You want to know how to get to Wroclaw? In this article we will tell you about all different options to travel to Wroclaw. There are hundreds of options from the large cities around like Berlin, Prague, Dresden, Krakow and Warsaw. We will review all of them in more detail but of course also check out other origins.
Wroclaw has its own international Airport (IATA Code: WRO) with a huge selection of low cost flights and connections to the main hubs from the major network airlines.
Let us take it one by one and go through all options to get to Wroclaw by car, flight, train and bus. We promise that we will find a good choice for every budget.
Taking the train to Wroclaw
Getting to Wroclaw by train is not only one of the most ecological options to get into Wroclaw. It is also a very comfortable one, of course depending on where you are coming from.
The main train station in Wroclaw is named “Wrocław Główny” in Polish. By arriving here you will already see one of the architecture landmarks of the city. The building itself looks like a royal castle and used to be the largest German railway building of its time. Till today it is still not clear why the architect designed a gothic style building as typically neo-Renaissance or classicist were most common.
In addition this is one of the few train stations in Poland that have not turned into a shopping mall yet. (But no worries, there is a shopping mall connected with the bus station if you have the desire to go shopping).
One more important remark: You should not buy any food at the restaurant Tradycja. This is the first one on the left after getting into the main entrance. The food has really bad quality and is overpriced.
Trains from Germany to Wroclaw:
From Berlin to Wroclaw there is one daily connection departing at 18:43h from Berlin main train station. Taking that option, you will be arriving at 22:53h in Wroclaw (4:10h travel time). Actually it is the night train from Berlin to Vienna and Budapest, which also stops in Wroclaw.
On the weekends, there is an additional culture train between Berlin and Wroclaw. It is very special as you can enjoy cultural events like concerts or readings during the journey. Check out the VBB Culture Train Homepage here. The best updates for events are available on their Facebook Page. We have taken the train in February 2020 and wrote more about our experience with the culture train here, where you also can find a little video.
Update from October 2020: After 13 December 2020, the daily EC57 connection between Berlin and Krakow will be re-established, with stop in Wroclaw. Every day you can jump on a direct train from Berlin to Wroclaw, starting at 10:37h and arriving at 14:47h. The other direction with a direct train from Wroclaw to Berlin is available every day with departure at 13:05h and arrival at 17:16h.
From Dresden to Wroclaw there are no direct connections anymore, but according to rumours they might be re-introduced soon. However, there are three trains every day from Dresden to Wroclaw with just one change in Zgorzelec. That connection also stops in multiple cities on the way, for example in the beautiful city Görlitz. On a side note, we recommend Görlitz in our article about the best day trips from Wroclaw and also have a dedicated article about things to see in Görlitz here.
Currently the following time table is valid for Dresden to Wroclaw:
- 12:27h to 16:10h (3:43h travel time)
- 14:27h to 18:20h (3:52h travel time)
- 16:27h to 20:33h (4:06h travel time)
- 18:27h to 21:47h (3:20h travel time)
Trains from Czech Republic to Wroclaw:
After many years of a missing link, a direct train connection is finally available from Prague to Wroclaw. After the launch in late December 2019 there will be trains on the weekend.
From Wroclaw to Prague the departure time is 5:58h in the morning with arrival at 10:27h. The reverse direction from Prague to Wroclaw leaves at 18:08h in the evening with arrival at 22:44h.
Ticket can be purchased here from LeoExpress.
Trains from Austria to Wroclaw:
A daily night train is operated by ÖBB from Vienna to Wroclaw that we already tested ourselves. It leaves at 22:10h in the evening and arrives at 5:10h early in the morning at the Wroclaw main train station (7 hours travel time).
Trains from Hungary to Wroclaw:
The same daily night train operates also from Budapest to Wroclaw. It leaves at 19:30h in the evening and arrives at 5:10h early in the morning at Wroclaw main train station (9:40 hours travel time).
Trains from Slovakia to Wroclaw:
The same daily night train operates also from Bratislava to Wroclaw. It leaves at 22:10h in the evening and arrives at 5:10h early in the morning at Wroclaw main train station (7 hours travel time).
Trains from Poland to Wroclaw:
Of course there are multiple domestic connections with all major cities in Poland to Wroclaw. They can be booked only 30 days before the travel date via the website from PKP Intercity which also is available in English.
Here we will provide you a quick overview of cost and travel time for the most important Polish cities around Wroclaw:
- Warsaw to Wroclaw (IC Train takes around 4:30h and costs 67 PLN, EIP Express Train takes 3:35h and costs 82 PLN)
- Poznan to Wroclaw (IC Train takes around 2:30h and costs 38 PLN)
- Katowice to Wroclaw (IC Train takes around 2:10h and costs 33 PLN)
- Krakow to Wroclaw (IC Train takes around 3:30h and costs 45 PLN)
- Gdansk to Wroclaw (IC Train takes around 6:00h and costs 70 PLN)
- Lodz to Wroclaw (IC Train takes around 3:30h and costs 35 PLN)
- Czestochowa to Wroclaw (IC Train takes around 2:00h and costs 45 PLN)
Trains from Ukraine to Wroclaw:
Actually there is a direct night train connection from Lviv to Wroclaw which leaves at around midnight from Lviv and arrives around noon in Wroclaw. However, we were not able to validate how tickets can be bought, so you might need to check with your local office at the train station if they can buy tickets.
