Bus travel is an inexpensive and straightforward way to get to Poland, much favoured by Poles during the holiday seasons and with frequent cigarette breaks not as hard and tiring as you might expect. Travelling by train to Poland can be also an enjoyable way of getting here as there are some convenient international connections to Poznań, Warsaw or Wrocław.
ARRIVAL TO OKĘCIE AIRPORT IN WARSTAW
If you arrive by plane, you will probably land in Warsaw (the capital of Poland), at the Okęcie airport terminals in the city’s south. From there you can take a city bus (175; tickets available from newsagents at the airport) to Warszawa Centralna railway station, from where trains and coaches will get you further north to Toruń. There aren’t many pickpockets in Poland, but watch out on that bus!
You can also get to Warsaw city centre either by taxi (please, take a licensed one, e.g. MPT Radio Taxi +48 22 19191 - with a phone number written on a cab) and it should cost you around 30-40 zl.
TRAIN CONNECTIONS (WARSAW-TORUŃ)
If you arrive in Warsaw by train, it is easier to change trains in Warsaw at the railway station to continue your journey to Toruń. The trip by train lasts somewhat shorter than the coach journey (direct connection about 3 hours) and costs about 50 zł (about 12 EURO). There are several trains to Toruń, but not all of them go directly without a change. In the morning the train leaves around 9.00 a.m. and arrives in Toruń around 12 p.m. In the afternoon it leaves around 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. In the evening you have a train around 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
In order to find out the exact hours and other train connections, check the PKP Routeplanner (in English, German or French) or reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en (in English and German).
In Toruń you should get off at the main station (TORUŃ GŁÓWNY). There are bus and taxi connections to the centre; the bus routes to the centre are 22, 25, 27, 11, and 36, all of which will take you to PLAC RAPACKIEGO. From here, take a bus or tram, following the map.The buses number 11 and 36 go directly to our university campus (Gagarina street).
Types of trains in Poland:
At the RAILWAY STATION (DWORZEC PKP) you buy tickets at the counter (KASA BILETOWA) paying in cash or by credit cards (but it is not always possible). First, you mention your destination and then the type of train, e.g. "Toruń, POCIĄG TLK PROSZĘ."
Remember that each type of train has its own ticket with a different price, which means that a ticket bought for interREGIO train (Warsaw-Toruń, cost 37 zloty) is not valid in TLK train (Warsaw-Toruń, cost 45 zloty). Therefore, if you are late fo your InterREGIO train, you should return a ticket to KASA and buy a new one for e.g. TLK.
Moreover, excluding Regio and interREGIO, there are two classes (standards) in most Polish trains.
BUS CONNECTIONS (WARSAW-TORUŃ)
The bus companies you can use travelling from Warsaw to Toruń is Polski Bus or Modlin Bus. For more details you may check their websites with current timetables, price lists and localisation of the bus stops.
The journey takes about four hours thirty minutes. Tickets cost about 30-50 zł (about 7-12 EURO). Once in Toruń, the stop is at the Bus Station on Dąbrowskiego 8, where there are taxi connections to University accommodation (follow the map). You can also make sure if the other bus stops are closer to the Bielany Campus (on Kraszewskiego or Broniewskiego street).
If you are interested in the bus connections from other cities and towns in Poland, please check the website of the Bus Station in Toruń (Dworzec Autobusowy in Toruń).
When in Toruń, you may buy your train, coach or plane tickets at the Travel Agency KOMPAS (ul. Kopernika 5, tel. 56 65 22 901). It is easier since they speak English there.