Travelling to Poland with a motorhome or caravan is easy and inexpensive. You should be aware of the rules regarding tolls.
Poland is best discovered by motorhome or caravan. Whether on the Baltic coast, on the lake districts of Pomerania and Masuria, in the foothills of the south or in the unknown and unspoilt east of the country - everywhere you will find well-equipped sites for campers and caravans. For longer stays in one of the big cities you can also find a pitch there. These are usually on the outskirts of the city. For a short trip, you can park your motorhome safely and for little money in a guarded car park in the city centre.
Since Poland's accession to the Schengen Agreement, crossing the border is easy and without waiting times. A valid identity card and a driving licence are required. If you are not using your own vehicle, you must carry a certificate from the vehicle owner stating that you are allowed to use the vehicle - in the case of rental vehicles, the relevant rental agreement. Traffic regulations in Poland are comparable to those in Germany. It is important to note that driving with dipped headlights or daytime running lights (permitted if the air is normally transparent) is compulsory all year round, even between sunrise and sunset. The alcohol limit is 0.2 per mille.
A holiday at a campsite in Poland is an inexpensive pleasure. This is proven by the annual Europe-wide price comparisons of the ADAC, in which Poland comes off as the cheapest destination. This concerns the fees on the campsites but also the additional costs. And finally, fuel is still about 20 to 25 percent cheaper in Poland than in Germany.
More than 200 campsites in Poland belong to the Polish Camping and Caravanning Federation, the PFCC. These campsites are usually categorised by stars from one (basic) to four (highest category). The PFCC offers a detailed overview of these campsites and their facilities on its website www.pfcc.eu, also in German. A detailed map of Polish campsites can also be ordered there at a price of ten euros.
Toll system in Poland
If you are travelling in Poland with a camper van or motorhome, you must check beforehand to what extent you are subject to the toll. The following rules must be observed:
Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes total weight and vehicles with trailers exceeding a total weight of 3.5 tonnes are subject to tolls on state motorways and many main roads. Drivers need a viaBOX of the viaTOLL system for their journey to Poland, insofar as they drive on toll roads that fall within the scope of viaTOLL. This on-board device is available at numerous distribution points, for example petrol stations in the border area. The viaBOX can be borrowed free of charge after registration for a deposit. It is loaded with a certain amount of money. During the journey, the charges are automatically deducted from the credit balance by an electronic signal. If the credit is used up, the viaBOX must be recharged. The viaToll system does not apply to privately operated motorway sections, where tolls are charged manually at the toll booths according to the size of the vehicle and the length of the route. Payments can also be made in euros. Anyone who violates the toll obligation risks a hefty fine. Detailed information on the viaTOLL system, tolls and toll roads as well as a registration form and a toll calculator can be found in German at www.viatoll.pl/de
Vehicles with or without a trailer with a total weight of less than 3.5 tonnes do not need to register with viaTOLL or viaBOX. They are only subject to tolls on state-owned and privately-operated motorways. These are based on the size of the vehicle and the length of the journey and are paid at the individual toll stations. Payment in euros is possible. The remaining roads can be used toll-free.