A Brave Dame’s love for Polskibus

You want to travel cheap, you say? Well, what if I told you, you are able to buy a bus ticket for 1 PLN (+ 1 PLN luggage fee) to travel to various Polish cities? No, It’s not a dream, it’s Polskibus. And I love it. 

 

To be clear 1 PLN (or 1 zloty) equals €0,24 today. And for that money you get a coach seat in one of their bright, red buses, including wifi, a place to charge your appliances and a cup of coffee. I booked a ticket from Poznan to Wroclaw and from Wroclaw to Prague to see what it’s all about.

When I came to the bus platform in Poznan it wasn’t really clear where the bus would stop and usually that would worry me a little bit. However, Polskibus is so bright red that you can’t miss it. Soon it came, I picked a seat behind two lovely Polish girls and we were off.

And what a seat it was! I’ve traveled by bus quite a lot and never did I have that much leg room. The promised wifi wasn’t there but since we were there in 3 hours, I was okay. Because there are not selected seats you can sit anywhere you want, meaning when the bus is not completely full you will be able to drape yourself over the two chairs if needed. Needless to say I got to Wroclaw bus station safe and on time.

The second time I traveled from Wroclaw to Prague, a slightly longer ride of 6 hours. When I got to the bus station the bus was already there. The very friendly driver took a look at my reservation number (which you don’t have to print out) and let me in. This time I didn’t have two seats to myself as I had to share them with a nice Ukrainian fellow, who – in the end – was a great buddy on our 15 minute break at the Czech border.

Poland you are beautiful! 😍

Een foto die is geplaatst door Rose (@thebravedame) op

The thing that struck me most is that I traveled with Polskibus within the national Polish weekend. From the 1st to the 3rd of May many Polish citizens move around the country to visit friends and family and therefore it was harder to get tickets. Lucky for me I made a reservation two weeks prior to my trip and even in busy times my trip was cheaper than I’ve ever seen. For those two rides I spent a total of €12 and I’m sure it would’ve been less when I would travel outside of the national weekend.


If you intend to travel with Polskibus this is what you can expect:

  • English and Polish speaking staff and instructions
  • Cheap fares to various cities
  • Comfortable chairs with a lot of leg room
  • A place to charge  your appliances
  • Wifi (although it’s not available on every bus)
  • Coffee (Not available on short drives)
  • Regular stops for some good old leg stretching

In conclusion I can say that I really liked my trips with Polskibus. According to the fares I was expecting some dingy old bus but the truth is that I felt extremely comfortable and safe on both of my journey’s. So, if you are visiting Poland anytime soon, my advice is to check out their website and book your seat today!

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Dionne
    May 25, 2015 at 10:27

    Wat een super handige tip! Ik ben vorig jaar ook al naar Polen (Warschau en Krakau) geweest! Hele mooie steden en heel goedkoop!

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 25, 2015 at 11:38

      Dank je, Dionne! Ik ben het met je eens, Polen is te gek om in rond te reizen! Ga je nog eens terug?

  • Reply
    Sue
    May 25, 2015 at 13:00

    PolskiBus just linked this post on their Facebook page. Many people will follow, so I’m gonna add some info if you don’t mind:

    WiFi is more like a bonus in those buses. It doesn’t work outside the cities because there’s no tech to run it on the road (we don’t have free connection in the countryside yet).

    If staff were speaking English, you were pretty lucky. That’s all I can say 😉

    In the winter the toilet may not work sometimes due the weather conditions (it freezes…). If that happens, you get more stops on the way and directions to public restrooms. I think this is very important to know if you plan to travel with kids or if you have any health problems.

    Coffee – I still don’t understand how this works, I travel a lot to Cracov (about 8hrs) and I never got a coffee in PolskiBus. So you know.

    But still: all I’m saying is PolskiBus has some bugs and problems, but it’s still worth a try. Also: book your tickets as soon as you know your travel date. It’s so cheap you wouldn’t believe. Cherrs from Poland 😉

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 25, 2015 at 13:05

      Thanks for the additional info Sue! It’s highly appreciated! 🙂

    • Reply
      an
      May 26, 2015 at 07:20

      Coffee: P10 Warsaw – Rzeszow (ca 5,5h) – same here. A rule of thumb is that if a bus on your ride is two-floor (VanHool Astromega), there probably will be a coffee, ice cream and so on; if it’s one-floor (VanHool Altano, Volvo Plaxton and Scania Irizar) there probably won’t be.

      @The Brave Dame, you must be short if you claim there’s much space. 🙂 For me (ca 180 cm tall, so not exceptionally much) and I can travel quite comfortably only on few single places (places for disabled on the lower floor in Astromegas, places just behind the front window and behind the front stairs). Others are too tight.

      BTW if you’ve enjoyed PolskiBus, it’s good to know there’s a twin operator (the same owner, website and probably standard) in Finland. It’s called OnniBus. Also, sir Brian Souter, the owner provides some bus and train services in the UK.

      • Reply
        The Brave Dame
        May 26, 2015 at 08:54

        Thanks for adding this information, An. 🙂 Actually, I’m quite tall (Dutch, you see) and I didn’t have any problem with the seats. It’s true what you said btw: coffee was there on the two-floor bus. And ice cream? What did I miss? 😉

  • Reply
    Pawel
    May 25, 2015 at 16:24

    Hi Dame,

    Glad you liked the ride. I’m a driver with PB and I might have driven you on the May weekend to or from Poznań. Hope to see you again!

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 25, 2015 at 19:12

      Hi Pawel! What a coincidence! Thanks for getting me there safe and sound! I had great fun traveling with you!

  • Reply
    Lenka
    May 25, 2015 at 18:29

    I’ve travelled a lot with PolskiBus and I think it’s great alternative for trains in Poland. PolskiBus has lot of adventages and of course a little of disadventages. However, all I want to say is if you travel with them for the first time, you won’t turn your back at them and you will almost get addicted to them. But you need to feel it on your own, to understand what was said in the article. I fully support what author of this article has written. 🙂

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 25, 2015 at 19:09

      Thank you, Lenka! I agree with you. I think Polskibus has great value! And for such a low fee I don’t mind some hickups once in a while 🙂

  • Reply
    pablo
    May 25, 2015 at 23:59

    Hello glad you like the ride the are different companies now you can travel cheap in Poland like lux express, voyager and podlasie express and forgot the name of others. Regarding your articule the coffee is only available on selcted routes does not matter is long or not f.ex. Gdansk to Wroclaw over 8 h nothing. The route from Gdansk to Warsaw they even give you ice scream;) and 1 zl is not luggage fee is the transaction fee. Happy travel to you!

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 26, 2015 at 08:57

      Oh wow! I should try out some more when I come back! So sad I missed the ice cream 😉 Happy travels!

  • Reply
    Adam
    May 28, 2015 at 16:15

    Greetings from Poznan! 🙂
    Come to my beautiful city again whenever you want ! <3

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 28, 2015 at 16:19

      Thank you, Adam! 🙂 I’ll make sure I come back!

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