Day Trip from Gdansk to Hel Peninsula
The HEL PENINSULA is where Poland starts in the north. And it's where the summer fun starts too. Several resorts offer lovely beaches, less crowded than in the Gdansk area, a variety of waterspots and fresh fish on the menu everywhere. A daytrip to the peninsula is possible, but spending a couple of days in one of its towns is also worth considering.
How to plan a daytrip from Gdansk to the Hel Peninsula?
- Take the train from the Gdansk Main Train Station (Gdańsk Główny). Tickets (20-55 PLN one way, depending on the connection, check connections on the PKP website) are sold inside the train station. There are numerous connections throughout the day, out of which 6 are direct (between 4 a.m. and 12 p.m.). Other require a train change at Gdynia Główna station. The journey takes about 1 hour 20 minutes to Władysławowo (first town on the peninsula) and 2 hours 30 minutes to Hel (last town on the peninsula). You can also choose to descend at one of the resorts in between.
- Water trams are connecting Gdansk and Hel between May and October. They depart at 8.20 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (daily mid June-August, on weekends in May-June) from the Motlawa river bank in Gdansk's Main Town (near the Green Gate) and arrive in the port of Hel town. Tickets (45 PLN/ 35 PLN one way, bicycle 10 PLN) are sold on the ship and in the ticket office at the Green Gate. They may be bought in advance, which is advised in the high season (July - August). The journey takes 1 hour 50 minutes. Keep in mind, though, that a connection may be cancelled, if there are not enough passengers, so plan in advance.
- Pick a resort as your destination. Władysławowo, a popular tourist resort, is where the peninsula is the narrowest. Chałupy has cult status amongst water sports enthusiasts and several campsites focused on catering to windsurfers. Kuźnica is a relaxed old Kashubian village with its own harbour. Jastarnia is yet another watersport center and popular tourist destination. Jurata, once an elite resort, is surrounded by pine woods and boasts a pier with pleasant views. And finally, Hel - the main town on the peninsula, where the boats from Gdansk arrive and depart.
- Spend some time windsurfing or kitesurfing. There are many places where you can rent the necessary equipment and/or take some lessons.
- If you arrive in Hel town, visit the seal sanctuary (Fokarium, Morska Street 2, open daily 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m., 5 PLN need to be inserted at the entrance, there is a money changing machine), which aims to protect and recreate the population of Grey Seals in the Baltic Sea. Witness feeding the seals everyday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (additionally at 4.30 p.m. in July and August). The proceeds from the souvenir shop are helping the cause.
- As much as a daytrip offers a great experience, if possible, consider to spend a night or two on one of the campsites or in a private quarter offered by locals.
- Take the train from the according train station. Tickets are sold inside the train station.
- The water tram departs from Hel town to Gdansk at 10.20 a.m., 3.20 p.m. and 8 p.m.