Radom

Żeromskiego is one of the main streets in the centre of Radom

Radom is the second-largest city in Mazowieckie, but despite its size it sees little tourist traffic. The city was a centre of light industry, but is now battling high unemployment and eyeing a transition to knowledge-based economy. There are few tourist sights and due to low demand the tourist infrastructure is lacking. As not many foreigners visit Radom, relatively few in the service industry would speak English.

Understand

Located just 100 km south from Warsaw, with 220 000 inhabitants Radom is a mid-sized city. Once a major centre of industry, it has undergone dramatic changes in the last 20 years, with many factories being closed down. This has brought many social problems such as high unemployment, even relative to other Polish cities. This has resulted in Radom being one of the most inexpensive cities in the whole country, offering very low prices in the services sector.

Get in

By plane

In Radom there are two airports. The military airport in Sadków (IATA: QXR), which is undergoing a transformation into a scheduled passenger airport, and the general aviation airport in Piastów.

For scheduled passenger flights, the closest airport is Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (IATA: WAW), some 10 km south of the center of Warsaw and 95 km north of Radom. It takes about 1 hour by car to get to Radom from there.

By train

Numerous trains throughout the day link Radom with other cities in Poland. For more distant connections, change at one of Warsaw's stations may be needed. The main station in Radom is located at Prażmowskiego Street, and usually referred to simply as Dworzec PKP by the locals. The station is located south of the city centre and is within a walking distance from the Żeromskiego Street. Public transportation links is very convenient, as many bus lines stop around there; the bus station with connections to other cities is located very close too.

Here are the travel times to some major cities that have a direct train connection with Radom:

By bus

PolskiBus runs a frequent shuttle from Warsaw (Metro Wilanowska) to Radom using comfortable intercity coaches. The shuttle runs approximately every 1.5 hours except for nighttime. Consult the detailed schedule here: . Tickets are around PLN 10 if purchased in advance.

The main bus station (Dworzec PKS in Polish) for long-distance connections is located at Prażmowskiego Street, just next to the Main Post Office (Poczta Główna) and the train station (Dworzec PKP). A number of buses also stop at bus stops in the proximity of the train station.

To get information about buses and prices, you can contact the station at +48 48 363 54 54. For domestic departure times, consult the following website: .

By car

You can easily reach Radom by car:

Get around

By car

Parking

There is a paid-parking zone in the centre of the city. This applies Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00. Parking costs 0.10 zł for every 3 minutes, with the minimum payment of 0.50 zł for the first 15 minutes. You can pay with coins using the parking meter or with your mobile phone (more details on the parking meter).

For the information on the coverage of the paid-parking zone, consult the city's website .

Public transport

Radom is covered by a public transport network of 24 bus lines, numbered from 1 to 26. The full list of these routes can be found here (in Polish).

Currently there are two carriers in Radom operating the public buses, but the tickets are issued and controlled by one authority, Miejski Zarząd Dróg i Komunikacji (MZDiK). There is a number of different tickets, but as a visitor you probably don't need to trouble yourself with most of them. All you should know is that a single ticket costs 2.10 zł, and there is a 50% reduction for children from the age of 4 till the end of education (includes university students), so the ticket costs 1.05 zł (in Polish: bilet ulgowy). Children until the age of 4 and seniors above the age of 70 travel for free. Be aware that you need to carry a document confirming your eligibility to the reduced fare. Single ticket is valid for the whole journey on the particular bus line. There is no time limit, but once you get off the bus, the ticket loses its validity. Make sure to validate the ticket in one of the validators by the door immediately after boarding.

Tickets can be purchased in any kiosk or a shop that has the sign bilety. Tickets can be also bought from the driver on-board, subject to availability, but an additional surcharge applies. A full fare ticket bought from the driver costs 3.00 zł, and the reduced fare is 1.50 zł.

You can check the time table of the buses on this website (in Polish).

See

Museums and galleries

Parks

Religious buildings

Cemeteries

Streets

Squares

Tenement Houses and Other Buildings

Do

Concerts and performances

Festivals and events

Learn

Maybe not the obvious choice, Radom is the second largest academic centre in Masovia, after Warsaw.

Universities

Language Schools

Work

In Radom, there is a small expatriate community of language teachers. Try contacting one of the city's numerous language schools; they are especially keen on employing native English speakers, but speakers of German, French or Spanish might also find something.

Buy

City Shopping

The best place for city shopping is Żeromskiego Street and the adjacent streets. There you will find numerous shops with clothes, shoes, and others. Many Polish and international banks have their branches at Żeromskiego too. Almost opposite of the city hall (where Mickiewicza and Żeromskiego streets meet), there is also Galeria Rosa which has a number of shops inside.

Local Products

Shopping Malls

Eat

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget 20 zł or less
Mid-range 21 zł - 40 zł
Splurge 41 zł and up

Budget

At the M-1 Mall (M-Jeden in Polish) there is a small food court with McDonald's and KFC, as well as a pretty good sit down restaurant called Sphinx. There are a few other McDonald's restaurants in town.

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Bars and pubs

Cafés

Clubs

Sleep

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under 100 zł
Mid-range 100 zł to 250 zł
Splurge Over 250 zł

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Contact

Internet

There are few internet cafés (Polish: kawiarenka internetowa) spread around the city.

There is also an increasing number of hot-spots. You can find them in several restaurants such as McDonald's, KFC, Fanaberia, Cafe Parkowa, or Pivovaria. The Radom Technical University's main campus also has hot-spots. There are also free hot-spots in the following locations: Galeria Fenix (shopping centre), the Plac Jagielloński area in front of the theatre, Żeromskiego, Moniuszki, Mickiewicza and other streets in the city centre, and many other locations.

Phone

The Radom area code is 48, which is the same as the Polish country code. To dial a phone number from Radom you will have to dial +48 48 X from outside the country.

Postal service

Stay safe

Pick-pocketing happens mostly at the train station, public transportation and local market places; it is not frequent though. Exercise the usual caution when walking around the city, especially at night and away from the city centre. At night, try keep to the main streets or use a taxi.

As a foreigner, you are likely to be a target of any crime just as much as if you were local. Crimes targeting solely tourists are unheard of.

Radom was a pioneer of the Bezpieczne Miasto (Safe City) programme, later followed by other cities in Poland, by introducing a full-scale campaign since 1997. Currently there are 61 CCTV cameras around the city, mostly in the centre, that successfully helped to reduce the number of criminal offences.

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