|State:||Greater Poland (Voivodeship)|
|Licence Plate:||PO, PZ|
|Expressways:||, (under construction)|
Poznań is a city in western Poland.
Despite the fact that hitchhiking works great in Poland, getting out of a city can be a pain and Poznań is the best example for this. It is much more recommended to go to the toll plaza, but of course it can take some minutes longer than going to Głogowska street.
- From bus stop on Głogowska street
Get to Górczyn (last stop of trams 5, 8, 14 and many buses). From there walk over the rail tracks by bridge and go straight for about 800m. Behind the second traffic lights there's a bus stop where you can hitch. There's no point of going further as expressway starts just a few hundred meters behind the bus stop. This expressway is a main road linking city center with motorway A2 from the west. There are also two petrol stations nearby where you can ask drivers. From the same spot you can hitch towards Wrocław so make a sign. A lot of local people will go to Komorniki, the first suburb of Poznań in that direction, where there are a lot of shops like Auchan (supermarket) and a shop of a famous American fast food chain. Often you will hear the recommendation that from there you will easily find a lift to the A2, but actually this is not true. Most traffic is coming from the A2 and is going to the center of Poznan. If you plan to go to Germany, it is also a good possibility to catch a ride to Warszawa, get out at the toll box and change the side. Once on the motorway it will be very very easy to catch a ride to Germany because there is no big city inbetween Poznan and the border and if a car here stops for you, you can be quite sure it crosses the border.
- From toll plaza
Go to Ogrody (last stop of trams 2, 7, 17, 18 and many buses) and take suburban bus no. 718 (route, timetables) or 719 (route, timetables). The bus stop in Ogrody is in front of Savoy Restaurant (you have to walk back 50m from the tram station). Get out in Dopiewiec. The ride takes about 40 minutes. You can also take a mini bus of private company Bis Trans which goes from Ogrody (on the other side of the street when you get off the tram) to Dopiewo which is next village after Dopiewiec. Ask the driver to stop in Dopiewiec.
From there walk for about 2km south and then just jump over the fence (before the police station) to get on the parking after the toll. Here's the route.
Go to Ogrody (last stop of trams 2, 7, 17, 18 and many buses) and take bus no. 61 direction Krzyżowniki. Get out at the ninth stop called Ul. Wichrowa and walk along the road for about 300 m then you will see petrol station and McD's. Ask drivers there or stay on the road with sign or thumb. Also about 100 m after this place is a bus stop so it's more convenient for drivers to stop their car.
Comment by a local: It's more convenient to get off at a stop named Smochowice. You can hitch hike from there or (what i usually do) hitch until the bus 01 (going through Sady, don't mess it up!) arrives. Get on the bus, buy a ticket to Tarnowo and get off after you pass Sady. It's probably the 2nd stop after Sady, as far as i know the name is Marianowo (i'm not 100% sure about it though). You will notice it since it's a perfect place to hitch-hike: there are 2 lanes instead of 3, you are visible from a far distance and there is a lot of space for a car to stop. On your left side there will be a forest, on the right side there are few houses, in front of you there will be a board which indicates, that it's the road towards the Pl - D boarder.
"Comment by J.N.: Just ride bus 01 to Tarnowo Podgorne instead of confusing yourself over which bus goes through Sady. Ride/walk along the main road through Tarnowo Podgorne until the end of the village where there is a roundabout on which the local road joins road 92 going to Pniewy and Swiebodzin. You can hitchhike on the roundabout. The businessman who picked me up told me he and his colleagues prefer using this road over the highway as there are much less traffic jams due to roadworks and trucks" (10.8.2011).
- From behind roundabout Rataje
Get to Rondo Rataje (roundabout). There are plenty of trams and buses going there. You can hitch just behind it, on a dual carriegeway (the one without tram tracks). There's no emergency lane or bus stop, but drivers generally stop there, and you may even expect some competition there, as it's popular spot for students hitching back from school. From the same spot you can hitch southeast towards Katowice, so make a sign.
- From the motorway junction Poznań Luboń (formerly known as Dębina)
In the city centre, just in front of the castle there's a bus stop called Zamek. From there take a bus 71 in the direction Osiedle Dębina and get off at the end. Go along the main road till you get to the motorway junction. You can ask at the red lights for a lift to the nearest petrol station on A2 (MOP Krzyżowniki), which is just before the junction Poznań Wschód (exit for S5 towards Gniezno). Ask: stacja benzynowa A2 (pronounce statsya benzenova ah dva).
- From toll plaza
See direction Berlin, then just go to the other side of the motorway.
