Public transport in Gdansk and Tricity

Public transport in Gdansk

Public transport in Gdansk is a convenient way to explore the city. The fares are acceptable, and if there are no traffic jams caused by some roadworks, accidents or extreme weather, it’s pretty punctual. All the buses and most of the trams are modern, with air-conditioning in summer and heating in winter. For longer routes, there is SKM Gdansk – Gdynia train that has stops along Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot.

The bus and tram network allows you to get to any place in the city – beaches, museums and Oliwa district, although it sometimes takes time to get there. To find buses, trams and water trams maps, look at the official public transport page of Gdansk, but you will find the best routes easier in the Jakdojade App.

Modern tram in Gdansk

Modern tram in Gdansk

Public transport in Gdansk – buses and trams

Where to buy tickets

Public transport in Gdansk - Ticket machine

Public transport in Gdansk – Ticket machine

Tickets for buses and trams are the same. They may be obtained from kiosks, ticket booths (rare), ticket teller machine or from the driver. After entering the bus/tram, you need to validate the ticket. You only need to do it once. It is also possible to buy tickets using Android App (Jakdojade, Mobilet), but it is better to do it before you enter the vehicle. Tickets bought in the Apps don’t need to be validated, and they appear in the App.

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Types of tickets in Gdansk

There are one ride tickets, that are only valid for one ride – after you leave the bus/tram you need to buy another one to go further.
There are also time tickets, that allow you to change buses and trams until the ticket runs out of time. Unfortunately, there are no tickets valid for more than 72 hours. There are of course monthly tickets, but it highly unlikely that you’ll need them.

To use night buses or trams (those with letter N in the beginning, for example N1) you needed to buy a separate ticket, that was a bit more expensive. However, since the 1st of April 2020 there is no distinction between day and night tickets. Depending on where you buy it, the variety of tickets offer may differ.

Public transport in Gdansk Fares

The tickets price are as shown below:

Type of ticketRegularReduced*
One ride ticket3,80 PLN1,90 PLN
1-hour ticket4,40 PLN2,20 PLN
24-hour valid on all lines14,00 PLN7,00 PLN

If you travel without a valid ticket the fine is 154 PLN if you pay it within 7 days, otherwise, it rises to 220 PLN

*You are entitled to buy a reduced ticket when you are a student up to 26 years old and you have an ISIC or EURO26 STUDENT card that was issued outside Poland.

Public transport in Gdansk – Gdansk water tram

Public transport in Gdansk-Ferry Tram

Public transport in Gdansk – Water Tram

A nice supplement to public transport is two Gdansk water tram lines running in the summer. F5 runs from Żabi Kruk to Brzeźno, calling at Westerplatte, and F6 runs from Targ Rybny to Gorki Zachodnie. Although their routes seem to be useful both for tourists and citizens, they are very slow and serve more as an attraction than means of transport and are often impossible to board except for on the first stop. Water trams give you the opportunity to see Gdansk from a different perspective from May to September, and if you manage to take bike with you, this will give you the opportunity of sightseeing from the water tram, and active bike ride on your way back.

Fares

Price of the ticket for the water tram in Gdansk has risen since last year and is now 20 PLN (10 PLN reduced). Tickets for Gdansk Water Tram may be obtained on Zegluga Gdanska website (until the day before the ride) or onboard.

Public transport in Gdansk – SKM Gdansk – Gdynia train

Gdansk has no metro, but there is SKM train, that is a fast way to travel within the main communication route. It is often called Gdansk – Gdynia train, but some trains go further, even beyond Wejherowo. SKM trains stop on every station, so it is also a good way to get from Gdansk to sightsee or party in Sopot. Travel from Gdansk to Gdynia with SKM train lasts only 33 minutes and costs 6,5 PLN, while to Sopot it’s only 20 minutes and 4,2 PLN. Since 2013 there is also a second line of SKM (PKM) that goes to the airport and Kaszuby. This is much faster than the bus, and the punctuality is not dependable on traffic. Gdansk – Gdynia train usually leaves every 10-15 minutes until evening, then every 30 minutes until night, and every 2 hours during the night.

SKM Gdansk-Gdynia train

SKM Gdansk-Gdynia train

There is a variety of tickets to travel on SKM, including one ride tickets, 24-hour tickets, return tickets, group/family tickets and zone tickets. You need to consult their website to check, which ticket is best for you. Skycash App will automatically hint you with the ticket that best suits your needs.

SKM train tickets

Tickets are sold at the railway stations, automatic ticket machines on the phone (Skycash App) or on the board. If you buy the ticket from the cash desk at the railway station, make sure to validate it before you get on board. Tickets bought in the automatic ticket machine or by Skycash App don’t need to be validated. There are no validators inside the trains.

