Lublin is a city in eastern Poland and the capital of Lublin Voivodeship with a population of 324 637 (2016). In the Middle Ages Lublin played an important role in the life of the Polish state as a trade centre and as a city with military significance. Today, most travellers to Lublin will be there to visit the Majdanek Memorial and Museum - a former Nazi German concentration camp.
During World War II the Jewish and Polish populations suffered heavy losses with many people being interned and killed at Majdanek, a Nazi concentration camp. In 1939, the city's Jewish population numbered 42,380, nearly a third of the total population. The war and Nazi crimes reduced the Jewish population to a mere 4,553 by 1945. After the war, the city developed to be an important university site, with six state universities and a number of smaller ones. As well, the city served as Poland's post-war capital city for approximately six months after the Soviet occupation forces installed a puppet regime.
Today, Lublin is a beautiful mid-sized city with its own particular Renaissance style, called the Lublin Renaissance. That said, it's easy to say that the city has fallen on hard times with shuttered buildings in the heart of its old town. If you're coming from Warsaw, a slightly-less-than-thorough day trip to Lublin can be achieved, if you rely on taxis versus public transportation. Most of the major sites are not that far from the train station by car, so taxis can be a fast, cheap, and efficient way to traverse the city.
Lublin International Airportopened in December 2012, with a train station inside the airport terminal providing quick and easy access to Lublin's rail network. However, destinations are so far limited, with routes to Dublin, Oslo, Liverpool, Eindhoven, Stockholm and London available so far from low-fare carriers Wizzair and Ryanair. Lufthansa offers flights to Frankfurt Airport, where you can connect to their vast short-haul and intercontinental network.
You can also fly into either Warsaw, Kraków or Rzeszów. From there, you need to take a train or a bus to come to Lublin. From both Warsaw and Kraków airports, you can take commuter trains to the respective city's central railway station, where you can in turn change to a train to Lublin. Landing in Rzeszów, you need to rely on buses and coaches.
- Buses to the city center: 1 to the Kraków Gate (Brama Krakowska), 1, 34 to the Castle (Dworzec Gł. PKS), 13 to the Lithuanian Sq.(Plac Litewski); trolleybus to the city center: 150 to the Saxonian Garden (Ogród Saski).
By carYou can easily get there by car:
- from Warsaw national road 17 , E372 : Warsaw - Otwock - Garwolin - Ryki - Lublin (2.5 hrs)
- from Rzeszów national road 19 : Rzeszów - Nisko - Janów Lubelski - Kraśnik - Lublin (2.5 hrs)
- from Kielce national road 74, 19 : Kielce - Opatów - Ożarów - Annopol - Kraśnik - Lublin (2 hrs)
Lublin, like other Polish cities, doesn't have a ring road, so to transit the city you must use Trasa W-Z Route: Warsaw 17 , E372 - aleja Warszawska - aleja Solidraności - aleja Tysiąclecia - aleja Witosa - Lviv (UA). There's is also south-north route: Svidnik (SK) E371 - Rzeszów 19 - aleja Kraśnicka - Sikorskiego - aleja Solidarności - aleja Smorawińskiego - aleja Spółdzielczości Pracy - Białystok - Hrodna (BY)
Many international connections - from the (Dworzec Autobusowy Główny) with Birmingham, Bradford, Bremen, Cologne, Flensburg, Freiburg, Geneva, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, London, Lviv, Lutsk, Mannheim, Paris, Rotterdam, Rome, Stuttgart, Venice, Vilnius and Zurich. Southern Bus Terminal(Dworzec Autobusowy Południe) is located right across the square from the Main Train Station. It is dedicated to regional lines. And also, do not be scared by its looks since they will demolish it in a few years anyway.
- The Main Bus Terminal is situated at the northernmost edge of the Old Town, just next to the castle. If you want to travel to other parts of the city center: to Lithuanian Sq. and Saxonian Garden take lines 5, 10, 18, 31, 57 (from the bus stop #2, at the main street just outside the terminal building); to Kraków Gate take lines 1, 2, 6, 11, 17, 22, 23 (from the bus stop #4, at the same side of the street than bus stop #2, but a bit farther left)
- If you plan a longer stay, you may find this website useful .
- See also: Poland - By bus
By bus or trolleybus
In the city centre or the Old Town you can easily reach every place worth seeing on foot. You can also use the public transport. It's worth to try a trolleybus ride, especially the "tourist" route 156 from the Majdanek Concentration Camp, near Old Town and Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. The city has 50 bus lines and 8 trolleybus lines (served by MPK). There's also commercial city transport (buses with Komunikacja prywatna or AKL signs).
