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Bus and tram tickets and validation

Nowy Sacz, Poland
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Bus and tram tickets and validation

Travelling on the trams and buses without a validated ticket is a crime, You will be treated as a criminal of you fail to comply - everyone gets the same treatment ... you;re not being "picked on" or "singled out" because you're a visitor, nor should you expect to be let off because you're a visitor ... ignorance of gthe rules is no excuse.

Because so many people seem to be incapable of doing the sensible thing and checking the rules before they come here, I'm making this post - I hope someone will help me get it pinned. It's general information, but the principles hold good in most Polish cities, so ...

Most tickets are sold in shops and kiosks as well as at ticket machines and occasionally on board. Use the shops and kiosks to buy yours, adn machines may be broken and that will NOT be acceted as an excuse..

Tickets are more often than not for a duration - ie you buy a ticket which is valid for 20 mins, 30 mins, 45 mins, etc, depending on how long your journey will take. The clo0ck starts running when you validate the ticket - you have x minutes to complete your journey. If your time runs out you need to validate another ticket or get off.

You need to validate the ticket as soon as you board the bus or tram. Do not dither - have your ticket ready and spot the machine when you board. Inspectors are watching, and they're paid to catch you, not explain or give you a second chance.

You can avoid most of this by buying a ticket valid for 24, 48 or more hours from validation. You then only validate the first time you use the ticket and then just keep it handy for when the Inspectors ask to see it.

Some cities have two or more fare zones - typically, zones 1 and 2 are equivalent to inner and outer city. In Krakow, for example, all the tram lines are within zone 1, but you need an agglomeration ticket (two-zone) if you go further out.

So - buy ticket - board bus or tram - validate. 3 steps, simple.

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Wroclaw, Poland
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1. Re: Bus and tram tickets and validation

Thanks, John. If only people would read this and learn this before their travel and not after :>

"Use the shops and kiosks to buy yours, adn machines may be broken and that will NOT be acceted as an excuse.."

In Wroclaw, when a ticket machine on board is broken then you are excused and can go for free. EVERY bus and tram in Wroclaw has a ticket machine inside so you don't have to look for a kiosk to buy tickets. Those machines DO NOT accept cash, only credit/debit cards like VISA, VISA Electron, Mastercard and Maestro (and NOT American Express).

Warsaw, Poland
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It's a very good initiative although I must say I'll will be a bit disappointed when these hair-raising blood-boiling ticket inspector horror stories stop coming. Poland forum won't be the same without them, lol

To make it into a 'sticky' at the top of the forum, you need to write to the moderators. I have no idea who is taking care of the forums now so perhaps this link may work?

http://www.tripadvisor.com/GeneralSupport

Nowy Sacz, Poland
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3. Re: Bus and tram tickets and validation

I'll give that a try. Thanks Ozzlem

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Brno, Czech Republic
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5. Re: Bus and tram tickets and validation

I think any DE can put this under the top questions - try it. I have done it on other forums.

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good idea to keep this right on top!

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Warsaw, Poland
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8. Re: Bus and tram tickets and validation

@diane d

If you are seriously interested in visiting Poland and learning the language, please remove your post from here (Report inappropriate content->remove my post) as it has nothing to do with bus ticket validation and start a new thread. Please leave out non travel related links - advertising on TA forums is not allowed.

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9. Re: Bus and tram tickets and validation

I'm assuming there will be kiosks arround the bus station at the train station?

I'm looking at catching the bus to Auschwitz from Krakow and spending the day there and catching the bus back, what sort of ticket (and price) am I looking at?

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10. Re: Bus and tram tickets and validation

Yes there will be. Your find little shops everywhere that will sell these tickets

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