The Eurail pass has been a tried and true way to travel through
Europe for decades. However, Poland, one of the continent’s hottest
destinations, is not part of the Eurail family of nations.
Considering the problem, the Polish Tourist Office has interfaced
with the German Tourist Office and Rail Europe to come up with a
network of point-to-point train links that allow tourists an easy
visit. Added to the popular connections between Vienna and Krakow,
which allows Poland is now more accessible than ever.
An advantage of taking the train is that it cuts travel costs. A
first-class seat from Berlin to Krakow, allowing free overnight
stops at historic cities such as Wroclaw (formerly Breslau), is
only $102. With a city travel pass offered at most major
destinations, travelling to the railway station is free.
Compared to an expensive scramble to get to a distant airport
and the additional expense of getting from the arrival airport to
the hotel, training from point-to-point is leisurely and luxurious.
First-class train cars are rarely crowded, invariably have a
restaurant car attached, and offer far more comfortable seating
than most tourist-class airline seats.
The Inner-City Sobieski Express leaves Vienna at 7:08 a.m. and
arrives six hours later in Krakow. For $106 first class, clients
can read a book, watch the world go by their window, or doze in
From Krakow, the Inner-City Wawel Express (departing at 8:39
a.m.) takes four hours to reach the historic town of Wroclaw.
Wroclaw suffered heavy damage during World War II, but its two
central squares, Rynek and Solny, have been rebuilt in all their
Baroque and Renaissance styles mingle in the architecture of
tall, narrow-fronted houses built by old Wroclaw’s wealthy fur
merchants, and while the city’s great Cathedral Island, with its
cluster of ancient churches, is another draw for visitors. An
elevator in the cathedral tower takes visitors to a platform with a
splendid 360-degree view of the city. Clients can purchase a train
ticket on the Wawel Express from Krakow to Berlin and get to
Wroclaw or any other city along the route for free.
For more extended trips, a German Rail Pass offers clients a
variety of choices beyond Berlin. The NightLine Inner-City sleeper
to Munich (first class, $260) is a good buy, as it allows them to
save money on a hotel room and travel time as well as departing in
the early evening from Berlin and arriving in the early morning at
While point-to-point is still the most efficient way to see
Poland from a German entry city, a Polish Rail Pass became
available this year and can be purchased at www.raileurope.com.
(The travel agent site is http:agent. raileurope.com.)
German National Tourist Office, Los
501 Santa Monica Blvd,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Polish National Tourist Office
5 Marine View Plaza
Hoboken, NJ 07030
877-257-2887 (in the U.S.)