To use the public transport you should buy your tickets in a "kiosk" - such "kiosks" are usually situated near bus stops - or on the bus (exact change required). The price system for MPK (municipal) buses is following: a single ride ticket costs 3.20 zł, students with ISIC identification pay 1.60 zł. You must validate your ticket immediately upon getting on the bus. Children below 4 can use public transport for free. When changing buses, you need to validate another ticket (they are valid only for one ride each). Of use to tourists, there are also 24-hour tickets (11 zł / 5.5 zł). Timetables for both can be found at the link above.
- Routes 1-57 - normal buses
- Routes 7x - mini-buses (suburban buses)
- Routes 150-160 - trolleybuses
- Routes Nx - night buses (tickets must be bought from the driver: 5.00 zł / 2.50 zł); available whole week
Routes to/from the Railway Station and the Central Bus Terminal are prone to pickpockets.
Trolleybus line for tourists
Every summer local city transport company runs special tourist trolleybus line. It's served by unique Soviet trolleybus ZIU, popular in the 70s and 80s in former communist countries in Europe. Tours start every Sunday from the bus stop near Kraków Gate (Brama Krakowska 02) at 14:00 and 15:30. During those journeys the passengers will see Majdanek Nazi Camp, Cathedral, some interesting sights in the Old Town and other attractions (all with virtual guide comments). Price: 5 zł for one ride.
Taxi services are quite cheap, but it's good to know the local prices:
- 5.50zł starting fee and then
- Damel Taxi - +48 81 19626
- Dwojki - +48 81 19621
- MPT - +48 81 19191
- Lublin - +48 81 19628
- Echo - +48 81 19662
- Rytm - +48 81 19667
Do not take taxis which are not at the taxi stands, especially near the Bus Terminal and the Railway Station. There are often non-regulated taxi drivers who overcharge. It's better to call one of taxi companies or take a taxi with one of above phone numbers displayed on the roof.
By bikeLublin has a well-developed system of cycling infrastructure. There are over 80 km of segregated cycle lanes and paths in the city. The most common are bike paths independent of road traffic, however most of them are outside the Old Town and the city centre (map of cycle paths and lanes). You can rent a bike from early spring to the end of autumn (24/7) in a self-service system Lubelski Rower Miejski. It consists of 40 automatic rent stations and 400 bikes. First 20 minutes of a rent is free of charge. Charge for next 40 minutes is 1 zł, the second hour is 2 zł and every consecutive hour is 4 zł. To use the system, you should register online to get an account, make pre-payment (min. 10 zł) and then can rent bikes at any station (you must have a mobile phone to do it). As similar systems exist in other major cities in Poland you can use one account in any of them.
phone: +48 81 532 50 01address: Zamkowa St. 9The castle of Lublin has been rebuilt in the 19th century in the neogothic style. Proceed to the yard to take a look at the 13th century Romanesque donjon and the Chapel of Holy Trinity. The Chapel is a must-see - its interior conceals unique Byzantine wall paintings dating back to 1418. If you have some more time, check out the interior of the museum - especially the Polish Paintings Gallery and the huge Union of Lublin painting by Jan Matejko.
Po Farze squareSquare with the uncovered foundation of the 14th-century St. Michael church. A beautiful view on the castle.
Crown Tribunaladdress: Rynek (Old Town Square)Built in the 1400s, it was the highest court in Lesser Poland.
St. Stanislas Dominican Basilica and Monasteryaddress: Złota StOne of the oldest churches in Lublin, built around 1253. Rebuilt into its current shape after a fire in 1575, in the style of Lublin Renaissance. Take a look at the various chapels, surrounding the church and opening to the inside.
Lublin Cathedral and Trinity Toweraddress: plac KatedralnyA unique baroque church with wall paintings. The tower provides a beautiful city panorama.
phone: +48 81 532 58 67address: Grodzka StOne of the original city gates, rebuilt in 1785. In the past also known as the Jewish Gate, as it separated the Jewish District from the Old Town. Entering the gate, there is a door to the «Brama Grodzka — Teatr NN», a cultural institution with a permanent exhibition, dedicated to common Polish-Jewish history.
