Radom is the second-largest city in Mazowieckie that gets little tourist traffic. The city was a centre of light industry, but is now battling high unemployment and eyeing a transition to a knowledge-based economy. There are few tourist sights and due to low demand the tourist infrastructure is lacking. As not many foreigners visit Radom, relatively few in the service industry speak English.
Radom is 100 km south from Warsaw. With 220,000 inhabitants, Radom is a mid-sized city. Once a major centre of industry, it has undergone dramatic changes since the end of communism, with many factories being closed down. This has brought many social problems such as high unemployment, even relative to other Polish cities. This has resulted in Radom being one of the most inexpensive cities in the whole country, offering very low prices in the services sector.
In Radom there are two airports.
- 1 Radom-Sadków Airport (RDO IATA). A former military airport that got transformed into an airport for passenger flights. Radom airport has achieved doubtful success so far and there are few operations.
- The other airport in the city is the general aviation airport in Piastów.
For scheduled passenger flights, the closest airport is Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW IATA), some 10 km south of the center of Warsaw and 95 km north of Radom. It takes about 1 hour by car to get to Radom from there.
Numerous trains throughout the day link Radom with other cities in Poland. For more distant connections, change at one of Warsaw's stations may be needed. The main station in Radom is at Prażmowskiego Street, and usually referred to as Dworzec PKP by the locals. The station is south of the city centre and is within a walking distance from the Żeromskiego Street. Public transportation links are very convenient, as many bus lines stop around there; the bus station with connections to other cities is also nearby.
Here are the travel times to some major cities that have a direct train connection with Radom:
- Białystok (about 4hr 20min)
- Gdańsk (about 7hr 40min to 10hr, due to ongoing construction works)
- Kielce (about 1hr 30min)
- Kraków (between 3hr to 3hr 30min)
- Łódź (about 3hr 20min)
- Lublin (about 1hr 30min)
- Warsaw (between 1hr 50min to 2hr 30min)
- Wrocław (between 6hr 30min to 7hr 20min)
PolskiBus runs a frequent shuttle from Warsaw (Metro Wilanowska) to Radom using comfortable intercity coaches. The shuttle runs approximately every 1hr 30 min except for nighttime. Consult the detailed schedule here: . Tickets are around 10 zł if purchased in advance.
The main bus station (Dworzec PKS in Polish) for long-distance connections is located at Prażmowskiego Street, just next to the Main Post Office (Poczta Główna) and the train station (Dworzec PKP). A number of buses also stop at bus stops in the proximity of the train station.
To get information about buses and prices, you can contact the station at +48 48 363 54 54. For domestic departure times, consult the following website: .
You can easily reach Radom by car:
- from Warsaw, Gdańsk, Kielce and Kraków, by national road 7, E77: Gdańsk – Warsaw – Radom – Kielce – Kraków – Chyżne
- from Rzeszów, by national road 9, E371: Radom – Rzeszów – Barwinek
- from Lublin and Łódź, by national road 12: Piotrków Trybunalski – Radom – Lublin – Dorohusk
There is a paid-parking zone in the centre of the city. This applies M-F 08:00-16:00. Parking costs 0.10 zł for every 3 minutes, with the minimum payment of 0.50 zł for the first 15 minutes. You can pay with coins using the parking meter or with your mobile phone (more details on the parking meter).
For the information on the coverage of the paid-parking zone, consult the city's website .
Radom is covered by a public transport network of 24 bus lines, numbered from 1 to 26. The full list of these routes can be found here  (in Polish).
Two carriers in Radom operate the public buses, but the tickets are issued and controlled by one authority, Miejski Zarząd Dróg i Komunikacji (MZDiK). There are various tickets, but as a visitor you probably don't have to trouble yourself with most of them. A single ticket costs 3.80 zł, and there is a 50% reduction for children from the age of 4 till the end of education (includes university students), so the ticket costs 1.90 zł (in Polish: bilet ulgowy). Children until the age of 4 and seniors above the age of 70 travel for free. Be aware that you need to carry a document confirming your eligibility to the reduced fare. A single ticket is valid for the whole journey on the particular bus line. There is no time limit, but once you get off the bus, the ticket loses its validity. Make sure to validate the ticket in one of the validators by the door immediately after boarding.
