Travel within Łódź using buses and trams is efficient, fast and cheap; driving a car through the centre, on the other hand, can be confusing indeed, and the is best negotiated either on foot or by taking a cab. In this section you'll find all you need to know about getting around the city with general ease via bus, tram and taxi.
Public TransportŁódź can boast a well-developed network of bus and tram routes that traverse the city, however at the moment transit is very much under construction - to the point where running our usual tram map doesn't make sense. Be aware that delays are prevalent and factor extra time into your journey. The comprehensive website at www.mpk.lodz.pl features full English translation of content, including timetables for all routes, general information and ticket prices. A brief exploration of the website will reveal that venomous animals are banned from public transport, as are people who are ‘slovenly, scruffy or give off an offensive smell’. Reassuring, but in reality completely untrue. Tickets (bilety) can be purchased from most streetside kiosks and some onboard machines, and must be validated upon boarding the tram or bus by punching them into the metal boxes (kasowniks) found next to the doors. Failure to do so will result in a 108zł fine (if paid in 7 days; after it goes up to 270zł) if you’re caught by one of the undercover ticket inspectors. Prices are currently as follows:
2.80zł (1.40zł) 20 minutes
3.60zł (1.80zł) 40 minutes
4.40zł (2.20zł) 60 minutes
One day passes (valid till 23:59 that day) can be purchased from kiosks (Zone I: 11zł / 5,50zł Zone I + II: 13,20zł / 6,60zł). Both trams and buses usually operate from 05:00 until 23:00 after which night buses (marked with an N) serve the city.