Kraków Gateaddress: Łokietka Sq.One of the two original city gates, built in 14th century in the Gothic style and then rebuilt during the Baroque period. A symbol of Lublin. The gate clock was in that same very place since 16th century. At noon, a trumpeter plays the city "Hejnał" from the balcony. Next to the gate, there is a small Lublin History Museum.
Krakowskie PrzedmieścieStroll along the nice pedestrian zone in downtown and have a coffee in one of the cosy restaurants along the way.
TV toweraddress: ul. Rektora Henryka RaabegoIt has a very unconventional design.
Our Lady the Victorious Churchaddress: Narutowicza St. corner of PeowiakowA Gothic-Renaissance church donated by King Ladislaus Jagiello after his victory over the Teutonic Order Knights at Grunwald/Tannenberg in 1410.
St. Joseph Church and the Barefoot Carmelites Monasteryaddress: ŚwiętoduskaAnother great example of Lublin Renaissance style, built in the 17th century.
Our Lady Help of Christians Churchaddress: Kalinowszczyzna / LwowskaA Lublin Renaissance church & monastery built in 1621 by the Franciscan order monks and renovated in the beginning of the 19th century to create 3 floors (lower and upper church + attic with community rooms).
phone: +48 81 74 426 40address: Droga Męczenników Majdanka 67Former German Nazi extermination and slave labour camp.
phone: +48 81 533 85 13address: al. Warszawska 96
phone: +48 81 532 50 01address: Zamkowa St. 9Gallery with Polish historical and modern painting, plus folk and weapon expositions.
phone: +48 81 532 60 01address: Łokietka Sq. 3
phone: +48 81 533 36 78address: Uniwersytecka St. 1
Wincent Pol Manorphone: +48 81 747 24 13address: Kalinowszczyzna 13, StExhibitions concerning the life of Polish poet Vincent Pol and his hobby, geography. Housed in his former manor.
Jozef Czechowicz Literary Museumphone: +48 81 532 30 90address: Złota St. 3Exhibitions concerning the poets and authors from Lublin city and the region.
phone: +48 81 444 55 55address: Rynek 810 underground rooms with multimedia exhibitions about history; one is a former winery with unique Renaissance polichrome.
phone: +48 81 534 65 70address: Rynek 1A unique system of underground cellars, basements and corridors originating from the 16th and 17th centuries. They served as storehouses when Lublin was a major trade center. At present a 250m long touristic route is available (only guided tours).
There are 8 cinemas in Lublin. The biggest - Cinema City - has 8 screens (in Galeria Plaza, Lipowa 13 Street. Single normal ticket 16-20 zł)
Alternative cinema "Bajka" (pron. Bayka), only one screen, but has often sophisticated repertoire, located at Radziszewskiego Street.
Single normal ticket 12 zł, on Mondays 10 zł.
Lublin - City of InspirationFull schedule of main events in the city, available in Polish, English, Ukrainian, Belarussian and Spanish, but Event Section is the most complete in Polish, less in English and Ukrainian, and only basic information are in the rest versions.
- International Folk Meetings (Międzynarodowe Spotkania Folklorystyczne im. Ignacego Wachowiaka)
Open CityFestival of Art in Public Spaces -,
- Saxonian Garden (Ogród Saski), in the city center, near KFC restaurant. Established in 1837, one of the oldest city parks in Poland. Renovated in 2013.
phone: +48 81 537 55 40address: Sławinkowska St. 3
- Zemborzycki Lake - artificial lake, some restaurants and bars. It is possible to rent a boat or water skis.
- Hala Globus is a place where you can enjoy ice-skating. From the city centre take bus 26 or 31 or trolleybus 150 , 152 , 155 or 158.
Klub Tornadophone: +48 503 483 711Paintball.
phone: +48 81 745 63 43address: From city center by bus take no. 40 or the special summer lines Marina or DabrovaWater skiing.
You can study in one of the universities in Lublin. It's possible in all public high schools thanks to international cooperation (e.g. Socrates-Erasmus):
phone: +48 81 537 54 10address: Maria Curie-Skłodowska Sq. 5Faculties: biology and Earth science, law and administration, mathematics, physics and computer science, humanities, economics, chemistry, pedagogy and psychology, philosophy and sociology, political science, arts
address: al. Racławickie 14Faculties: theology, philosophy, law, canon law and administration, humanities, social science, mathematics and natural science
phone: +48 81 53 200 61address: al. Racławickie 1
phone: +48 81 445 66 77address: Akademicka St. 13faculties: agriculture, horticulture, veterinary medicine, biology and animal breeding, production engineering, food sciences and biotechnology
phone: +48 81 53 84 719address: Nadbystrzycka St. 38dfaculties: civil and sanitary engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, environmental engineering, management and fundamentals of technology, mechanical engineering
City shoppingThe Old Town district offers plenty of small shops with souvenirs. Many shops with clothes, shoes, souvenirs are situated in the city centre on Krakowskie Przedmieście St. There are also Main Post Office, local divisions of biggest Polish and global banks. There is also trade city centre on Tomasza Zana St.