Tickets can be purchased in any kiosk or a shop that has the sign bilety. Tickets can be also bought from the driver on-board, subject to availability, but an additional surcharge applies.
You can check the time table of the buses on this website (in Polish).
Museums and galleriesEdit
- Academic Art Gallery "Rogatka" (Akademicka Galeria Sztuki "Rogatka"). Corner of Malczewskiego and Kelles-Krauza streets, (Polish). Gallery of the Faculty of Arts of the Technical University of Radom. It is in a 19th-century toll-house building, where the entry to the city used to be.
- Jacek Malczewski Museum, Rynek 11, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. (Polish).
- Mazowieckie Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej 'Elektrownia, ul. Domagalskiego 5 (temporary address), ☏ . (Polish). Centre for contemporary art. Temporarily moved away from its location at ul. Kopernika 1 for the time of renovation.
- Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej, Rynek 4/5, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Museum of contemporary arts. Established in 1990, it is the first contemporary arts dedicated museum in Poland. Boasts a collection of over 3,500 exhibits.
- Muzeum Wsi Radomskiej, Ul. Szydłowiecka 30, ☏ . (Polish). Open-air museum of the Radom region country side. Great place for a weekend visit. Try to get there during one of the numerous events they organize.
- Borki Reservoir (Zalew na Borkach)
- Kościuszko Park (Park Kościuszki), Contained by the following streets: Mickiewicza, Sienkiewicza, Słowackiego, Żeromskiego, 25 Czerwca.
- Old Garden (Stary Ogród), ul. Mireckiego. Established in 1820, it is the first public park in Radom.
- Bernardine Monastery (Kościół Bernardynów), Ul. Żeromskiego 6, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. (Polish). One of the most unique sights in Radom. Founded in 1468, it is one of the oldest Bernardine monasteries in the world.
- Holy Family Church (Kościół pw. Świętej Rodziny), Ul. Kelles-Krauza 19, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. (Polish). Neo-gothic church built in 1905.
- Holy Trinity Church (Kościół Świętej Trójcy), pl. Kazimierza Wielkiego. Baroque church founded in 1678. Build by the famous architect Tylman van Gameren.
- Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral (Katedra Opieki Najświętszej Maryi Panny, or Kościół Mariacki), Ul. Sienkiewicza 13, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. (Polish). Radom Cathedral, built between 1898 and 1918.
- Lutheran Church (Kościół Ewangelicko-Augsburski), Ul. Reja 6, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. (Polish).
- St. John the Baptist Church (Kościół Farny), Ul. Rwańska 6, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. (Polish). One of the oldest churches in Radom, founded in 1360 by King Casimir the Great. Be sure to see the 17th-century chapel founded by Jan Kochanowski.
- St. Stanislaus Garrison Church (Kościół Garnizonowy św. Stanisława), ☏ . Plac Konstytucji 3 Maja 1. Built in 1902 as an Eastern Orthodox Church, it now serves as Roman-Catholic military church.
- St. Wenceslaus Church (Kościół św. Wacława), Ul. Plac Stare Miasto 13, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. (Polish). The oldest remaining building in the city, most likely built in 1216.
- Jewish Cemetery, ul. Towarowa. Built in 1831.
- Moniuszki Street
- Piłsudskiego Street
- Rwańska Street
- Żeromskiego Street
- Third of May Constitution Square (Plac Konstytucji 3 Maja)
- Market Square (Rynek)
Tenement houses and other buildingsEdit
- City Public Library (Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna), ul. Piłsudskiego 12. - Library located in a neo-renaissance villa. Built in 1892.
- Glogier Family House (Kamienica Glogierów), ul. Sienkiewicza 12. Built in 1914.
- Resursa Obywatelska, ul. Malczewskiego 16.
- Trzebiński Printing Shop (Drukarnia Trzebińskiego), ul. Żeromskiego 28 (enter through the archway into the backyard)
- White Eagle Pharmacy (Apteka pod Białym Orłem), ul. Żeromskiego 5.
