Fly To Gdansk, Poland
As the perfect starting point for exploring the Polish Baltic coast, Gdansk may be overlooked as a destination in itself, but this stylish European port city is worth much more than a simple stopover.
After WWII destruction, the old town was rebuilt to incorporate distinct architecture from various European cities, making its narrow cobblestoned streets and multi-coloured, slender buildings completely unique.
But the city’s past wasn’t shaped by the war alone. You can indulge in stories of its maritime history as well and learn about the wealthy merchants that passed through in years gone by.
A charming city, with towering redbrick churches and a myriad of portside cafes and bars lined up along the river, Gdansk will leave a lasting impression. Find the cheapest possible flights to Gdansk when you book with Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans need a Visa to visit Gdansk, Poland. You’ll have to apply for a Schengen Visa, but only through the Polish Embassy if Poland is the country where you’ll spend the most time on your trip. Apply well in advance and make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return from Poland.
- The South African Embassy in Poland is in Warsaw and you’ll find it at IPC Business Centre, 6th Floor, ul. Koszykowa 54, 00-675 Warsaw. Phone: +48 22 622 1005.
See and do
Amble along the Motlowa River, with its characterful cafes, amber shops and intriguing museums all lined up. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the rustic dockside beer gardens.
The Town Hall is a beautiful site and you can hear the daily chimes sing all around old town. Another iconic site is the Oliwa Cathedral, a magical place that lights up during the recital, when the wooden gargoyles and angels dance along to the organ music.
Take a cruise along the river to experience the city from a different perspective, indulging in stories of its maritime history and taking in the colourful buildings towering around you.
To truly understand the large-scale restoration the city underwent after the WWII bombings, take a stroll along Dluga Street, buy ice cream at one of the many stands, admire local art at the stalls and dine at one of the restaurants dotted along the sidewalk.
Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport – GDN
Situated only 12km northwest of the city centre, Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport is named after a former Polish president. The logo of the airport, visible on the outside wall, is in fact, Lech’s signature. The Schengen Arrival Hall is beautifully modern and efficient and you’ll find everything you need to enter the city here.
Food and beverage: You can enjoy a meal at Voyage Café, Papa Bistro and The Flame, while Coffee Heaven and Coffee Corner will fulfill your need for a caffeine fix and quick, light meals.
Currency Exchange: You’ll see the currency exchange desk as you exit your terminal in the Schengen Arrival Hall.
Lost Luggage: The only lost luggage desk is at the Schengen Arrival Hall. Just present your boarding pass and baggage tag as proof of checked baggage and they’ll sort you out.
Car Rental: All the major car rental companies can by found at the airport including Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz. You’ll also find Sambix Rent a Car and National Car Rental.
Airport Hub: Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (code GDN) is a hub for Air Berlin and Scandinavian Airlines.