Advantages of the Port of Gdańsk
Locations of quays:
- cruise quays are near the port entrance;
- a short time of entry into the port – 15 to 25 minutes depending on the quay.
- close distance of the Port of Gdańsk to the city centre;
- travel time from the port quay to the centre of Gdańsk is about 15 minutes.
- taxis licensed by Port of Gdańsk Authority S.A. available at cruise quays;
- guarantee of price stability for individual transport.
Price preferences for passenger ships:
- special discounts for cruise ships in the scope of port fees.
Quays for passenger ships
Each year, the Port of Gdańsk hosts several dozen passenger ships, some of which visit many times during the season. Thousands of passengers line their decks, waiting to visit the most interesting places in Pomerania. The first attraction for tourists is the entry of the ship and mooring at one of the quays: the Obrońców Westerplatte and WOC II quays, which are located at the port entrance.
The Obrońców Westerplatte Quay – an attractive place due to its location and history. Within five minutes, passengers can reach one of the most valuable monuments in Gdańsk – the Wisłoujście Fortress and the Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte, located several hundred metres from the quay. On 1 September 1939, World War II began with an attack on Westerplatte by the battleship Schleswig-Holstein. Passenger ships moor right at the foot of the monumental Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte, erected in memory of those events.
There is also a marina nearby, where ships dock to offer cruises to the Old Town, the very heart of Gdańsk. The Obrońców Westerplatte Quay is also well connected to the national and international network of roads. Therefore, it is possible to easily and quickly reach the centre of Gdańsk and other famous tourist destinations, such as Malbork or Warsaw.
Cpt. Ziółkowski Quay – this stylish quay with a new boulevard is often visited by the residents of Gdańsk. A great tourist attraction is a walk along the shore, with the Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte and the historic lighthouse modelled on the lighthouse in Cleveland, Ohio in the background.
The Cpt. Ziółkowski Quay is intended mainly for smaller passenger ships. It is recommended for those who plan to use cruise boats to visit the city centre, Oliwa Cathedral and other places north of Gdańsk, including Hel Peninsula.
WOC II Quay – established in the immediate vicinity of the Cpt. Ziółkowski Quay, only 15 minutes by ship after passing the port “heads”. This is a considerable advantage, especially for tourists and tour operators who have visitors wanting to spend as much time as possible on sightseeing. It is recommended for excursion programs aimed at visiting the centre of Gdańsk and its northern surroundings.
Passenger transport from the quay
We care about the quality of tourist service, which is why we have introduced amenities for people arriving by passenger ship. Each of the quays offers transport licensed by Port of Gdańsk Authority S.A. You can use taxis that guarantee a fixed price list of services, depending on the chosen destination. This solution provides full flexibility in spending time in Gdańsk and in arranging the stay according to one’s own schedule. It is also about the safety and stability of prices for transport within and outside the city.
There are price lists for transport services at the quays, thanks to which you can accurately determine the cost of travel to various selected locations.
Passenger ships calling at the Port of Gdańsk may count on considerable discounts in the scope of port fees.
The maximum basis for calculating port fees for passenger ships calling at the Port of Gdańsk is based on the ship’s capacity and is 60,000 GT. Vessels whose gross tonnage exceeds this value make payments at 60,000 GT.
Ships that call to Gdańsk more than once in a given calendar year can receive additional benefits. Vessels mooring at the Port of Gdańsk for the second or third time automatically receive an additional discount on the tonnage fee. In the case of the fourth and fifth call, the discount increases up to maximum at each subsequent call in a given calendar year.
The Port of Gdańsk in cruise organisations
Our goal is to provide the highest quality in ship service and passenger traffic in the port and to meet the expectations of tourists and tour operators alike. For many years we have been actively engaged in the activities of international organisations which focus on the cruise industry issues.
One of such organizations is Cruise Europe, associating more than 130 European ports from four regions of the continent: Iceland and Norway, the Baltic Sea, Great Britain and Ireland, and the west coast of Europe. ZMPG S.A. has been its member since 2003.
Since 2011 we have also been a member of Cruise Baltic, which brings together 28 ports and cities from ten countries of the Baltic Sea Basin. The organisation promotes the attractions, beauty and tourist values of the Baltic Sea region among tourists, shipowners and tour operators.
Below you can see how interest in the Port of Gdańsk by visiting tourists and cruise chips has changed in recent years. The exact data is displayed when you hover over the graph dots.
The first graph shows the number of ships that called at the port in a given year. It illustrates how the number of cruise ships arriving in Gdańsk has increased since 2016.
The second graph presents the number of passengers who have visited the port and the city on all ships.
Gdańsk and Pomerania - book of records
Gdańsk and Pomerania is not just about monuments and places to be visited by tourists, but also records.
The most... in Gdańsk:
- Gdańsk – one of the oldest cities in Poland. The first record in history dates from 997
- The Crane of Gdańsk – the largest port crane in the world until the 19th century
- The Great Mill in Gdańsk – the largest mill of medieval Europe
- Artus Court – featuring the largest Renaissance tiled heating stove in the world
- St. Mary’s Basilica in Gdańsk – the largest brick Gothic church in the world
- St. Mary’s Basilica in Gdańsk – the world’s largest medieval clock
- St. Bridget’s Church – the world’s largest amber altar
- Oliwa Cathedral – the longest church in Poland, with an organ considered the largest in Europe when it was created in the 18th century
- Zoo in Gdańsk – the largest zoo in Poland
- Gdańsk Shipyard – the site of the largest social movement in Europe, which led to the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe at the end of the 20th century
The most... in Pomerania
- Pomerania – the most forested region of Poland, with 36% covered by forests
- Sopot – the longest pier in the Baltic Sea, 512 meters long
- Łeba – the largest moving dunes in Europe
- Malbork – the largest medieval castle in Europe and the largest brick castle in the world
- Wdzydze Kiszewskie – the oldest open-air museum in Poland
- Szymbark – Centre for Education and Region Promotion – the world’s longest plank, the longest table, the world’s largest concert grand piano