Just recently, on January 19, 2020, I bought two PKP intercity tickets online from Warsaw West Station (Warszawa Zachodnia) to Gdańsk Główny Station.
To be precise, I bought two PKP Express Intercity Premium (EIP) tickets online.
Check out the differences between the various types of trains in Poland in this post.
Anyhow, the aim of this post is to show you how you can purchase PKP intercity tickets online.
I’ll also highlight just how much money you can save by buying your intercity tickets online a month or so in advance of your date of travel.
I’m aware that most people don’t require a step-by-step guide such as the one below to buy train tickets online. However, dive in because I do offer a few useful tips related to buying PKP intercity tickets online.
Buying PKP Intercity tickets online – a step-by-step guide
Head to intercity.pl. You can change the language to English by clicking on the drop-down menu at the very top of the webpage.
Head over to the blue box at the top right hand side and fill in the details of your journey.
I will be travelling from Warsaw West Station to Gdańsk Główny on February 18, so let’s run that search once again.
Click on the orange ‘search’ button.
Now, the connecting services around the time of departure you have chosen will appear. My wife and I will be travelling on the 19:16 EIP service. Click on the CHOOSE button and the page will scroll down for you to fill in some more details.
I just needed to change the ‘Number of passengers by normal fare’ from 1 to 2.
When it comes to ‘Select Additional ticket’, there is an ‘extra luggage’ option. Honestly, I have lugged two or three suitcases onto Intercity trains before without paying for ‘extra luggage’. There is no way that ticket inspectors can monitor which pieces of luggage belong to which passengers, and checks aren’t carried out when people board a train.
Click on ‘Continue’ to proceed.
You’ll then be taken to another page where you should double-check the details of your journey and enter the name of the traveller.
As stated: Should more than one person travel using one ticket, enter details of only one passenger.
It’s important to do this correctly as ticket inspectors usually compare the name on the ticket to the passenger’s name on their ID card or in their passport.
Click on ‘Choose’ to continue.
Assuming you haven’t got an account, click on ‘Buy without registration’.
On the next screen, fill in your personal details. Make sure the email address is correct as your ticket (PDF) will be forwarded by PKP Intercity to your email address.
There are also some boxes to tick concerning regulations and personal data.
Click ‘ continue’.
On the next screen, you will have to check your details once more and then click ‘Commit’.
Finally, a summary of your journey with the chance to buy a return ticket. You can now click on the payment option of your choice which will automatically light up the orange ‘Buy and pay’ button at the bottom right hand corner:
As soon as the payment has gone though, Intercity forwards tickets to a passenger’s email address in PDF format. Payments are usually processed in a matter of minutes.
Buying PKP Intercity tickets online – Bargains to be had
If you are sure of your date of travel, you can buy tickets 30 days in advance as soon as Intercity’s Super Promo offer becomes available.
In the summer months, you have to be very lucky to snap up a Super Promo price because there are very many takers and very few tickets. This is why hundreds of volunteers wait until 00:30 (30 days before the date of travel) for a cheap ticket. It’s worth it, however, because you can get tickets 67% cheaper.
In the winter months, it seems that there is not too much competition for Super Promo tickets, particularly when it concerns the route from Warsaw to Gdańsk. After all, not too many people go to Baltic Sea in January and February to have a swim and top up their suntan.
At the time of writing, it is January 26. I’ve been checking ticket prices from Warsaw to Gdańsk since 20 January, and the Super Promo offer is still available on three EIP trains on my travel date – 18 February. The three trains in question leave the Warsaw West Station at 17:16, 18:15 and 19:16. The journey from Warsaw to Gdańsk takes around three hours and ten minutes on EIP trains.
All in all, 98 zloties (23 euros) for two adult tickets from Warsaw to Gdańsk is quite an offer. When I was less sure of my travel dates in the past, I had to pay 300 zloties (70 euros) for two tickets.
The Polish railways network has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years.
Grabbing your PKP Intercity tickets online for super cheap prices is guaranteed to be just the start of a highly recommended and comfortable travel experience.