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Help: Travelling from Gliwice to Zilina (Slovakia)


RobZam
8 Sep 2016  #1
Hello,

I am currently living in Gliwice and I want to go to visit some friends in Zilina. However, I could only find trains (3 trains in total) to travel there.

Does someone know of any better way to arrive in Zilina?

Thanks a lot!
smurf 39 | 1,982
8 Sep 2016  #2
Zilina

You can take a bus from Katowice to Bohumín and change to another bus to Zilina
rome2rio.com/s/Katowice/%C5%BDilina

Problem is they don't give the name of the bus company

You could try blablacar.pl
If someone's going you can get a lift in their car, try Gliwice, Katowice etc.
gumishu 11 | 5,012
8 Sep 2016  #3
I could only find trains (3 trains in total) to travel there.

I think train travel is the most convenient in this case
mafketis 20 | 7,171
8 Sep 2016  #4
I am currently living in Gliwice and I want to go to visit some friends in Zilina. However, I could only find trains (3 trains in total) to travel there.

And your problem is.....? Unless you speak Polish and some Czech and/or Slovak you're not going to find any better connection.
gumishu 11 | 5,012
8 Sep 2016  #5
he's wouldn't be able to find a better train connection even if he spoke both Polish, Czech and Slovak

and the connections are not bad - it's 4 to 5 hours connection with maximum one hour waiting time at the railway station
Polson 5 | 1,771
9 Sep 2016  #6
Does someone know of any better way to arrive in Zilina?

Try this tigerexpress.eu/en
Comfy and cheap, as far as I remember.
kpc21 1 | 763
9 Sep 2016  #7
You can get to Zwardoń, and catch a train to Zilina from there. The trains to Zwardoń go from Katowice.

Another option is through Cieszyn. You take a train to Cieszyn (from Katowice you must change in Czechowice-Dziedzice), walk about 2 km to the station in Cesky Tesin (the Czech part of Cieszyn) and catch there a direct train to Zilina. But the train to Cieszyn doesn't reach Cieszyn in the time to the end of September, there is a replacement bus service on the section between the last station before Cieszyn (Cieszyn Marklowice) and Cieszyn.

There are also trains between the station in the Polish and Czech part of Cieszyn, but their timetable doesn't make much sense when you want to get there from Katowice, it's better to walk.

There is also an option through Bohumin.

I will try to compare the prices. Assuming local trains in the Polish part. You can take an EIC from Katowice to Bohumin, and it will be faster, but also much more expensive.

1. Through Zwardoń.
Gliwice-Zwardoń with a train change in Katowice - Koleje Śląskie - 23 zł (= 5 euro)
Skalite-Zilina - ZSSK - 2,45 euro (train from Zwardoń)
+ maybe a surcharge for buying the ticket on the board, sth like 2 euro, but rather not
It seems that when you board the train in Zwardoń and ask the conductor for a ticket to Zilina, you will get a ticket from Skalite, the first station in Slovakia. So crossing the border is "unofficially" free of charge. You can buy an international ticket from Zwardoń to Zilina, but it doesn't make any sense, as it's much more expensive.

-> 7,5 euro together, around 6 hours

2. Through Bohumin.
Gliwice-Chałupki - Koleje Śląskie - 21 zł (= 5 euro)
Chałupki-Bohumin - Koleje Śląskie - 2 zł (= 0,5 euro) (trans-border ticket)
Bohumin-Zilina - CD - 138 CZK (= 5 euro)

But on weekends you can buy a ticket from the Silesia Weekend offer. It gives you 15% discount from Gliwice to Chałupki and allows unlimited travels in a big part of Czech Republic. With this ticket, on the train to Zilina you can get to Mosty u Jablunkova:

map

So when you change trains in Bohumin, it's enough to buy a ticket from Navsi to Zilina. The trains from Bohumin to Zilina don't stop in Mosty, so I am not sure if you could do it with a ticket from Mosty, but for sure you can do it with a ticket from Navsi, where the train stops, and it's still in the area covered by the Silesia Weekend ticket.

Then the ticket for the Slovak-Czech part will cost only 127 CZK (= 4,7 euro) + the Polish ticket will be cheaper.

If you buy a return ticket for the Polish part, the discount will be 20%, and the rules for Czech Republic are the same.

3 The same rules as through Bohumin and similar prices are through Cieszyn.

And, by the way, you can also buy a daily network ticket of Koleje Śląskie for 34 zł, which works in the same way as the Silesia Weekend ticket in terms of Czech Republic, but allows to travel on all the Koleje Śląskie trains for a single day, so you can use it as a return ticket if you return on the same day.

Of course, you can also use EIC trains, which are fast, but it will be more expensive.


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