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Specific question about large baggage on a train from Poznan to Torun

mdonley 2 | -  
8 Aug 2008 /  #1
Hi all! First post.

I'm going to be traveling from Poznań to Toruń on a "pospieszny" train on Friday, 5 September, at 1607; the train number is P65104/5. The train originates in Wroclaw and runs all the way to Olsztyn. If you have taken this train: this question is especially for you. :)

I'll have a big, heavy suitcase - probably 100cm x 60 cm x 30 cm. Will there be room for this? I'm in second class. If I'm in a carriage with airplane-style seats, I imagine there will be some space near the doors for luggage, but if I'm in a compartment, I worry that there won't be any room!

I've only been on one other Polish train, a TLK from Warsaw to Toruń, and were I to ride in the same kind of car (second-class compartments) this time, I think the bag would be too large to fit on the racks above the seats.

I can't do the obvious thing and pack two smaller suitcases because I'm actually moving to Toruń for a year from the States, so I won't be able to bring that number of bags with me across the ocean.

I appreciate any ideas you have!

Magdalena 3 | 1,837  
9 Aug 2008 /  #2
There is always something called "przesyłki konduktorskie". Check whether they are accepted at the front or the back of train, and for a fee you can leave whatever it is with them - I moved a whole load of ungainly packages with books and stuff from Ełk to Toruń that way. You pay the fee and get a receipt, and in Toruń just hop off and collect. On the other hand, you just might be able to fit the suitcase onto the rack anyway. I did - I moved in stages, with huge amounts of luggage, and all by train, and managed the weirdest and trickiest situations somehow ;-) Good luck! You might actually also consider repacking your stuff by buying some extra (inexpensive) bags in Poznań - would that be a stupid idea?
HelenaWojtczak 28 | 177  
11 Aug 2008 /  #3
I'm sure that if it won't fit on the rack you can just put it on the floor or by the doors. People do that all the time.
Kowalski 7 | 621  
11 Aug 2008 /  #4
or find bicycle room on train - seldom they're packed with bikes and sitting on your bag there for 2hrs among bikes and bikers - priceless. :)
HelenaWojtczak 28 | 177  
12 Aug 2008 /  #5
Once my friend and I had to stand all the way from Lublin to Warsaw. Even standing was crowded and there was no floor space to put down our huge ssuitcases, so we put them in the toilet compartment and stood outside the toilet door.

It was weird because we had to stand aside every few minutes to let someone use the toilet, knowing our suitcases were in there!

The following year we sent our suitcases ahead of us so we did not have to carry them. We arrived in Torun but they would not let us take our bags until the customs man had inspected them, and he did not work Sundays. So the first day and night we had no access to our luggage and had to wear the same clothes we had travelled in. When we returned to the station to collect our suitcases the customs officer took everything out of our cases and spread all our things across the desk, it was realy embarassing ~ all our knickers and bras and sanitary towels etc. NEVER AGAIN!
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
12 Aug 2008 /  #6
all our knickers and bras and sanitary towels etc. NEVER AGAIN! you laugh about it now tho.....Reminds me of an experiance i had at customs in UK after a trip to Amsterdam....shudder...
HelenaWojtczak 28 | 177  
13 Aug 2008 /  #7
Yeah I can laugh now. But when my friend and I were very young women we were really embarrassed about that kind of thing ... If you take your suitcase with you, they don't search it, so why did they?

Amsterdam, huh?

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