phone: +48 515 989 515address: Królewska 13Quirky and original Lublin-themed souvenir shop, you can buy postcards, mugs and posters here. The shop is somewhat hidden on a courtyard away from the main street.
- Galeria Olimp, Spółdzielczości Pracy Ave. 34, buses form city center - 17, 18, 31; over 130 shops with clothes and electronic equipment, also restaurants and bars
- Plaza Center, Lipowa St. 13, city center, over 100 shops with clothes, books, music, toys, also: club, cinema, restaurants and bars
Centrum Handlowe im. Tomasza Zanaaddress: Zana 19market E.Leclerc, shops with clothes, books, music, toys, also restaurants and bars; near MediaMarkt with electronic equipment
address: Orkana 16clothes, perfumes, restaurants and bars
Traditional local food
The most known local food speciality is cebularz, a small, oven-baked flat bread topped with onion mixed with poppy seeds. The tradition of preparing it has existed since Middle Ages and is connected with Jewish cuisine. Cebularz probably originates from wheat flatbreads known in the Middle East which were brought to this part of Poland by Jewish immigration and modified afterwards. It is a very popular snack: One can buy it in every bakery or grocery in Lublin (it is uncommon to taste it in a restaurant or bar). Since 2014 cebularz has been registered within the European Union as a product with Protected Geographical Indication. The Lublin region is also famous for various kinds of pierogi. The local type is known as pierogi po lubelsku (or pierogi wiejskie). It is stuffed with a mix of cottage cheese, buckwheat groats (kasha) and mint. Look for restaurants with regional cuisine to taste them (Sielsko Anielsko, Rynek 17, Old Town). If you want to try Lublin regional alcoholic beverages (or buy Lublin-related souvenirs), you can choose among vodka, mead and beer. The most famous vodka produced here is Żołądkowa Gorzka, vodka with "bitter" (gorzka) in the name, but sweet in taste. Just like Żubrówka, it's a unique Polish product and definitely a must-try. The APIS company in Lublin is the oldest Polish mead-making factory in Poland. Among more than ten varieties of mead which are produced there, one (Staropolski Tradycyjny trójniak) is marked with an EU Traditional Speciality Guaranteed sign. Lublin also has a longstanding brewery tradition. The local beer called Perła Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) is a very tasty pilsner-type lager. You can also try beers in a micro-brewery situated in Old Town (Grodzka 15 Restaurant).
Pyzata Chataaddress: Okopowa 5Cheap, self-service restaurant with typical Polish food. Main course with soup 15-20 zł.
Bar Polskiaddress: Rynek 19Small self-service restaurant situated in a Medieval basement. This is a real budget one but you can't choose the dishes - they offer only one lunch set (main course with soup 15 zł). The menu changes every day.
address: Krakowskie Przedmieście 4This is by far the most popular ice cream place in the city. Queues are very common, even when the weather is not particularly hot.
OLD PUB Bar & Restaurantaddress: 8 Grodzka St
phone: +48 81 534 05 92address: Łokietka Sq. 3A nice restaurant with Polish cuisine and great ambience, in the cellar of the Kraków Gate.
Mandragoraaddress: Rynek 9Traditional Jewish cuisine. Soup 9-15 zł. Main course 20-50 zł.
Sielsko Anielskoaddress: Rynek 17Very nice rustic-style restaurant with regional cuisine. Soup 7-10 zł. Main course 20-40 zł.
Chata - karcma regionalnaaddress: Nadbystrzycka 16Very popular (during weekends reservation is necessary) rustic-style restaurant with traditional Polish cuisine. Soup 9-15 zł. Main course 30-40 zł.
Hotel Alter Restaurantaddress: Grodzka 30A restaurant in the hotel Alter (the only one five-star hotel in the region). New-style Polish and international cuisine. Soup 20-25 zł, main course 60-80 zł.