- From petrol station on Warszawska street
From city center take trams 6 or 8 to Miłostowo and get out at the last stop. From there walk along the road about 100 m and you will see Orlen petrol station. You can either ask drivers at the station or hitch at the end of it where is a place for cars to pull over. Optionally you can walk along the same road and after 200-300m you will see a bridge and Volkswagen factory. Hitch straight after the bridge on the bus stop (there is plenty of cars and trucks who are going by inner bypass around Poznan, so many of them are going for a longer distances, and you may avoid local traffic like it's possible at the first place mentioned).
- From the town of Swarzędz
From city center go to tram stop Rondo Śródka (trams 4, 17 direction Starołęka, 6, 8 direction Miłostowo) and then take bus no S-1 from bus station behind Lotos petrol station, direction Swarzędz). After about 20 minutes bus will turn left (near Lidl shop) then go out, turn back to the main road and hitch some meters after junction with traffic lights. About 300 m further from this place there's Shell petrol station and huge parking for truckers. If you are not lucky there try also the traffic lights across the petrol station.
Take bus no. 73 direction Janikowo/Ogrodnicza from place called Rondo Sródka and get out after 11 stops (about 15-18 minutes) at bus stop called Bogucin Bałtycka. Hitch on this bus stop, it's on the road to Gniezno, Bydgoszcz and Gdańsk just after junction with Poznań bypass. You should notice railways nearby and crossed Poznań sign (end of the city zone). Notice that if your driver goes to Gnizeno, make sure you exit before the city, since the road becomes a motorway inside the city and there is no good spot to be found.
From city centre e.g. Rondo Kaponiera take tram 9, 11 to Piątkowska and get out at the last stop. From there go north along Piątkowska street to the first junction, then turn west (left) and go to roundabout Rondo Obornicka. On roundabout turn north again (right) and enter national road no. 11 (you will see hipermarket Carrefour next to you). You can hitch after roundabout or anywhere along Obornicka street where is a place to pull over. There's almost always traffic jam, so cars go slowly, which helps hitchhikers.
Northwest towards Gorzów Wielkopolski, Szczecin
See direction Berlin by national road 92 as it's the same spot.
South and southwest towards Wrocław and Zielona Góra
- From bus stop on Głogowska street
See direction Berlin by motorway A2, from Głogowska street as it's the same spot.
- From the village of Szreniawa
Get to Górczyn (last stop of trams 5, 8, 14 and many buses). Then take a bus 103 to Szreniawa (aproximatelly 15-20 min by bus from Górczyn). After getting off you can easily catch a car in the direction of Leszno, Wrocław.
Southeast towards Ostrów Wielkopolski, Katowice
See direction Warszawa by motorway A2, from behind roundabout Rataje, as it's the same spot.
The city has efficient public transport system with daytime trams and buses operating from 5.00 till 23.00 and nighttime buses and one tram running every half an hour. In Poznań you can not buy tickets at the driver, you can get them in newsagents (kiosk) and grocery shops, and there is more and more ticket machines on the stops. Some buses and most of the trams has ticket machines inside the vehicle and you can buy ticket there, but prepare coins. 15 minutes ticket costs 2,6 PLN (November 2012). Drivers don't care if you have a ticket and all the doors are open on stops, but there are controllers checking tickets from time to time. They can be tricky. Use casual dress and wait when bus or tram start its way and check ticket when you don't have chance to go out. Sometimes they are waiting to see someone not buying validating ticket to start their control trying to get at least one person on surprise. There is a good website showing you how to get from one point to another by public transport in major Polish cities.
In Poland you can find many places called milk bars or dairy bars (bar mleczny) where traditional Polish and Eastern European cuisine are sold. They are subsidized by the state and city authorities, so the prices are very low. Names and locations:
- Caritas - Plac Wolności
- Pod Arkadami - Plac Cyryla Ratajskiego 10
- Apetyt - Ul. Szkolna
- Przysmak - Ul. Podgórna 2
Normally they are open till 18.00 or 19.00. 'Apetyt' is open until 10 pm.
There is "a chain" of 3 Vegetarian Bars (Bar Wegetariański) called Green Way where you can get really good food at very reasonable prices (big meals for about 2 Euro).
- Ul. 23 Lutego 11
- Ul. Taczaka 2
- Ul. Zeylanda 3
Open: mon-fri 11.00 - 19.00, sat 12.00 - 19.00, sun 12.00 - 17.00 (bar on 23 Lutego Street closed on Sunday)
Bar Piccolo on Ratajczaka Str., Garbary Str. and Wroclawska Str. Small portion for about 4 PLN