Poles have been paying increasingly lower domestic transport costs in the last few years as a result of the competition created by the launch of several low-cost coach, rail and air services.
A few years ago, only the well-off were able to travel by plane within Poland. There was no competition in railway transportation and bus companies offered relatively low-quality service.
Finding a one-way plane ticket for less than zł.200-300 within Poland was difficult, and travel by train between big cities for less than zł.50 was almost impossible.
Carriers such as LOT and rail companies including PKP InterCity did not have to keep prices low since there was only limited competition for passengers.
But during the last few years, Poland's transportation sector has been undergoing a quiet revolution, wyborcza.pl reported. The rail company Przewozy Regionalne launched cheap train travel in 2009 through its InterRegio service, while the budget PolskiBus coach service began operating last year. OLT Express and Eurolot, meanwhile, have recently started offering cheap flights within Poland.
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