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Gdańsk

Getting there & away

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Water

Ferry

Polferries (058 620 8761; www.polferries.pl) operates car ferries from Gdańsk Nowy Port to Nynäshamn in Sweden (adult/concession Skr670/560, 18 hours, up to four times weekly). Information, bookings and tickets can be obtained from Orbis and other travel agents.

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Land

Bus

Gdańsk’s PKS terminal is right behind the central train station, and linked by an underground passageway. Buses are handy for regional destinations, which seldom, or never, have trains.

There’s one morning bus directly to Frombork (16zł, three hours); alternatively, you can take any of the frequent buses to Elbląg (13zł, 1½ hours) and change there. Five buses head to Krynica Morska via Sztutowo (11zł, 1½ hours), with an additional eight departures per day from July to October. Four fast buses go to Olsztyn daily (26zł, four hours) and one to Lidzbark Warmiński (22zł to 26zł, three to 3½ hours). From June to August there are three fast buses daily to Łeba (22zł, 2½ hours); otherwise head for Lębork (19zł, 2¼ hours, five daily) and change there.

For the Kaszuby region, there are regular buses travelling to Kartuzy (12zł, one hour) and 15 daily services to Kościerzyna (9zł, 1¾ hours).

The private bus company Polski Express also connects to Warsaw twice a day (42zł to 48zł).

There are plenty of connections from Gdańsk to Western European cities; travel agencies (including Almatur and Orbis) have information and sell tickets. PKS buses travel twice-daily (except Sunday) to Kaliningrad (32zł, five hours), and daily to Vilnius (149zł, 16 hours) via Olsztyn.

Train

The main train station, Gdańsk Główny, on the western outskirts of the Old Town, handles all incoming and outgoing traffic. Note the station building itself, with the distinctive ‘winged wheels’ atop its roof; it’s another historic monument that has been restored to its former glory.

Almost all long-distance trains to/from the south originate and terminate in Gdynia, while trains running along the coast to western destinations start in Gdańsk and stop at Gdynia en route. Timetables show departure times from all the main Tri-City stations – ­ensure you look at the correct column.

Gdańsk is a busy railway junction, with 18 services to Warsaw daily (82zł, 4½ hours). Trains go at least twice an hour to Malbork (16zł, 45 minutes), including seven fast trains daily to Olsztyn (34zł, 2½ hours). If you’re travelling these routes and don’t plan on stopping in Malbork, make sure your camera is ready as you pass the castle.

There are four fast trains to Wrocław (52zł, 7½ hours); they all go through Bydgoszcz (33zł, two hours) and Poznań (46zł, four hours). There are also six trains to Toruń (38zł, 3½ hours), and five to Szczecin (49zł, 5½ hours). For Łeba, take one of the frequent trains to Lębork (20zł, 1½ hours) and change there.

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Air

Lech Wałęsa airport (058 348 1163; www.airport.gdansk.pl) is in Rębiechowo, 14km west of Gdańsk. The LOT office (058 301 1161; Wały Jagiellońskie 2/4) is next to the Upland Gate.

The only domestic flights are with LOT to Warsaw (at least four times daily), but the airport has seen a massive increase over the last few years in international flights, particularly those operated by low-cost European airlines. Destinations served by more than one airline are Frankfurt via LOT and Ryanair (at least twice daily); Munich via LOT and Lufthansa (at least twice daily); Dublin via Centralwings and Ryanair (up to six weekly); and London via Wizz Air and Ryanair (up to three daily).

There are also direct international connections via SAS to Copenhagen (up to three daily); via LOT to Hamburg (daily); with Wizz Air to Cologne (three weekly), Cork (three weekly), Dortmund (daily), Glasgow (three weekly), Hamburg (four weekly), Liverpool (five weekly), Malmö (three weekly), Sheffield (four weekly) and Stockholm (four weekly); via Centralwings to Edinburgh (up to four weekly), Rome (three weekly) and Shannon (twice weekly); and via Norwegian to Oslo (three weekly).

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