Poland - General Information
- 1 Country Name
- 2 State railway system
- 3 Official Website
- 4 Language
- 5 Currency
- 6 UIC code
- 7 Timetable
- 8 Maps
- 9 Gauge
- 10 Electrification
- 11 Rule of the road
- 12 Other Railways
- 13 Tourist Lines
- 14 Metro
- 15 Trams
- 16 Recent and future changes
- 17 Special Notes
- 18 See also
State railway system
Polskie Koleje Panstwowe (PKP)
numeric 51; alpha PL.
www.przewozyregionalne.pl/,informacje-biezace,s,0,569.html gives a list from the required table can be selected.
Sieciowy Rozkład Jazdy Pociągów published annually. Many amendments are issued during the timetable period so travellers are strongly advised to check updated timings on the Journey Planner.
www.przewozyregionalne.pl/w-regionach.html. Drill into the part of the country wanted and then select “Aktualności”.
A separate map with enlargements of the Warszawa and Katowice areas comes with the timetable, showing principal stations. It distinguishes electrified, narrow-gauge and broad-gauge lines plus rivers, canals and lakes. There are also map inserts every one hundred tables in the timetable and although both maps have been updated, some lines and and curves with no service for a number of years are still shown.
The main line network is Standard. In addition 394 km of a 1520mm gauge freight-only "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line) between Sławków near Katowice and Vladimir in Ukraine is in Poland but this is not shown on any timetable map. The LHS has a separate website lhs.pl which includes interactive maps and photographs, was formerly part of PKP and known as the "Steel and Sulphur Railway". A suggested extension into the Czech Republic would not appear to be going ahead. Other broad gauge tracks cross into Poland on routes from the Ukraine, Belarus and Kaliningrad.
Main line electrification is 3 kV dc.
Rule of the road
The last PKP operated Narrow Gauge scheduled passenger trains ran in July 2001 but a private Company SKPL, [Stowarzyszenie Kolejowych Przewozów Lokalnych] continues to operate regular services on part of ex PKP line 353 with timetables at www.skpl.kalisz.pl/rjp.shtml.
The DB subsidiary Usedomer Bäderbahn opened a 1.5 km extension from Seebad Ahlbeck Grenze to Świnoujście Centrum in Poland on 20 September 2008. Built mainly on a reinstated formation, there are plans to extend back into Germany to Garz Airport. There will be no physical connection to the PKP network which is on the opposite side of the River Odra.
See Gauge for details of the "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line).
A number of ex PKP narrow gauge lines offer tourist or charter services. Those believed to be operating to various degrees are
116 between Pinczow and Jedrzejow 118 Strachowice Wschod - Lipie 119 Przeworsk – Dynów 167 Bytom – Miasteczko Śląskie 169 Stanice - Rudy - Stodoly 305 from Opatowek 319 Środa – Zaniemyśl 376 Gryfice - Pogorzelica 379 Koszalin Wąsk to Rosnowo 391 Gniezno – Anastazawo 457 from Nowy Dwór Gdański 463 from Znin 550a from Nałęczów 611 from Piotrókow Trybunalski 619 from Sochaczew 622 Rogow - Biala Rawska 623 Piaseczno – Tarczyn 624 from Elk. Ex Forestry Railways at Cisna, Czarna Białostocka, Hajnowka and Płociczno also offer tourist services. Others where services may recommence are:
378 from Stargard Szczecinski 378a from Trabki to Insko 462 from Białośiwie This list is suspected to be incomplete so any further information would be welcomed.
Warszawa www.metro.waw.pl. Two extensions opened in 2008, from Marymont to Słodowiec on 23 April, and onwards to Młociny on 27 October so Line 1 is now 23km long. The construction of an East - West line with two branches on the east-side of the city is planned with the route already shown on a website map, with possibly a third short line to the south-east inner suburbs later.
Bydgoszcz, Częstochowa, Elbląg, Gdańsk, Gorzów, Grudziądz, Katowice area [no longer including Gliwice as this part of the system was closed on 31 August 2009], Kraków, Łódź, Poznań, Szczecin, Toruń, Warszawa, Wrocław.
