Exploring Poland by Sea

Poland is situated in the heart of Europe and boasts a breathtaking countryside as well as a treasure trove of cultural riches. Although the cities are modern, Poland has managed to maintain its cultural heritage and charm. Centrallpoland-1003700_960_720 (1)y located within Europe, Poland benefits from being at the crossroads of major transit routes, making traveling to Poland easy.

The main port in Poland is Gdansk, which is located on the coast of the Baltic Sea, on the Bay of Gdansk. DFDS Seaways operates the Gdansk-Trelleborg-Copenhagen service, connecting Poland with Denmark. This route is serviced three times a week and traveling there takes about 18 hours. Polferries of Poland operates a passenger and cargo service to Nynashmn in Sweden three to seven times a week depending on the time of year.

Gdynia is a young, but a rapidly expanding harbor city with journeys from Gdansk taking about 35 minutes. The Port is situated on the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Danzig. Stena Lines operates several daily sails to Karlskrona in Sweden. There are twice daily sails except on Monday and Friday, when there is only one sail. Most of the sails are overnight, arriving in Karlskrona the following morning. The journey takes upto 12 hours depending on the vessel and weather.

Świnoujście is located in the western-most part of Poland on the mouth of the Swina River. Polferries operates ferries to Copenhagen in the evenings on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and Sunday morning. Daytime crossings take nine hours, while nighttime sails take 11 hours. Foot passengers and motorists are advised to check in 90 minutes before departure.

Poland is a treasure trove for those with a taste for history. Many of the old towns have been painstakingly restored; the Royal castles of Warsaw and Krakow, the former capital, and the grand old palaces erected by Poland’s magnates are all magnificent and well worth a visit.