With its beautiful buildings, preserved traditions, and friendly locals, Poland is a creative, artistic, and colorful nation. Poland is often overlooked when traveling and is considered boring, gray and industrial, but that’s just not true! Rent a car and explore Poland’s majestic national parks, stunning beaches and picturesque villages. Hope you enjoy this Poland itinerary.
Poland travel route
Poland is underestimated! Its location makes it less crowded than places like Italy or France. The beer is good and the food is hearty. Popular cities like Krakow and Gdansk may have crowds, but if you step out onto the open road, Poland is peaceful and calm.
Warsaw and Krakow are the two main airports in Poland. Depending on which airport you are flying to, you may want to change this 2 week Poland route.
The route starts and ends in Warsaw, but if you start from Krakow you can follow this route: Krakow> Wroclaw> Gdansk> Warsaw> Zalipie> Krakow
Day 1-2: Warsaw
Warsaw will surprise you! Let yourself be surprised! Despite the bombing in World War II, the city has a colorful old town, as well as younger, more cosmopolitan areas with street art and a neon museum.
Discover the old town squares, the city markets and the surprising hipster district of Warsaw!
Zalipie painted village
Visit the hidden gem of Poland on your way from Warsaw to Krakow: the painted village of Zalipie! The village is a bit off the direct route, but it is definitely worth it.
Every house in the village has been adorned with floral designs for years, including walls, doors, sheds and fences. You should visit the village for great photos and learn about the unique folk culture of Poland.
Getting there: The drive from Warsaw to Zalipie takes 3.5 hours.
Day 3-5: Krakow – The best of Poland
Krakow is Poland’s most popular city, and for good reason! With cobblestone streets, incredible restaurants, an annual Christmas market, and historic neighborhoods, it’s famous for its charm.
The city is also known for its proximity to Auschwitz – one of the largest Nazi concentration camps where over a million Jews lost their lives. During your visit to Krakow, we strongly recommend that you visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. Yes, it’s depressing, but historically it’s a must see.
Discover the huge underground chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which stretch over 300 km! In comparison, they pale similar mines in Austria and Germany.
The direct drive from Warsaw to Krakow takes 3.5 hours, but we recommend stopping at the painted village of Zalipie en route. The drive from Zalipie to Krakow takes 1.5 hours.
Public transport: the train service from Warsaw to Krakow runs every 2.5 hours; Buses run every 4 hours.
Day 6-7: Wroclaw
Wroclaw, pronounced ‘vrots-wahf’, has many bizarre sights, traditions and stories to tell. Whether on the hunt for the gnomes hidden all over the city or while watching the famous lantern lighters, something different and exciting is always on offer here.
There is also a beautiful old town in true Polish style with its colorful townhouses, cobbled squares and impressive cathedrals. In addition, it is close to the Książ Castle in Poland and the incredible Adrspach-Teplice Park in the Czech Republic!
Krakow to Wroclaw: 3 hours drive. There is also a direct train that takes four hours.
Day 8-10: Poznan or Lodz
Take a break on the way to Gdansk by stopping in either Poznan or Lodz. Both cities can be reached by car in 2.5 hours from Wroclaw.
Poznan has one of the most picturesque city squares in Poland, as well as a beautiful town hall. At noon, watch two mechanical goats head butt each other twelve times on the town hall clock. It is similar to the famous Marienplatz in Munich with its knight tournaments. Polish history and modernity are perfectly reflected in this city.
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Alternatively, visit Lodz, a city largely unknown to tourists. Restaurants and hipster bars now occupy former factories in the city. The industrial look goes well with the beautiful street art that is scattered all over the city.
Day 11-13: Gdansk
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Poland’s northernmost city, Gdansk, is the perfect place to end your Poland itinerary. There are endless rows of rainbow-colored villas and intricate carvings in Warsaw, possibly the liveliest of all Polish cities to date.
You should also set aside a full day to explore the countryside around Gdansk. The beach of Sopot, the Kepa Redlowska National Park and the round fortress at the mouth of the Vistula are just some of the highlights.
Getting to Gdansk: The drive from Poznan or Lodz to Gdansk takes about four hours. If you don’t have a car, you can take a train to Gdansk from either city.
Day 14: End of your Poland road trip
Check beforehand whether you have the option of flying home from Gdansk. There are a limited number of international flights from Gdansk. If you can’t, head back to Warsaw for your flight, which takes 4 hours by car or 3.5 hours by train.
Travel expenses in Poland
It is very cheap to travel in Poland! The cost of direct trains can range from $ 15 to $ 30, and the cost of buses is a fraction of that. Eating and drinking is particularly cheap in Poland, a traditional Polish dish from Pierogi costs only 4 USD and beer only 50 cents!
- Hotel: USD 30-80 per night
- The cost of a night in a hostel is between 15 and 30 USD
- Around $ 15 to $ 25 a day for food
- Transportation: USD 10-40 per day
- The gas price is $ 1.15 per liter (3.7 liters per gallon).
A guide to getting around Poland
Getting around Poland is easy, with good public transport links for a reasonable price. Although the distances between cities are long, renting a car is a great way to explore off the beaten path in Poland.
When is the best time to travel to Poland?
A good time to travel to Poland is between March and June. The weather is pleasant and the flowers are in bloom so you can have fun as you drive through the beautiful green landscape full of wildflowers. If you’re also keen to see Zalipie’s famous painted house competition, June is a wonderful time to visit!
Christmas markets in Poland
Poland is also known for its cold winters and great Christmas markets. A visit in December allows you to see the diversity of Christmas traditions from city to city, stunning twinkling lights and frozen lakes.
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