Wrocław Main Train Station [Dworzec Główny]

Recently the beneficiary of a massive 293 million złoty investment, Wrocław’s main train station has never looked better. Completed in 1857, this grandiose Neo-Gothic building, with its decadent exterior of turrets and crenellations, has been given a fresh blaze of bright orange-yellow paint – and while not necessarily the colour we would have chosen, it certainly makes an impression. Looking like a grandiose palace from its early days, the station finally has the surrounding grounds to match, with a green public square replete with dozens of benches and two playful fountains to replace the car park and gas station that formerly stood in front of the entrance. There’s even covered bicycle parking and a new underground parking complex nearby (follow the signs).

Inside, all the elegant architectural details of the original design have been brought back to life, while new digital displays give you all the arrival and departure info you need. Modernised to be completely handicap accessible, there are even handy conveyors to put your luggage on if you chose the stairs. Other amenities include 24-hour ticket windows, automated ticket machines inside and out, an information desk (open 07:00 - 21:00), lockers and a left luggage service, ATMs (bankomat), currency exchange offices (kantor), comfortable waiting rooms (including a VIP section), and a plethora of shops, restaurants and cafes. Overall it adds up to the most convenient, comfortable, and easy to navigate train station in Poland.

If in a rush, remember that you can buy tickets on board the train from the conductor, though you’ll pay a hefty surcharge. Station departures (odjazdy) are listed on the yellow timetables and arrivals (przyjazdy) on the white ones. Check the large digital display board for the number of the platform (peron). Visit the Polish railways website at rozklad.pkp.pl – which has limited but effective English language functionality – to check the times ahead of travelling.

As for getting into town, you are basically in it, with most of the city’s hotels and hostels within 15mins walking distance. You can take a tram two stops north to Galeria Dominikańska to get a bit closer to the market square (head west from there), or hop in one of the taxis waiting of front of both station entrances.

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Open 24hrs. Note that due to system maintenance seat reservations cannot be made from 23:30 to 01:00.

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ul. Piłsudskiego 105

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(+48) 22 39 19 757 (from foreign mobile phones)

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