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Basic information

  • Area: 292.82 km² (113.1 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +4871
  • Currency: Złoty (PLN)
  • Population (EST): 632,240
  • Official language: Polish
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Wroclaw – Getting Around

Bus

There is an extensive bus system operating on routes in the city and surrounding suburbs. Tickets can be purchased from any newsagent or shop that has a sign with ‘Ruch’ or ‘Bilety’ in the window, or from automated ticketing machines. Passengers must validate the ticket on boarding the bus or they could face a fine. Eurolines run international coaches to most major European cities that depart from the PKS Centrum Station which is located behind the Dworzec Glowny Train Station.

Fredrus Coach

An unusual way to view some of Wroclaw’s major landmarks is on the open-topped sightseeing Fredrus Coach, which departs on a two hour tour in the summer months.

On foot

Many of Wroclaw’s top attractions are located within walking distance of one another, so exploring the city by foot is a simple and economical way to see the sights and get a real feel for the city. Hotels sell English maps, alternatively the Tourist Information Centre has free maps and guides of the city.

Taxi

Taxis can be pre-ordered by phone or hailed in the street provided the light is illuminated. Ensure that it is a reputable and registered company before boarding - official taxis will have signs on the roof and a telephone number marked on the side of the taxi. All taxis work on a metred system, with 4 tariffs depending on the time of day and whether passengers will be travelling outside of Wroclaw city centre. Passengers pre-ordering a taxi by phone will receive a 20% discount off the total fare.

Train

Wroclaw is a major hub for train routes, with most departures leaving from Dworzec Glowny Central Train Station, which is located in the southern region of the city. There are a number of trains linking to international destinations such as Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Dresden, Kiev and Budapest. Tickets can be purchased in tickets offices located inside of the train station, although expect long queues at peak hours.

Tram

The trams provide a convenient and fun way to see the sights of the city. Tickets can be purchased for combined bus and tram travel from kiosks or newsagents. A one day pass valid on all lines in the city costs 8 pln, while a 7 day unlimited pass costs 26 pln.