Płock is a town of 118,000 inhabitants (agglomeration of 203,000) in central Poland, on the river Vistula (Wisła in Polish). Płock is of special interest to fans of Art Nouveau, or secesja in Polish. It lies about halfway between the national capital city of Warsaw and the historic cities of Toruń and Bydgoszcz.
If you are looking for an undiscovered tourist attraction away from the main touristic corridors, Płock is a good bet. Silent, picturesque, interesting. Recommended for a day or two.
Get in edit
Train connections from Płock are poor as most of the railways nearby are haven't been updated in a long time. The 1 Płock Railway Station is located in the northern part of the city, about 1 km from the historic city centre and cathedral.
Because of the poor railway connection most people travel here by bus. The 2 Płock Bus Station is right next to the train station. Pex (Polski Express) or Komfort Bus serves the busy main line of the area - Warszawa- Płock- Włocławek- Toruń. Warszawa- Płock seem to be served hourly, journey time is approx. 1 h 50 minutes. Płock-Włocławek is served with somewhat less intensive schedule, approximately a bus is running every two hours or less. There are also multiple bus connections from Kutno.
Get around edit
Płock has an extensive bus system with most of the town hotspots covered. The timetables and route maps can be found on the kmplock website[dead link] (in Polish) or at the bus stops. Most of the buses seem to run a few times an hour and from experience they are very rarely late (unlike England), in fact if anything arrive at the bus stop 5-10 minutes before scheduled departure time as they do sometimes arrive a little early and tend not to wait. There are very modern buses on some lines while some have older ones but all are of decent standard. The buses do tend to get busy most days so be prepared to stand (remember that in Poland it is considered polite to offer your seat to elders).
You need to buy the ticket before boarding and they are around 3-4 zł for an adult ticket with concession prices available. They are available at nearly every food shop and easy to get, you need to scan them in the machine once you get on the bus.
- Vistula River, particularly attractive at sunset.
- 1 Cathedral, Tumska, ☏ . Early Roman and later modified several times. Located on the hill neighboring the Vistula, in the town center.
- 2 Płock Castle (Castle of the Masovian Dukes in Płock), Tumska 2. A 14th-century Gothic castle built on the steep shores of the Vistula river. It faces the Cathedral.
- 3 Town Hall, Stary Rynek 1.
- 4 Masovian Museum (Muzeum Mazowieckie), ul. Tumska 8, ☏ . Tu-Su: 10:00—16:00. Closed on M. A collection of Art Deco furniture and paintings 18 zł normal ticket, 9 zł reduced.
- 5 Museum of the Masovian Jews (Muzeum Żydów Mazowieckich), Kwiatka 7, ☏ . Tu-Su: 10:00—16:00. Closed on M. In a former synagogue. Free.
- 6 Zoo, Norbertańska 2 (Walk past the railway/road bridge, on the main road, walk over the small bridge over the rail tracks), ☏ . Daily 9:00—17:00. In April and September until 18:00. May-August until 19:00. Interesting collection: lions, many types of miniature monkeys, fish, crocodiles. A bit overcrowded in animals. Cages are small, especially for the mighty sea turtles. 18 zł normal ticket, 12 zł discount ticket.
- Walk the riverside. It's a nice walk along the steep bank of the Vistula river. Go to the City Hall, then move southwards till you reach the promenade on the bank. If you choose to go down the steps, you can walk at the bottom of the steep slope and walk past the rock-like forms of the sandy cliffs that are located in the direction opposing to the two Vistula bridges. Another option is to remain atop and stroll westwards on the top of the cliffs. Nice views are guaranteed.
- 1 Przedwiośnie Cinema, Tumska 5A, ☏ .
- Football: Wisła Płock were relegated in 2023 and play soccer in 1. Liga, the second tier. Their home ground Kazimierz Górski (or Orien) Stadium (capacity 15,000) is 2 km north of town centre.
- Reggaeland, the second largest reggae festival in Poland. Professionally organized, 3 scenes (reggae, ragga/dancehall, raggajungle), good artists, nice vibes. Reggae festival takes place right on the river bank, in mid-July.
There is a factory outlet of Levi Strauss (producing here). Reasonable prices, 2nd choice very cheap.
- 1 [dead link] Restaurant Art Deco, Stary Rynek 17, ☏ . Atmospheric restaurant. One specialty is czernina, duck blood soup. Expect 40 zł..
Many zapiekanka stands, especially in the center (typical 4 zł). Like in any Polish city there is a large choice of kebab restaurants and stands.
Stay safe edit
City center looks safe, compared to other cities.