Gdansk is located on the Baltic coast approximately 350 kilometers north of Warsaw
(see the map).
You can get to Gdansk by air, land and sea.
Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport -
located 15 km from the city center, with flights to many cities in Europe.
At the airport take a taxi, bus No 10 to the railway PKP/SKM station "Gdansk Wrzeszcz"
or bus No 210 (direction "Goscinna") to the railway PKP/SKM station "Gdansk Glowny"
(you can change there for bus/tram/SKM to reach your hotel or conference venue).
Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport -
main polish international airport with flights to many cities in Europe, North America,
Asia and Africa. From there you can catch a flight to Gdansk
(Eurolot, approx. every 2 hours),
or take a bus No 175 or N32 or taxi to railway PKP station "Warszawa Centralna",
then take a train to Gdansk (every 2 hours or less, the journey lasts approx. 4.5h).
cruises to/from Nynashamn near Stockholm. Near the ferry terminal take tram No 15
(direction "Oliwa") to Gdansk University of Technology (stop "Politechnika")
or University of Gdansk (stop "Uniwersytet"). Alternatively, you can take bus No 188
to "Zaspa SKM" or 199 to "Zabianka SKM" and change there for another bus, tram, or SKM.
Stena Line -
cruises between Gdynia (20 km from Gdansk) and Karlskrona. Near the ferry terminal
take bus no 105 or 125 (direction "Redlowo") and get off at the "Gdynia Glowna" PKP/SKM station.
Change there for SKM to Gdansk.
PKP - Polish National Railways -
direct and frequent connections from Gdansk to all major polish cities, also to Berlin,
Odessa and Kaliningrad. There are three PKP stations in Gdansk
("Gdansk Glowny", "Gdansk Wrzeszcz", Gdansk Oliwa"). Almost all trains stop
at all of these stations, except a few, which stop at the "Gdansk Glowny" only -
check it when buying your ticket. Get off at the station closest your destination,
then change for a taxi, tram, bus, SKM or go on foot.
from Berlin via Szczecin, Koszalin and Slupsk
from the eastern border of Poland via Bialystok and Olsztyn
from the Czech and Slovak border via Cracow and Warsaw
from the Czech and German border via Wroclaw, Poznan and Bydgoszcz
from the Czech border via Katowice, Czestochowa, Lodz and Torun
July in Gdansk is usually the warmest month in a year, with temperatures around 25-30 centigrade and sunshine. But there may be occasionally a drizzle and cold days with temperature below 20 centigrade, unfortunately. So, be prepared for warm and cold, sunshine and rain.
You can find current weather conditions and the forecast here.
Poland's official currency is the złoty (zł. or PLN), divided into 100 groszy.
Banknotes come in 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 PLN denominations. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 groszy and 1, 2, and 5 złotys.
Approximate exchange rates of the PLN are: 3.2 PLN for 1 USD, and 4.5 PLN for 1 EUR.
The safest places to exchange currencies are banks and post offices, although they offer lower prices than others, and some of them collect manipulative charges (about 2-3% per transaction). Better courses are offered in currency exchange offices ("Kantor wymiany walut"). It is discouraged to exchange the currencies with outside people (risk of cheat) and in hotels and airports (low courses and high manipulative charges).
Most hotels accept payment in EUR or USD. There are already a considerable number of businesses accepting credit cards (few of them may decline American Express). Traveller's cheques are not popular in Poland, though it can take time to find a place where they will be accepted, but they may be exchanged to cash in most of banks. At last, there are a lot of cash machines in Poland, especially in popular places, such as stations, airports, shopping and tourist centers etc.