Częstochowa

Jasna Góra - shrine

Częstochowa [t͡ʂɛ̃stɔˈxɔva] is a city in the Silesian Voivodeship in south Poland.

Understand

Częstochowa, and the monastery of Jasna Góra is holy place for Polish and foreign Roman Catholics.

Get in

By plane

Katowice Pyrzowice is the nearest airport, served by many LOT, Wizzair, and Ryanair flights. As it's about 60 km from the airport to the city taxis will be expensive (for Taxi Pyrzowice price around 260 PLN). Another option is minibus by Pyrzowice Express - there are 4 scheduled services per day (with ticket price 60 PLN), but they also offer on demand service (requires online reservation; about 160 PLN). Main stop of Pyrzowice Express in Częstochowa is near main train and bus station.

By train

Częstochowa have good train connections with most of the Polish cities . There are trains to nearby Katowice every hour, new fast connection with Warsaw and Wrocław few times a day. Note that some trains to Wrocław and Warsaw doesn't stop on main train station (Częstochowa Osobowa), but on Częstochowa Stradom station which is about 2 km away. Trains departing from Częstochowa Stradom are faster, but might be more expensive.

By bus

Polski Bus offers connections between Częstochowa and Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Opole, Piotrków Trybunalski, Rzeszów, Toruń, Warsaw and also international connections to Bratislava and Vienna.

Other

Many Polish Catholics take an annual pilgrimage to actually walk to Częstochowa in the summer months.

Get around

On foot

City centre is rather small and you can easily walk between all tourist attraction.

By bus and tram

Most of tourist attractions are in the city centre on east-west axis (along Aleje Najświętszej Maryi Panny (Avenues of the Holy Virgin Mary)) and buses and trams are not the most convenient way of travelling between them as most of the routes are along north-south axis, but they are pretty good if you want to go outside of city centre.

Tickets

There are few types of tickets: single ride (3 PLN), single ride outside city limits, 45 minutes (city limits only), and 60 minutes (also outside city limits). Also 24 hours pass is available (10 PLN). 50% discounted tickets are available for students and kids. Detailed tariff can be found here:

Timetables

There are 3 day tram lines (1, 2, and 3) and one night tram line (N0) that runs every 30 mins every night of the week. Night bus lines runs only during weekends and are marked as N1-N4.

Timetables can be found at here: and maps of the network here: .

Do

Eat

Sleep

Częstochowa is rather small, and accommodations are easy to find. The monastery has a large guesthouse built to accommodate the immense amount of pilgrims who walk here annually from all over Poland. The only time of year you're likely to have a problem finding a place to stay is immediately before and after 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption - a Marian holiday which draws thousands to the monastery for special devotionals.

Connect

Cope

English speakers are easy to find near Jasna Góra - many nuns and priests on the grounds are multilingual. The town is another matter.

Some advice from a native local. Please be warned that in the area around Jasna Góra you can be approached by some shady individuals that will want to trick you into buying something. Don't be fooled -- your money will definitely not go towards costs of Jasna Góra renovation or charitable cause it will be probably spent on cheap booze.

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