Szczecin is located on the lower Odra River at the estuary of the Szczecin Lagoon and Lake Damm. In Polish, the capital of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship.
Szczecin was once a Hanseatic city, the residence of the Dukes of Pomerania and a fortress city of the Swedes and Prussians. During the Second World War, a large part of the city was destroyed and only later was it possible to rebuild much of it.
Today, Szczecin is the seventh largest city in Poland and has the second most important port in the country. Goods are transported from here across the Odra to the Katowice area. But there is also a connection to the Baltic Sea, which makes the port an important transhipment centre.
The city is a fairly young, lively city with industry, trade and universities.
Travel information about Szczecin
The Polish airport Szczecin-Goleniów is about 40 kilometres from Szczecin. It is served by several international airlines. They mainly connect Szczecin with Norway, the UK and domestic Polish destinations.
From the airport, the train runs to Szczecin and Kolberg.
The nearest major airport is Berlin-Brandenburg in Germany, which takes about 3 hours by train. Gdansk airport is further away.
Szczecin Główny is the main railway station in Szczecin. It is located in the centre of the city.
From Germany, local trains from Angermünde or Pasewalk with connections to Berlin or Lübeck travel to the city on the Odra. As only local trains stop in Szczecin, you can use national tickets to get there. But beware! The Brandenburg-Berlin Ticket and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Ticket are also valid as far as Szczecin and on the Szczecin city transport system. The Schleswig-Holstein Ticket and the Quer-durchs-Land Ticket are only valid in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern up to the border with Poland.
For individual travellers, there is a special Berlin-Stettin fare from the Berlin-Brandenburg transport association.
There are direct connections within Poland to Poznan (2 1/4 hours) and Warsaw (5 hours), among others.
From Berlin, long-distance buses run to the central bus station in the city centre on pl. Grodnicki.
Travelling from Germany is possible via Berlin on motorway 11 and A6 in Poland.
There are boat connections (excursion traffic) on the Odra and to Swinoujscie.
On foot and by bike
The Hanseatic Way connects Hamburg with Szczecin.
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Local public transport
There are 12 tram lines and several bus lines in Szczecin. They can be used with the same ticket. The trams mainly run on the left side of the Odra river.
The tourist tram is numbered 0 and the tourist buses are numbered 50 as well as 100. Buses with numbers beginning with 7 can be ridden free of charge, but they only run to the shopping centres.
People aged 70 and over travel free of charge.
The old town is not that big and can easily be explored on foot. If you want to see the most important sights, you should follow the Red Route, a circular route that is already painted on the ground at the main station.
Szczecin has a dense network of cycle paths, which can also be used to reach the suburbs. You can use city rental bikes for a fee from March to November. There are almost 90 stations available.
There are many wide and well-maintained roads in Szczecin.
In the car parks of the shopping centres you can park for free close to the centre. In the centre, you have to pay parking fees at the parking machine, which depend on the zone and the length of the parking period. The red A zone is more expensive than the yellow B zone.
Park & Ride car parks are for people who want to transfer to public transport after parking. The car parks are free of charge and open 24 hours a day. There are 2 large P+R car parks:
- P+R Hangarowa: Crossing of the streets Eskadrowa, Leszczynowa und Hangarowa
- P+R Turkusowa: at the tram-bus turnaround loop „Turkusowa“
Best time to travel
The air in Szczecin is mostly humid and the climate mild. Summer is always hot more often than in the rest of the country, and winter is somewhat warmer.
Cigarettes and alcohol
It is prohibited to consume alcohol in public places. Smoking is not allowed in places of daily use, such as bus stops. An exception to these rules is Nabrzeże Celne. There, the consumption of alcohol up to 12% is permitted.