Public transport in Gdansk, Oops how do I get to Gdansk and how to get around? Vero and Gautham went through these too
Contributor: Veronica [Costa Rica] & Gautham [India]
Vero: Congratulations on making it to your second year of MathMods! Gdańsk is beautiful city on the north coast of Poland, part of a group of three interconnected cities referred to as the Tricity area or Trojmiasto that includes Gdynia, Sopot and Gdańsk. The following is just a simple guide to help you along on your moving to this wonderful area.
How to get around
It’s very easy to get around in Gdańsk. Just like in Hamburg, there’s a very useful website and app that you can download called Jakdojade. Configure it to Trojmiasto and you’re good to go (http://trojmiasto.jakdojade.pl/). FYI: the website works better than the app since, sometimes, the app doesn’t show all available options.
Trams/Night Buses: These are the most common ways of transportation within Gdańsk. You can purchase your ticket from machines located at selected stations or just purchase it from the driver when at a stop. There are two types of tickets: Single trip (3 PLN) and 90 min (3.6 PLN) tickets. If you purchase from the driver you can only get 90 min tickets. Trams run mostly from 5:00 to 00:00. Night buses go from 23:00 to 4:00.
SKM Trains: They allow you to go back and forth between Gdynia, Sopot and Gdańsk. You can buy the ticket from stands near the station (you need to validate before boarding), machines at the stations (don’t need to validate) or from the driver (be sure to hop on the first wagon).
PKP/Other Trains: Useful to come from and to the airport, and areas beyond Tricity. Tickets can be bought at the station, machines or aboard the train. Beware that buying the ticket aboard the train has an additional fee. You can buy the tickets and check for schedules at www.intercity.pl/en.
Once you get your student card from the university, you can purchase all tickets with a 51% student discount. That is, as long as you’re under 26 years old. Otherwise, you must pay regular price. Controllers do check for this aboard trains, trams not so much. Fine: up to 30 euros (yes, euros. Please don’t ask how I know ).
Oops how do I get to Gdansk
Gautham: Lets now talk about getting to Gdansk. Most people hopefully will go to Gdansk from Hamburg. And the best way is fly if you don’t have that many luggage. But if you do have some, it is going to be a really expensive ordeal to get there.
Lets go through the different ways, the flight, there are cheap Wizzair flight from Lubeck to Gdansk directly but not everyday, also it is going to be expensive if you don’t know the exact date for going as well because well frankly neither of the airports are that famous destinations.
The next option is train, of coarse you can say this is the second fastest and maybe a little too expensive as well, because when I tried it showed a minimum of 100Euros from hamburg to Gdansk. So for cheap miser person like me especially with a lot of luggage the only option was the bus. I just went to the main bus stop in Hamburg(ZOB) and looked inside and I saw many many many bus lines running between Hamburg and Gdansk few of them which I couldn’t even find on Internet. The general price range is 30-40Euros and add another 5 euros for every extra bag you have. So being the miser, mr. late that I am, I took that and enjoyed the night bus till Gdansk. And yeah one more thing they might play some Polish movies on the bus just ignore and sleep.