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.
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!