Concerts and performancesEdit
- Radomska Orkiestra Kameralna, ul. Żeromskiego 53, ☏ . Go to a performance by city's renowned chamber orchestra.
- Teatr Powszechny im. Jana Kochanowskiego (Jan Kochanowski Popular Theatre of Radom), Plac Jagielloński 15, ☏ . See a theatre play in the Jan Kochanowski Popular Theatre of Radom.
Festivals and eventsEdit
- Dni Radomia (Radom Days). The city's annual festivity, taking place around the middle of June. Expect a large number of concerts, performances, exhibitions and more.
- [dead link] International Gombrowicz Festival, Teatr Powszechny im. Jana Kochanowskiego, Plac Jagielloński 15, ☏ . A major theatre festival in Poland, combining theatre, science, criticism, arts, music and film. It is organized biannually since 1993.
- Kaziuki (Saint Casimir the Jagiellon days). Celebration of the city's patron, Saint Casimir the Jagiellon, taking place in March. It is celebrated in early March. There are religious celebrations, sports and cultural events, as well as concerts.
- Międzynarodowy Festiwal Muzyki Dawnej im. Mikołaja z Radomia (Nicolaus of Radom International Festival of Early Music). Annual festival of early music; takes place in October.
- Radom Air Show, Sadków Airport, ☏ . A biannual air show. The last festival was in August 2018. It is the biggest such event in Poland, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from all over Poland and abroad.
- Ogólnopolskie Spotkania z Piosenką Żeglarską RAFA, Sala Koncertowa Urzędu Miejskiego, ul. Żeromskiego 53, ☏ . An annual Poland-wide festival of shanties. Tickets: 20 zł.
- Technical University of Radom (Politechnika Radomska), ul. Malczewskiego 29, ☏ . The Technical University of Radom, with some 10,000 students enrolled, is Radom's largest institute of higher education and offers a variety of courses and programs to choose from.
In Radom, there is a small expatriate community of language teachers. Try contacting one of the city's numerous language schools; they are especially keen on employing native English speakers, but speakers of German, French or Spanish might also find something.
The best place for city shopping is Żeromskiego Street and the adjacent streets. There you will find numerous shops with clothes, shoes and others. Many Polish and international banks have their branches at Żeromskiego too. Almost opposite of the city hall (where Mickiewicza and Żeromskiego streets meet), there is also Galeria Rosa which has a number of shops inside.
- Browar Zamkowy - Piwo Żywe, ul. Limanowskiego 71. Buy local non-pasteurized beer from one of Radom's first micro-breweries. It is said the recipes date back to a few hundred years ago.
- Radomianka. Locally made cocoa cake with whipped cream. Ask for in restaurants and confectioneries.
- Galeria 'Echo', ul. Żółkiewskiego 4, ☏ . M-Sa 09:00-21:00, Su 10:00-19:00.
- M1 Shopping Center (Centrum Handlowe M1), al. Grzecznarowskiego 28, ☏ . M-Sa 09:00-21:00, Su 11:00-19:00.
- 'Senior' Department Store (Dom Towarowy 'Senior'), Plac Jagielloński 8, ☏ . M-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-14:00.
- Galeria Fenix
- Galeria Słoneczna, ul. Chrobrego 1 (In front of the Jagiellonian Square).
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|Budget||20 zł or less|
|Mid-range||21 zł - 40 zł|
|Splurge||41 zł and up|
At the M-1 Mall (M-Jeden in Polish) there is a small food court with McDonald's and KFC, as well as a pretty good sit down restaurant called Sphinx. There are a few other McDonald's restaurants in town.
- Bar Mleczny "Sezam", ul. Moniuszki 23. A remainder of the communist era, this milk bar offers fairly decent dishes for as little as 2 zł. Worth a visit for a 1980s-like experience.
- [dead link] Pod Kasztanami, Ul. Żeromskiego 46a, ☏ . opening times: M-Sa 10:00-22:00, Su 12:00-22:00.
