Overland Poland Travel

From WikiOverland, the encyclopedia of Overland travel
Jump to: navigation, search


Currency to display:

Visiting Poland[edit]

Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.

Entering Poland with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: (date last confirmed correct)

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Poland, application instructions and fees see: Poland Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
List the paperwork required to enter with a vehicle, including number of copies

Process at border[edit]

No border when entering from other Schengen Area countries. Very long queues when entering from Ukraine.

Cost of entry[edit]

State the cost for a vehicle to enter

Permitted length of stay[edit]

State the permitted length of entry for the vehicle

Extension of stay[edit]

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

Driving in Poland[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Poland[edit]

Lonely Planet Poland (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Poland (travel Guide)
by Mark Baker, Tim Richards, Marc Di Duca
From $13.52 on Amazon
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
by Dan Grec
From $click on Amazon
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $22.42 on Amazon
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $13.37 on Amazon

Travel insurance for Poland[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Yes or No if insurance is mandatory, and what kind is acceptable.

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

Driving license[edit]

International Driving Permit is sufficient to drive in Poland.

Driving side of road[edit]

Right.
Foreign RHD vehicles are permitted to drive in Poland.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

  • Safety triangle
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Safety Vests (1 per occupant)

Roads[edit]

General Road quality[edit]

Except a highways, general quality is poor compared to western Europe, especially neighbor Germany. Expect a lot of ruts on popular roads outside of city bounds and dents inside cities. Also be aware of badly profiled curves and unexpected islets. The worse quality of city streets is probably in Łódź, Kraków, Wrocław, although you can expect a lot of unpleasant surprises in every city and town especially off main streets and alleys. One way streets are quite common in city centres.

Road signs[edit]

Informational signs sometimes lack important data. Don't expect tourist attraction directions on road signs.

Toll roads[edit]

Most of highways are divided into a few parts paid separately. The rest of Polish roads is free.

Bribery in Poland[edit]

Since the 90s a lot has changed, bribery obviously exists, but not on such a massive scale. Usually it's not expected, although it may be an option, it depends on the officer, the situation, and your communication skills. You won't be threatened for bribery with force, but in certain cases you may be teased. Be aware that it can be a problem when stopped by a patrol car with video cameras.

While locals get tickets for delayed payment, tickets for foreigners are to be paid on the spot - this is not a scam. If you don't have cash on you, police will escort you to the nearest ATM.

Checkpoints[edit]

Non-existent.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas and Diesel price in Poland[edit]

Last updated: October 2012

Currency and unit to display:

Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded €1.39 EUR per Liter[1]
Diesel €1.37 EUR per Liter[1]

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Poland[edit]

Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.

Navigation[edit]

Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Poland

Poland, Northern
Poland, Northern
by Reise Know-How Verlag
From $14.95 on Amazon
Europe Executive [enlarged And Laminated] (national Ge...
Europe Executive [enlarged And Laminated] (national Ge...
by National Geographic Maps - Reference
From $35.40 on Amazon
Michelin Poland Map 720 (maps/country (michelin))
Michelin Poland Map 720 (maps/country (michelin))
by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
From $6.67 on Amazon
Lonely Planet Poland (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Poland (travel Guide)
by Mark Baker, Tim Richards, Marc Di Duca
From $13.52 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Poland[edit]

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Poland[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]

Dealers[edit]

4x4s / Trucks

Motorbikes

Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Poland[edit]

Buy
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Sell
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'

References[edit]

Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

  1. 1.0 1.1 World petrol prices, gas prices, diesel prices|MyTravelCost.com

Helpful External links[edit]

Add any helpful external links here.