Day Trip from Gdansk to Łeba
ŁEBA (pronounced wehbah) is a mellow coastal town and the starting point for the exploration of Słowiński National Park, which covers beautiful 186 sq km of sand dunes, sea, lakes and forests. The moving dunes, with the highest 42 meter Łącka (pronounced wontzkah) Dune and some other up to 30 m high, are the highlight of the park. However, there is much more to see, depending on how much time you have on your hands.
How to plan a daytrip from Gdansk to Łeba and Słowiński National Park?
- During the summer season (15.06 - 31.08) there are a few direct (2 in the morning, the journey takes 3 hours, check connections on the PKP website) and several combined train connections from Gdansk to Łeba. All year round you can take the train from Gdansk to Lębork (a few times a day, approx. 1 h 20 m, 22 PLN). From Lębork to Łeba public and private busses leave every 30 minutes - 1 hour, depending on the time of the year (from 7 PLN).
- From the train station in Łeba go west through the rail tracks and the bridge over the river, into Turystyczna Street. Go left where the road parts (into Do Rąbki Street) and you'll reach Słowiński National Park after 1 km. An additional 2,5 km walk away is Rąbka, where the actual trail starts.
- A large parking site is situated in Rąbka, at the park entrance area. Therefore, the park is also easily accessible by car. There are also buses from Łeba center to Rąbka.
- To reach Łącka Dune from the parking site (7,5 km distance) you can walk (approx. 2-2,5 hours), rent a bicycle (10 PLN per hour or 40 PLN for the whole day) and ride it (approx. 30 minutes), use the electric car service (15 PLN per person, one way) or take the boat on lake Łebsko (14 PLN one way, 10 PLN on the way back) and walk another 2 km.
- With over 200 bird species, it's a paradise for bird-watchers and nature photographers.
- Access to the UNESCO biosphere reserve is possible from dawn till dusk throughout the year. Between May and September tickets need to be purchased, while the prices are rather symbolic (6 PLN / 3 PLN, free for children up to 7 years old).
TIP Leave Gdansk very early in the morning and prepare for a long and active day. Alternatively, arrive in Łeba one day earlier and spend the night.
- Take the train from the Łeba Train Station. Tickets are sold inside the train station.
- Off season, take the bus to Lębork and, from there, the train back to Gdańsk Główny.