Public transport in Krakow
Arriving in any foreign city, much less the country, we plan to spend some time examining these or other attractions and attending the planned facilities. Someone does, by renting a car, someone buys the hotel or travel agency ready tours or excursions, and someone is doing on their own, trying as much as possible to feel the atmosphere and the normal life of the city or the country to which he had come.
If you decide to choose the latter method, the important factor is the understanding and knowledge of the characteristics of urban and suburban public transport network in the city, where you are going to visit. This will save you time, take into account the different nuances in advance and determine for themselves some of the key moments during the movement between the objects that are scheduled to attend.
Today I will tell about the local and regional public transport in Krakow, Poland, which has recently been, having had two days to see a lot and collect a huge amount of photographic material for publication. Perhaps someone who is planning his trip to this city, this information will be useful
Let's start with the suburban network - trains and shuttle buses.
Krakow's main railway station is called Dworzec Główny. There is and railway and bus station. From the railway station for trains, commuter trains and express train to the Cracow International Airport. Before entering the tunnel, on the right, a ticket service. The very entrance to the tunnel is strongly reminiscent of our stations - all surrounded by trays with the press and a snack.
Access to one of the platforms. Only here you can count 5 fluorescent lamps. Everywhere surveillance camera hanging.
Railway Express to the airport or rail bus. It runs every 30 minutes and its stop is located 350 meters from the main airport terminal. travel time to the airport is 20 minutes, fare - 20 PLN (about 5 euros)
Many vehicles have a manual door opening systems. He came up, put his hand to touch or regular button - the door opened. In my opinion, it is very convenient for both winter and summer. Winter car inside cools down, and in the summer it does not come out of the cooled conditioned air. Immediately reminded of our trains with the eternally frozen for lobbies
Next on the platform stands a suburban train, which in appearance is much longer than modern rail bus. Once inside, we compare with our train.
Train for people. Simple but comfortable. Comfortable soft seat, net curtains, small space between the doors, only to 4-row seats
For the convenience of buying tickets and avoid queues at the ticket offices everywhere on the platform installed ticket machines with detailed instructions correctly select the desired ticket and directions, as well as of its purchase. There are several types of trains - some go as express routes, stopping only at major stations, and some - osobowe - at all stations along the route and go a lot longer.
Scoreboard transition assistance at the station
The standard scheme of assistance to transport use, which can be found at every turn. Here is a very detailed account of how to get to the airport, there are trains traffic pattern, their schedule and tariff system. The tariff is divided into three zones depending on the distance of travel. Cost of the ticket for zones - 3, 5; 6, 30 and 8, 70 PLN. So, a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine will cost you 3, 5 zloty (about € 1). Incidentally, tickets have the duration - 2 hours for the first zone 4 - for the second, 6 - for the third. The time starts as soon as you punched ticket.
E. You can go to any station, half an hour to walk there and on the next train to go further at no additional cost. The main thing - to fit in the time ticket.
In general, it should be said that the information component in Krakow excellent, as it should be in any tourist town. Many plates, icons and pointers. Everything is clear and legible.
Next to the railway / train station - the central bus station. The building is small, as in any our city - nemillionnike.
This is only within the station is quite different. The first thing that caught my eye - is not the usual crowd in the hall and around the ticket office.
Information board with the schedule of flights. To say that a lot of them - to say nothing. They are a huge amount of
Photo to understand the size of the schedule.
Here, alongside another information display, it displays the next flights that depart.
Cash works very quickly, over a window located information display, which displays information about upcoming flights. Since we are going to go to Auschwitz, buying a ticket for the next bus. Tickets cost 12 zlotys (about 3 euros)
The landing platform located on two levels: the top - in the bus station building level and below. From here flights go near directions. Buses tend to be of small size and only bus service to the ski resort of Zakopane all the big, t. To. Going there almost continuous stream of people with weight equipment and luggage.
Our bus to Auschwitz. Normal bus. By the way, many do not buy a ticket at the box office and buy directly from the driver. It is worth considering. If you have a ticket - you need to push through the crowd of students and local residents, showing the ticket to enter first. Otherwise, perhaps, you will stand.