SKM train ticket validators

SKM train ticket validators

To buy the ticket on the board (there is an extra fee), you need to get in through the first door. Otherwise, the ticket inspector may stop you on your way to buy a ticket and fine you for not having one.

Unless you are a Polish citizen or have a permanent residence card you are not entitled to buy SKM reduced tickets.

SKM train ticket machines

SKM train ticket machines

MZKZG tickets (Metropolitarny ticket)

What is MZKZG? It is an association of cities around Gdansk, that decided to make it more convenient to travel in the area. MZKZG includes Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot and a couple of smaller cities around Tricity.

If you want to travel both bus/tram and SKM, or you plan to use public transport in Gdansk and other cities within MZKZG, you should consider buying a combined ticket. Using that ticket, it is possible to go by bus/tram and SKM train. One more advantage of this ticket is that one of them is valid for 72 hours! The types of tickets and their prices are as follow:

*You may buy a reduced MZKZG ticket for buses with your ISIC/EURO26 Student card, but unfortunately, unless you are a Polish citizen or have a permanent residence card you are not entitled to buy SKM reduced tickets. Combined tickets are difficult to buy. Usually, they are available in the main SKM stations, but the most convenient way is to install Jakdojade app on your phone and buy it inside the application.

What else should you know about public transport in Gdansk?

On-demand bus stops

At some bus stops, those marked “Na zadanie” or “NZ” you need to show the driver that you want to get on/off the bus. While inside, you need to press the “Stop” button, while waiting at the bus stop, you need to waive for the bus to stop.

Note that during the night, all the bus stops are “Na zadanie”

Time tickets expiry

Theoretically, you need to leave the bus after your ticket runs out of time. But if according to the schedule the bus was supposed to come to your destination within the validity of your ticket, but is late because of traffic, you can ride with that ticket even after it is void. But beware, that some ticket inspector will not be willing to apply that rule (even though it’s stated in the terms). Also, if you use the mobile app to buy the ticket, make sure to capture the screen with the ticket, as it may disappear once the ticket validity is over.

Bus stop boards

At some main bus and tram stops, there are electronic boards showing departures from the bus stop. If the information is “za XY min“, this is the real-time from GPS installed on the bus. If it shows the exact time of departure, this is the time according to the schedule, not the real-time info.

Public transport in Gdansk - bus stop board

Public transport in Gdansk – bus stop board

Airport connection

It’s easy and cheap to reach Gdansk airport by public transport. You just need a normal ticket, no extra fee is charged. Check Getting from Gdansk airport to the city centre by bus, train and taxi for more information.

Alternative to public transport?

Car sharing is getting more and more popular. It’s cheaper than taking a taxi and faster than public transport, so many people use it. Also, you may use the public bike system  – Mevo – for a short distance.

For more information and a voucher code for some minutes scooter ride check our article on car motorbike and scooter sharing in Gdansk and Mevo – a public bike system in Tricity and surroundings.

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23 Responses

  1. Kjartan Kjartansson says:

    Dear Sirs,
    What’s the difference between regular and reduced fared?

    Best regards

  2. Dear Sirs,

    What’s the difference between Regular and Reduced prices?
    Smething to do with age?

    Hope to hear from yuo soon.

    Best fregards

    • admin says:

      Hello

      As foreigner, you are entitled to a reduced ticket for buses (only!) if you are a student up to 26 years old, and you can prove it with an ISIC card or EURO26 “Student” card – those cards must be issued outside Poland.

      Cheers
      Maciek

      • admin says:

        Thanks Jeff, I’ll update the info. When you purchase the ticket, it’ll appear in the application under “show to control” menu. And yes, you may buy two tickets on a single phone – just need to follow the buying procedure once again. Both tickets will be visible in the app.

        Cheers
        Maciek

      • Marianne Olsen says:

        We are to people having a holliday in Gdansk. One is 70 years old. For our stay we want to buy 72 hours ticket for bus and tram. Where do we buy this tickets?
        Can we use this also in our trip from the airport to the city?

        Regards Marianne

        • admin says:

          Hello Mrs Thompson,

          If you are over 70 you don’t need to buy tickets for buses and trams within Tricity – just have your ID with you. As for the SKM trains – I would buy one-ride/return tickest (or other depending on where you want to go). 25% discount applies to You.

          Have a nice stay in Gdansk!

