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.
The bus and tram network allows you to get to any place in the city, although it sometimes takes time to get there.
Public transport in Gdansk – buses and trams
Where to buy tickets
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.
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 need to buy a separate ticket, that is a little bit more expensive. However, if you have a 24hour ticket, it is valid also for night transportation. 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 ticket||regular price||reduced price*|
|1. One ride ticket|
|a) day lines||3,20 PLN||1,60 PLN|
|b) night lines||4,20 PLN||2,10 PLN|
|2. Time ticket|
|a) 1-hour ticket||3,80 PLN||1,90 PLN|
|b) 1-hour ticket – night lines||4,80 PLN||2,40 PLN|
|c) 24-hour tickets – valid on all lines||13,00 PLN||6,50 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.
If you travel without a valid ticket the fine is 133PLN if you pay it within 7 days, otherwise, it rises to 190PLN
Public transport in Gdansk – Water tram
A nice supplement to public transport in Gdansk is two 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. They both serve more as an attraction than means of transport and are often impossible to board except for on the first stop.
Price of the ticket for the water tram has risen since last year and is now 20 PLN (10 PLN reduced). Tickets may be obtained on Zegluga Gdanska website (until the day before the ride) or onboard.
Public transport in Gdansk – SKM train
Gdansk has no metro, but there is SKM train, that is a fast way to travel within the main communication route, as well as go to Sopot, Gdynia or even to Wejherowo. Travel 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. The trains on Gdansk-Gdynia route usually leave every 10-15 minutes until evening, then every 30 minutes until night, and every 2 hours during the night.
There is a variety of tickets to travel on SKM, including one ride tickets, 24hour 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, but unfortunately, it’s only in Polish.
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 onboard. Tickets bought in the automatic ticket machine or by Skycash App don’t need to be validated. There are no validators inside the trains.
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.
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 72hours! The types of tickets and their prices are as follow:
|24hour ticket for all MZKZG (only bus/tram)||15||7,50|
|72hour ticket for all MZKZG (only bus/tram)||30||15|
|24hour ticket (one city+SKM train)||20||10*|
|24hour ticket (all MZKZG+SKM train)||23||11,5*|
|72hour ticket (all MZKZG+SKM train)||46||23*|
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.
*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.
What else should you know about public transport in Gdansk?
On-demand bus stops
At some of the 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).
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 in the bus. If it shows the exact time of departure, this is the time according to the schedule, not the real-time info.
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, the public bike system – Mevo – may be used for short distance.