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Wondering which transport to use while traveling in Eastern Europe?

If you have ever visited Eastern Europe, you obviously are aware of 1 thing – in these countries it might take a little longer to get from one city to another. While in the Western Europe train connections are very well developed (a useful example might be TGV in France), in a lot of Eastern European countries that may still be an issue. A great example, to discuss it more, is Poland. This is the biggest country in that region, which is very attractive for tourists, because:

– Poland can “offer” sea, mountains and many lakes;- Poland is a neighbour of many other smaller countries, which are a perfect destination for one or two days trip, (for example, Lithuania).

Wroclaw
Autor: Maciek Lulko
Źródło: http://www.flickr.com

Nonetheless, tons of tourists may be still disappointed. Why? The rason is pretty obvious. Many of them have heard that in Poland it is possible to see everything you want – sea, lakes, rivers and mountains (read something more). However, it is not repeatedly mentioned, that connection between these places is rather slow. Despite the fact that new train connections were introduced recently , most of them are still pretty slow. For example, it may take up to dozen hours to travel from the lakes to the mountains. Even though there are some express train, there are a great deal more expensive than the typical one. Coach companies do their best, to offer an alternative solutions. They offer fast and highly well organized bus connections, not just connecting big Polish cities, but neighboring countries. This is worth to note that bus firms perfectly fit into the market niche. Customers, tired with slow and always delayed trains, began to travel mostly by buses. Nonetheless, it is still worth to be aware, that there are not a lot of highways yet. It means that even though bus firms do their best to make travel as quick as possible, the travel time still hugely depends on existing roads. Thus, travel from one site of Poland to the other one, may still take a long time.

Wroclaw
Autor: HRS Poland
Źródło: http://www.flickr.com

Luckily, the situation has been noted by many airlines. Not that long ago, domestic flights were not that famous. Even though there were, for instance, flights to Wroclaw, there were quite expensive in comparison to trains or buses connections. In consequence, they were not very popular. It was qite similar case with flights to neighbouring countries, for example, flights from warsaw to Vilnius. A while ago, guys were travelling mostly by buses (click there). Luckily, the situation has changed a while ago. Airlines started to notice the huge potential in the needs of customers travelling on short distances. They not only introduced new connections between different Polish cities and neighbouring countries, but also started to have more competitive prices.

Thus, if you are going to travel around Eastern Europe, the main advice would be as following – remember to check plane connection first. It is not an advice you would find in travel guides or hear from local. However, trust me. It may save a lot of your precious time.