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PLAF ATTENDEE 101 #1: Planning your stay in Łódź

PLAF ATTENDEE 101 #1: Planning your stay in Łódź

So, you’ve just bought a ticket to Promised Land Art Festival and you’re wondering about the next steps… Well, it’d make sense to make the necessary arrangements for travel and accommodation for the event’s duration. And we’re here to help with the first in our series of PLAF ATTENDEE 101 articles, all about planning your stay in Łódź! 


The When & Where & How to Get There

Let’s get the basics out of the way first: Promised Land Art Festival will be taking place this September 8th–10th in the city of Łódź, Poland, at the EC1 building complex. The easiest way to access the location will be from Tuwima Street or Wojciecha J. Hasa Street.

If you’re an Early Bird, Regular, or Group ticket holder, it’s definitely better to visit the venue grounds a day early and pick up your accreditation on Saturday — we’ll be there to welcome you and get you set up, so that you can hit the ground running come Day 1 of the main event. We will also hold some accompanying Promised Land Art Festival activities during this time, which you are most welcome to join in.

When it comes to travel, there are dozens of ways you can get to the festival, depending on where you’ll be traveling from. Let’s go over the options:


  • International travel

If you’re coming from abroad, traveling by plane will probably be the fastest and most convenient way to get here. Flying directly to Łódź is a possibility, as the city does sport an airport of its own; however, it is fairly small, so options may be limited depending on your airline of choice. 

If you can’t find a direct or convenient layover flight to Łódź, we recommend flying to Warsaw (either the Chopin or Modlin Airport), then taking a cab, bus, or train from the airport to Warsaw Central Station (Warszawa Centralna), where you can take a one to two-hour train to Łódź. There are several stops in Łódź to choose from, but if you’d like to head straight to the venue, Łódź Fabryczna is located in direct proximity of EC1. You’ll need to purchase a ticket, which you can do once you arrive at the train station from one of the many counters, or you can reserve them in advance via the official PKP website

Alternatively, you can travel to Łódź directly from the airport via taxi. Please note that this option is significantly more expensive than traveling via train, though you can’t deny the convenience. 


  • Domestic travel

If you’re already in Poland and are traveling domestically, you’ve got a variety of options on the table: via train (tickets available through pkp.pl), via bus (you can check options, for example, on checkmybus.pl), or cab (pricing and availability will vary depending on where you’re traveling from). Łódź is conveniently located near the A2 highway and various other roads, so you can easily arrive via car.

In case you’re wondering about which bus/train to take, bus/train ticket pricing, or taxi fares, you’ll find a handy breakdown of each, listed by point of origin and destination, below:


  • Warsaw Chopin Airport -> Warsaw Central Station 

Bus route

- Bus to take: line 175 (day line) or N32 (night line)

- Ticket price: 4,40 PLN / approx. 1 EUR (available for purchase on the bus or at the bus stop at dedicated machines)

- Approx. travel time: 36 minutes (depending on traffic)


Train route

- Train to take: Koleje Mazowieckie (KM) or Szybka Kolej Miejska (SKM) lines S2 and S3

- Ticket price: for KM 7,80 PLN / approx. 2 EUR (available for purchase online here), for SKM 4,40 PLN / approx 1 EUR (regular public transportation ticket)

- Approx. travel time: 21 minutes


By taxi

- Fare: approx. 40 PLN / approx. 10 EUR

- Approx. travel time: 36 minutes (depending on traffic)


  • Warsaw Modlin Airport -> Warsaw Central Station 

Bus + Train route:

- Bus to take: dedicated bus to the local train station available at the airport

- Train to take: Koleje Mazowieckie (KM)

- Ticket price: 22,40 PLN / approx. 5,50 EUR (covers both bus and train rides; available for purchase at the airport)

- Approx. travel time: 1 hour


By taxi

- Fare: approx. 106 PLN / approx. 25 EUR

- Approx. travel time: 55 minutes (depending on traffic)


  • Warsaw Central Station -> Łódź

Train route:

- Train to take: PKP Intercity

- Ticket price 41-53 PLN / approx. 10-13 EUR (depends on the ticket class; available for purchase online here)

- Approx. travel time: 1,5 hours


  • Warsaw Chopin Airport -> Łódź

By taxi

- Fare: approx. 750-800 PLN / approx. 170-185 EUR

- Approx. travel time: 1,5 hours (depending on traffic)


  • Warsaw Modlin Airport -> Łódź

By taxi

- Fare: approx. 490 PLN / approx. 115 EUR

- Approx. travel time: 2 hours (depending on traffic)


Please note these are only estimates, and that some prices (especially taxi fares) may be different depending on a variety of factors, such as the weather or traffic conditions, or the current exchange rate in the case of paying in Euro.


Accommodation 

Once you arrive in Łódź, you’ll need a base of operations for the duration of your stay, and it’s best to book one in advance. We have several recommendations in this regard, all of which come with a 15% PLAF attendee discount. These are:

  • HolidayInn — premium service 4-star hotel located in the beating heart of Łódź on Piotrkowska Street. It’s also a 30-minute walk away from EC1 Łódź.
  • Qubus Hotel — quality 3-star hotel that’s a 10-minute walk away from the city center and a 30-minute walk away from EC1 Łódź.
  • BB Hotel — modern 2-star hotel establishment located in between Piotrkowska Street and EC1 Łódź, both a 15-minute stroll away.

To take advantage of our attendee discount, use the code PLAF24 when reserving your stay via phone or email. Please note that the discount applies for stays from September 8th to September 10th, 2024.

There are also many other hotels and apartments for rent in Łódź — you can browse all options available on either booking.com or the Airbnb app and choose the one that best suits your needs.


Getting about Łódź

Łódź is a place you can navigate fairly quickly and easily via a multitude of means of transportation. If you follow our hotel recommendations, you can get to the event venue or Piotrkowska Street, where you’ll find a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars, by walking no more than 15-30 minutes. If, however, you’re located further away or just want to get somewhere quickly, you can always order a taxi (Uber, Bolt, and FreeNow all operate in Łódź and are the most convenient in terms of payment), or use public transport in the form of buses and trams (using Google Maps will provide you with the routes and indicate bus and tram numbers to use to get to your desired destination). It is important to always purchase a ticket when using a bus or tram — you can purchase these directly in most vehicles using dedicated machines or using ticket machines at bus and tram stops. In both cases, most machines accept payment by card (some accept cash as well, but they are rare).


Where to park your car?

So you’re coming to Promised Land Art Festival and wondering whether there’s somewhere close by EC1 Łódź you can park? We’re happy to say — yes, there is! You can leave your car at a car park at Dobrowczyków 7 Street available to Promised Land Art Festival attendees. To gain access, mention you’re here for the event, or use our super secret password “Promised Land”.

When it comes to parking at the place you’re staying, most hotels should have a car park in their offer, however that can vary on a case-by-case basis, as does the pricing for using one. You should call your chosen hotel or apartment provider and ask them directly about availability and costs.

And that’s it for this PLAF ATTENDEE 101 article. If you have any additional questions, you can always contact us via email, as well as by messaging us on Instagram, Facebook, X, or LinkedIn. Keep your eyes peeled for the next one very soon! 

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