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<map lat='50.24488588151929' lng='19.032922983169556' zoom='9' view='0' float='right' /> Katowice is a city in southern Poland inhabited by more than 310 thousand people. It's the largest city of Katowice Urban Area - the largest conurbation in Poland populated by about 2.7 million people. Conurbation consists of 19 cities. Beside Katowice there are eight cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants in this area: Sosnowiec, Gliwice, Zabrze, Bytom, Ruda Śląska, Tychy, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Chorzów. All of them are connected with joint public transport system.

Hitching Out

West towards Wrocław, Dresden, Berlin (Germany)

From main railway station take bus 110, 910 direction Osiedle Paderewskiego Trzy Stawy, 672 direction Wesoła Kopalnia or 674 direction Giszowiec Przyjemna and get off at Osiedle Paderewskiego Graniczna. Go straight along the street and turn first right (south). Go till the end of the street where you'll find McD and petrol station on motorway A4.

Note: All the buses mentioned above go to 3 Stawy Shopping Centre which is on the other side of the motorway. There's probably more buses that go there from other parts of the conurbation, just ask people about 3 Stawy.

East towards Kraków, Rzeszów, Lviv (Ukraine)

Get to the spot for direction Wrocław (see above). From there you can go to the other side of the motorway by the pedestrian bridge. Optionally you can get off at 3 Stawy Shopping Centre, which is on "your" side of the A4. There are two petrol stations where you can ask drivers.

North towards Częstochowa, Łódź, Warszawa, Gdańsk

From main bus station in Katowice (close to the railway station) take bus 805 and get off at the last stop Sosnowiec Szpital Wojewódzki (hospital). From there walk straight till you get to the petrol station on expressway S86. Optionally you can take any bus to Sosnowiec and walk to the hospital, just ask people about Szpital (pronounce shpital).