GENERAL INFORMATION

Logo OpoleOpole is situated along Pan-European Road Corridor III between Western and Eastern Europe - from Calais in France to Kiev in the Ukraine. The A-4 international motorway links Opole with Western and Eastern Europe (Dresden, Olszyna, Wrocław, Katowice, Kraków, Przemyśl, Lvov). The distance between Opole and many European capital cities is within 600km. These capitals are : Warsaw 320 km, Berlin 420 km, Prague 291 km, Vienna 356 km, Budapest 500 km. The road network across Opole assures convenient connections with the regions of Poland and Europe: from Poznan to Opole by road No. 45, from Warsaw and Częstochowa - by road No. 46, from Katowice, Wodzisław and Racibórz - road No. 49.

The railway links Opole with Western Europe (Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Frankfurt a/M); Southern Europe (Budapest); Eastern Europe (Kiev) and provides good national interconnections (Warsaw, Wrocław, Kraków, Katowice, etc.).

Located conveniently in the vicinity of the international airports of Wroclaw and Katowice, Opole offers easy access to European and domestic airports, particularly to the European airline hub – Frankfurt, Munich etc.

 

TRAVEL POSSIBILITIES

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WROCLAW AIRPORT (STARACHOWICE) [WRO]  Website 

After you arrive at the airport, please follow these steps:

  1. Take a city bus no. 406 to get to Wrocław Główny-Main Railway Station (bus stop: ‘DWORCOWA’).
    This bus operates everyday, every 20 minutes. The ride takes ca. 30min and costs 4,5zł (≈ 1,2€). You can buy ticket at automatic ticket machine at bus stop, using Polish cash or credit card. If necessary, you can take also taxi which costs 50zł (≈ 12,5€).
  2. Take a train to Opole Główne-Main Railway Station.
    You can buy 1st or 2nd class tickets at station (using Polish cash/credit card) or on this website: Routeplanner by choosing the route Wrocław Główny -> Opole Główne. The trip takes averagely 1h and costs from 17,5zł (≈4,4€) to 55,10zł (≈13,8€). The given prices are full prices and are related to 2nd class trains, depend on chosen train: REGIO, InterREGIO, TLK PKP Intercity, EuroCity PKP Intercity. Unfortunately, a non-Polish citizens cannot apply in Poland for additional train tickets discounts.
  3. Welcome in Opole ! 

KATOWICE AIRPORT (PYRZOWICE) [KTW] Website

After you arrive at the airport, please follow these steps:

  1. Take a bus line: ‘Lotnisko’ to get to Katowice-Main Railway Station (bus stop: ‘Katowice Andrzeja Dworzec’).
    This bus operates everyday at following hours: 0:15, 3:15, 5:50, 10:20, 11:50, 13:20, 14:45, 15:50, 18:30, 20:00, 21:15. The ride takes ca. 50min and costs 26zł (≈ 6,5€). You can buy ticket from bus driver (only cash) or online. If necessary, you can take also taxi which costs 160zł (≈ 40€).
  2. Take a train to Opole Główne-Main Railway Station.
    You can buy 1st or 2nd class tickets at station (using Polish cash/credit card) or on this website: Routeplanner by choosing the route Katowice -> Opole Główne. The trip takes averagely 2h and costs from 22,90zł (≈5,8€) to 78,00zł (≈19,5€). The given prices are full prices and are related to 2nd class trains, depend on chosen train: InterREGIO, TLK PKP Intercity, EuroCity PKP Intercity. Unfortunately, a non-Polish citizens cannot apply in Poland for additional train tickets discounts.
  3. Welcome in Opole ! 

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Please use this Routeplanner website to plan your travel. The destination is Opole Główne - Main Railway StationWelcome in Opole ! 
Unfortunately, a non-Polish citizens cannot apply in Poland for additional train tickets discounts.

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You can travel to Opole also by bus from many different cities in Europe:

- FLIXBUS - www.flixbus.com

- PolskiBus - www.polskibus.com/en/index.htm

 

VISA INFORMATION

Participants requiring visas shall find out about the visa procedure in the closest Polish Embassy/Consular Office.
From 21th December 2007, Poland is a part of the Schengen visa area.

 

INSURANCE

If you’re an EU citizen, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available from health centres or, in the UK, post offices, covers you for most medical care. It will not cover you for nonemergencies or emergency repatriation. Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Poland.

 

CURRENCY, CASH AND ATMs

The official Polish currency is the złoty (literally, ‘golden’), abbreviated to zł and pronounced zwo-ti. It is divided into 100 groszy, which are abbreviated to gr. Banknotes come in denominations of 10zł, 20zł, 50zł, 100zł and 200zł, and coins in 1gr, 2gr, 5gr, 10gr, 20gr and 50gr, and 1zł, 2zł and 5zł. The banknotes feature Polish kings, come in different sizes and are easily distinguishable.

All towns in Poland have a couple of bankomaty (ATMs), and the majority accept Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro cards. The easiest and cheapest way to carry money is in the form of a debit card, with which you can withdraw cash either over the counter in a bank or from an ATM. You can pay easily with a card in shops, cafés, restaurants, petrol stations etc.

The ubiquitous kantor (private currency-exchange office) is the place to exchange cash. They are either self-contained offices or just desks in travel agencies, airports, train stations, post offices, department stores and the more upmarket hotels. Kantors change cash only and accept major world currencies. The most common and thus the most easily changed are Euros, US dollars, and UK pounds. The whole operation takes a few seconds and there’s no paperwork involved. You don’t need to present your passport or fill out any forms.

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