"Bus to Lysa Polana" Stary Smokovec Transportation Tip by GentleSpirit
Stary Smokovec Transportation: 7 reviews and 11 photos
Particularly on weekends, make sure that you are well aware of the bus schedules if you are depending on public transport.
There are two bus companies on this route. The Polish bus does cross the border, the Slovak bus does not. The Polish bus starts at the bus station in Zakopane, costs 10 zl and took about two hours from Zakopane to Stary Smokovec, after which it goes on to Poprad. There is usually at least one stop in each of the towns. This bus was a larger tour bus, quite comfortable. I didn't check, but I would guess that they accepted payment in either zloty or euro.
The local Slovak bus goes from Poprad and takes about an hour to Lysa Polana, the border with Poland. Please note, this bus does not cross the border into Poland. These are more like normal large city buses. not as comfortable but still cheap enough. The common bus had no storage space under the bus for luggage, so you had to schlepp your stuff onboard, though there is a little area that you can put your bags.
On a Saturday I was hiking the Morskie Oko in the afternoon. I came back to Lysa Polana and the Polish bus going to Poprad had stopped running at 5, the next Slovak bus was not due until 8pm. Bus came on time, but it made for a very long day.
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