HOW TO GET TO ŁÓDŹ
The easiest way to get to Poland by plane is to arrive to Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)- the main airport in the capital of Poland. There is another airport in Warsaw – Modlin (WMI), that serves mostly RYANAIR.
From Warsaw Chopin Airport you can get to Łodz either by train via Waszawa Centralna train station or by shuttle - Modlin Bus.
Trains from Warszawa Centalna to Łódz Kaliska (the main train station in Łódź at the moment) are every hour. The trip takes less than 2 hours from Warszawa Centralna station and there is a train from the airport to the Warsaw central station. More info on trains on http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en The ticket one-way costs 25 PLN (approx. 6 Euro) on 2nd class.
Modlin Bus departs from the airport and arrives to Lodz Kaliska train station 4 times a day. The cost is approx. 35 PLN (8 Euro). More information is avaliable on the web page https://www.modlinbus.pl/en/strony/page/dojazd-z-lodzi-na-lotnisko-okecie-chopina
From Warszawa Modlin Airport the easiest way is to take the Modlin Bus shuttle. More info on timetable and prices on https://www.modlinbus.pl/en/strony/page/dojazd-z-lodzi-na-lotnisko-modlin
There is also a regional airport in Łódź Lublinek (LCJ) with several flights a day to European cities (Amsterdam, Dublin, East Midlands, London Stansted, Munich). Please refer to http://lotnisko.lodz.pl/en for timetables and details.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN ŁÓDŹ
There is a wide bus and tram network that connects all areas of the city. Public transportation runs frequently during the business hours (buses and trams every 5-10 minutes.)To get from the train station Łódź Kaliska to the city center (Piotrkowska Centrum, Ibis Hotel) take the tram line 10, travel 2 stops (5 min.) to Piotrkowska Centrum.
Detailed public transportation schemes of buses and trams and timetables are available here: http://mpk.lodz.pl/lang.action?lang=en
There are many taxi companies in Łódź, please pick up those that are clearly marked. Please make sure that the driver turns the taxi-meter right after you get the car so you pay the fair price. The rates are about 2,5 – 3,00 PLN/0,60 EUR per kilometer. with starting charge of 6 PLN/1,4 EUR.
Most popular taxi companies in Łódź:
- teleTAXI 400-400 - phone no. +48 42 6400400
- mer.C Radio Taxi - phone no. +48 42 6505050
- NOVA TAXI - phone no. +48 42 6111111
- TAXI PLUS - phone no. +48 42 6700100
Łódź offers a wide variety of accommodation, there are hotels in the city center with convenient location and well communicated with the train station Łódź Kaliska. The distance to the city center from the station is approx. 2 km. The main hotels by al. Mickiewicza Str. and al. Piłsudskiego str. are Double Tree by Hilton, Ibis, Novotel, Campanille, Ambassador.
You can find more accommodation options on www.booking.com or www.hrs.com
For the CEFEC Conference delegates we have a booking arrangement with special prices at IBIS Hotel. We will provide more detailed information via e-mail after you will send a registration form.
IBIS Hotel Lodz Centrum **
Address: ul. Piłsudskiego11, 90-001 Łódź
Phone: +48 42 638 67 00
Novotel Łódź Centrum
Address: al. Piłsudskiego 11a
90-368 Łódź - POLSKA
Phone: (+48)422543900 - Faks (+48)422543999
Polish Zloty (PLN)
1 EURO = 4,33 PLN
1 USD = 3,98 PLN
Money exchange is available in banks and exchange booths open during the business hours (9 AM - 5 PM). In the shopping malls exchange booths are open until 9 PM
Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in most of the hotels, shops, restaurants and taxis.
CITY HISTORY AND HIGHLIGHTS
The first written record of Lodzia (the original name of the city), in which the village is granted to the bishop of Wroclaw, dates back from 1332. However, a crucial moment in the history of Lodz was granting the city charter by King Wladislaw Jagiello in 1423. Originally, Lodz was an agricultural town with wooden architecture with no fortifications or town walls.
The origins of Lodz as an industrial city can be traced to the year 1820 when Rajmund Rembielinski, President of the Committee for the Mazowieckie Voivodship, was inspecting the nearby clothier workshops under construction. Lodz, with its geographical location and forests full of timber as a construction material, seemed to him as a perfect venue for establishing a clothiers' settlement. Upon the state directive of 1820, Lodz became an industrial town. The first settlement, inhabited by clothiers, was situated to the south of the old agricultural part of Lodz. It was called Nowe Miasto (New Town) – today's Plac Wolnosci.The abolition of customs duties between the Polish Kingdom and Russia in 1851 was crucial for the further development of Lodz and its industry. With free trade opportunites, the manufacturers made vast fortunes on cloth production and trade.
At that time the most famous manufacturers of Lodz were Izrael Kalmanowicz Poznanski and Karol Wilhelm Scheibler. In the second half of the 19th century Lodz, producing the two thirds of the whole cotton cloth yield in the Polish Kingdom, became the real ''Promised Land''. Hence, the title of the world-famous novel of Wladyslaw Reymont, the Noble Prize winner for Literature, and its theme. The factories became huge with clothiers' houses and owners' palaces. The largest ones were Karol Scheibler's factory buildings in Ksiezy Mlyn and Israel Poznanski's in Ogrodowa Street.After 1945 Łódź was still a well-developed textile centre, however, other branches of industry were introduced in the city. Lodz also became an educational centre with the University of Łódź and the Łódź Polytechnic established in 1945.Upon the 1989 fall of Communism, Łódź was no longer a prosperous textile centre. The factories, the majority of which went bankrupt, were turned into seat for new shops, bank and other institutions. The neglected gray Piotrkowska Street was transformed into the city's most elegant street full of cafes, restaurants, pubs, shops, etc. The city has been flourishing. Nowadays Lodz is a thriving industrial, economic, cultural and academic centre.
We are waiting for your arrival to Łódź.
*Photographs from the City of Lodz Office Archive