By Rick Steves
Are rail passes a good value for Poland?
Since point-to-point train tickets are cheap in Poland, a rail pass isn't likely to save you much money. The main reason to buy a rail pass in this region is to avoid the hassle of buying tickets as you go.
How do I see whether a rail pass makes sense for my trip in particular?
Use this map to add up approximate pay-as-you-go fares for your itinerary, and compare that cost to the price of a rail pass for the number of days you expect to spend on the train. Also, follow the links below for:
• More tips for figuring out whether a pass makes sense for your trip
• The basics on choosing among rail passes
• More tips on how to save money by fine-tuning your rail pass
• Advice on deciding between first and second class
• Fare-estimate maps outside Poland
• Answers to frequently asked rail-pass questions
Poland's faster trains require a seat reservation (specifically InterCity, Eurocity, and TLK services), along with overnight trains and some international routes (as indicated in online train schedules). Anyone with a vaild rail pass can make seat reservations for free at any Polish train station for any domestic trains that require them.
What do rail passes cover in Poland?
Virtually all trains within Poland, as well as a handful of minor non-train bonuses (described in materials that come with the rail pass).
If a rail pass doesn't pencil out for your trip, see our general tips for buying point-to-point tickets.