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Trains in Poland

 

Use trains in Poland to explore all of this wonderfully diverse country. Travel to the Baltic coast in the north and the Tatra mountains in the south. Poland's national passenger rail network links all the major cities including Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk. Its trains connect you to all these affordable and fun destinations.

 

Train types in Poland

There is a great choice of domestic and international trains in Poland. You can get times for all Polish trains in the Interrail timetable. Furthermore, PKP Intercity also has a lot of information about how to use Interrail in Poland. See here.

Map with main train connections in Poland

Intercity trains in Poland

The majority of passenger trains in Poland are operated by PKP Intercity, the Polish State Railways.

 

Express InterCity Premium (EIP)

  • Operates on important North-South corridor:
    • Gdánsk-Warsaw-Krakow/Katowice/Wroclaw
  • Speeds up to 200km/h
  • Reservation with a supplement is mandatory (costs are 43 PLN / 10 EUR)
  • Additional supplement is required
  • Popular trains, worth reserving your seat well in advance

 

Express InterCity (EIC)

  • Operates on important domestic routes
  • Speeds up to 160km/h
  • Most luxurious and modern Intercity rolling stock
  • Seat reservations are recommended

 

Intercity (IC) and Twoje Linie Kolejowe (TLK)

  • Link major cities in Poland 
  • Includes day- and overnight services 
  • A list of IC and TLK connections can be found here
  • Seat reservations (1,00 PLN) are mandatory for selected trains 
    • These trains are marked with [R] in the timetable. 
  • In other IC and TLK trains (seating cars), a seat reservation is recommended.

 

Regional trains in Poland

 

POLREGIO (Przewozy Regionalne)

 

  • REGIO (R)
    • Local trains stopping at all stations along their routes
    • 2nd class only
    • No reservation required
  • InterRegio (IR)
    • Operates on the route Łódź to Warsaw, stopping at medium and major stations along the way
    • 2nd class only
    • No reservation required

 

 

Koleje Dolnośląskie (Os)

  • English: Lower Silesian Railways.

  • Regional trains operating in southwestern Poland.

  • No reservation required. 

    Please note: the Kulturzug, the direct train between Wroclaw (Breslaw) and Berlin, is not included

 

PKP Szybka Kolej Miejska w Trójmieście Sp. z o.o.

  • Alternative name: SKM w Trójmiescie

  • Regional trains operating in Poland's Tricity area (Gdańsk – Sopot – Gdynia – Rumia – Reda – Wejherowo – Lębork).

 

Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna

  • No reservation required
  • ŁKA Sprinter, the direct train between Łódź and Warszawa, is not included

International trains in Poland

EuroCity (EC) and Intercity (IC)

  • International trains on major routes connecting Poland to cities in neighbouring countries.
  • An advance reservation is required.
  • Routes currently running:
    • Warsaw – Poznan – Berlin
    • Warsaw – Katowice – Ostrava – Prague
    • Gdánsk – Bydgoszcz – Poznan – Berlin
    • (Przemysl –) Krakow – Katowice – Wroclaw – Berlin
    • Przemysl – Krakow – Katowice – Ostrava – Prague
    • Przemysl – Krakow – Katowice – Vienna – Graz
    • (Wroclaw –) Katowice – Vienna  
    • Krakow – Bohumin – Vienna 
    • Warsaw – Katowice - Vienna
    • Terespol – Warsaw – Katowice – Bratislava – Budapest
    • Krakow – Warsaw – Mockava – Kaunas – Vilnius

 

The international service Krakow – Vilnius is split in Mockava: 

  • A Polish train runs Krakow – Warsaw – Mockava
  • A Lithuanian train runs Mockava – Kaunas – Vilnius

Seat reservations can currently only be booked online for the Polish section of the train until the border station Trakiszki.

 

 

Intercity Krakow – Warsaw – Kaunas – Vilnius

  • Passengers change trains in Mockava, at the Lithuanian-Polish border.
  • A Polish train runs Krakow – Warsaw – Mockava.
  • A Lithuanian train runs Mockava – Kaunas – Vilnius.
  • Trains run daily.
  • Reservations are required:
    • For the section between Krakow/Warsaw and the Polish border station Trakiszki, reservations can be bought online in the Interrail reservation system and via PKP Intercity.
    • For the section between Mockava and Kaunas/Vilnius, a free interrail supplement is needed. This supplement can be acquired on the train.

 

Regional international connections

  • International trains on regional routes connecting Poland to cities in neighbouring countries, such as Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • An advance reservation is not possible.

 

Leo Express

  • Serves several Polish cities twice a week
  • Krakow – Katowice – Ostrava – Prague
  • Seat reservation is required, but for free

 

RegioJet Bus

  • RegioJet, based in the Czech Republic, runs a connection bus service from Krakow and Katowice to Ostrava (Czech Republic) with a guaranteed change to RegioJet trains in direction to Olomouc and Prague and also to Košice and Tatra mountains in Slovakia.
  • The RegioJet bus is included in the Interrail Global Pass.
  • Reservations are required (€3 for a seat for 1st and 2nd Class Pass holders) and can be made online.

