Gdańsk is a must-visit city if you ever find yourself in Poland. On the coast of the Baltic Sea, it has a beautiful culture and an unforgettable history.
Getting from any airport to the city can be troublesome to think about and you constantly have to weigh up costs with convenience. This blog post is going to lay it all out and provide you with all the best options for reaching the city.
I’ll weigh up the pros and cons of each of the transport methods and rank them on which is most friendly to travellers on a budget. It might surprise you how cheap some methods are!
Ultimately, the best option to get from the airport to the city centre is by private transfer. You can book the best option here.
Transport Options: Gdańsk Airport to City Centre
One of the most convenient ways of travelling to the city is by taxi. The Gdańsk Airport pickup area was full of taxis when I was there, all ready and waiting for eager passengers to get to the city centre.
Gdańsk has a huge number of taxis – I saw them everywhere on my trip. Gdańsk is known for having reliable and comfortable taxi services and I haven’t found any horror stories.
Just make sure that when you get in the meter is set to the standard fare, which should be displayed on the passenger rear window and that it is running from the start of the journey.
Make sure to check that you have the appropriate payment method before getting into the taxi too.
|Speedy – taxis are one of the quickest methods of transport from Gdańsk Airport and will allow you to start your exploring ASAP.||Cost – taxis are one of the more expensive options of transport from Gdańsk Airport to the city, especially if you’re travelling during peak hours or traffic is particularly heavy.|
|Comfortable – after a long flight a taxi is a great option to give you some wind-down time, even if the journey to Gdańsk city centre is not very long.|
|Convenient – taxis in Gdańsk are available 24/7 making it very convenient for those late or extra early arrivals.|
While to many tourists Uber may seem exactly the same taxis, they aren’t! Uber is one of the best ways of getting from Gdańsk Airport to the city centre.
Uber doesn’t have fixed mile rates and prices fluctuate based on time of day, driver availability and traffic. This can make Uber far more cost-effective than using a city’s taxi company.
Uber in Gdańsk is surprisingly popular and often the taxi drivers in the traditional cabs also use the car for running Uber services to give them a higher chance of business.
Using Uber is a lot cheaper than you might expect and is great for short journeys throughout your trip.
I found that a lot of locations looked close on Google Maps while I was in Gdańsk but actually could take up to an hour to walk as most main roads don’t have footpaths making them inaccessible to pedestrians.
We used Uber multiple times during our stay in Gdańsk, probably around 8 or 9 times and the total for all of the journeys came out to be £27!
|Cost – Uber is a cheaper alternative to a taxi and the same distance can work out much less depending on the time of day.||Availability – Uber relies on drivers being available to take you from location A to B so during peak times you may not be allocated a driver.|
|Comfortable – after a long flight taking an Uber is a great option to give you some wind-down time, even if the journey to Gdańsk city centre is not very long.||Small charges can add up – with Uber being so cheap and quick to book, you may find yourself racking up quite a large bill at the end of your trip.|
|Convenient – Uber is available 24/7 in Gdańsk making it very convenient for those late or extra early arrivals.|
Taking the train from Gdańsk Airport to the city centre is a cost-effective option but with a slightly longer journey time.
To get to the city centre you will have to take two separate trains.
The airport-city centre train service is run by Polregio. The route is the PKM (Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway) train and it runs from 4:35 to 22:12 daily at 30-minute intervals.
The train departs from Port Lotniczy Station at the airport towards Wrzeszcz Station which is about 3 km north of the city centre.
From Wrzeszcz Station you will then need to take the next train to Gdańsk Glowny which is the city’s main railway station.
You can expect to pay around 5-6 PLN (€1.15-1.40) for your journey making it a very, very affordable option.
|Cost – the train is one of the cheapest transport options available for transporting travellers from Gdańsk Airport to city centre.||Not great for late-night arrivals – while the general availability of the train in Gdańsk is good, the airport service does not run late at night and so cannot be used for late flights.|
|Good timetable – the trains run at very regular intervals making it easy to hop on the next train should you be running late.||Crowded – the trains from the airport are often crowded and cramped since it is such a cheap option, meaning you may struggle to find a seat or wrestle your bags onboard.|
|Longer journey length – taking the train is quite a bit longer than by taxi or Uber, almost doubling the length of time, meaning you’ll have less time to explore the city.|
The second public transport option that runs from Gdańsk Airport to the city centre is a bus service. The bus route you need is the 210 which runs directly to and from the airport.
The bus departs from the Gdańsk Airport bus stop (Port Lotniczy) and terminates at Gdansk Glowny, the main railway station. This route makes a number of stops along the way which can be useful if your accommodation is outside of the city centre.
The bus from the airport runs daily from 4:50 to 23:05, every 30 minutes
Travel time varies based on traffic but a general estimation would be around 45 minutes.
A single ticket will cost around 5 PLN – similar to the train. Tickets can be bought from machines at the bus stop or on the bus from the driver. Both card and cash payments are accepted.
|Cost – the bus is one of the cheapest transport options available for transporting travellers from Gdańsk Airport to city centre.||Not great for late-night arrivals – while the general availability of the buses in Gdańsk is good, the airport service does not run late at night and so cannot be used for late flights.|
|Good timetable – the buses run at quite regular intervals making it easy to hop on the next train should you be running late.||Crowded – the bus service from the airport is often crowded and cramped since it is such a cheap option, meaning you may struggle to find a seat or wrestle your bags onboard.|
|Multiple stops – there are multiple stops along the bus service which allows passengers to get off closer to their accommodations rather than making their way there from the city centre.||Longer journey length – taking the bus has a similar journey length to that of the train. The journey is a good bit longer than by taxi or Uber, almost double the length of time, meaning you’ll have less time to explore the city.|
One of the best options in terms of comfort is to book a private transfer from the airport.
Private transfers ensure that you are comfortable, get transported straight to the door of your accommodation and have the privacy of your own car.
Private transfers can accommodate many group sizes and the cost is well worth it when split between travellers. You can rest assured that your luggage will arrive unscathed and you will be dropped exactly where you want to go.
There’s no better feeling than entering the arrival hall and seeing your driver holding a sign with your name on – you feel like a celebrity!
Upon booking, you can provide the organiser with your flight details ensuring that your driver arrives right on time to pick you up. There will also be no surprise fees should you be delayed!
There’s no mad rush for you to get to your transport after landing either…your driver will wait for you for 60 minutes after you land, allowing you plenty of time to collect your baggage and make your way through customs.
Gdansk Airport (GDN) Private Transfer to Hotel is the best option on the market for a private transfer from Gdańsk Airport to the city centre.
Gdańsk Airport to City Centre: Conclusion
There are many options from Gdańsk Airport to the city centre and there are pros and cons to each.
If your budget allows then the best option without a doubt is to book a private transfer for the journey. There is nothing that compares to feeling like a celebrity, travelling in style after your flight.
If you’d prefer to consider some of the other options then there are big toss-ups between comfort, time and price. Public transport options like the bus and train will take much longer and be much less comfortable than taxis and private transfers but they are much cheaper.
Whatever you decide, Gdańsk is a wonderful city for exploring with plenty of things to do. There are many great times of the year to visit but I’d highly recommend May if you’re still in the planning stages of your trip!