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An Easy, Cheap and Fun Way to Transport - Poland’s Water Tram

This summer Gdynia, Sopot, and Gdansk launched two water trams as a means of faster and cheaper transportation for both tourists and inhabitants.

Background & Objectives


Two new water tram projects were launched this summer in Poland. Within the Tri-City area of Gdynia, Sopot, and GdaƄsk one may take a water tram to the towns of Hel and Jastarnia located on the Hel Peninsula. With the availability of a water tram, both tourists and inhabitants of the Tri-City agglomeration can take an easy and affordable way across the Bay of Gdansk to visit the attractive area of Hel Peninsula, a sand bar peninsula separating the Bay of Puck from the Baltic Sea.
 

Implementation


This past summer the Tri-City implemented two separate water tram projects. One was launched by GdaƄsk and Sopot and the other by Gdynia. The Public City Transport GdaƄsk Ltd. and the Gdynia Public Transport Authority are responsible for organizing the water tram project. The water trams are operated by “Ć»egluga GdaƄska S.A.”, a coastal shipping company which also operates cruises from GdaƄsk, Sopot and Gdynia.>


Three water trams sailing from GdaƄsk and Sopot may accommodate 140 passengers each and the two catamarans from Gdynia may take on board more than 450 people.
 

Conclusions


The water trams have proven to be popular with tourists and inhabitants as the cruise is much shorter and cheaper than a journey by car or train. The journey to Hel from GdaƄsk takes two hours, from Sopot one and a half hours, and from Gdynia one hour. Ticket costs range from 10 PLM to 16 PLM (around 2.5 - 4 EUR).


More information about Water Tram (Water Ferry) available at http://www.mzkzg.org/?subpage=pod&art=23 (Polish only)

Current prices, Gdynia’s Water Tram http://www.zkmgdynia.pl/images/tw_folder_2011.pdf

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