define what you need. Most companies will not rent a car to anyone under 25 years old. If a company does rent to such a person, he/she is most likely to be charged a higher rate and required to purchase extra insurance. If you are over 70 years old you might be also very difficult to rent a car in Poland.
To rent a car in Poland you must present an internationally valid license or a license from the EU. People from the United States and Canada can use an International Driver’s Permit (IDP).
In Poland there is a wide choice of hotels. Their quality depends on their standard but usually you will meet a very good or good quality, with TV, bathroom and other facilities in the room. Usually breakfast is included. There also hostels available. Accomodation in hotels or hostels is still generally lower than in Western Europe. Hotels in the centre of big cities are the most expensive.
In big cities you will find lots of restaurants. There are also many small cafes offering coffee, tea, juices, sandwiches etc. You can meet them very often especially in big cities. Milk bars are the chapest choice. You can order there traditional and ordinary Polish food.
The public transportation system in Poland is easy. Depending on the size of the city you can find buses, trams and trolleybuses. Metro is only in Warsaw. Poland is quite advanced when it comes to handicapped transportation. There are many different bus lines in big cities, connecting every point throughout. In smaller cities, there will be less lines available. Trams are available throughout the day. The subway is only available in Warsaw. This service runs from 5am to 1am Sunday through Thursday, and from 5am to 3am at the weekend. It is allowed to carry luggage, bicycles and animals on the metro. Urban rapid rail service SKM is a rapid rail service and runs over two zones. This is also only available in Warsaw.
Tickets are available at newspapers stands, from machines marked with the word "Bilety". It is often complicated to purchase a ticket onboard, therefore you should buy tickets beforehand. It is possible for students to get discounted tickets.
All public transportation services are readily equipped to handle wheelchairs. Metro validation machines are available by the disabled lifts in the metro stations.