Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland
A modern city and an important seaport on the Baltic Sea in Northern Poland, Gdynia boasts a rich maritime heritage and striking architecture. On Ferryhopper, you can find useful information about must-see places, local delicacies and ferries to Gdynia, and book your tickets online with no additional fees!
The two 130-meter high Sea Towers, the architectural symbol of the city
Vacation in Gdynia
Part of the Tricity – together with Gdańsk, Sopot and the neighboring communities – many first-time visitors to Sopot or Gdańsk also spend at least a day in Gdynia. This city is well known for its beaches, trendy cafés and bars. Additionally, the abundance of museums and events in this gorgeous seaside resort will satisfy the needs of any culture enthusiast.
A fishing village till 1926, Gdynia is now a Polish symbol of modernity. Architecture aficionados will particularly value the central part of Gdynia, thanks to the presence of the Modernism Route, where classic meets modern.
Moreover, thanks to the presence of an aquarium and Jumpcity, the largest trampoline park in Poland, this is also a destination ideal for family holidays.
How to get to Gdynia
You can easily visit the coastal city by ferry and plane.
There is a direct ferry route from Sweden, with ferries departing from the port of Karlskrona. Learn more about ferries to Gdynia here.
If you wish to travel by plane, the nearest airport to Gdynia is Gdańsk (GDN), which is 15.9 km away.
What to do in Gdynia
Start your vacation in Gdynia by strolling along Kosciuszki Square, the most famous square in the city. Then move on to its seafront promenade, one of the prettiest in Poland, and the Maritime Legend Route with up to 300 years old exhibits.
We also recommend passing through the 250-yacht marina, which has gained Gdynia the nickname ‘the Polish Cannes’. After your walk, you might have worked up an appetite, so pay a visit to a famous boat restaurant and sample the city’s delicious seafood.
To watch an unforgettable sunset (or sunrise if you’re a morning person), head to the city's central district - the Stone Hill (Kamienna Góra). At the top of the hill, there is a restaurant, a park, a large cross sculpture, and the best views over Gdynia.
If you’re into sports, you might know that Arka Gdynia is one of the best Polish professional football clubs. You can watch them play at their stadium, but make sure to wear blue and yellow in support. Alternatively, in Gdynia you’ll also find the stadium for Poland's national rugby team, Narodowy Stadion Rugby.
Lastly, if you decide to visit Gdynia in the summer months, we highly recommend taking a ferry to Hel, a beautiful peninsula with pretty beaches.
Sightseeing in Gdynia
Admirers of 1920s and ‘30s architecture will particularly enjoy Gdynia. The city may not have the old historic landmarks of Gdańsk and the charm of Sopot, but there are some intriguing things to observe by simply wandering around its streets. For example, many of the buildings are constructed to resemble ocean liners.
Here you can find a list of the top sightseeing in Gdynia:
- The City Museum
- The Ship Museum, housed on the oldest preserved destroyer in the world
- The Emigration Museum, one of the most interesting museums in Poland
- The Experyment Science Centre, with fun experiments and educational activities ideal for children
- The Gdynia Aquarium, one of the best aquariums on the Baltic Coast
- The Gdynia Film Center
- The Gdynia Motor Museum
- St. Michael the Archangel's Church
The Dar Pomorza museum ship
Nightlife in Gdynia
While neighboring Sopot is unquestionably the queen of the Tri-City nightlife, Gdynia is also a cool city to hang out in, especially during the summer.
Gdynia has a fair selection of trendy bars, while not as concentrated in one area like Sopot, they do offer a little more variety. Although most of the nightlife is located near the sea around al. Jana Pawła II and Skwer Kościuszki, there are a number of less boisterous bars in the city center that are worth looking into.
Food in Gdynia
The Tricity's cuisine is a mix of traditions from all parts of the country. Just like other seaside cities, Gdynia is famous for its seafood dishes. But soups and meals including meat are also very popular. Some typical dishes from Gdynia are:
- żurek z białą kiełbasą (sour rye flour soup with white sausage)
- krupnik (pearl barley soup)
- klopsiki (traditional Polish meatballs)
- pierogi (sweet, savory, or spicy stuffed dumplings)
- kopytka (small potato dumplings similar to the italian gnocchi)
- makowiec (cake made from poppy seeds)
Useful info: while in Gdynia, make sure to walk along the Culinary Centre Route, promoting authentic restaurants run by people with a passion for cooking.
A delicious plate of pierogi dumplings
Here are 3 tips that we hope will be useful to you during your stay in Gdynia:
- Gdynia hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Ladies’ Jazz Festival, the Literary Prize and the annual Polish film festival. The highlight, however, is the annual Sea Festival with boat trips in the Gulf of Gdańsk, a night-time yacht parade and much more.
- If you’d like to take a souvenir back home with you from Gdynia, head to Miejska Hala Targowa, a market selling everything from fresh vegetables and cheeses to electronics and clothing items.
- For those who are in search of peace and tranquility, head to the charming seaside parks of Kepa Redlowska and Klif Orlowski or the Marszewo Forest Botanical Garden if you’re accompanied by little explorers.
The sprawling seaside park of Kepa Redlowska in Gdynia
Useful information about Gdynia
This maritime town has all the basic visitor amenities for laid-back holidays, including a wide range of accommodation options.
Take advantage of Gdynia's compact layout, which makes it possible for most hotels to be reached by foot from the beach in less than 10 minutes. Keep in mind that the main streets in Gdynia are Świętojańska and 10 Lutego. As for medical services in Gdynia, there are pharmacies and medical centers.
Important phone numbers for your stay in Gdynia
Here are some phone numbers that might prove useful during your stay in Gdynia:
- Gdynia Port Authority: +48586274002
- Gdynia Hospital: +48224800800
- Gdynia Police: +48477421222
- Tourist information center: +48586223766
- European emergency number: 112
Transportation in Gdynia
Gdynia has a very effective public transportation system. The easiest way to travel between the three cities of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot is through the SKM kolejka (commuter train). Trains run every 10-15 minutes from Główna Train Station.
The tri-cities also have trolleybuses, trams and regular buses (ZKM/ZTM) that can get you around quickly.
Tip: you can purchase the Metropolitan ticket to travel around the cities for 24 hours, or the Tourist Card which you can top up with transportation tickets to get around freely within Gdansk only or the Tricity using public transportation. With the later one, you also get discounts for sights and restaurants and free entry to many museums.
Ports in Gdynia
The Port of Gdynia lies on the Baltic Shores of north central Poland in the Gulf of Gdańsk and is the main passenger port for the Tri-city area. In addition to being a significant seaport for Poland, the Port of Gdynia serves as the home port of the Polish Navy.
The port features a waiting room, restrooms, vending machines, luggage storage, a children's play area, and free WiFi. Outside the terminal, you will find both buses and taxis. A taxi takes 15 minutes to the center.
Gdynia ferry: schedules and tickets
Thanks to the Port of Gdynia and its year-round maritime services, Poland and Sweden are connected by ferry. The ferry route is operated by Stena Line. Specifically:
- Karlskrona - Gdynia ferry: you can catch a ferry from Karlskrona to Gdynia throughout the year, with up to 3 daily connections. The Karlskrona - Gdynia crossings usually last 10-10.5 hours.
Ferries at the port of Gdynia
Where to book ferry tickets to Gdynia online
Don’t miss out on the lively coastal town of Gdynia! Find all ferry connections to/from Gdynia on our interactive Map of ferries, browse schedules and fares, and plan your trip across the Baltic Sea online on Ferryhopper.