Wondering which transport is best for traveling in Eastern Europe?
Posted on 15/03/2020 7:24am
If you have ever visited Eastern Europe, you definitely are aware of 1 thing – in those countries it takes a bit longer to get from one city to another. While in the Western Europe train liness are highly well developed (a useful example may be TGV in France), in a lot of Eastern European countries that can still be more difficult. A great example, to present it more, is Poland. This is the biggest country in the region, that is greatly attractive for tourists, as:
- Poland has sea, mountains as well as plenty of lakes;- Poland is a neighbour of many other smaller countries, that are a perfect destination for 1-2 days trip, (for example, Latvia).
Nevertheless, lots of tourists can be still disappointed. What is the reason? This is pretty obvious. Many of them have read that in Poland it is possible to experience everything you need – sea, lakes, rivers and mountains (read something). However, it is not regularly mentioned, that connection between those spots is rather bad. Despite the fact that new train connections have been introduced not long ago , most of them are still rather slow. E.g., it might take up to dozen hours to travel from the lakes to the mountains. Even though there are several express train, there are a great deal more expensive than the standard one. Coach firms do their best, to offer an alternative solutions. They offer fast and really well organized bus connections, not only connecting particular Polish cities, but neighboring countries. This is worth to notice that bus companies perfectly fit into the market niche. Passengers, tired with slow and always delayed trains, started to travel mostly by coaches. Nonetheless, it is still worth to be aware, that there are not many highways yet. It means that even though coaches companies do their best to make travel as fast as possible, the travel time still hugely depends on existing roads. Therefore, travel from one site of Poland to the other one, may still take a long time.
Author: Maciek Lulko
Luckily, the problem has been seen by tons of airlines. Not that long ago, domestic flights were not that fashionable. Even though there were, e.g., flights to Wroclaw, there were rather expensive compared to trains and buses connections. So, they were not very popular. It was qite similar case with flights to neighbouring countries, e.g., flights from warsaw to Vilnius. A while ago, individuals were travelling mainly by buses (click). Luckily, this has changed already. Airlines started to notice the big potential in the needs of passengers travelling on short distances. They not only introduced new connections between various Polish cities and neighbouring countries, but also made more competitive prices.
Author: HRS Poland
So, if you plan to travel around Eastern Europe, the main advice would be as following – remember to check plane connection first. It is not an advice you will find in travel guides or hear from local. But trust me. It might save a lot of your valuable time.