The prices and types of tickets are different for each city.
To read about tickets in a specific city, visit the city's article
However, there are some universal truths about tickets in buses. And here they are:
buying the ticket
There are a few ways of buying a ticket, out of which four are viable for a tourist.
Firstly, you can buy a ticket in a newsstand. To do this, you need
to know exactly what ticket you need beforehand. This is not a recommended option, but it is sometimes easier to find a newsstand than a ticket machine, which leads to...
works in almost all cities;
cons: big language barrier
; must know type of ticket needed beforehand; payment by card may not be possible;
Option number 2, buy a ticket at a ticket machine. This is not possible in every city, but it is in the larger ones. We strongly recommend this option.
can be set to English; very easy to use; can pay by cash or card; all ticket types are presented;
only in largest cities;
Option number 3, buy the ticket in the bus itself, right after you board it. Some (not all!) modern buses have built-in ticket machines. This is a bit risky, however - there might not be one.
In larger cities, such as Warsaw
, and Poznań
, you have an approximately 50% chance of being able to buy a ticket inside of the bus. Remember to have cash - not all
in-bus machines accept credit card. Please note that
the ticket you buy may already be automatically validated - the machine will inform you whether you need to validate the ticket that is printed for you.
can be set to English; very easy to use; all ticket types are presented;
only in largest cities; even in largest cities not possible on all routes; card payment not always available;
Option number 4, buy the ticket from the driver. This works only in smaller cities, roughly 200 thousand inhabitants and below. To do this, you must enter the bus
through the front, ask for a ticket (you must know what type you need), pay in cash (best to have exact change), and either validate the ticket if it fits the validation
machines or not if it doesn't (which means it has been validated at purchase).
no need to buy ticket beforehand in small cities;
may cost more to buy on the spot; can only pay by cash; must know type of ticket needed beforehand; big language barrier
in-bus ticket machine
validating your ticket
You may only travel with a validated ticket. This means that if you do not have a validated ticket, you must validate it as soon as you enter
the bus using in-bus validating machines. To validate a ticket using those machines, you must enter the ticket into the hole and remove the ticket
when it is released (it will be intuitive).
If you aready have a validated ticket when boarding the bus, you do not have to do anything. Most big cities in Poland have integrated public transport systems
in which you can freely switch between metro
, buses, and trams
for the duration of the ticket's validity. This means that if you have any valid ticket and it has
not yet expired, you may travel by bus until its expiration.
ticket validation machine
back of validated ticket
Please note that you must have a validated ticket for the entire duration of your journey and have it at your disposal to
present to a ticket controller if needed.