Hello, I would like to visit Zdunska Wola (town near Lodz) sometime during my trip to Poland (I had a relative who lived there). I only need to do a day trip there not necessarily an overnight but overnight would be OK too. I'm looking at flying into either Warsaw or Krakow but right now it looks like Krakow might be better priced and most of my itinerary is closer to Krakow and points south. What would be the best way to get to Zdunska Wola? Originally I was planning to fly into Warsaw, heading to ZW en route to Krakow. There are a number of trains or buses that I would have to negotiate and I'm not sure it's worth it to do it that way versus just renting a car in Krakow for one day and making a long day trip out of it. Any thoughts?
Either way, it would be a long day. You could consider to have an overnight in Lódz. I found it an interesting city, proud of its industrial past. The 5 km long Piotrkowska is a showcase of late 19th-century architecture. It also has an impressive and most moving Jewish cemetery.
Lódz is the best city base and easy to get to by train. I would just rent a car from there (Google says it's less than a 1 hour drive) or use the regional train (takes about 1 hour as well from the Łódź Kaliska train station). Lódz is worth seeing in itself.
I think you've not been looking at real train schedules; sites like Rome2rio can sometimes confuse the issue. As indicated above, Krakow to Lodz and Lodz to Zdunska Wola can each be done with a single, direct train, if you time it right. Looking Up Train Schedules and Routes Online gives you the Deutsche Bahn train schedule link and tips for using it.
Thank you, all. It seems a lot easier when Lodz is the base. I actually didn't think of that idea. Thanks again.