Almost every municipality in Poland has its own, local bus company, whose primary purpose is to connect the municipality's main city to the villages that surround it.
They are called PKS companies, and they are typically named, for example, PKS Poznań
. There are hundreds of them in Poland, and together they make a tight grid of destinations
in the entire country. In fact, there are almost no villages that are not connected to the grid through a PKS bus service. Please note that we are not talking about urban buses
that form part of a city's public transport network, but longer-distance buses that span the entire municipality around a city.
All PKS services also appear in e-podróżnik
Unfortunately, most (not all!) local bus companies are massively underfinanced and their buses are old, their services are infrequent, and they are quite unreliable. In fact, they are a relic of the country's
communist past. However, there are usually the only option for travelling to some villages in the country - and that's better than nothing.
Modern PKS bus
Modern PKS bus inside
Old PKS bus
Old PKS bus inside
The only reasonable way to look at the destinations of these local companies is to simply enter where you want to go on e-podróżnik
However, there are also two other methods for the daring. Firstly, you can visit the websites of these local bus companies to see their schedules and a list of destinations. Secondly, you can go to the PKS bus station
or PKS bus stop in your area and look at the departure tables there. Every city has a PKS bus station (called dworzec autobusowy/dworzec PKS) and potentially multiple PKS bus stops. Villages typically have one or two
PKS bus stops, depending on the size.
PKS departure table
Bus station in Gdańsk
tickets & prices
Buying tickets in PKS buses is a bit more tricky, mainly because it's usually a very old fashioned method.
PKS tickets do not have to be bought in advance. It is sometimes possible to do so, namely by finding the connection on e-podróżnik
and clicking "buy ticket",
but it is not necessary.
The typical way of buying tickets for PKS services is to buy them on the stop, in the bus. You simply enter the bus, ask the bus driver for a ticket (this can be difficult, bus drivers are notoriously bad at English
), pay in cash,
get a printed ticket, and hold on to the ticket for the entire journey.
The price of tickets depends on the bus company and route, but a rough estimate is 0.3 zł [0.07 EUR] per kilometer travelled.
Buying a PKS ticket