Domestic night trains in Poland

  • Domestic overnight trains.
  • Links major cities in Poland.
  • You need to reserve sleeping accommodation or a seat on this train in advance.
  • Routes currently running:
    • Warsaw – Szczecin – Swinoujscie
    • Warsaw – Wroclaw – Jelenia Gora
    • Swinoujscie – Szczecin – Krakow – Przemysl
    • Kolobrzeg – Gdynia – Gdansk – Krakow
    • Gdynia – Gdansk – Warsaw – Zakopane
    • Szczecin – Poznan – Zakopane (summer only)
    • Hel – Gdynia – Gdansk – Krakow (summer only)

 

International night trains in Poland

Euro Night (EN)

  • International overnight trains.
  • Links Poland with Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria.
  • You need to reserve sleeping accommodation or a seat on this train in advance.
  • Routes currently running:
    • Warsaw – Krakow – Katowice – Bratislava – Budapest
    • Warsaw – Krakow – Katowice – Vienna –Linz – Munich 
    • Warsaw – Krakow – Katowice – Ostrava – Prague  
    • Berlin – Dresden – Prague – Vienna – Graz 
    • Berlin – Dresden – Prague – Bratislava – Budapest

 

RegioJet

  • International overnight trains. 
  • Links Poland with the Czech Republic. 
  • You need to reserve sleeping accommodation or a seat on this train in advance. 
  • Routes currently included for Passholders: 
    • Przemysl – Krakow – Katowice – Prague

Private train companies in Poland

Arriva RP

  • Operating in mid-northern Poland.

  • You can't board these trains with a rail pass.

 

SKM and WKD

  • Commuter railways operating in the Warsaw region.

  • You can't board these trains with a rail pass.

 

Popular connections

Here are approximate train times between Poland's most popular cities:

Route Which train? Duration Reservations
Warsaw to Krakow EIP / EIC / IC / TLK 2h 30m / 4h Required / Recommended
Warsaw to Wroclaw EIP / EIC / IC / TLK 3h 30m / 4h 30m Required / Recommended
Warsaw to Gdansk EIP / EIC / IC / TLK 2h 30m / 3h 10m Required / Recommended
Warsaw to Poznan EIP / IC / TLK 2h 30m / 3h Required / Recommended
Warsaw to Katowice     EIP / EIC / IC / TLK 2h 30m / 3h Required / Recommended
Wrocław to Sczcecin EIC / IC 5h 20m / 5h 50m Required / Recommended
Krakow to Wrocław  IC / TLK 3h Required / Recommended
Krakow to Gdansk EIP / EIC / IC / TLK 5h Required / Recommended
Krakow to Poznan IC / TLK 5h Required / Recommended
Warsaw to Olsztyn IC 2h 40m Required
Szczecin to Gdánsk IC 4h 40m Required
Wroclaw to Gdánsk IC / TLK 5h Required / Recommended

Modern, air-conditioned international trains link Poland to popular cities in the following European countries:

Route Which train? Duration Reservations
Warsaw to Berlin (Germany) EuroCity 5h 50m Required
Warsaw to Budapest (Hungary) EuroCity / Euro Night 11h 25m / 12h 50m (overnight) Required
Warsaw to Prague (Czech Republic) EuroCity 8h 30m (overnight) Required
Warsaw to Vienna (Austria) EuroCity / Euro Night 7h 15m / 11h 10m (overnight) Required
Wrocław to Dresden (Germany) trilex regional train 4h Not required

 

Reservations

How can I make reservations for trains in Poland?

Interrail reservation self-service system

  • Interrail
  • TLK, IC, EC, EIC, Nightjet, Euro Night

Administration costs when booking through Interrail self-service

  • € 2,- p.p.per train
  • Additional € 9,- per order (for paper tickets)

With railway carriers

Other platforms

  • Polrail: Domestic and international trains    

An explanation of how each booking platform works can be found here: How do I book my reservations

 

Locally at the train station in Poland

Seat reservations made at Polish train stations cost 1 Zloty per seat, same as via the website of PKP Intercity (Polish railways). EIP trains still require an extra supplement.

 

Find information about official selling points here.

 

Good to know

  • PKP Intercity
    • EIP – a seat reservation (43,00 PLN) is mandatory (this includes the supplement cost)
    • EIC – a seat reservation (3,00 PLN) is recommended
    • IC and TLK – a seat reservation (3,00 PLN) is mandatory for selected trains
      • You can find the list of these connections here.
      • These trains are marked with [R] in the timetable.
      • In other IC and TLK trains (seating cars), a seat reservation is recommended.
    • POLREGIO, PKP SKM and Koleje Dolnośląskie – seat reservations are not available.
    • On the PKP Intercity website detailed information on the rules for booking seats in Poland can be found.
 

Get your Pass for Poland

Interrail Poland Pass

 
  • Offers you extensive train travel within Poland

  • Discounts available for youth, senior and families

  • Prices from € 58

 

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Interrail Global Pass

 
  • Travel by train as much as you like in 33 European countries including Poland

  • Discounts available for youth, senior and families

  • Prices from € 212

 

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