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Łódź [pronounce wudj] is a city in central Poland.
- From motorway junction
From city centre e.g. from Nowowiejska-Północna street near Plac Wolności (Square of Freedom) take tram 46 direction Ozorków and get off in Rosanów. The journey takes about 55 minutes (about 20km). The tram stop is located just behind roundabout where motorway junction starts. There's an emergency lane, so even trucks have enough space to pull over.
- Another spot is (esp. when coming from Warszawa) north of Lodz near Strykow where the motorway currently begins. Just hitchhike at the exit of the roundabout for the motorway in all directions. (Roadworks) Currently (January 2010) there are some roadworks just next to the hard shoulder of the on-ramp, so there's actually nearly no space for cars to stop. Best bet is to get up on the bridge a little bit and try it there.
South towards Piotrków Trybunalski, Katowice, Kraków
From train station Łódź Fabryczna take bus 70 direction Centrum Handlowe PTAK and get off in Szpital C.Z.M.P. (Hospital). It takes about 40 minutes to get there. You can hitch behind the crossroad on the merge lane.
For those who like to ask for a lift(or show their destination to drivers) at traffic light, there exist pretty good conditions (long-lasting red light, shade, McDonald toilet nearby) at semaphores (traffic light) next to the final stop of the tram #16 (pętla Kurczaki) (single ticket costs 1,8 PLN 0,4€.) It takes ~40 min to get there by tram during weekdays, 30min on festive ones).
The traffic at this spot is already pretty "refined" of local vehicles & consists of 80% of vehicles in transit. I never waited there longer than 7 lights' changes to get a lift to the very first lights of Częstochowa which is a next perfect spot for finding a car direction Kraków, Bielsko Biała or any city of the Upper Silesian urban aglomeration).
From city centre take trams 4, 11 46A direction Helenówek or 46 direction Ozorków and get off in Sikorskiego. You will see Castorama shop on your right. You can hitch behind the roundabout called Rondo Biłyka on the merge lane with a bus stop.
East towards Warszawa
To hitchhike into eastern direction, a good place is Strykowska road. Take tram 6 from the centre. Direction "Strykowska". Get off at the last one. Keep walking the same way as the tram, pass a bridge over railroad, pass a little gas station, and 200m after, on the other side of the road, there's a bus stop with good visibility and parking. And a little bakery if you're hungry :) .