Riding Trains in Poland

I’ve been catching a fair few trains over the past few weeks, so I thought it would be a good idea to share my tips with you.

First up, are some of the Polish words you will find in and around train stations:

Główny – main (ie. main station)
Bilet – ticket
Peron – platform
Tor – track, as in which track your train will leave from / which side of the platform
Toaleta – toilet
Handlowy – commercial (usually found at bigger stations, kind of a mall)
Uwaga – warning
Przyjazd – arrivals
Odjazdy – departure
Okno – window
Środek – centre
Korytarz – aisle

Next up, how to read your train ticket!

Your ticket should provide you with all the information you need to board the train, except for which platform. For this, you need to make sure you leave time to find out when you arrive at the station – the times are generally posted about 15 minutes or so before the train arrives.

The carriage doors contain the carriage number (wagon number on your ticket) in red, along with the train number and stops. These doors can be tough to open, so you have to grapple with them a little.

I’m not sure about all stations, but at Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West) Station, there are signboards noting the configuration of the trains so you can see where in the train your allocated carriage will be.

Happy training!

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