Frankfurt an der Oder
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Frankfurt an der Oder
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It is not a good place to get stuck in. Slubice, its Polish counterpart, on the other side of the river is just as bad, if not worse. It's probably worth coughing up the euros to get you to Warsaw - if you're here, you've probably cocked up somewhere. Maybe you got here on the train from Berlin, and didn't want to pay the extra to go to Warsaw. If you do end up here though, then check out the graffiti, and try and make some friends to take you to the squat, which is almost a museum of graffiti.
West towards Berlin
If you want to go to Berlin, or generally direction west, take tram #1 or #5 in the direction Neuberesinnschen (€1,20) and get off at the last stop. Then walk some 100 m along the street Mühlenweg. You will see a Shell petrol station on the other side of the street. You can hitchhike at the exit of the station. It usually takes 10-20 minutes until somebody offers a ride.
Even if you are not going to Berlin, it might help to have a sign for Berlin when hitchhiking at the exit of the petrol station to get a lift out of the city.
n0id hitchhiked there several times and generally finds it easier to find a lift by asking then by thumbing. One time he was sent away by the staff claiming that he was disturbing customers. This had never happened before though.
Hitchhiking into Poland is best done from point where the E30 crosses the border. This border station is actually on the Polish side, because the actual border is in the middle of the river Oder. To get there on foot you have two options: one will take you for sure an hour, maybe 90 minutes, if you know the way and the other only 15 minutes but you have to walk along the motorway which is forbidden in Germany.
For the first option take tram #1 in the direction Lebuser Vorstadt and get out at the station Magistrale (it's very close to the McDonalds). Now you have to walk for a very long time. First of all you have to cross into Poland via the city bridge and then head right on the street 1 Maja. After some 30 minutes you'll pass the bazaar and 300 metres later take the road which splits from 1 Maja to the right. This street's name is Powstancow Wielkopolskich. Keep on walking on this street until another fork in the road. Take this fork and keep on walking. After about 50 minutes you'll reach the border station.
Along that route you will pass a bunch of petrol stations, beginning at the bazaar, where you might get in touch with a truck driver (look out for the TIR label) or a passenger car heading towards Poznan (licence number PXX) or Warsaw (WXX). Probably the best station is Ecotank where you find a lot of truck drivers resting.
For the faster option take bus #984 from the central station 'Bahnhof' to the stop 'Leinengasse'. You will notice that you pass the highway just before the bus stop already. Walk back, make your way to the highway and start walking. It is about 2km to the border station. Be aware that the bus runs not very often, so check the schedule before hand.
As mentioned above Frankfurt (Oder) und Slubice are not the best places to start hitchhiking. In case you're heading towards Poznan and Warsaw a cheap alternative might be the train that departs from Frankfurt main station. It costs about 6 EUR for students to Warsaw who get a 50% discount. At the moment the time tables looks as follows:
Frankfurt (Oder) to Poznan, departure 3:02pm Poznan to Warsaw, departure 6:28pm
Do not forget to buy the ticket to Warsaw already in the first train to Poznan instead of buying two separate tickets.