Located on the Baltic Sea, Gdansk is the fourth largest city in Poland and its major port. While Gdansk is a center for transportation and commerce, it’s also a very historic area dating back to the tenth century and more recently as the birthplace of the breakup of the U.S.S.R.
Getting to Gdansk
The Lech Wałęsa International Airport services many commercial and charter flights daily. In addition to being a hub for LOT the national airline of Poland, the airport also has daily flights from the UK, Germany and other European countries. Only about 6 miles from the center of the city, there is a very efficient PKM rail line or via bus. Both are easy to find and inexpensive at about $10 USD. Taxis are available but make sure you take one from the stand. A standard fare is about $20 USD from the airport to city center.
Europe has an extensive rail service and all the major rail lines connect to get to Gdansk. There is direct service from Warsaw, Krakow and newly added express service from Berlin plus connections from other European cities as part of the Eurail system.
Ferry service from Stockholm via the Stena Line operates three times a week and takes about 10 hours for the crossing. The ferries are full service with cabins for sleeping and a restaurant. The arrival port is in the city between the famous shipbuilding site and transportation hub.
Driving to Gdansk is very easy with two very well maintained highways that connect to Lodz and Warsaw in the south about 3.5 hours away.
Getting around in Gdansk
The city itself is very compact and connected by a public tram that also connects downtown with far suburbs. For a visitor, the most valuable is connection to Oliwa district (tram No 6, 12, 15) and to the beaches of the Baltic Sea in Jelitkowo. Tickets can be purchased from newsstands and ticket kiosks located around the city. There are also commuter trains that can take you to the seaside towns of Sopot and Gdynia. Make sure you validate your ticket before boarding the trams.
If your time in Gdansk is limited to the downtown area that includes old town the easiest way to get around is to walk. Many of the streets are pedestrian only which is why you see bikers walking their bikes near the markets on Long street and elsewhere.
During the spring and summer months, you can take a ferry tram to Hel, a seaside town on a sandbar in the Baltic.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about transportation in Gdansk.