- Samira Kebab Cafe Bar, ul. Malczewskiego 9/11, +48 48 362 26 41. A Lebanese restaurant, serving delicious kebabs and other Arabic dishes at very competitive prices.
- Słonecznik, Ul. Moniuszki 22, ☏ . Cafeteria-style place serving Polish and European cuisine. A place to go for a quick meal, a cake and a coffee; nothing special though.
- [formerly dead link] Bar u Grubego, Wolanów/near Radom, Kowalanka 30, ☏ . Daily 08:00-22:00. Traditional Polish restaurant.
- Casablanca Piano Cafe, Ul. Piłsudskiego 11, ☏ . opening times: M-F 10:00-22:00, Sa Su 12:00-22:00. Styled after the movie Casablanca, this restaurant serves Polish and European cuisine. Also very popular to go there for a couple of beers. Nice music plays in the background.
- Green Zebra, Ul. Focha 12 (behind the TM Hotel), ☏ . opening times: M-Sa 10:00-22:00, Su 12:00-20:00. The city's first vegetarian restaurant. Extravagant design, friendly atmosphere.
- Karczma Bankrut, Ul.Kielecka 153, ☏ . Su-Th 11:00-22:00, F Sa 11:00-24:00. Traditional restaurant decorated in a highland style.
- MammaLeo, Ul. Szewska 14, ☏ . A family restaurant. Great place to visit with your children where they can engage in a number of educational activities and eat.
- [formerly dead link] Olivio, Ul. Żeromskiego 17, ☏ .
- Panie i Panowie, Ul. Piłsudskiego 13, ☏ .
- Teatralna, Ul. Piłsudskiego 13, ☏ . Daily 12:00-22:00. A cosy restaurant serving Italian cuisine. Piano bar every Tuesday.
- [formerly dead link] Restauracja u Grubego, ☏ . Daily 08:00-22:00. Wielogóra/near Radom, ul. Warszawska 98/100 in the Hotel u Grubego. Traditional Polish restaurant.
- Restauracja Różany Gościniec, ul. Zagłoby 2, 26-600 Radom, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 12:00-21:00. Family restaurant in Radom with all the best polish food. Such as hand made "dumplings", "fish", "burgers:, "steaks", "schnitzel", "pasta" and much more. Be sure to visit this place if you ever travel to Radom.
- Europejska, Ul. Słowackiego 11, ☏ . Daily 12:00-23:00. In the Europejski Hotel, this restaurant offers a variety of Polish and International cuisine.
Bars and pubsEdit
- Jack Rocks, ul. 11-ego Listopada 99f, ☏ . M-Th 12:00-24:00, F Sa 12:00 till last customer, Su 12:00-23:00. Two-storey cosy pub with live music.
- MK Bowling, Galeria ROSA, ul. Żeromskiego 52, ☏ . M W Su 10:00-24:00; Tu Th-Sa 10:00-02:00. Bar and restaurant. Has bowling and pool. Karaoke every Tuesday and Thursday at 21:00.
- Nasza Szkapa, ul. Dowkonta 2, ☏ . A small, but lively pub next to the train station. Popular for watching football matches.
- Pivovaria, ul. Moniuszki 26, ☏ . The first restaurant in Radom with in-house microbrewery. Go for a meal and chase it with one of the 4 kinds of beer brewed in Pivovaria.
- Tawerna Messa, ul. Malczewskiego 8. Sailors' tavern.
- Babie Lato, ul. Rwańska 7, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Ladies club and cafe. Apart from numerous drinks and cocktails, food and desserts are available too.
- Bufet artystyczny Czekolada, Plac Jagielloński 15, ☏ .
- Marcus, ul. Żeromskiego 39, ☏ .
- [dead link] Aula, ul. Chrobrego 31, ☏ . Student club in the basement of the Faculty of Economics.
- Alibi, ul. Malczewskiego 29, ☏ . Student club in a 19th-century basement of an ex-Russian garrison building.
- Archiwum, al. Grzecznarowskiego 2, ☏ . Lounge club.
- Club Mojito, al. Grzecznarowskiego 2, ☏ . Minimum age: 25.
