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Wondering which transport to use while traveling in Eastern Europe?

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If you have ever been to Eastern Europe, you obviously already know 1 thing – in these countries it takes a bit longer to travel from one place to another. While in the Western Europe train connections are extremely well developed (a useful example might be TGV in France), in many Eastern European countries that can still be more difficult. A useful example, to present it more, might be Poland. This is the biggest country in that region, that is greatly attractive for tourists, because:
- Poland has sea, mountains and many lakes; - Poland is bordered with many other smaller countries, which may be a perfect destination for one or two days trip, (for example, Latvia).

Wroclaw
Author: Maciek Lulko
Source: http://www.flickr.com
Nevertheless, tons of tourists may be still disappointed. What is the reason? This is pretty obvious. Tons of of them have read that in Poland it is easy to see everything you want – sea, lakes, rivers and mountains (find out). Nevertheless, it is not frequently mentioned, that transport between those spots is rather slow. Despite the fact that new train connections have been introduced not long ago , most of them are still pretty slow. For instance, it may take up to dozen hours to travel from the lakes to the mountains. Even though there are some express train, there are much more expensive than the standard one. Coach firms do their best, to offer better solutions. They offer fast and very well organized bus connections, not only between big Polish cities, but neighboring countries. This is worth to note that bus firms perfectly fit into the market niche. Passengers, tired with slow and always delayed trains, started to travel mostly by coaches. Nonetheless, it is still worth to be aware, that there are not plenty of highways yet. This means that even though coaches firms try their best to make travel as quick as possible, the travel time still largely depends on existing roads. Consequently, travel from one site of the country to the other one, can still take a long time.



Wroclaw
Author: HRS Poland
Source: http://www.flickr.com
Happily, the problem has been noted by many airlines. Few years ago, domestic flights were not that famous. Even though there were, for example, flights to Wroclaw, there were quite expensive in comparison to trains and buses connections. In consequence, they were not very attractive. It was qite similar case with flights to neighbouring countries, for instance, flights from warsaw to Vilnius. Not that long ago, guys were travelling mostly by buses (visit). Luckily, this has changed already. Airlines began to notice the big potential in the needs of customers travelling on short distances. They not just introduced new connections between different Polish cities and neighbouring countries, but also made more competitive prices.


In consequence, if you plan to travel around Eastern Europe, the main advice would be as following – remember to check flight connection first. It is not an advice you would find in travel guides or hear from local. But trust me. It can save a lot of your precious time.