Taking public transportation in Poland can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are visiting for the short term and you are used to driving around. Coming from California, our public transportation pales in comparison to other cities like New York or Warsaw.
You will need to get a mobile sim card for the internet data and you can access the app. This is a useful app that can make your traveling in various Polish cities a breeze. It works when you take the Tram, Bus and Metro Train. Poland’s transportation runs using time limit. They also have daily, weekly and monthly passes for those that take public transport often.
You can visit their website and use it there. However, downloading their app is better as it has better interface and easier to use, so I suggest using their app.
Google Play – The google play app is free but it does come with ads to help support the developers. You can upgrade by paying about 7 zloty a year. It removes the ads and tells you all the departure times for the nearest bus stops/tram stops.
The iOS version costs 19 zloty one time fee. So if you are just in Poland for a few days to a few weeks, it is best to use an Android phone.
Installing and Using
Once you install the app, you will want to insert your credit card so that they can charge the fares on it. That way, you won’t have to worry about conversion rates. If you are here for a short period of time, then this will save you time trying to setup a payment system in Poland. You can also use Apple Pay and Blik as alternative payment options.
Go to settings and you will be able to select your payment method.
Once you got that handled, you are good to go.
Now I will show you how to use the app. It is very easy. Now when you go to the main screen, most of the time the phone will already auto locate where you are at. You will only need to enter your current location if you disable your GPS.
The good thing about this app is that you can also use the name of places and it will look for their actual address for you. If you have used it a few times, clicking on the “my location” will sometimes have preset locations for you. It helps if you don’t remember the actual street names.
Some Polish street names are quite long. Just remember:
- ulica = street
- ul = short form for street
After you have selected your destination, you can choose your departure time if you are going at a later time.
Once you hit enter, you are able to see the various options you have when it comes to what buses or trams you take. You can also tap on each individual trip to see where the specific stops are and where you should be heading to. Jakojade is smart and will give you many options to go to one place.
Once you have selected a route, you will want to select the buy ticket at the bottom with the yellow button.
When buying the ticket, you have 3 options. 20, 75 and 90 minutes. The 90 minute ticket costs 7 pln. Normally, for short trips, you only need 20 minutes.
Also, I would only buy the ticket when I board the bus. Otherwise, once your timer runs out, you can get fined when the bus ticket comes and check when it expired. I have gotten caught once, which cost me 160 pln. :X
Overall, the app is very easy to use and I highly recommend it for short trips less than a week. For longer term stay, you want to get the bus card for cheaper fares.