Distances are vast in Lódz, so depending on where you stay, you may find yourself mixing walking with taking trams, taxis, and the occasional pedicab.

On Foot -- The city's main boulevard, Piotrkowska, is largely closed to car traffic, so walking (or taking a pedicab) is the only way of getting down this street. It's around 4km (2 1/2 miles), end to end, and takes about 45 minutes to walk its length. Walking is also the best way to see the former Jewish ghetto. Elsewhere, going on foot is not much fun. The distances are too long, and there's not much to see along the way.

By Pedicab/Rickshaw -- Pedicabs whisk you from one end of Piotrkowska to the other in about 10 minutes for about 5 z with tip. Rates tend to go up sharply for destinations away from Piotrkowska; in these cases, be sure to negotiate the fare in advance.

By Tram/Bus -- Lódz has an excellent public transportation system of buses and trams. Tickets cost 2.40 z for a standard 30-minute trip and are available from newsagents.

By Taxi -- Taxis are cheap and plentiful. Figure on fares of 15 z to 20 z around town. Reputable firms include Merc Radio Taxi (tel. 42/650-50-50) and MPT Taxi (tel. 42/191-91).

By Bike -- Lódz is flat as a pancake, and car-free Piotrkowska is fun to cycle -- but rentals are few and far between; your best bet is to consult with the tourist information office.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.