Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Visiting Gdańsk | my top tips

I recently went to Gdańsk in Poland for a 5 day trip, and I loved it - you can read my travel diary series to see what I got up to, but I wanted to briefly compile a list of my top tips in case you're planning on visiting and want to make the most of your trip!

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Getting to Gdańsk

I flew to Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport with Wizz Air, a Hungarian airline, from Liverpool; Ryanair also fly to Gdańsk from the UK, and there are various other airlines flying to Gdańsk from different counties such as KLM, Norwegian and more.

We landed on a Sunday night, so we opted to get a taxi from the airport to our apartment. There's a taxi rank outside the arrivals hall and we got in a Neptune taxi which cost us around 80zloty (approx £16) for the 25 minute (ish) journey. If you're arriving during the day, there's a bus that goes directly from the airport to the city centre (the 210 bus) as well as a dedicated airport shuttle bus which takes a bit less time but is a bit more expensive than the regular city bus.

a row of coloured buildings against a cloudy blue sky

When you're in the city

A lot of these tips are quite random and might not make total sense until you're actually in Gdańsk, but if you are planning a trip there then do bear them in mind...

The bridge across the main waterway (the Wartka Bridge) goes up and down every half an hour; it lifts on the hour, giving boats the chance to get through, and then comes back down for pedestrian access on the half hour mark. There is a timetable at either end of the bridge but we just didn't notice it, as it's quite easy to miss. We were staying on the far side, and it's also where the Amber Sky big wheel and the big GDAŃSK sign are as well as the SS Sołdek and other branches of the Maritime Museum (see more here). Chances are you'll need or want to cross the bridge at some point, so it helps to get your timing right!

There are public toilets in abundance, and they cost 2zloty to get into - the attendant will likely have change, but it helps to carry some too.

Wednesday seems to be the day that all the cruise ships dock in Gdynia, which is around 45 minutes away, and a LOT of the passengers will make the short trip to Gdańsk. It was definitely the busiest day of our trip in terms of the volume of people around us, and we were there Monday through Friday.

big wheel and some buildings on the waterfront in Gdansk with some trees and a grey sky

You can leave your suitcase in lockers at the train station as well as the left-luggage office; we opted for the lockers, and a 'big locker' cost us 14zloty - this fit two cabin suitcases in as well as my neck pillow and book (I didn't want to lug them around all day) with plenty of room to spare. You can leave your bags in the locker for 24 hours and it works out cheaper, I think, than paying per-piece at the attended luggage room.

Tram ticket machines are really confusing, just opt for a 'single journey' or 'return journey' ticket rather than trying to faff around choosing your actual tram stop, and you'll be fine. Remember to validate the ticket when you get on!

iTaxi is a really handy app if you need to a book a taxi to get you from A to B while you're in the city itself - I always use it in Poland and you can pay by cash or card.

There are several day trips you can do from Gdańsk, such as Westerplatte and Sopot - don't be fooled into spending all your time in the pretty city, because there's plenty to do if you hop on a train, bus or boat!

In terms of basic tips for visiting Gdańsk, I think that's everything! It's an incredible city with wonderful people and a fascinating cultural history. If you are planning on visiting, check out this post to find the best restaurants in Gdańsk.


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20 comments:

  1. You always make me want to visit Poland - it looks amazing! xx

    Jessie | jessie-ann.co.uk

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  2. You've deffo made me want to visit with all your posts and pics x

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  3. I'll have to check KLM from Southampton xx

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  4. ooo need to keep these tips in mind! I would love to go one day x

    Joyce | www.joycelauofficial.com

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  5. Gdansk sounds like a such a wonderful city, I really like your guide and think you have there a lot of useful tips and tricks so thanks for sharing them

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  6. Good to know that there is an abundance of public restrooms and to have money on you to use them. Also great tip about the tram tickets. I'd get the single or return journey to avoid confusion :)

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  7. These are some great tips, epecially about the bridge being raised to let boats through. It's just something that you would never consider until you're there trying to cross the bridge.

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  8. Thanks for the tips! I am planning a trip to Poland next year and this might come in handy :)

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  9. Good tip about the train station lockers. I would never have assumed they could hold so much...and it's always great to save money when traveling!

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  10. Oh wow, it sounds beautiful. Great tips! I'll bare them in mind x

    Lauren | www.bylaurenmay.com

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  11. I love getting nuanced tips about a destination. There are usually the best tips that will make your days flow more smoothly. Also, I find it very random that Wednesday is the busiest due to the cruise ships, but is nice so it's not more overrun on the weekends. Definitely want to visit!

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  12. Gdansk has been on our bucket list for some time now. Thanks for all the detailed information - the iTaxi app will sure come in handy when we are there.

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  13. Seems such a wonderful city! Have heard so much about Gdansk from history books and would like to visit it one day for sure!

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  14. These are great tips especially about the local taxi system and where to leave your luggage. We've heard such wonderful things about Poland and hope to visit soon :)

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  15. These are so really interesting tips! Thanks for sharing. x

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  16. You've really made me want to go to Gdańsk with these posts

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  17. I've really wanted to go! It sounds incredible!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  18. River in Gdansk is called Motława, not Wartka and WizzAir is Hungarian I guess, not Polish :)

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  19. After reading about your trip I was really considering making this my next trip, now I'm itching to book it!

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