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Rail from Krakow to Gdansk in July

Is anyone knowledgeable about using rail on a Friday in July this summer. We need to travel from Krakow to Gdansk and I am not finding much information.
We would prefer daytime travel, first class, with seat reservations, if possible.

Thank you.

Posted by
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Just look at any Friday train schedule in the next month or two and expect options to be similar, with several direct trains per day taking 5.5 hours. There may be schedule adjustments for summer, but usually not significant. You probably can't buy tickets more than two months ahead and wouldn't pay more than $100 per person [edit: 304 zloty] for reserved first class tickets, even on short notice. The railway site at https://rozklad-pkp.pl/en shuts down for maintenance a few afternoons (US time) per week.

Posted by
6073 posts

Just a simple Google search ("Polish rail") will locate the national Polish rail site, which is:
https://rozklad-pkp.pl/en
I don't know how many months in advance the schedule is posted though. Look at the price between first and second class and see if it's worth it, both are likely to be quite inexpensive. These are very new Pendolino trains (put into service just a few years ago, in 2014), I doubt second class is anything but really nice.

Posted by
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This is excellent help and I thank you. I did enter from Krakow to Gdansk, time and date. It is unable to give me information. There are several choices of rail stations to select in each city. I do not know which one to select.
In both situations, we will be city center, very close to the main square.

Are there any particular words that would be a clue as to which station I pick?

Thank you

Posted by
27 posts

I thought that might be the right station. Both locations listed that choice. Maybe it is just too early for a July Friday. I would think there is certainly rail service between the 2 cities.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Posted by
16608 posts

There are a number of transportation websites out there that simply do not recognize what you have typed, even if your spelling is impeccable. They insist that you type part of the city name, wait for a list of options to appear, and choose the one you want. I always choose the city name in all caps if it's on the list. That way I don't have to worry about which station a particular train departs from or arrives at.

Posted by
1400 posts

We were in Poland last summer. I had trouble buying the tickets online because they wanted me to register, etc. When we got to krakow we went to the train station and purchased tickets for Wroclaw to Gdańsk, then Gdańsk to Warsaw. (We had a day tour from Krakow to Wroclaw). We had no problem. Hint - write down where you want to go, English was limited at the train station.

Posted by
27 posts

We learned a long time ago to write it down. Thanks for the reminder.
With everyone's help, we are working on it.

Thanks to all. Since it is a Friday in summer time, we would feel better if we could purchase ahead of time.

Thanks to all.

Posted by
1400 posts

I believe it is just too early now. keep checking back, not sure when the tickets open

Posted by
656 posts

I agree that you should buy tickets in advance for a Friday in July. We were in Poland last July and trains were mostly full. You will be able to purchase tickets and get seat reservations. I think the tickets become available 30 days before travel. Maybe it was 60 days. I can’t remember exactly, but it’s not as far in advance as in some other countries. You don’t have to register to buy tickets on line, but if you do register, you’ll be able to see all the tickets you have bought, which I found helpful.

Posted by
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We do plan to purchase our tickets in advance. Thank you for the added advice. Greatly appreciated.

Posted by
13904 posts

The main train station in Krakow is Kraków Główny, in Gdansk it's Gdańsk Główny. This is the official site for Polish rail. I used it to buy train tickets a year ago and it worked fine. Choose a Friday in the next few weeks to see schedules. They generally don't change much. Or use bahn.com. They have trains for most of Europe but no prices.