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Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (IATA: GDN, ICAO: EPGD) is an international airport located near Gdynia, about 25 km by road.


How to reach your destination when arriving to the Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport?

* by taxi
A taxi from the airport costs about 120 PLN (Polish zloties), i.e. approximately 30 EUR. It is the easiest and quickest way to reach the hotel. The taxi rank is situated in front of the main entrance to the passenger terminal. Make sure that the taxi driver can confirm the price before you start the journey.

* by bus/trolley-bus
When arriving to Gdansk airport look for the bus number 4A. The bus leaves at: 6.50am, 8.00am, 9.30am, 10.30am, 12.10am, 3.00pm, 5.05pm, 6.30pm, 9.15pm (working days only) or 6.50am, 10.20am, 12.10am, 2.00pm, 6.30pm, 9.15pm (weekends),
You will be travelling from Gdansk Port Lotniczy (Gdansk Airport). The bus stops at the conference venue: it is the eighth stop, called Redłowo SKM - Park Technologiczny 01. The ticket can be bought on the bus. One ticket costs 4.00 PLN (about 1 EUR). When buying the tickets from the bus driver, you may have to buy a set of 5 tickets 2.00 PLN each, and you can pay only in PLN.


When planning the money exchange, please make sure that the exchange rate is reasonable. The rates differ depending on the place the exchange point is situated. Usually the lowest rate is offered at the ariports. If you need to exchange money there, do it on a small amount. Money can be easily exchanged in the "Kantors" located in the downtown where a good exchange rate is available.


Gdynia has a very well developed bus network. Each part of the city can be easily reached by bus or trolley-bus. One ticket costs 3,00 PLN (about 0.70 EUR) and can be bought directly from the bus driver.

There is also a wide range of taxi companies:
  • Taxi Plus Bis, phone: 58-771-12-22 and 609-711-711
  • Auto-Taxi-Nord, phone: 58-629-11-11 and 800-291-111
  • Euroschool Radiotaxi-Gdynia, phone: 58-629-80-00
  • Halo Express Taxi, phone: 58-623-18-18
  • Medyk-Taxi, phone: 58-665-57-77

A commuter train, known as SKM (Fast City Train), runs constantly between Gdynia, Sopot and Gdansk from 5 am till midnight, stopping at a dozen intermediate stations. The trains run every 5 to 10 minutes (not so frequently in the evening) and the trip to Gdansk takes about 35-40 minutes. You buy tickets at ticket offices in the stations or some newsstands and validate them in the yellow machines at the platform entrance. The fare depends on the distance. When buying a ticket, say the name of station you want to go to.


The cities of Gdynia, Sopot and Gdansk are called "Tri-City Complex" and are seldom visited apart from each other. Although each bears its own distinct identity they have become identified together. Those enjoying long walks may try to reach Gdansk (starting from Gdynia through Sopot) along the beach.

Having received its city rights in 1926, Gdynia is one of the youngest Polish cities and has about 251,000 inhabitants. With its very big and famous harbour, Gdynia is the sea capital of Poland. No other Polish town and only few European cities have such a long seafront and easy access to the sea. It is 12.5 km long, excluding the port area. Gdynia offers a great variety of tourist attractions. Its Music Theatre attracts culture friends from all over Poland. The Municipal Theatre is perhaps a little more "sepias", although also involved in music since it houses jazz events. Every summer at Gdynia, theatre lovers may watch the shows without leaving the beach since there are theatre performances on the so-called "Summer Stage". Fascinating items from the time when Gdynia was a little village are displayed in the "Museum of Gdynia". Visiting this museum, it is hard to believe that this forgotten village became "the Polish New York" (National Geographic) after only 13 years of development. Luxury shops, located next to large markets such as the famous Market Place (Hala Targowa), offer an excellent selection of goods. Open-air-events, such as New Years Eve, street basketball, may picnic, sea days, regatta and motor-cross tournaments attract thousands of inhabitants and visitors from other places. Politicians, social and business activists often choose Gdynia as place of their meetings. Fairs and exhibitions, such as "Europartenariat Poland 1994", "Baltic Sea Partenariat '96", or "Tourism in Kashubian Region" and many others, are also held in Gdynia.

Neighbouring Sopot is a seaside health resort with unusual microclimate. Beautiful wide beaches, a breezy boardwalk, elegant hotels with full amenities and a rich cultural program attract visitors from Poland and Europe.

Gdansk had a tumultuous history, with citizens from Germany, Poland and other countries contributing to its cosmopolitan air. After being overrun by the Teutonic Knights, Gdansk joined the Hanseatic League in the 14th century. In the 17th century, it was one of the few Polish cities to withstand the Swedish invasion. After World War I, it was declared the Free City of Gdansk/Danzig. On September 1, 1939, the first shots of World War II were fired at Westerplatte, a Polish garrison outside the city. The city was nearly levelled during the war and meticulously rebuilt for the next twenty years. In 1970, a massive demonstration against the Communist regime originated in the Gdansk Shipyard. Ten years later, another shipyard protest led to the creation of the Solidarity Labour Union. In 1990, former shipyard worker and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa was elected President of newly Democratic Poland.
In the Old Town, visitors can once again be impressed by the authentically restored city hall, the Neptune Fountain, the Arthur's Court, the Golden Gate, Green Gate and the gothic church of the Holy Virgin Mary. Along the waterfront the Old Crane, today a maritime museum, dominates the skyline. Westerplatte obelisk just outside the city, where the World War II began, and the Monument of Murdered Shipyard Workers, dedicated to the workers who died during anti-Communist demonstrations, are mementoes of the city's modern history. Also near Gdansk is the suburb of Oliwa, the site of an immense cathedral whose impeccable acoustics capture the magnificent sounds of the great organ during public recitals.
The city's most famous citizens include astronomer Johannes Hevelius, physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit, philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, writer Gunter Grass and, most recently, Lech Walesa.

The Kashubia Region surrounds the Tri-City area. Kashubia is a place where past and future meet. The picturesque scenery of the region leaves a powerful impression thanks to the dreams and aspirations of the residents; open and hospitable people who know their roots and maintain the work and faith of their forefathers. The beautiful culture of the Kashubians, their own language, rich traditions and deep love of nature have allowed them to preserve values which, combined with the modern world, form a unique landscape; a scenery which is full of warmth and unfathomable mystery, calm and cosiness. Kashubia is a region that extends over northern Poland. The region's natural treasures include water, forests, hills and flower-decorated meadows sheltering birds such as seagulls, swans, cranes, herons and storks, and animals such as wild boars, badgers, foxes, roe deer and red deer. Kashubia contains four national parks and almost fifty nature reserves (sheltering both flora and fauna). Kashubia is still in the process of becoming a popular tourist area. The region attracts all those who want to combine holiday relaxation with the discovery of the fascinating history and culture of this part of Poland.


Information about the Tricity Travel Guide
18th Annual
KES Conference
Gdynia, Poland
15, 16 & 17 September 2014