Transport and communication
Not too far away from Łódź there is the intersection of two main highways: A1 and A2, which constitute part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) that connects the Western and Eastern side of Europe, and the Baltic states with the southern part of the continent. Located on the south of the city, expressway S8, which connects Łódź and Wroclaw, is also of international significance. Another expressway is planned: S14, which will constitute the western section of the Łódź ring.
Łódź offers good railway connections with all major cities in Poland. For example, it takes slightly more than one hour to get to Warsaw. The convenient connection to the capital city is a great advantage, especially considering the appeal of the city’s office market.
Łódź also offers a direct railway connection to Chengdu in China, which is part of the New Silk Road. The transit of goods from Poland to China over a distance of 10,000 km takes on average between 12 and 14 days. For comparison, sea freight between Far East harbours and Europe takes around 45 days. As a result, railways and terminals located in the central part of Poland offer exceptional opportunities to Chinese enterprises which are interested in investing in Poland or in other European markets.
There are two airports nearby Łódź. From the city centre you can reach the Wladyslaw Reymont International Airport within 10 minutes by car. This airport deals with passenger and freight transportation. Meanwhile, 130 km further you’ll find the largest airport in Poland – the Warsaw Chopin Airport, which offers flights to more than 100 destinations all around the world.
Duopolis: Łódź – Warszawa
A distinctive feature of the city is its close location to the capital city of Poland - Warsaw, which has a positive impact on creating a business synergy between the two. The travelling time and communication between the cities is convenient enough to facilitate business and enables quick transport, even daily commuting.
It takes just 90 minutes to go from the centre of Łódź to the Chopin Airport in Warsaw, from which you have access to around 100 national and international destinations.
About 100 km from Łódź a new Central Transportation Port is to be built. This main transportation centre will combine air, rail, and road traffic. According to the project, the airport will service 45 million passengers per year already after the first construction stage. The project design should be completed by the end of 2019, with the opening of the Port planned for 2027.
And inside the city itself...
Located in the city centre, Łódź Fabryczna Railway Station was recently subject to a complete renovation, becoming one of the most state-of-the-art transit centres in Europe.
In Łódź, there is currently a huge railway investment in progress. The tracks which go through the centre of Łódź as well as platforms were moved underground due to the construction of a new cross-city tunnel under Łódź Downtown. Thanks to the tunnel, Łódź Fabryczna Railway Station will gain new connections, which will facilitate communication with other cities. There are also plans to build two additional underground stations. The new line going through the tunnel will be a sort of Łódź underground. At present, Łódź Fabryczna Railway Station offers access to many means of transport, both private and public, including trains, buses, trams, and city bikes.
Bikes – Located all around Łódź, city bikes are a quick and ecological means of transport in the city. You can quickly rent one via a convenient mobile app. At present, there are 1500 bikes and 148 stations in Łódź, and this number is growing.
Scooters – The city also offers nearly 50 scooters in the subscription system, either pre-paid or payable-by-minute
Cars – On the streets of Łódź, you can rent one of the 50 hybrid vehicles with automatic transmission.