How to travel around Wroclaw

By municipal transport, bike, car or train...


Municipal transport

There are over 60 day bus lines and a dozen or so night bus line in Wroclaw. There are also over 20 tram lines here.

Day buses and trams travel on working days usually from 5.00 to 23.00 and on weekends and (bank) holidays from 6.00 to 22.00. Night buses travel from 23.30 to 5.00 and meet at the PKS bus station every 30 minutes and then go to all parts of the city.

  • Symbols

Regular bus lines bear numbers from 100 to 149. The travel fee for express buses (numbers starting from 4..) is the same as for travel on regular-line buses. Suburban buses (with numbers from 6..), fast buses (marked with letters) and night buses with numbers from 240 to 259 are more expensive.

If the number is placed on a yellow plate or the timetable at a stop is yellow, this means that the route of the line has changed, e.g. due to road works in a street. There is usually additional information "route change" ("zmiana trasy”) provided on the vehicle.

Short-term tickets which have already been validated in vehicles belonging to MPK lines are accepted in the lines whose numbers start with "9" only within the administrative boundaries of Wroclaw.

  • Ticket

To travel by municipal transport, you need a single-ride or season ticket, which you may buy at marked points or from ticket vending machines. They are located near stops and in MPK vehicles, where you can pay with payment cards only (including proximity cards).

You need to validate your single-ride or season ticket immediately after boarding a tram or bus (including tickets purchased in the vehicle).

  • Ticket prices

Exemplary ticket prices in municipal transport in Wroclaw:

Single-ride tickets (R – regular / RF – reduced-fare):
Regular and suburban lines: R – 3.00 / RF – 1.50
Fast and night lines: R – 3.20 / RF – 1.60
Transport of luggage or a pet: 1.50

All-line season tickets (R – regular / RF – reduced fare):
30-min. tickets: R – 3.00 / RF – 1.50
60-min. tickets: R – 4.40 / RF – 2.20
90-min. tickets: R – 6.00 / RF – 3.00
24-hour tickets: R – 11.00 / RF – 5.50
48-hour tickets: R – 20.00 / RF – 10.00
72-hour tickets: R – 26.00 / RF – 13.00
168-hour (7-day) tickets: R – 46.00 / RF – 23.00.

Children under 4 years of age and people over 70 years of age travel free of charge. Children and school-aged youth, students, doctoral students and pensioners may travel at a reduced fare. In order to enjoy free-of-charge or reduced-fare travels, you need to carry a relevant document which confirms that you are entitled to reduced-fare tickets. Details - click here.

  • Additional fee

An inspector issues a demand for payment of the due ticket price and an additional fee upon finding that you do not have a valid ticket or another document entitling you to travel by municipal transport or a document entitling you to travel at a reduced fare.

If it is impossible to buy a ticket in the vehicle due to the ticket vending machine, the inspector charges the travel fee, i.e. issues a demand for payment and indicates the cause (vending machine failure). When the lack of a ticket results from vending machine failure (blank display or failure message on the display), an additional fee is not charged on the condition that the passenger pays the due travel fee within 7 days from the date requested. If you do not pay the due travel fee within 7 days, you will also be charged an additional fee of PLN 150. In other cases of the lack of a valid ticket, when the passenger refers to the vending machine, the inspector does not determine if the machine is functional. The inspector issues a demand for payment of the due ticket price and an additional fee and the passenger files a complaint on a special form to reklamacje@mpk.wroc.pl . MPK handles complaints and checks if the machine was functional or not with Mennica Polska. If the complaint is not confirmed as justified, the additional payment of PLN 150 applies.

  • Timetable

Rail

A valid MPK ticket is sufficient for you to travel on passenger trains between all the stations in Wroclaw. This means savings when planning every-day travel, such as commuting, but also offers more opportunities for attractive leisure in Wroclaw.

The following ticket types are accepted: season tickets encoded on the URBANCARD (7-day, 30-day, 60-day, 90-day, semester personal tickets for all lines and all regular lines and 30-day, 60-day and 90-day bearer tickets). Season tickets encoded on Electronic Student ID Cards (Elektroniczna Legitymacja Studencka - ELS) (7-day, 30-day, 60-day, 90-day and semester personal tickets for all lines and all regular lines); Paper tickets: short-term tickets which have already been validated in a vehicle of the municipal public transport (24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour and 168-hour tickets); Tickets on phones: short-term (24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour and 168-hour) tickets.

