From mountain ranges to its ancient cities, train travel offers the possibility to travel the length and breadth of this magnificent country. With your Interrail pass - explore the charming city of Krakow, energetic Warsaw and the endless stretch of white sand beaches in the Baltic coast, near Gdansk. Definitely, Poland has something spectacular to offer at every turn.
Travelling by train in Poland
Poland quick facts
Population: 38.2 million
Currency: Zloty (PLN)
Dialing code: +48
Trains in Poland
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Places to visit
A painful past
Poland’s most important sight and one of the world’s most powerful symbols of inhumanity is the Auschwitz German Nazi concentration camp. Within the walls of Auschwitz-Birkenau around 1.6 million Jews were killed in Adolph Hitler’s attempt of genocide. Join a guided tour around the two camps and see the prison blocks and gas chambers where so many lost their lives. You’ll also see the glass cabinets displaying the findings after liberation: suitcases, shoes, glasses and women’s hair. The tour also includes a visit to the nearby Birkenau camp. It is at this camp you can see the railway line that transported the victims to their death.
To reach Auschwitz take a train from Krakow to Oświęcim. Once there it is a 10-minute taxi ride to the site.
One of Poland’s most untouched nature spots is Białowieża National Park. It’s the oldest and largest remaining area of original lowland forest in Europe and is home to the European bison – the continent’s heaviest land animal. Take a leisurely stroll around this forested-area or if you’re feeling energetic hire a bike. Laid out along the Baltic coast is Slowiński National Park – home to a nature reserve with stretches of vast sand dunes. Enjoy via one of the walking trails..
To reach Białowieża National Park take a train to Bialystok and from there take a short taxi ride to the park. Take the train to Leba and then take a bus or taxi to the Slowiński National Park
Charismatic castles and mysterious mines
A fascinating place to visit is Malbork Castle in the north of Poland. The country has plenty of great fortifications but this one, built by the Teutonic Knights, outshines them all. Plus this UNESCO-listed fortress is Europe’s biggest Gothic example. Just outside Kraków are the famed Wieliczka Salt Mines – a producer of salt since the thirteenth century. Follow a tour around the deep salt chambers and be impressed by the abundace of hand carvings – especially impressive is St Kinga’s Chapel with extravagent salt-carved chandeliers.
Malbork Castle is in walking distance of the Malbork train station, which is a 45-minute train ride from Gdańsk. To reach the Wieliczka Salt Mine take a train to Wieliczka Rynek train station and from there you can take a bus.
Polish powder paradise
Zakopane is Poland’s favourite mountain resort, located in the heart of the Tatras mountains. During snow-season join the Poles for some good-value winter sport action. The mountain ascent is exciting in itself, as the cable car is Europe’s oldest and longest. There are other adrenaline-pumping activities on offer, including snowmobiling and quad biking, plus the aprés-ski is thriving. Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, in Poland’s south has a dramatic rocky landscape of Jurassic limestone cliffs, valleys and equisite rock formations. Go rock climbing, hiking, biking and venture into one of the 200 caves in the area.
Zakopane’s train station is a 10-minute walk from the centre. To reach the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, take the train to Częstochowa and from there take a bus.
Warsaw: A new city
Poland’s capital has seen more than its fair share of suffering and misery, but over the last decades the city has been rebuilt and things are looking up. Gaze across Warsaw’s (Warszawa) vista and be amazed by the abundance of communist-era concrete houses and buildings. In WWII Hitler ordered his army to tear the whole city down. Sadly he succeeded in destroying 85% of Poland’s capital and killing thousands of Poles. Visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, where you’ll receive a detailed account of the atrocities that unfolded and the eventual door to liberation.
The Warsaw Uprising Museum is a 15-minute walk from the main train station.
Krakow traditionally celebrated the high point of summer with pagan rituals and old-world style. Today, bonfires, fairs, fireworks and especially a lot of music make this an unforgettable event.
The festival site is located at the banks of Vistula River, next to the Wawel castle. It's a 30-min walk from the central train station to the castle, which lies in the heart of the old city centre.
More than 15,000 people are expected to attend this 3-day music festival. Celebrating independent and world music, with a heavy emphasis on electronica, the city of Płock comes alive with music.
Plock is a 3-hr train ride from Warsaw.
Interrail passes for Poland
Most popular passes with Poland
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The Interrail Poland Pass takes you to the highlights of Poland like Kraków, Warsaw and Gdansk.View Interrail Poland Pass
All Interrail passes with Poland
Here's a list of all Interrail passes for your travels through this country: