Thinking about which transport to use while traveling across Eastern Europe?
Posted on 23/02/2019 12:32am
If you have ever been to Eastern Europe, you obviously are aware of 1 thing – in these countries it takes a little longer to get from one city to another. While in the Western Europe train connections are very well developed (a useful example can be TGV in France), in many Eastern European countries that can still be an issue. A great example, to explain this subject more, can be Poland. This is the biggest country in this region, that is highly attractive for tourists, because:
- Poland has sea, mountains as well as amazing lakes;- Poland is a neighbour of a few other smaller countries, which might be a perfect destination for 1-2 days trip, (for example, Latvia).
However, a lot of tourists can be still disappointed. What is the reason? It is rather simple. Plenty of of them have heard that in Poland it is possible to experience everything you need – sea, lakes, rivers and mountains (read something more). Nonetheless, it is not repeatedly mentioned, that transport between those spots is not so good. Even though new train connections have been introduced recently , most of them are still pretty slow. E.g., it might take up to dozen hours to travel from the sea to the mountains. Even though there are several express train, there are a great deal more expensive than the standard one. Bus firms do their best, to offer better solutions. They offer fast and really well organized bus connections, not only between big Polish cities, but neighboring countries. It is worth to notice that bus firms perfectly fit into the market niche. Passengers, tired with slow and eternally delayed trains, began to travel much more often by buses. Nevertheless, it is still worth to be aware, that there are not lots of highways yet. This means that even though coaches companies try their best to make travel as fast as possible, the travel time still hugely depends on existing roads. In consequence, travel from one site of Poland to the other one, might still take a long time.
Author: Maciek Lulko
Luckily, the problem has been seen by many airlines. Not that long ago, domestic flights were not that fashionable. Even though there were, for example, flights to Wroclaw, there were pretty expensive in comparison to trains and buses connections. So, they were not very attractive. It was very similar case when it comes to flights to neighbouring countries, for example, flights from warsaw to Vilnius. Not that long ago, individuals were travelling mainly by buses (click this). Luckily, this has changed already. Airlines started to see the huge potential in the needs of customers travelling on short distances. They not just introduced new connections between different Polish cities and neighbouring countries, but also started to have more competitive prices.
Author: HRS Poland
Consequently, if you are going to travel around Eastern Europe, the main advice would be as following – always check flight connection first. This is not an advice you will find in travel guides or hear from local. But trust me. It may save a lot of your precious time.