Public transport in Poznan

written by Maciek Bogdanski

Public transport in Poznan

Public transport in Poznan relies mainly on trams and buses, with trams being the primary means of transport, and buses having the supplementary role. This often means that you need to change from bus to tram at some stage of your trip.

Public transport in Poznan – trams

Trams go fast and don’t get stuck in the traffic jams. They usually run with a good frequency – most lines run every 10 minutes.

There are 18 regular tram lines in Poznan, night line (Number 201), and one touristic line (number 0) operated by old-time vehicle. The touristic line runs only from 27 April to 31 October. Most trams in Poznan are modern vehicles, with air conditioning and low boards, easy to enter with a pram or wheelchair. Tram number clearly stands out even from a long distance, which is not so common in other cities.

You may find here the map of trams in Poznan

Public transport in Poznan - trams
Public transport in Poznan – tram number clearly stand out even from long distance
Old-time tram serving as the touristic line in Poznan
Old-time tram serving as the touristic line in Poznan

Public transport in Poznan – buses

Except for regular buses (numbers from 144 to 198), that run in the centre of Poznan, there are also plenty of suburban buses, that run between Poznan and surrounding villages (numbers higher than 300). There are also night buses (231-252) and one touristic bus (line 100) operated by old-time vehicle. The touristic bus runs only from 27 April to 31 October.

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Buses are easy to recognize, as most regular city lines are green (just as trams), while suburban buses are mainly mixed red/yellow. Poznan is one of the most advanced cities in Poland in terms of replacing its buses with even more environment-friendly electric buses.

Electric buses in Poznan
Electric buses in at the charging station in Poznan

You may find here the map of buses in Poznan

You should be aware, that some bus stops in Poznan are “on-demand”. This means you should wave for the driver to stop and pick you up from the bus stop, or press “Stop” or “N/Z” button inside the bus. On-demand bus stops are marked “N/Z”

Old-time bus serving as the touristic line in Poznan
Old-time bus serving as the touristic line in Poznan

Buses and tram tickets in Poznan

There is no distinction between tram and bus tickets in Poznan, but the system itself is a bit complicated.

The whole bus and trams network is divided into 4 zones (A, B, C, D), but the whole Poznan is covered by A zone.

Zones B, C and D cover suburban areas around Poznan.

There are several methods for paying the transport fares.

Using paper or electronic tickets

This is the easiest way to pay for trams and buses. Paper tickets may be bought from kiosks, stores, or ticket machines. You may also buy tickets in the mobile app (most popular are Jakdojade, Skycash and moBilet).

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Short time tickets available as paper or mobile tickets:

If you are over 70 years old, you don’t need to buy tickets for public transport in Poznan (you still need to carry your ID with you to prove your age).

Furthermore, the following special offers are available (but beware that they will not work on electronic tickets, as they disappear from the App anyway):

24-hour ticket as a weekend ticket

24-hour ticket validated after 8 pm on Friday until Saturday midnight will be valid until Sunday/Monday midnight

2+3 24 hour ticket

Two 24-hour tickets validated at the same time allow 2 adults and up to three children under 15 years old to travel for 24 hours

Mix of the two above

Two 24-hour tickets validated at the same time after 8 pm on Friday until Saturday midnight will be valid until Sunday midnight allow 2 adults and up to three children under 15 years old to travel until Sunday/Monday midnight

PEKA Card

You may install a monthly ticket or use it as an electronic wallet, paying for buses and trams every stop you go: 0,72 PLN for the first stop, 0,6 PLN for next 2-3 stops and then diminishing. The fare for 10 stops is 3,32 PLN, for 20 stops it is 4,12 PLN. You need to put your PEKA card to the reader on entering and leaving the bus or tram.

Bearer PEKA card

– may be used only as an electronic wallet to pay for public transport in Poznan fares. It may be bought for 27 PLN at the ticket sales point. 12 PLN is refundable when you return the card, 15 PLN may be immediately used to buy tickets.

Public transport in Poznan - PEKA card
Public transport in Poznan – PEKA card

Travelling without a valid ticket will result in a 280 PLN fine (140 PLN if you pay it to the ticket inspector or within 7 days).

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Touristic line tickets

Ticket for touristic bus line or tram bus line costs 6 PLN (one-ride tickets) or 10 PLN (hop-on-hop-off ticket). The latter may be used on both trams and buses.

Public transport in other Polish cities

If you are considering going to other cities in Poland, read our guides on public transport in Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, and Wroclaw. You may also read our articles on how to travel around Poland.

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1 comment

Stuart Jenkins June 21, 2023 - 9:38 am

Hello.

I am trying to pay a fine for riding on one of your buses without validating my ticket properly on the way to the airport. I have scanned the QR code on the fine printout but although it opens it does not seem to let me put any details in. I have also noted the account number etc on the ticket and tried to enter them into my bank app to pay, but they are too long to enter, and finally I tried ringing the number at the top of the ticket (including the +48), but its not recognised. Could you email me precise details on how to pay, whether by phone or electronically

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