This is my report from a short one day trip I made last week to Gdansk with Ryanair. This short flight was my first flight both from Warsaw Modlin airport and onboard Ryanair so I was quite curious how it was going to work. WMI is situated 35 km north from Warsaw city center and the one and only airline operating there is Ryanair. Despite initial problems caused mainly by the fog and lack of ILS (the reason why Wizz decided to leave WMI and come back to WAW) it has been very popular and lately considered even too small as the number of flights and passengers increase. There are several ways to reach the airport: by bus, train or by car. The parking costs approximately 10 euro/24 hours. I decided to go by car as my flight was early in the morning and there was no traffic jam in the city. I took me only 40 minutes from the south of Warsaw, not bad at all.
Ryanair aircrafts seen from the parking
Departures board (the one and only airline dispalyed)
The gates area
My gate is 3 B
Boarding begun as soon as the aircraft arrived from GDN, people waited in the queue even though there was no need for it. I joined the queue ath the very end of it. There are no buses taking you to the aircraft, the only way to get there is on foot which gives many opportunities to take some photos.
My seat was 33F so I had to board the aircraft by the rear door where my boarding pass was checked by a very nice female FA. She gave me a copy of the inflight magazine which in case of this airline should be called "shop on board" magazine as there are mostly offers and hardly any information on the airline itself.
So here I am, experiencing for the first time the infameous seats labeled with safety cards and almost no leg room. It is not as bad as I thought, mostly because the flight is going to last not more than 35 mintues and because there is noone seating next to me so I have 3 seats just for me (Ryanair first class! ;) ).
There was a standard safety demonstration in English and then a recorded version in Polish. There were 4 FAs, most of them were Polish, as well as the captain.
Shortly after take off
A short stay at our cruising altitude
A souvenir from my first Ryanair flight ;)
Approaching the Baltic coast
Vistula river shortly before it reaches the sea
My favourite view - Gdansk Old Town
Landing was a little bit hard with some wind over the runway and - as I have been told - a standard Ryanair on time arrival announcement with some funny music. While I was boarding the plane in Warsaw I asked the FA if she could provide me with one of the first row safety cards as I collect them and would love to have one from Ryanair too. She advised me to talk to the male FA after reaching Gdansk so I decided to deboard the aircraft using front door and have a chat with the purser. He was very friendly and gave my one safety instruction with a smile.
For a couple of years now Gdansk has a completely new terminal building, here's the arrivals area and the main departures hall.
As far as the access to the city/airport is concerned there is a new railway conntecting the airport to Gdansk and Gdynia, the trains run every 20 minutes, are modern, clean and provide a high standard of service. Tickets can be bought on the platform from a ticket machine or on the train from the ticket inspector. A one way fare is 6 zloty (approximately 1,30 euro). For more than one journey you can buy a daily ticket for 13 zloty (2,95 euro) for all the trains in Gdynia/Sopot/Gdansk area or 18 zloty (4,10 euro) for all the trains, trams and buses.
I spent a very nice day walking on the beach from Sopot to Gdansk and then exploring the Gdansk Old Town. Here are some of the photos taken during my stay.
The beach in Sopot
The Golden Gate in Gdansk Old Town
The Town Hall
The Old Town's harbour
Leaving the Old Town
Warsaw - WMI
Gdańsk - GDN
It was a very nice short flight, an interesting experience onboard Ryanair 737 and a very nice trip to the Baltic coast and Gdansk Old Town. As far as the domestic flights are concerned Ryanair offers a very decent product in great prices. From October Ryanair domestic flights will be moved from WMI to WAW making the access to the city much easier but no doubt increasing the prices.
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