- Fanaberia, ul. Struga 7a, ☏ .
- [dead link] Katakumby, ul. Plac Stare Miasto 11, ☏ .
- Strefa G2, Al. Grzecznarowskiego 2, ☏ . Largest venue in Radom, with 1000 people capacity. Concerts are organized on a regular basis. Bowling and pool available too.
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|Budget||Under 100 zł|
|Mid-range||100 zł to 250 zł|
|Splurge||Over 250 zł|
- Szkolne Schronisko Młodzieżowe, Ul. Limanowskiego 34/40, ☏ . Youth hostel.
- Hotel Astor, Ul. Chorzowska 1., ☏ .
- Hotel „Centralny Ośrodek Szkolenia Maszynistów”, Ul. Józefa Ignacego Kraszewskiego 1., ☏ .
- E7, Ul. Czarnieckiego 70., ☏ .
- Glass, Ul. Prażmowskiego 17, ☏ .
- Hotel Gromada - Centrum, ul. Narutowicza 9., ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 120 zł.
- 1 Promenada Hotel, ul. Bulwarowa 15, ☏ .
- Hotel u Grubego Radom, ul. Warszawska 98/100 Wielogóra k. Radomia, ☏ .
- Gryf, Ul. Puławska 8, ☏ .
- [formerly dead link] Hotel Iskra, ul. Planty 4, ☏ . The oldest continuously operating hotel in the city.
- Hotel Poniatowski Radom, ul. Poniatowskiego 4, ☏ .
- 2 Hotel TM, Ul. Focha 12., ☏ .
There are few internet cafés (Polish: kawiarenka internetowa) spread around the city.
- Cafe Internet, ul. Słowackiego 195, Phone +48 48 384 79 95.
- Multi Fox, ul. Okulickiego 58/70, Phone +48 48 360 83 72.
- Reama, ul. Żeromskiego 71, Phone +48 48 363 20 95.
- Szuflandia, ul. Skłodowskiej-Curie 7, Phone +48 48 363 41 59.
There is also an increasing number of hot-spots. You can find them in several restaurants such as McDonald's, KFC, Fanaberia, Cafe Parkowa, or Pivovaria. The Radom Technical University's main campus also has hot-spots. There are also free hot-spots in the following locations: Galeria Fenix (shopping centre), the Plac Jagielloński area in front of the theatre, Żeromskiego, Moniuszki, Mickiewicza and other streets in the city centre, and many other locations.
The Radom area code is 48, which is the same as the Polish country code. To dial a phone number from Radom you will have to dial +48 48 X from outside the country.
Pick-pocketing happens mostly at the train station, public transportation and local market places; it is not frequent though. Exercise the usual caution when walking around the city, especially at night and away from the city centre. At night, try keep to the main streets or use a taxi.
As a foreigner, you are likely to be a target of any crime just as much as if you were local. Crimes targeting solely tourists are unheard of.
Radom was a pioneer of the Bezpieczne Miasto (Safe City) programme, later followed by other cities in Poland, by introducing a full-scale campaign since 1997. There are 61 CCTV cameras around the city, mostly in the centre, that have helped to reduce the number of criminal offences.
- Warsaw - 100 km away, the capital of Poland is within easy reach, with numerous trains and buses leaving throughout the day.
- Wsola - 10 km away from Radom is Wsola, home of Witold Gombrowicz Museum . Address: Wsola, ul. Witolda Gombrowicza 1, 26-660 Jedlińsk.
- Czarnolas - Visit the museum of the great renaissance poet, Jan Kochanowski.
- Kazimierz Dolny
- Iłża - 30 km south of Radom, Iłża is a great place for a one-day visit. The remains of the 14th century castle are a must-see.
- Orońsko - Visit Centrum Rzeźby Polskiej , the Centre of Polish Sculpture. See the manor house of the painter Józef Brandt. Open daily except Mondays. Admission: adults 5 zł; children, students 3 zł.
- Domaniów - About 20 km west of Radom. Home to a 500 ha artificial lake; good place to go in the summer if you are a water-sports enthusiast. There is a little pier where you can rent a sailing boat or a kayak.