  3. JeffC says:

    Thanks for providing this resource. We are currently in Gdansk and are planning to purchase an “24hour ticket (all MZKZG+SKM train)” for each of us. I downloaded the Jakdojade app for Android and can see how to purchase the ticket (BTW – it does come up in English after the “Accept Terms” page). The question is how to use the ticket once it’s purchased and is there a way to buy tickets for two people on a single phone?

    Thanks in advance for the help.

  4. Eddy Privitera says:

    We are going to Gdansk on 29 May for 1 week. Which is the best public transport ticket to buy so we can travel by Bus, Tram and Train in Gdansk, Sopot & Gdynia , And which we can use also late evening ?

    • admin says:

      Hello Marianne
      If you are 70 years old and have your ID with you, you don’t need tickets for buses and trams – but still you need ticket for PKM and SKM trains!.
      The best way to buy 72 hour ticket is to use Jakdojade App. But if you want to buy paper ticket, you should ask at the Gdansk Train Station underground passage (look for ZTM Customer Service nr 3 or try at the train tickets cash desk) or at the post office in Dluga Street). The complete list where you can buy this ticket is here: https://mzkzg.org/punkty-sprzedazy-biletow-jednorazowych-24-i-72-godzinnych
      Yes, this ticket allows you to go to the airport with the bus, and if you buy the 46PLN/23PLN ticket, also with the PKM/SKM Train.

  5. Mrs Thompson says:

    We are going to gdansk for 2 weeks we are over 70 so we need to jump on and off transport what is best ticket to buy for all holiday,thank you

    • admin says:

      The easiest way is to buy two 72hours MZKZG tickets (46 PLN each) – this is the only ticket that allows you to use Bus, Tram and Train in Gdansk, Sopot & Gdynia and you don’t need to worry about it any more. But of course, it depends on how you plan your stay here. Maybe it is enough for you to buy Bus&Tram tickets and one-ride train ticket when you really need it.

      Cheers
      Maciek

  6. V. Kunkel says:

    So, there is no reduction for people over 70 on public transportation?

    • admin says:

      If you are over 60, there is 25% reduction on SKM trains. If you are over 70, you don’t need any ticket for buses or trams. You just need to carry your ID with you.

  7. Maria says:

    What is the name of your app on Apple devices for buying tram tickets? What is the cost of monthly Cards for students?

    • admin says:

      The App I use is Jakdojade and it works perfect.
      Monthly card for students for trams and buses costs 41-48 PLN, depending on whether you want it to be valid also on night buses.

  8. mattias says:

    hello if I buy the ticket MZKZG for 46zloty in the jakdojde app is it valid for all trams, busses and skm trains then? in just one city or in all 3? Gdansk , Gdynia and Sopot? I want to get around a bit so want to buy the best ticket for my reason

    and what’s the difference between the 72hour ticket for 30 zloty and 46? on the 30 zloty ticket its say ztmgda+zkmgdy+mzkwej

    have a nice evening
    mattias

    • admin says:

      Hello Mattias,
      46 PLN ticket is valid on buses, trams and trolleys in Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, and SKM nad PR (Przewozy regionalne) trains that run in Tricity.
      The difference between 46 PLN ticket and 30 PLN ticket is that 30 PLN ticket is NOT valid on the trains.

  9. Melvin says:

    Could you be so kind to link to the time tables for the bus going from and coming to the airport? The public transport website is not in English and translates poorly using google.

    Many thanks!

  10. admin says:

    Good idea, I’ll link them in the article. But to be quicker than that:

    This is bus 210 going from the opposite Main train station in Gdansk:
    https://ztm.gda.pl/rozklady/rozklad-210_20191123-8-2-dzien-20200219.html
    (all of them pass by airport, those with letter “a” end there.

    This is the same bus going from the airport:
    https://ztm.gda.pl/rozklady/rozklad-210_20191123-17-1-dzien-20200219.html

    This is the bus going from Gdansk Wrzeszcz train station to the airport:
    https://ztm.gda.pl/rozklady/rozklad-110_20191215-1-2-dzien-20200219.html

    And this is the same bus going from the airport to Gdansk Wrzeszcz
    https://ztm.gda.pl/rozklady/rozklad-110_20191215-1-1-dzien-20200219.html

  11. Marta says:

    I bought a 72 h ticket from the red machine for 28 PLN then I was stopped by a ticket inspector saying this is only a train ticket. How in the hell that is possible that a 72 h from that machine works only on trains and not on trams. These companies need better user interfaces.

    • admin says:

      I doublechecked on their website as I was afraid that I may have not updated the prices – but I can’t see any 72h ticket that costs 28 PLN. May you upload the picture somewhere? Were you given a fine or just a warning?

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