Recent and future changes
The 2009 Timetable period has once again seen closures, [two of which only reopened in December 2008], plus a number of long distance bus substitutions of Posp trains [those in red in the printed timetable] following their transfer to PKP IC on 1 December 2008 with PKP PR also bus substituting some local services, or completely withdrawn others! Conversely PKP PR have introduced a number of long distance Inter-Regio services [shown in Blue in the on-line PDF files] and there have been line re-openings.
105 Part Bukowno to Jaworzno Szczakowa on 1 September 2009 when TLK pair withdrawn 114 Tomasźow Mazowiecki – Skarźysko Kamienna train services withdrawn on 31 July 2009 and partially bus substituted as it crosses a Regional Boundary 123 Horyniec Zdroj - Hrebenne bus substituted from 1 September 2009 125 Tarnobrzeg – Dębica Local trains from 9 August and Posp services from 1 September 2009 all bus substituted 126 [Part 125 in Quail]: Rzeszów – Kolbuszowa bus substituted from 13 August 2009 136 Nowy Sącz – Nowy Sącz Miasto service withdrawn 31 August 2009 Part 147 Skoczów - Bielsko Biała Główna local trains withdrawn with only IC service summer dated, so no service from 2 September 2009 Part 154 Chybie – Zory service withdrawn 1 September 2009 235 Nysa - Kamieniec Zabkowicki service withdrawn 1 September 2009 249 Legnica – Jerzmanice Zdroj service withdrawn 30 August 2009 252 Lubań Śląski – Zgorzelec service withdrawn 31 August 2009 300/315 The East to South curve from Zamków to Ponetów had a daily passenger service from 17 December 2008 to 9 January 2009 only 300/360 the Warsawa – Szczecin pair via the Poznań northern freight ring were diverted to call at Poznań Głowny from 1 March 2009 355 Summer only service via Rzepin avoiding line cancelled before running 431 Part Brodnica – Dzialdowo bus substituted 2 September 2009 Part 514 Mikołajki – Ełk service withdrawn 31 August 2009 554 Rejowiec - Zawada / Zamość - Hrebenne bus substituted from 1 September 2009 556 Stalowa Wola Pld. – Zwierzyniec bus substituted from 1 September 2009 557 Bełzec – Zwierzyniec – Zamosc bus substituted from 1 September 2009 608/613 Timetabled summer only pair via P odg Warszawa Gocławek – P odg Warsawa Antoninów rerouted before running in 2009 Re-openings
100/109 A pair of IR trains introduced via curve between Żelisławice and Włoszczowa Poludnie [FO out, MO return] so use resumed on 4 September 2009 204 Wrocław Psie Pole – Trzebnica branch reopened 20 September 2009 403 Szymankow - Nowy Dwór Gdański limited dated service by Arriva PCC from Malbork between 4 July and 29 August to link with preserved NG line Part 415 Kwidzyn - Grudziądz from 1 March 2009 420/430 Bydgoszcz Wschód - Maksymilianowo A pair of summer only overnights were diverted via this route from 19 June 2009 604/605 The 1.8km connecting curve from Czachówek Poludniowy - Czachówek Wschodni is used by four pairs of trains from Warszawa Wschodnia - Góra Kalwaria [one continuing to Pilawa] from 1 June 2009 The introduction of Schengen controls from 1 January 2008 lead to the reinstatement of cross border rail services with the Czech Republic and a FSSuO Trutnov [CD] - Lubawka - Sędzisław - Jelenia Gora summer only service duly commenced on 4 July 2008. Kořenov ČD to Szklarska Poręba Górna is also planned to reopen in 2010. In addition PKP/CD/ZSR locomotives now work deeper into neighbouring countries, for example the previous passenger loco changes at Petrovice u Karvine have been relocated to Bohumin in the Czech Republic. In recent years some Regional Authorities have invested in new or second hand Railbuses/EMU’s and line reopenings currently believed to be under consideration are :-
126 [Part 125 in Quail] Kolbuszowa - Ocice 223 Wrocław Głowny – Świdnica Miasto [blank in 2009 timetable and has not yet commenced] 230 Krosnowice Kłodzkie – Stronie Śląskie 333 Czerwieńsk – Guben [DB] timetabled for 1 June 2009 but deferred 358a Guben [DB] – Lubsko - Żagan 365 Kalisz Pomorski to Wałcz 381b Lipusz - Bytów 386 Świdwin to Połczyn Zdrój 416 Part Kowalewo Pomorskie to Golub Dobrzyn 503a Elbląg – Braniewo [summer only reinstatement proposed] 515 Pisz - Ełk Gdansk Zaspa – Gdansk Airport - Kartuzy Passenger services are also proposed on previously freight only lines:
Komorów to Prusków on the separate and privatised Warsawa Surburban Railway WKD. Warsawa Słuzewiec – Okecie Airport [with new parts built underground] With Poland being joint hosts of the 2012 European Football Championships with Ukraine there were plans for Katowice Airport to be connected to the PKP network but this has now been cancelled, and a temporary passenger service on the Broad gauge LHS was suggested but now thought unlikely as the stadium in Katowice was not selected. Many main stations are also planned for refurbishment with Warszawa Centralna requiring closure of the approach tunnels with most long-distance trains diverted to Warszawa Gdanska for two years. Work to adapt Gdanska was planned to be completed by December 2009 but appears delayed.
Public consultation has commenced for the planned KDP (Koleje Duzej Predkosci) “Y” of new High Speed Lines connecting Warsawa, Łodz and Kalisz with Poznan and Wroclaw with a target for completion in 2019. For this Lódz Fabryczna would be rebuilt as an underground station on a cross-city tunnel to Kaliska station for through-running onto the line to Zgierz to the north with tracks going into tunnel from Łódz Widzew.
Changes with the timetable commencing 14 December 2008: 106 Koniecpol - Starzyny Service withdrawn 136 Nowy Sącz – Nowy Sącz Miasto Reopened but closed on 31 August 2009 151 Tychy – Tychy Miasto 200/315 p.odg Borszewice – podg Dionizow East to North curve at Zdunska Wola with new scheduled use 230 Międzylesie – Lichkov ČD reopened after Electrification 235 Nysa - Kamieniec Zabkowicki lost all local services so was used only by a pair of dated winter/summer Posp’s until withdrawal on 1 September 2009 245 Wałbrzych Gł - Kłodzko Gł The reopening shown in the timetable was delayed slightly due to uncompleted infrastructure works. 246 Brzeg – Nysa reopened 249 Legnica – Jerzmanice Zdroj reopened with a daily service, this was quickly reduced to FSSuO and then withdrawn totally on 30 August 2009 252 Lubań Ślaski – Zgorzelec reopened but closed on 31 August 2009 267 part Lubin Gorniczy – Rudna Gwizdanow reopened 315 initially showed no local services south of Ponetów meaning the curve from p odg Dionizow to Zdunska Wola would have lost all passenger use but the timetable was re-issued from 17 December with two Zdunska Wola – Ponetów – Kutno daily pairs using the curve from Ponetów to Zamków on T300. These only ran until 9 January 2009 when they were cut back to Kraski. 321 summer overnight Jelenia Gora - Gdynia via Ostrow was confirmed as using the north end connections at Jarocin but a starter from Jarocin towards Krotoszyn has 10 minutes rather than 9 to Golina so is thought to be a reopening of the line southbound from the east side platforms 333 Czerwiensk - Guben [DB] timings from 1 June 2009 were printed but this did not commence 345 The Berlin – Warsawa overnight is rerouted via Kostrzyn, Pila and Bydgozscz rather than Poznan and Frankfurt Oder 361/370 The Szczecin Dąbie avoiding curve has a reinstated summer only service 382 Msice – Mielno Koszalinskie No timings published in the printed timetable but even though this 2008 summer reopening made a loss, a 20 June to 31August 2009 service did run 601/420 Łodź Widzew – Zgierz dated overnight pair listed but were cancelled before they ran 604 Luków – Pilawa Local services withdrawn again Scheduled steam services in year commencing 14 December 2008:
The world famous daily scheduled steam services from Wolsztyn continue following a 5-year subsidy program agreed in 2008 and these are identified in the timetable by Pictograms. The agreement sees two daily steam powered pairs on table 328 as listed on www.parowozy.com.pl/fahrplan.htm subject to short notice change with daily reports available on this locally run website in Polish and German at www.parowozy.com.pl/newsd.html Steam engine Pictograms appear elsewhere in the timetable on specified dates on 120 on a circuit round Krakow [but these are not thought to have run] and from the steam museum at Chabówka on 135 to Zakopane and 136 to Dobra k. Limanowa, from Wolsztyn via 330 to Wrocław, 340 for the annual train from Poznan to Kołobrzeg on 30 May 2009 [no longer continuing onto the closed non-passenger Harbour branch], 426 for the Jazz festival train to Zakrzewo Złotowskie on 11/12 July 2009, and from Gdynia on 400 on five dates and 440 on eleven dates.
