Автобусы в Poland
General information about Poland
Buses in Poland
Buses are widely used in Poland as a means of transportation; there are long-distance lines connecting the cities and towns in the country.
The centre of activity in Poland is Warsaw, the capital city, from which one can reach any part of the country. Other important cities as centres of bus activity are also Białystok, Rzeszów, Lublin, Kielce and Kraków. The bus stations are generally located in the city center, near the railway station.
The bus network in Poland developed after World War II when trains connected only the big cities which meant that people could not reach smaller places and isolated destinations. The situation changed in the 1990s with the partial liberalisation of the market and the mass motorisation of Poland; bus transport became disorganised, the country’s largest bus company PKS was divided into many small companies.
From the middle of the 1990s, the situation started to change again, but for the better; PKS was, and still is, dominant, but many independent companies started to represent serious competition with low ticket prices.
Bus companies in Poland
A large selection of bus operators in Poland ensures low prices and an excellent network of connections. The dominant carriers are the following companies: Neobus, Szwagropol, Polonus, PKS Biłgoraj, Lajkonik, BP Tour and ExpressBus.
The Polish bus carrier market is very diverse - larger carriers dominate in the west of the country, offering a large number of bus routes, including to neighboring Germany. In turn, in the east of Poland the carrier market is very fragmented and served mainly by Ukrainian carriers who deal with international passenger transport
Neobus since 2003 mainly supports bus transport to the cities of Sanok, Krosno, Rzeszów and Warsaw, as well as to health resorts and tourist resorts such as: Iwonicz Zdrój, Rymanów, and Polańczyk. From 2013 the carrier also runs courses to larger cities, i.e. Kraków, Wrocław and Katowice.
Infobus serves over 30 cities throughout Poland, Polonus connects the capital of Warsaw with smaller cities, such as Wola, Wipek and Kalwaria. Infobus also supports international routes, for example Warsaw - Berlin or Warsaw - Prague routes.
On the Warsaw - Krakow, Warsaw - Wroclaw, Wroclaw - Krakow and Warsaw - Gdansk routes, you’ll find many inexpensive direct connections every day.
Szwagropol operates regular bus services in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship - 7 regular lines from Kraków to: Zakopane, Nowy Sącz, Bukowina Tatrzańska, Gorlice, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Krynica-Zdrój and through Krynica-Zdrój to Muszyna
Lajkonik operates within the Małopolskie and Śląskie Voivodships, serving mainly the Kraków - Oświęcim and Kraków - Bielsko-Biała - Cieszyn - Wisła routes
BP Tour serves most of the small towns around Lublin and Biała Podlaska
International bus transport from/to Poland
International bus transport to and from Poland works better than domestic transport.
Poland has very good connections with 26 European countries, some of which are France (Paris, Lyon, Grenoble), Germany (Bonn, Dortmund), Hungary (Budapest), Ukraine, the Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Austria and even Great Britain.
The largest bus company in Europe, Flixbus, is a market leader on both regional and international routes to and from Poland. The carrier based in Germany, known for its green buses, also serves over 14 destinations in Poland.
The situation with international transport in Poland is similar to the situation with domestic transport. The end of the 1980s was a turning point in the international bus market; the government gave up its monopoly on bus services, which opened the door for private companies.
When it comes to international connections, Sindbad, which deals mainly with international connections from Poland to Western Europe, offers connections to 28 European countries from over 230 Polish cities to over 530 European cities.
The Czech transport company Leo Express also operates several routes that stretch from Krakow in the south of Poland, up to the Baltic Sea coast. As for international connections, it supports routes Krakow - Ostrava and Lviv - Krakow - Ostrava.
The quality of bus service in Poland
The quality of buses and service in Poland depends on the company and the distance, but in general the buses are in good condition and equipped with air conditioning. Buses on international routes are more likely to have televisions, toilets, reclining seats and sometimes there is the possibility of buying food and drink.
If you are travelling within Poland, the driver may not speak English. On international routes he is more likely to speak a foreign language. Buses on international long-distance routes make one or more stops.
Bus ticket prices
Bus ticket prices in Poland are similar to train ticket prices, but often cheaper. Buses also have discounts for different categories of people such as children, students, pensioners. Prices also depend on the company.
With regard to tickets and seat reservations, it depends on the company and the station, so you will have to make sure before your trip.
Passengers can take their hand luggage for free, but if you take additional luggage, or large suitcases, you will usually have to pay a certain amount of money per piece of luggage; the price depends on the company, but some even allow free luggage (if it does not exceed the predetermined size).
Transporting animals and bicycles depends primarily on the company and whether there is sufficient space on the bus or in storage. In most cases you will have to pay extra to carry the bike; the price is decided by the companies themselves. If allowed, the animals are usually small and have to travel in their proper boxes and they have to have their passport if you travel abroad.
Attractions in Poland
Poland is one of the most underestimated holiday destinations in Europe. But the mix of beautiful and unspoilt natural landscapes as well as culturally and architecturally interesting cities makes Poland one of the most interesting destinations in Central Europe.
For nature lovers, the Krkonoše Mountains and the Carpathians offer all kinds of possibilities for hiking, mountaineering and skiing, and in the many national parks and lake landscapes of the country you can enjoy nature wonderfully.
Warsaw and Krakow are undoubtedly the most famous and most visited cities in Poland. Below we present some of the most important visits to Poland, which we recommend you not to miss. What to see in Warsaw
Warsaw is the largest city in the country, and has been the capital of Poland for over 400 years when King Sigismund III Vasa moved it from Krakow. Its historic centre, which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980, was completely destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising during World War II and is now the most attractive and emblematic area of the city.
During your visit, discover the most important attractions of Warsaw and meet two important figures in history, such as Frederic Chopin and Maria Curie, symbols of Warsaw and the country.
What to see in Krakow
Krakow was for 500 years the royal capital of Poland and is the city with the greatest history in the country. Like Warsaw, its historical centre has been recognised as a world heritage site and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
During a trip to the city you should not miss 18 obligatory attractions of Krakow such as Wawel, Kazimierz and Podgórze. We also recommend a visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camps and Salt Mines in Wieliczka.
Best tips for travelling to Poland are:
The official language of Poland is Polish, although in most tourist destinations they speak excellent English, so you will have no problems with it.
If you are going to travel by car through the country, it is recommended that you bring a GPS or a mobile application that is GPS, both online and offline.
You can travel perfectly by train or bus
Автобусы в Poland
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