Flying to Warsaw (Warszawa)
If you fly to Warsaw, at the airport you should take a train to the city centre. At the main train station (Warszawa Centralna) you should take a train to Bielsko-Biała Główna – the trains to Bielsko-Biała go a few times a day. The tickets can be bought at the ticket window at the station or onboard the train (you can pay by debit/credit card). It takes four hours and a half to get to Bielsko-Biała. The ticket is around 150 PLN (~30 EUR). Because there are more trains going from Warsaw to Katowice, you can also take a train to Katowice, and then take a regular train from Katowice to Bielsko-Biała. These regular trains go more or less every hour. The journey takes from one hour to one hour and a half. The ticket costs about 13 PLN (~3.50 EUR).
Polish State Railways routeplanner: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en? (use Bielsko-Biała Główna, i.e. “main” station as the destination)
Intercity trains website (offering the possibility to buy tickets online, only for direct Intercity trains): http://www.intercity.pl/en/
Warsaw Chopin Airport website: http://www.lotnisko-chopina.pl/en/passenger
Flying to Cracow (Kraków)
If you fly to Kraków, at the airport you should take a public bus to get to the city centre, and get off at the main train station. Since there are no direct trains going to Bielsko-Biała, it would be advisable to take a bus (the main bus station is adjacent to the train station). The journey takes around two hours and a half. The bus fare is around 16 PLN (~4 EUR).
Kraków Airport website: http://www.krakowairport.pl/en/ (you can check it for the buses too)
Flying to Katowice
If you fly to Katowice, there are buses going to the city centre (final station: Katowice Pl. Oddz. Młodzieży Powstańczej). You get off just by the main train station. The trains to Bielsko-Biała go several times a day. The ticket can be bought at the ticket window (you can pay either in cash or by debit/ credit card) or onboard the train (you have to pay in cash). The journey takes around an hour (or an hour and a half – depending on the train). The ticket is about 13 PLN (~3.50 EUR).
Katowice Airport website: http://www.katowice-airport.com/en/index/index/0 (you can check it for the buses too)
Arriving in Bielsko-Biała.
When you arrive at the Bielsko-Biała Główna train station, you can either take a taxi or a public bus. Long distance busses stop next to train station.
There is a taxi rank just outside the station (the taxi will charge you around 30 PLN = ~7 EUR for the ride to the University).
There are two bus stops from which you can take buses to the city centre:
- Piastowska Dworzec is on the left side of the Piastowska street, which runs straight down to the Bielsko-Biała Główna station;
- Warszawska Dworzec is on the other side of the Warszawska street (which is the street parallel to the station), right behind a flight of stairs going over the main street.
To get straight to the University of Bielsko-Biała you should use the Piastowska Dworzec bus stop:
- you can take the 24 bus and get off at the last stop right at the gates of the University
- you can also take the 10 bus get off at the Bystrzańska bus stop, from which it’s a couple minutes’ walk from the University (see the map below).
The public bus ticket is 3 PLN (~0,71 EUR). There’s a self-service ticket machine at the bus stop; or the driver can sell you the ticket for 4 PLN. To all the hotels that we have listed you can get either by taxi or by public bus.
How to get from the train station to the Piastowska bus stop:
How to get from the Bystrzańska bus stop to the University:
Finally, here’s a map of the campus itself. All sessions will take place in building L – the biggest one on the campus, you can’t miss it 🙂