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By Plane

Lech Waesa International Airport (Sowackiego 200; tel. 58/348-11-63; www.airport.gdansk.pl) is the main airport in northeastern Poland, and it has good direct domestic and international routes. Flights take off from here to major European cities including London (Luton and Stansted), Berlin, and several Scandinavian cities. It's served by, among others, LOT, SAS, and WizzAir. The airport is about 10km (6 1/4 miles) west of the city. Bus B is the economy option to get to town. It runs twice hourly during daylight hours to Gdansk Gówny (the central train station). Bus N3 is the night bus to the main railway station and the Wrzeszcz railway station. The trip costs 3 z. Leave about 40 minutes for the journey (more during rush hour). The Airport Bus (tel. 58/554-93-93 or 515/181-161; www.airportbus.com.pl), located outside the arrivals hall, takes you straight to Hevelius Hotel, a 15-minute walk from the Old City. It costs 9.90 z, and you must pre-book your ride. The Gdansk Shuttle (tel. 12/633-01-25 or 506/175-495) costs 79 z for up to four people and must be pre-booked, as well. A taxi from the airport to Gdansk costs about 50 z, to Sopot about 60 z, and to Gdynia 90 z. The taxi company recommended by the airport authorities is City Plus Neptune (tel. 196-86 or 58/511-15-55; www.cph.gda.pl).

By Train

For most arrivals, Gdansk Gówny train station (Podwale Grodzkie 1; tel. 194-36; www.pkp.pl), to the southwest of the Old City, is the first port of call. The Old Town is a 5-minute walk; use the underpass to cross the highway. Gdansk is well served by railroad, and departures to Warsaw and other major cities are frequent. Local trains to Sopot and Gdynia also depart from here.

By Bus

The main bus station, Dworzec PKS (3 Maja 12; tel. 58/302-15-32; www.pks.gdansk.pl), is located next to the train station. As Poland's Baltic hub, the city is a primary destination for domestic and international bus lines.

By Car

The roads to Gdansk are improving, but traffic nightmares are frequent. The major, and seemingly permanent, road work has badly tied up routes coming from all directions, so leave plenty of travel time. The main roads running south are the E75 to Torun and E77 to Warsaw. The E28 is the main route to the west toward Germany. Coming from the west, it skirts Gdansk as it heads south. The E28 is planned to be a major four-lane north-south artery. Once you arrive in the city, brace yourself for hour-long jams during the morning and evening rush hours. The drive from Warsaw may take anywhere from 4 to 5 hours.

By Boat

It is possible to arrive in Gdansk by ferry from Sweden. Polferries (www.polferries.pl) offers regular service between the Swedish port of Nynäshamm (60km/37 miles south of Stockholm) and Gdansk's Nowy Port (Przemysowa 1; tel. 58/343-00-78), which is 7km (4 1/4 miles) south of the city. From the train station, there aren't any convenient bus or tram connections to the ferry terminals. Taxi rides should cost around 30 z. The ferries depart from Sweden every second or third day at 6pm and arrive at noon the following day. Returns from Gdansk follow the same schedule. Stena Line (www.stenaline.pl) runs a similar service from the southern Swedish city of Karlskrona (500km/311 miles south of Stockholm) to Gdynia's passenger ferry port. In summer, the ferries make the 10-hour journey twice daily at 9am and 9pm.

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