You need to remember to validate your paper ticket first in an MPK vehicle, and you may travel within the city limits only and between stations whose names contain "Wrocław".

The offer covers travel by 2nd class via passenger trains of Koleje Dolnośląskie and REGIO trains of Przewozy Regionalne.  

Travelling by train without a ticket is subject to an additional fee, in line with the regulations of railway carriers, similarly to MPK (e.g. on REGIO trains of Przewozy Regionalne PLN 200). Details - click here.

Car

When driving a car in Wroclaw, you need to remember that many streets in the centre proper are pedestrian precincts or one-way streets. There is also a paid parking zone established where fees range from PLN 1 to PLN 3 per each subsequent hour – you may always look up the price list on the reverse of the parking sign. For parking in the metered parking zone, you need to pay at parking meters. You may pain with coins, mobile phone, payment cards or URBANCARD.

ATTENTION - parking meters do not give change. Upon payment with coins or the URBANCARD, the parking meter will print out a confirmation for the driver – a parking ticket to be placed behind the windscreen of the vehicle so that it can be inspected.

Upon payment via mobile operators: mPay, mobiParking or Skycash, the driver should place the identifier of the relevant operator behind the windscreen of the vehicle (to be collected from the Road and City Maintenance Authority (Zarząd Dróg i Utrzymania Miasta) or from the customer service centre of the City Parking Group).

Taxi

Licensed taxis need to have a roof top sign with the word "taxi” and the word "Wrocław" plus the side number on the side doors and the price-list stuck to the window. They need to be quipped with a taximeter and a fiscal cash register.

Here you may look up the phone numbers of taxi companies in Wroclaw.

There is one fee zone for taxis, and kilometre rates are adopted by the City Council as maximum prices. For a trip from the airport to the centre, you will pay approx. PLN 40 on a working day and approx. PLN 60 on weekends and (bank) holiday or at night.

Bicycle

It is more convenient and faster to traverse Wroclaw by bicycle.

The Wroclaw Municipal Bicycle network has been in operation since 2011. You may rent one of 200 bicycles at over 34 stations. For the first 20 minutes, you may ride a Wroclaw Municipal Bicycle for free, but in order to be able to do this, you need to be registered in the system of Nextbike – the company which operates Wroclaw Municipal Bicycles. It is worth knowing that Nextbike bicycle rentals operate in many countries across Europe and the world and in Poland - in Warsaw, Poznań, Wroclaw and Opole. All the systems are compatible with each other irrespective of geographical location. This means that their users may rent bicycles in any town or city all over the world - at any place where bicycle rentals are established similarly to those in Wroclaw.

More on Wroclaw Municipal Bicycle - click here.

Wroclaw offers bicycle infrastructure solutions which are innovative on a country-wide scale. Many counterflow lanes and bicycle boxes have been introduced in the city centre to facilitate traffic and increase the safety of cyclists. There are specially designed paths and bicycle lanes as well as light signalling dedicated to cyclists here. The bicycle transport development policy aims at combining all bicycle routes in the city into a single network.

You may use sheltered parking for bicycles within the vicinity of public transport hubs. These are Bike&Ride lots. At the Psie Pole hub, you may also use locked bicycle garages with a serviceless system. All you need to lock your vehicle safely is your URBANCARD.

As the banks of the Oder River facilitate biking in a wonderful natural manner, numerous leisure and tourist routes have been established in Wroclaw. A guide for the tourist route called Wroclaw Fortress has been prepared, and a guide for the Order Route is in preparation.

Wroclaw is crossed by a marked international bicycle route EuroVelo 9 and the Amber Route, which extends from Gdańsk to Pula (Croatia). Wroclaw is also the starting point of the 313 km Oder Route running along the river to Głogów.

Trucks

Traffic restrictions apply in Wroclaw to vehicles of over 9, 12 and 18 tonnes.

Details - click here