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Feb 7th, 2011, 06:49 AM
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Getting around Poland - transportation logistics

I'm starting to think about a Poland itinerary for May. I'd be flying from Boston and I'm finding it tough to nail down airfare. I "think" I've found the most expeditious route, but am looking for confirmation.

I want to visit: Gdansk, Warsaw and Krakow. I think the easiest route is:

Boston to Gdansk (via Lufthansa through Frankfurt)
Train/quick flight from Gdansk to Warsaw (not sure which is quickest?)
Train/quick flight from Warsaw to Krakow (again, not sure what is quickest?)
Krakow to Boston (via Lufthansa through Frankfurt)

Is there a smarter way to do this itinerary? I'm not as concerned about price as I am making the best use of my time, so limited stopovers and shortest travel time are key. Anything I'm missing here that I should know?

Thanks in advance!
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Feb 7th, 2011, 10:40 AM
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Hi amyb; Inter country flights for both destinations are about an hour. If you add 1 1/2 hour to the beginning and ending of each flight, it means about four hours. Includes getting out of the city and into the other city. I think a train from Gdansk to Warsaw will take over four hours. But from Warsaw to Krakow, as little as 2 1/2 hours. Flights can be checked on www.kayak.com and train schedules on www.raileurope.com. I would use Rail Europe for 'schedules only' as their prices are high. Someone will give you the right train company to buy a train ticket. We have never had a problem buying a ticket the day before or the day of leaving a city. Perhaps you can find transportation suggestions on this site, plus a lot of other good information for download. www.inyourpocket.com Richard
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Feb 7th, 2011, 10:48 AM
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Amyb,

We booked a flight about a month ago on LOT from Krakow to Warsaw for a departure in mid-May. The total for two people and a lap baby was US $31.75. We booked directly through the LOT website.
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Feb 7th, 2011, 12:01 PM
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Thank you, good to know! I'll look into LOT for the internal flights.
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Feb 7th, 2011, 12:41 PM
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Lot comes up on the www.kayak.com site. Once you press 'select' you will see Lot. I think a flight or train from Warsaw to Krakow would be a good choice. The train does saves a little time. Gdansk to Warsaw for me would be a flight.
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Mar 2nd, 2011, 10:10 AM
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Amy, here's your solution - take your bike! I'm doing Warsaw-Gdansk-Krakow in July/August, and I'm taking the Surly along.
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Jun 30th, 2011, 11:36 PM
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How was the trip? It is true that Poland is an interesting country? What surprised you most and what you liked most? I am very curious what impressions you had during your stay in Poland.
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