Gdańsk, with its maritime traditions spanning a thousand years, has always been considered the Poland’s window to the world, whether in economic, mercantile, or cultural aspects. Today, Gdańsk is still firmly connected with the world, thanks to a catalog of travelling opportunities by air, train, bus, ferry or car. Before travelling, however, please make sure to check visa requirements.
It is probably the most obvious choice for the majority of travelers. Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport is among the largest and busiest airports in Poland. It is located about 12 km from the city centre, and well-communicated with the rest of the city and its metropolitan area by means of urban railway (PKM), bus routes, taxi services, or private hotel shuttles.
Gdańsk airport boasts an extensive network of flight connections run by Eurowings, Finnair, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian, LOT, Ryanair, SAS, SWISS and WizzAir, connecting the city across Europe and with major international hubs like Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Munich. Thus, acting in advance, there shouldn’t be problems with sensible organization of the trip.
Gdańsk is well-connected to other Polish cities by train, e.g. 3 hours from Warsaw or 6 from Cracow. The main railway station (Gdańsk Główny) is located in the very centre of the city. Available connections can be checked and tickets purchased at the PKP Intercity site.
An underpass away from the main railway station is the main bus station of Gdańsk. However, buses coming to and from Gdańsk, while numerous, sometimes start or end their routes at different locations, so it is advised to consult the details at dedicated sites, like this one.
Gdańsk has a long maritime tradition. There is a regular ferry connection between Gdańsk and Nynäshamn in Sweden and between Gdynia and the Swedish Karlskrona.
The quality of Polish road network is increasing. Nevertheless, the rate of accidents is still relatively high. Three European routes reach Gdańsk: E28, E75, E77. The “Amber” paid highway A1 connects Gdańsk with the Poland’s south.
To drive in Poland, one needs its native driving license or in specific cases an international driving license. Also, a vehicle’s liability insurance is needed. For more details look here.
As the signatory of the Schengen Agreement, Poland is part of the Schengen Area – the world’s largest visa-free zone with 27 European countries that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders. The Schengen Visa allows travelers to stay up to 90 days for business or tourist purposes in the Schengen Area. Depending on particular countries’ agreements with the Schengen member states, please check if you need to obtain a Schengen Visa before travelling to Europe.