Departures are 3 times weekly from Victoria coach station with more services in the summer. Journey time is around 30 hours and presently fares are around 110 GBP return.
Eurolines' routes stretch to over 30 countries from Scandinavia to Central Europe to North Africa and journeys to Poland can be booked in many European cities. Some approximate journey times from Warsaw are Berlin 12 hours, Cologne 20 hours, Frankfurt 19 hours, Paris 27 hours and Amsterdam 21 hours.
Long distance bus services in Poland mainly radiate out from the capital Warsaw and connections are not so good between regional towns. For example, there are no connecting buses betwen Krakow and Wroclaw and travellers between these two Polish cities must rely on the 5 hour long train connection.
Buses to and from Warsaw are quick, comfortable and cheap however. The Polish bus network used to be operated by Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacji Samochodowej (PKS) but bus services in Poland are no longer a state monopoly and have been deregulated, though PKS remains the biggest player. Bus stations are often located near train stations in Poland and may lack good facilities.
Local buses complement the tram (streetcar) services in Poland's towns and cities and big cities like Krakow and Warsaw also have limited night bus services.
Buy your ticket from the ticket machine at the bus stop and validate it in the validator on the bus. It is possible to buy a ticket from machines on some buses including machines that take credit cards and operate in a number of European languages including English, French, German and Spanish.
Most present-day Polish buses are clean and efficient including a number of large bendy-buses in the big cities. There are no conductors but plain-clothes inspectors work the bus routes and will issue an on-the-spot fine if you have no valid ticket to ride.
Bus stops display the bus numbers of the services that stop there, journey times and the times of the buses throughout the day, typically from 5am-11pm.
Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacji Samochodowej (PKS) www.pks.warsawa.pl