Teaching and Conference Centre
Faculty of Management
University of Gdańsk
The town of Sopot lies in the delta of Vistula river on the southern edge of Gdańsk Bay (of the Baltic Sea), in a conurbation with the historical city of Gdańsk, the city of Gdynia and suburban communities, which together form a metropolitan area called the Tricity (Trójmiasto), with a population of over 800,000. Sopot is a major health-spa and tourist resort destination.
BY PLANE. Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport is located 16km from Sopot city center with flights to many cities in Europe. The airport is well-communicated with the city center of Gdańsk and Gdynia (taxis, buses, shuttles, car-hire options).
Reaching the conference site from the airport is easiest by official taxi (25-40min ride depending on the traffic, 70-90PLN fare, see "getting around" section for more information). You can also take bus 122 to the stop "Sopot Grand Hotel" – runs around every hour on weekdays and Sundays, 47min ride in light traffic, 3.2PLN fare; from the bus stop, it is about 20 minutes' walk to the conference site.
The airport is served by Star Alliance airlines: LOT, Lufthansa, and SAS, each of which operates flights to their hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Warsaw, Copenhagen, and other airports. Budget airlines serve destinations in Germany, the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. It is also possible to fly to Frederic Chopin Airport and connect to a domestic flight to Gdańsk. For more information, see the airport website.
BY CAR. Travel time by car is 3-4h from Warsaw and 6h from Berlin. Two ferry connections operate to Sweden: every other day, Polferries has a ferry between Gdańsk (15km from Sopot) and Nynashamn near Stockholm, and Stena Line operates three ferries a day between Gdynia (15km from Sopot) and Karlskrona.
Transfers from the airport to the city center (Sopot) cost about 70-90PLN. To avoid being overcharged, make sure to have cash in PLN ready. The taxi driver is required to give you a printed receipt and is expected to give you exact change. Tipping is not required; rounding up the fare to the nearest multiple of 5 PLN would be considered more than sufficient.
BUS. Sopot has a well-developed bus network (including night buses) based upon bus networks of Gdańsk and Gdynia, with time-tables and maps available online. In addition, regular commuter trains connect Gdansk, Sopot, and Gdynia (every 7 minutes in the rush hour). Use jakdojade.pl to find connections within the metropolitan area.
Several car hire options are available at Gdansk Airport.
The currency in Poland is PLN – Polish Zloty (rough exchange rates: 1 EUR = 4.25 PLN, 1 USD = 4.00 PLN). All major credit cards are widely accepted, though some small businesses and taxis will take cash payments, only. There are one or two ATM-s located in the arrival hall of Gdansk airport, and plenty throughout the city center. You can also find several money changing boutiques in the downtown area which offer reasonable exchange rates (avoid money-changers at the airport).
When using a foreign credit card, the card terminal or ATM may offer you the possibility of payment directly in your currency (EUR, GBP, USD). You will usually be slightly better off turning down the offer, and going for the currency conversion offered by your home bank.