Changes during the 2008 timetable period: Closures
100/109 Service via curve between Żelisławice and Włoszczowa Poludnie Last train 8 December 2007 [See 2009 section for later service] Part 306, part 308, 309 SKPL Narrow gauge passenger services radiating from Krosniewice were withdrawn on 31 March 2008 after a number of deferments. Part 353 SKPL NG Scheduled service between Sniaty and Wielichowo withdrawn from a new timetable on 1 January 2008. The last train would have run on the last day of school term prior to Christmas. Part 353 SKPL NG Scheduled services withdrawn from Śmigiel to Sniaty on 28 March 2008 360/370 Szczecin Dąbie avoiding curve. Summer only use not scheduled so last train on 2 September 2007, but resumed in 2009 Part 415 The service between Grudziądz and Kwidzyn was withdrawn on 31 January 2008 due to poor condition of track. Resumed from 1 March 2009 with Arriva PCC Re-openings
105 Part Bukowno to Jaworzno Szczakowa with a Warsawa – Olkusz – Gliwice TLK SSuX pair. Withdrawn 1 September 2009 166 Gliwice - Bytom from 31 January 2008 247 The cross border line from Trutnov/Královec in the Czech Republic to Lubawka reopened on 5 July 2008 with a Summer weekend only service using PKP DMUs. Services were popular and extended until 12 October 2008 when suddenly withdrawn following an objection from the Polish Regional Authorities that the units they had subsidised purchase of should not be operating into the Czech Republic. The disagreement was resolved and the service operated again in 2009. 250 Part Lwówek Śląski to Zebrzydowa 267 Part Legnica - Lubin Górniczy A reinstated local service resumed from an unknown date slightly later than the timetable change in December 2007 300/315 North to East curve between p.odg Borysławice and Kłodawa 300/315 West to South curve between Barłogi and Ponętów with a very limited dated scheduled service. Withdrawn in 2009 300/360 A Warsawa – Szczecin pair again diverted via the Poznań northern freight ring avoiding Poznań Głowny. Withdrawn again 1 March 2009 Ex 317 Part. SKPL The Narrow Gauge line from Pleszew Miasto to Pleszew Wąsk on 1 May with three pairs SSuX. Withdrawn from later unknown date 335 Part Rzepin to Międzyrzecz 355 Summer only service via Rzepin avoiding line 382 Msice – Mielno Koszalinskie The timetabled seasonal reopening from 31 May 2008 was delayed but commenced on 19 July and ran until 31 August Part 416 from Bydgoszcz to Chelmza on 13 November 2008 418 Part Płock – Sierpc 420/430 Ex 416 Summer only use resumed with pair booked via Bydgoszcz Wschod 431 Part Brodnica – Dzialdowo A daily pair re-introduced after last trains had run on 2 September 2007. Closed again on 1 September 2009 511 Ketrzyn - Wegorzewo A private Company advertised and operated timetabled services on SSuO and Holidays between 20 July and 31 August 2008. These ran again on reduced dates in 2009. Part 515 Szczytno – Pisz on 1 January 2008 608/613 Timetabled summer only pair via P odg Warszawa Gocławek – P odg Warsawa Antoninów to avoid reversing at Warsawa Wschodnia Other significant changes
122 The Krakow - Kiev train pair were shown reinstated from 31 May 2008 with timings suggesting use of the standard gauge route from Przemysl and gauge changer at Mostiska 2, but 2009 travellers report continued use of the Przemysl gauge changer westbound 151 Part Tychy – Tychy Miasto Timetabled services from 1 September 2008 did not resume until the 2009 Timetable year 300 The “Jan Kiepura” overnight ex Warsawa was extended to Amsterdam 345/355 Timetabled diversions from T300 on the rebuilding of the river bridge at Frankfurt via the north to west curve at Kostrzyn on listed dates. 365 The timetabled services were bustituted but trains resumed from Pila to Walcz from 1 September 367 Szczecin Głowny – Trzebież Szczecinski The timetabled seasonal reopening from 21 June to 31 August SSuO was cancelled 536 Ołecko - Suwałki service now all year-round 604/100 Luków – Pilawa - CML A day coach added between Katowice and Terespol to the previous sleeper only Praha – Moscow service The operation of all Posp trains [those in red in the printed timetable] were transferred to PKP IC with effect from 1 December 2009 with corresponding changes to ticket availability. Changes during the 2007 timetable period: Closures
