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Basic information

  • Area: 164.67 km² (63.6 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +4832
  • Currency: Złoty (PLN)
  • Population (EST): 308,724
  • Official language: Polish
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Katowice – Getting Around


Katowice has a main bus station which is situated within walking distance of the railway station, near to Sadowa Street. Information on routes and fares can be found inside of the station, which has manned ticket offices between the hours of 8am and 6pm. The same tickets are used for the bus and tram system, so passengers can combine both types of transport. Paekas Eurolines operate international and long-distance bus services which depart from the Katowice Bus Station.

On foot

Many of Katowice’s top attractions are located within walking distance of one another, so exploring the city by foot can be the perfect way to see the sights and soak up the atmosphere. English maps can be purchased from souvenir shops, or are given out free at the Tourist Information Centre.


There are seven major taxi ranks located in the city which can be found outside of the Silesia and Katowice hotels, at Plac Oddzialow Mlodziezy Powstanczej and on Korfango avenue, Dworca Street and Skargi Street. Many taxis are not metered, so be sure to negotiate a fare before you depart on your journey. Most taxis only accept cash and drivers speak little or no English, however the Katowice Direct taxi firm are able to provide professional English speaking drivers.


Al trains are operated by PKP and depart from Katowice Train Station, which is located in the heart of the city. There are frequent services to all major cities in Poland, as well as direct services to international destinations such as Vienna, Budapest, Kiev, Berlin and Hamburg. Tickets can be purchased from automated machines or at the manned ticket offices inside of the train station.


Katowice has one of the largest tram systems in the world, which has services to fourteen districts and covers over 50km. Tickets can be purchased from automated machines dotted around the city centre, and start from just 1.30pln for a single trip. Passengers planning on using public transport frequently should purchase a special daily pass which allows unlimited travel on the trams and buses during a certain period of time. A 24 hour information service is provided both in English and Polish on the freephone number 0800 163030.