Arriving to Wroclaw by train


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Polish rail network is pretty well developed and Wroclaw is important point. In anticipation of the 2012 European Football Championships Wroclaw's main train station is presently undergoing major renovation works on the entire building, including the interior, exterior, tracks, platforms, facilities and even the area surrounding the train station. Works are not scheduled to be complete until 2012. To deal with this, the city, instead of approaching the work in sections, has essentially shut off access to 90% of the station complex and set up a temporary station building at 10/12 Sucha Street, on the eastern side of the main station complex.

To their credit, they've done a decent job of this. In this temporary building there are 18 ticket windows and you'll find most everything else you need, including an information point, 3 ATMs (bankomats), 2 toilets (one for disabled people), lockers and vending machines with coffee and sandwiches. Outside the building on the sidewalk street vendors have also set up selling food and drinks, as well as kiosks with phone cards and the like. Luggage storage is also available here. However, because a large station complex has been condensed into a much smaller one, travelers need to allow themselves extra time to deal with extended queues and general confusion, commotion and disorientation. This cannot be stressed heavily enough. The area has been well-marked. If departing from Wroclaw by train, follow Pilsudskiego Street  east, following the crowds and signs to Dworzec Tymczasowy. You will make a right into a tunnel where there is platform access. You must pass through this tunnel to the other side to reach the new station building and ticket windows. If pressed for time, remember that you can buy tickets from the conductor on-board the train for a small price mark-up. If you are arriving in Wroclaw, following the signs to 'Centrum Miasto' – the city centre – is pretty straightforward and will put you on Pilsudskiego Street. Most of the city's hotels and hostels are within 15 minutes walking distance, and given that getting anywhere near the Old Town on public transport requires you take at least two trams, it isn't really worth the hassle.

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