Part 115: Tarnobrzeg - Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski No service in published timetable and it is believed the daily service had been withdrawn from an unknown date in late 2006 Part 131 Local services between Biecz and Jasło withdrawn again from unknown date, leaving just one dated Stróże – Zagórz pair Part 154: Chybie – Zory The 2006 Summer only pair were not listed in the 2007 printed timetable. Therefore no service after 4 September 2006 until reinstated on 1 June 2007. Withdrawn again 1 September 2009 Part 215: Opołe Gl. – Bispupice Oławskie service withdrawn 9 December 2006, but reinstated on 1 February 2007 245 Walbrzych Gl.- Klodzko Glowny Withdrawal on 2 September 2007. Reopened January 2009 246: Nysa – Brzeg service withdrawn 9 December 2006. Reopened December 2008 Ex 317 Part. SKPL operated passenger services ceased on the Narrow Gauge line from Pleszew Miasto to Pleszew Wąsk on 26 March 2007. Later reopened and closed again! Part 320: Wieluń Dąbrowa – Kępno service withdrawn 9 December 2006, later reinstated on 1 June 2007 Part 410: Torun Wschodni –Sierpc closed for the third time on 1 February 2007, but reopened to the same timings as before on 12 March 2007 Part 431: Brodnica – Dzialdowo All local services withdrawn on 1 February 2007 leaving just one summer only pair between 23 June and 2 September 2007. Closed again 1 September 2009 Part 515: Szczytno – Pisz closed on 1 February 2007. Reopened 1 January 2008 602 Łowicz Główny – Zgierz Local services withdrawn on 9 December 2006 and booked for use by a summer only service until 3 September 2007. It is believed local trains had by then been reinstated but were withdrawn again on 30 September 2007 due to poor track condition. No use in 2008. Re-openings
126 [Part 125 in Quail]: Rzeszów - Kolbuszowa on 1 March 2007 268 [Part 206 in Quail]: ČD corridor trains commenced calling at Głuchołazy station in Poland from the 10 December 2006 and from 27 January 2007 two pairs of cross border weekend and Summer trains from Nysa re-opened the line from Nowy Świętow to Głuchołazy. 315 Chorzew Siemkowice and Zdunska Wola Local services resumed on 10 December 2006 Part 358 Żagań to Niegosławice on 10 December 2006 359 Żary to Węgliniec on 10 December 2006 Part 365 Piła Główna – Wałcz on 1 February 2007. Other significant changes
113 Radom – Drzewica The daily Lublin – Poznan train was re-routed, but the line remains in passenger service as local trains had been reinstated on 1 September 2007. Summer only Kielce – Słupsk ran this way in 2009 230 Miedzylesie to Lichkov [ČD] Temporarily closed on 6 May 2007 for electrification works. Reopened 7 December 2008 320/360 Diversions via Poznan Franowo continued but some were additionally scheduled to use Poznan Kobylepole – Zieliniec from 27 October 2007 418 Kutno - Płock None of the local services shown in the timetable under note F ran after 9 December 2006 leaving just a daily pair to and from Poznan. Local services later reinstated on 15 October 2007. 604 Luków – Pilawa Two SSuX local train pairs re-introduced in addition to use by the non-stop Praha – Moscow pair. 609 Part Radzymin - Tłuszcz: Reduced to one daily pair except in peak summer. For details of older changes dating back to the year 2000 go here.
