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Introduction

Torun

Torun

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Torun is a university city in the central north of Poland with around 200,000 inhabitants. The total metropolitan area has about 300,000 inhabitants. Its medieval part of the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Other than its medieval architecture Torun is famous for two things: astronomer Nicholaus Copernicus and a local gingerbread speciality known as piernicki. Eagle eyed tourists will be able to find piernicki in the shape of Copernicus' head.

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Weather

Torun's climate is characterized by warm and sunny summers and relatively cold winters, typical for a continental climate. Temperatures from June to August are mostly around or slightly above 20 °C, while winter nights are generally below zero. Snow is common in winter, though variations between years can be huge.

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Getting There

By Plane

Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport (BZG) near Bydgoszcz is the most convenient airport, about 40 kilometres northwest of the city. It has flights with Ryanair to/from Birmingham, Dublin, London and Airport Weeze and with EuroLOT to/from Warsaw.

By Train

Torun is connect by train with many cities in Poland, including Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Wroclaw and Malbork.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Filmar HotelGrudziadzka 45hotel-
Orange Hostel - Old Townul. Prosta 19Hostel79
Orange PlusJęczmienna 11Hostel77
Hotel Hebanul.Male Garbary7hotel-
Angel HostelRynek Staromiejski 8/4Hostel77
Freedom BackpackersSzeroka 31/4Hostel79
Green GuesthouseMale Garbary 10GUESTHOUSE72

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Keep Connected

Internet

In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.

Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.

Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.

Post

Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.

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