Poznan in Poland has an extensive transportation system consisting of several tram and bus lines. Even though a subway was planned once, the city decided against going underground. Instead, a so-called Fast Tram was built to cater for the needs of the people on the most important route. Both, public transport and taxis, are not very expensive in Poznan.
Transportation in Poznan is decent for a city of Poznan’s size. At the same time, the transportation network may be a little tough to understand for non-native Polish speakers as not all information is available in English.
If you are arriving by train, you’ll most likely arrive at Poznan Glowny where all regional and long distance trains terminate. The traffic junction is very important as nearly all commuter trains depart and arrive at Poznan Glowny and also most tram and bus lines got stops at or near the city’s main station.
Poznan has a very extensive tram network that is constantly expanding. Especially the ambitious project Poznan Fast Tram, a railway stretch which allows higher speed and faster stopping at the current six stations, makes transportation in Poznan a little easier each day.
On this very important stretch connecting Poznan with its biggest suburb, tram lines 12, 14, 15, 16 and 26 operate in a frequency of 2.5 minutes in rush hour. The other 14 tram lines operate on normal tram tracks and mostly have lower frequencies. The 340 trams of MPK Poznan carry way more than 100 million passengers each year, which means that the 19 tram lines transport more than 250.000 people a day from one place to another.
Even though the trams are the most important means of transport in Poznan, buses play a key role in the transportation network, too. As most people in the city use public transportation, there are dozens of interchange stations in-between trams as well as between buses and trams.
At the most important traffic junctions, more than a dozen different lines meet making exchanging quite easy. The price system in Poznan is easy to understand. There are three types of tickets which are all valid for both, trams and buses: Time tickets, single journey tickets and short-term tickets.
Another popular means of transport in Poznan are taxis. Compared to public transport, they are quite expensive, but for international travelers, they are cheap compared to prices in other cities. Nevertheless, it’s important to only order official taxis as some companies are known to overcharge tourists.
The official fares are not always charged according to the law, so be sure to always be aware of taxi drivers trying to cheat on you. Normally, the base fare for taxis in Poznan should be 5 Zloty (~ 1.20 Euro / 1.35 US-Dollar) while every further kilometer should be charged 2 Zloty (~ 0.45 Euro / 0.55 US-Dollar). Taxis from or to Poznan Airport shouldn’t cost more than 60 Zloty (~ 14.35 Euro / 16 US-Dollar).
Poznan is no overly touristic city, meaning that the choice of alternative modes of transport is limited compared to other cities. Yet, locals and tourists may make use of the recently introduced city bikes.
There are also some special transportation services for tourists in the city center. Even though these may be fun, you may always check prices before boarding to not get overcharged.