The funding of local services has transferred to Regional Authorities. Some are pro-Rail to the extent of paying for new stock and re-opening lines, but others have reduced funding available and service cuts occur when contracts are renegotiated.
Previous timetables showed many trains marked with a note “G”, "trains run until further notice only" warning of a possible withdrawal or “F”, “runs when advertised or required” which indicated a potential reopening or service enhancement from a date to be confirmed.
As a guide to travellers, the following current tables have at some point had their complete service marked “G” so are considered to be the lines most under threat of closure:-
132 Rzeszów – Jasło 133 Nowy Zagórz – Krościenko – Hirov (Ukraine) 134 Zagórz – Łupków 137 Sucha Beskidszka – Zywiec 139 Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Lanckorona – Wadowice 141 Skawina – Oswiecim 170 Fosowskie – Tarnowskie Gory 173 Czestochowa – Chorzow Siemkowice 201 Opole – Kluczbork 202 Opole – Nysa 230 Klodsko Gl – Kudowa Zdroj 235 Legnica – Jaworzyna Śląska – Kedzierzyn Kozle 245 Klodsko Gł. - Wałbrzych Gł 250 Jelenia Góra – Lwówek Śląski – Zebrzydowa 255 Lubań Śląski – Wegliniec 267 Legnica – Rudna Gwizdanow 315 Herby Nowe – Zdunska Wola Karsznica/Zdunska Wola – Inowroclaw 320 Herby Nowe – Weiluń Dabrowa 321 Gniezno – Jarocin – Krotoszyn – Grabowno Wielkie 323 Kąkolewo – Jarocin 343 Zbąszynek – Międzyrzecz 350 Ostrow – Krotoszyn 350 Leszno – Głogów 356 Zielona Gora – Zary 372 Wysoka Kamienska - Kamien Pomorski 375 Kołobrzeg – Goleniów 384 Sławno – Darłowo 385 Chojnice – Szczecinek – Runowo Pomorskie 410 Torun Wschodni - Lipno – Sierpc – Nasielsk 418 Kutno – Płock 424 Chojnice – Kościerzyna 429 Laskowice Pomorskie – Szlachta – Czersk – Bąk 429 Szlachta – Lipowa Tucholska 431 Wierzchuchin - Laskowice Pomorskie – Grudziądz –Jablonowo Pomorskie – Brodnica 440 Wierzchuchin – Kościerzyna 451 Lębork – Łeba 503 Gutkowo – Braniewo 505 Braniewo – Bogaczewo 514 Czerwonka – Mikołajki 515 Szczytno – Pisz 530 Kuźnica Białostocka – Grodno [Belarus] 543 Czeremcha – Białystock 543 Czeremcha – Vysokolitovsk [Belarus] 553 Lukow – Deblin 555 Lublin – Stalowa Wola Rozwadow Corridor Trains: None.
Some observations on PKP timetable notations:
(A) Working days except Saturdays i.e. SSuX (B) daily except Saturdays, i.e. SX (C) Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, i.e. SSuO (D) Mondays to Fridays except holidays, i.e. SSuX (E) Mondays to Saturdays except holidays, i.e. SuX (F) runs when advertised or required (G) runs until further notice Codziennie Daily Do until or to do odwołania until further notice Gł., Główny main station I And Kursuje Runs Od from or since Oprocz Except Oraz As well as p (przyjad) Arrive po, z, ze from or after po ogłoszeniu [from] when advertised p.odg. (posterunek odgałęzny) junction Poza tym Besides Przez Via Swiat Holidays W On Wąsk. (wąskotorowa) narrow gauge Na odcinku ……. ruch pociagów zawieszony do odwołania On the section…. no scheduled trains until further notice
Train numbers prefixed A are worked by bus.