Cafe Mariphone: +48 81 381 22 17address: ul. Artura Grottgera 8Quite new place that is excellent for a quiet stop during the day while sipping tea, coffee or enjoying their cakes.
phone: +48 508 217 014address: ul. Rybna 4/5This place in the Old Town is a bar and library combined. Here you can read a chapter (or more) of one of their books and this when flavoring one of their many kinds of tea or coffee. There is a wide selection of books in English, in fact most of them are in English. They also have cakes.
phone: +48 81 71 01 205address: ul. Bernardyńska 15AThis may be one of the most stylish places in Lublin to have a beer. Owned by the Perła brewery group (and located on the edge of the actual brewery) you are pretty close to the source. It may be no surprise that you can only get beers from this company here, but the wide offer of dark and light beers makes up for it. The place basically consists of one big oval-shaped bar.
phone: +48 665 777 030address: ul. Ewangelicka 6
phone: +48 887 223 887address: ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 23, entrance from ul. Zielona
address: ul. Powstańców Śląskich 15Guest rooms in the Sławinek neighborhood, some kilometers west of the city center.
phone: +48 81 747 44 07address: ul. Lubartowska 60
phone: +48 515 802 266address: ul. Urocza 73
phone: +48 81 744-10-97
Hotel BellisWeb site only in Polish
phone: +48 81 527 00 44address: al. Kraśnicka 80
phone: +48 81 44 66 100address: ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 56
Hotel WaksmanDouble 230 zł
Tourist information in Lublin provides current information on the sightseeing, tourist, cultural and recreational attractiveness of Lublin and the Lubelski Region. Contact with Tourist Information Center: or +48 81 532 44 12. See also the web page: . There are three offices in the city center:
- Old Town: Jezuicka St. 1/3, near Krakowska Gate, 10 minutes from Bus Station and 30 minutes (by bus: 1 ) from Railway Station; 9AM-6PM, Saturdays: 10AM-4PM, Sundays: 10AM-3PM (Oct-Apr: 9AM-5PM, Saturdays: 10AM-3PM)
- Old Town: Rynek 8 (Old Town Square), 8 minutes from Bus Station and 30 minutes (by bus: 1) from Railway Station;
- City Center: Krakowskie Przedmieście, main street of the city, near KFC restaurant, 30 minutes (by trolleybus: 150) from Railway Station or 30 minutes (by bus: 10 , 18 , 57) from Bus Station.
Access to Internet by Wi-Fi:
- City Hall - Łokietka Square. Free.
- Era Mobile - Krakowskie Przedmieście St.
- Europa Hotel - Krakowskie Przedmieście St. Free.
- Galeria Olimp Shopping Center - Spółdzielczości Pracy Ave.
- Galeria Orkana Shopping Center - Orkana St. Free.
- IBM - Żagiel Shopping Center - 1 Maja St.
- Lublin University of Technology - Nadbystrzycka St. and Wapienna St.
- McDondald's Restaurant - Krakowskie Przedmieście St.
- Mercure Unia Hotel
- Motel Na Rogatce - Sielankowa St., Sławinek. Free.
- Na Strychu Pub - Głeboka St. Free.
- Old Town Square - Free.
- Orange Mobile - Krakowskie Przedmieście St.
- Pizza Hut / KFC - Racławickie Ave.
- Plac Litewski - Litewski Square, city center. Free.
- Plac Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej - Maria Curie-Skłodowska Square - central place of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. Free.
- Riley Snooker Club - Zygmuntowskie Ave. Free.
- Saski Park and Leszczyńskiego St. Free.
- Stolarnia Club - Stefczyka St., Bursaki. Free.
- Victoria Hotel
- Zemborzycki Lake - Free.
Help for foreigners
- Consulate General of the Ukraine in Lublin (Konsulat Generalny Ukrainy w Lublinie), Kunickiego St. 24, phone: (+48 81) 531-88-89, (+48 81) 531-88-01, fax (+48 81) 531-88-88, e-mail: email@example.com
- British Consulate in Lublin serviced by the Honorary Consul Jan Danilczuk, Beskidzka St. 9, phone: (+48 81) 742-01-01, fax (+48 81) 742-91-30, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Honorary Consul of Brazil in Lublin, prof. Barbara Hlibowicka-Węglarz (Konsul Honorowy Brazylii w Lublinie prof. Barbara Hlibowicka-Węglarz), Maria Curie-Skłodowska Sq. 4a, phone: (+48 81) 537-26-29, e-mail: email@example.com
Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lublin, prof. Andrzej Kidybaphone: +48 81 743-65-43address: Rynek 7