The driver, a ticket selling, issues a receipt with a small terminal mounted on the dashboard, and not because we simply puts money in your pocket, in fact deceiving employer.
In Krakow urban transport is represented by buses (120 routes), trams (23 routes) and taxis.
The traffic starts at about five o'clock in the morning, and ends a little after eleven pm.
However, on some routes ply and night buses.
Intervals of traffic on a weekday usually do not exceed 15 minutes. Walks transport with a fairly high speed. The city authorities have adopted the concept of "higher speed - less rolling stock". So do not forget to hold on to the handrails, particularly on bends.
urban transport network is quite dense. At each stop hanging schedule for each route.
When the tram stop is in front forked paths, signs with route numbers are grouped depending on where then turn trams, and placed next to a sign with an arrow indicating the direction of motion. It is very convenient for orientation.
By the way, the schedule of public transport are also available online at the city's transport company in Krakow. Schedule is very detailed and clear, so you can plan your trip in advance, linking them on the map with the desired objects to visit
Information board, which indicates how many minutes are left until the arrival of a route. Very comfortably. You know in advance that you have 15 minutes, for example, to buy a bottle of water at a shop near the bus stop
Stop, as well as railway platforms, equipped with vending machines for tickets
At each stop hanging urban transport scheme, the schedule for each route on weekdays, Saturday and Sunday holidays. Schedule is always exactly observed. However, sometimes due to the traffic jams in the city center late do occur.
In addition to the departure time specified in the schedule as the main point on the route.
In Krakow, there are four main types of buses. What type of which belongs can be determined by the first digit route number: Urban (regular) with indices №100-199 and 400-499; Suburban (for which you need to buy special tickets) numbers №200-299; express (przyspieszone) - №500-599) and night - №600-699.
The special buses hanging scoreboard, which in turn lights up the route number, initial and final stop, the current time and Birthdays today.
Information on the cost of tickets. In Krakow you can buy a ticket either on 1 trip (without transplantation) or a ticket for a certain time without limiting the number of transfers. What to buy a ticket depends on the time and route. If you have to go long without a transplant, buy a regular ticket for 3, 80 PLN, and if you need to drive only a couple of stops - ticket for 15 minutes at 2, 80, if you need to go for an hour transfers, take a ticket for 5 zlotys. There are also tickets for a day, three days a week. The time starts to be counted from the time immediately inside the composting tram or bus. Krakow is also divided into zones - urban and suburban. The suburban fares higher
A detailed bus schedule on weekdays, weekends and holidays. Schedule observed very clearly.
Rolling Cracow public transport in very good condition. At least, I did not caught the eye of any openly old tram or bus
Inside the car Cracow tram. Immediately evident that he is not designed to carry a large number of standing passengers.
Information display, which shows the route number, stop the current and two subsequent ones. Stop here no one declares, so to control where you need to go out on their own.
Composter, which puts on the ticket stamped when you recorded it as a used one. If you buy a ticket, "Time", from that moment began his countdown.
in each cabin tram and bus vending machine Ticket. In contrast, those who stand at the bus stop, mobile machines do not accept paper money, coins only. To this we must be prepared.
When passengers slightly, trams and buses are not all the doors open automatically. Then for the output or input press the button on the side of the door. It is not necessary to wait until the tram stop, remember and pressing equipment made in advance.
The same applies if you wait for a tram at the stop. It will stop with the doors closed. To enter, you need to press the button near the door or bring a hand to the sensor.
Another type of urban transport - Tourism electric vehicles. They can take a ride on the main tourist routes of the city under audiorasskaz guide
Individual attention and subways. As at the train station in the tunnels, it's clean, no homeless people and beggars.
Login to the public toilet in the underpass.
Finally, a few words about the terminal for domestic flights the Krakow airport. In contrast to the international terminal, it is just a big hangar with seats for waiting, a couple of stalls and a clock.
5.19 am, we expect a flight to Warsaw.
The shuttle to the aircraft. Passengers on the morning flight to the capital a little bit.
A small Polish Airlines Embraer for half an hour will take you to the capital - in the Chopin International Airport ..