Flights to Wroclaw
At the moment, we have the following airlines with direct flight connections into Wroclaw International Airport:
Low Cost Airlines:
Regular Network Airlines:
For most routes, the low cost airlines do not have daily flights but are less expensive (check your luggage policy though!). The network airlines on the other hand operate daily flights. They are more expensive but connecting every large city in Europe via their hubs.
In Wroclaw actually most flights are operated by Ryanair and Wizz Air. As finding the best fares can be tricky, we recommend the comparison tool from Opodo here. They have both the network airlines but also the cheap airlines like Ryanair. In many cases actually a combination from Eurowings and Ryanair is less expensive than both flight legs with one airline, but find it out for yourself.
On the website from Wroclaw Airport you will also find a timetable of all direct flight connections to Wroclaw – click here.
If you fly to Wroclaw and arrive at the airport, we recommend you to check out our article on the best ways to go from Wroclaw airport to the city centre for more details.
If you need a rental car at Wroclaw Airport, we recommend to check MietwagenCheck/DriveBoo here. Of course you could book directly with Sixt or the other large companies… But especially in Poland and Wroclaw we made quite good experience with this rental car comparison tool – we were able to find cars for only 5,99 EUR per day!
Driving to Wroclaw by car
Thanks to the European Union, most of the roads to Wroclaw have significantly improved over the past years. Here you can find the distance and travel time from what we consider the most significant surrounding cities.
We also recommend you to check BlaBlaCar as frequently we could find very cheap options by using carsharing. In addition, this would save you the hassle of traffic jams in the city. It also will be a challenge to find a parking lot as free parking is not available in the city centre.
If you arrive with your own car, we would recommend you to book an accommodation with parking options available.
- Berlin to Wroclaw – 4:15 hours (346km)
- Dresden to Wroclaw – 3:00 hours (270km)
- Görlitz to Wroclaw – 2:15 hours (174km)
- Leipzig to Wroclaw – 4:00 hours (382km)
- Nuremberg to Wroclaw – 5:45 hours (577km)
From Czech Republic:
- Prague to Wroclaw – 4:00 hours (332km)
- Ostrava to Wroclaw – 2:45 hours (242km)
- Poznan to Wroclaw – 2:30 hours (172km)
- Warsaw to Wroclaw – 3:30 hours (348km)
- Lodz to Wroclaw – 2:15 hours (216km)
- Katowice to Wroclaw – 2:20 hours (200km)
- Krakow to Wroclaw – 3:15 hours (272km)
- Vienna to Wroclaw – 6:00 hours (536km)
Travelling by bus to Wroclaw
Earlier we already told you that the main train station in Wroclaw is one of the few without integrated shopping mall.
The opposite is true for the main bus station (“Dworzec Autobusowy”) as it is located in the basement of the Wroclavia shopping mall. That is why a lot of people departing from Wroclaw are confused when they end up in a shopping mall instead of the bus station. No worries, you are at the right spot, you just need to follow the signs and then get downstairs.
Very often people also ask „what does Wroclaw DA mean“. It is the short version for Wroclaw Dworzec Autobusowy. You are welcome.
The bus connections from Wroclaw are very frequent, but after the consolidation of the bus market in Europe, the main operator here is Flixbus. The exception of other bus operators is mainly on some more local and domestic routes.
The travel time always depends on the time of the day. In addition a few cities like Berlin or Prague have multiple departure stations.
Here are the most popular bus connections to Wroclaw with approximate travel time and cost indication.
- Berlin to Wroclaw (4 to 5 hours, starting from 50 PLN)
- Dresden to Wroclaw (3,5 to 5 hours, starting from 30 PLN)
- Leipzig to Wroclaw (6 to 7 hours, starting from 40 PLN)
From Czech Republic:
- Prague to Wroclaw (4 to 5 hours, starting from 40 PLN)
- Poznan to Wroclaw (2,5 to 3 hours, starting from 15 PLN)
- Gdansk to Wroclaw (7,5 to 8 hours, starting from 30 PLN)
- Lodz to Wroclaw (3 hours, starting from 20 PLN)
- Katowice to Wroclaw (2,5 hours, starting from 15 PLN)
- Krakow to Wroclaw (3 to 4 hours, starting from 20 PLN)
- Warsaw to Wroclaw (4,5 to 5 hours, starting from 20 PLN)
If you really like to take the bus to Wroclaw, there are even direct international long-distance connections overnight. Here is the overview of the most popular routes.
From Belgium, Netherlands and Germany:
- Brussels to Wroclaw (16,5 hours, starting from 25 EUR, with stops in Maastricht, Mönchengladbach, Krefeld, Duisburg, Essen, Dortmund, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden, Görlitz, Zgorzelec and Boleslawiec)
- Düsseldorf to Wroclaw (12 hours, leaving at around 22:00h and arriving at around 10:00h, starting from 25 EUR)
- Copenhagen to Wroclaw (12,5 hours, leaving at 21:00h and arriving at 9:30h, starting from 33 EUR)
- Vienna to Wroclaw (7,5 hours, leaving at 13:00h and arriving at 20:15h, starting from 18 EUR)
- Salzburg to Wroclaw – just announced, more details to come
- Kiev to Wroclaw – just announced, more details to come
We hope that we could give you a first overview of all options to travel to Wroclaw. Of course we try to update this post frequently and anytime we get aware of any changes, we will do so.
Did you already check for a good hotel, hostel or AirBnB in Wroclaw? Here our recommendations.
Maybe you are also interested to learn about the 12 things you should avoid in Poland?
Another website that we recommend for travelling in Poland is E-Podroznik. It combines train and bus options and shows you the available fares.
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