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 very 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 board, easy to enter with stroller or wheelchair. Tram number clearly stands out even from long distance, which is not so common in other cities.
You may find here the map of trams 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.
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 city in Poland in terms of replacing its buses with even more environment-friendly electric buses.
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”
Buses and trams 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 fare.
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).
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).
Also, 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 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
You may install 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 public transport in Poznan fares. It may be bought for 27 PLN in ticket sales point. 12 PLN is refundable when you return the card, 15 PLN may be immediately used to buy tickets.
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).
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.