Trains to Polonia
National rail operator
Facts about Poland
- Currency: Zloty (PLN)
- Timezone: 1+ UTC
- Language: Polish
Poland was for so long pinched by the great powers (Prussia, Russia and the Habsburg Empire) which jostled at its borders and often occupied its territory. Now assertively independent, this large central European country is an eastern bulwark of the European Union, sharing common borders with the Russian Federation, Belarus and Ukraine. Visitors discover a rich Jewish and Slavic history, a vibrant arts scene and a food culture that goes well beyond the proverbial meat and potatoes.
While Poland's great cities (particularly Kraków) are rightly celebrated in the mainstream media, it's really worth venturing beyond those showpiece tourist centres. Discover tantalising mountain landscapes in Bieszczady National Park (in the south-east corner of the country) or make time for the picture-perfect town of Zamość where the late-Renaissance central area is one of Europe's most exquisitely beautiful townscapes.
Poland is traversed by great rail routes linking the east and west of Europe; the country has a decent domestic rail network, albeit one that in some areas cries out for modernisation and investment. From London, Paris and Amsterdam, most itineraries to Poland are routed via Berlin, so you may want to consider stopping off for a night or two in the German capital. There are several express trains each day from Berlin to Poznan and Warsaw, as well as useful direct services to Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin.
There are also direct trains to both Warsaw and Kraków from Vienna, Budapest, Prague and many other cities in central Europe. New for 2019 are direct overnight trains to Polish Silesia from Budapest and Vienna, as well as better cross-border links between Poland and Germany.
We don't currently sell tickets for domestic train journeys wholly within Poland. But that should not deter you from exploring Poland by train. Rail travel is very cheap and tickets for most journeys within Poland can easily be purchased at the station before departure. Bear in mind that travel times may be slow, especially once you leave the main routes. Polish train timetables on many secondary routes may change three or four times each year, often at short notice.