November 28–30, 2008
Wrocław, Poland

Travel hints

If you intend to travel by train, then you will probably start by visiting the connection search engine of the Polish Railways. Its Deutsche Bahn counterpart might be slightly more convenient (and may sometimes offer connections that are missing in the Polish version). Unfortunately there are few trains to choose from in general, and from Czech Republic in particular (recently the last direct connection from Prague has been cancelled). Thus buses seem to be a reasonable alternative, especially since they are usually faster (provided there are no traffic jams). There is however no central database of all bus connections. For domestic routes try Rozklady.com.pl and Wrocław info site. A car, if available, is more comfortable and much faster than the public transport. Consult e.g. Michelin route planner for details. It may be difficult to park a car in Wrocław city center, but if you decide to go by car, we can host your vehicle in the locked underground parking of our Institute, surveilled by CCTV.

Using aforementioned servers we have gathered information concerning connections from the cities represented in last year's competitions.

City Car Train
Bratislava 420 5:23 9:10 17:25
Brno 292 4:17 7:47 17:25
Budapest 612 7:07 11:55 17:25
Debrecen 709 9:12 13:30 22:24
Gliwice 170 1:49 2:18 16:25
Graz 677 7:42 10:54 17:25
Koper 967 10:29 16:35 22:30
Košice 523 6:55 11:03 17:25
Kraków 280 2:52 4:32 17:25
Ljubljana 861 9:32 14:00 22:30
Maribor 734 8:11 12:09 22:30
Nowy Sącz 378 4:31 8:03 16:25
Ostrava 198 2:56 5:12 17:25
Plzeň 373 4:57 10:27 20:35
Poznań 177 2:46 2:23 17:03
Praha 280 4:02 9:57 20:35
Szczecin 494 4:59 5:10 15:05
Szeged 779 8:43 14:48 22:30
Toruń 290 4:59 5:03 14:05
Warszawa 344 4:56 5:50 18:35
Zagreb 850 9:48 14:40 22:30
Žilina 358 4:26 7:35 16:25

(*) Michelin's calculation of travel duration is quite optimistic. Bear in mind it excludes any rest stops, traffic jams, etc. Add extra 25% to get a decent estimate of time you will actually spend in your car.

(**) An approximation of time we can, according to the timetable, expect you in Wrocław, provided you go by train.

If you decide to go by train, then the Main Wrocław Railway Station (Wrocław Główny) located at ulica Piłsudskiego 105 (point A on the map below) is not far away from our institute (ul. Joliot-Curie 15, point B). According to Google the distance is only 2200 meters,

so you may consider walking on foot. Alternatively take the tram no. 0L which has its stop just in front of the railway station (at Piłsudskiego street) and get off at the 6th stop (most Grunwaldzki) or buses no. 145 or 146 (which depart from the bus stop to the left from the railway station at Peronowa street) and get off at the 4th stop (most Grunwaldzki).

If you decide to use a taxi in Wrocław, here are some hints: Most of the cabs in Wrocław belong to corporations. Each corporation is characterized by its 4-digit phone number, for example 9191 (aka MPT) is a huge and trustworthy company, which we recommend. 9455 (aka Domino) and 9663 (aka Super Radio Taxi) are also recommendable. Legally, the maximal price for a cab is 6 zł plus 3 zł/km. On Sundays and after 11 P.M. prices are 50% higher. Some corporations charge less if you call a cab by phone. For example 9191 offers a rebate of 25% in such case (yes, this is a strange policy and we also fail to understand it). Be careful. If you just hail any cab from the street, you risk being ripped off, especially if you depart from the airport or from the railway station. Taxi drivers usually accept EUR or USD, but their exchange rates are low.

Here is a list of sites providing useful information on travelling and staying in Wrocław:

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