Visiting Sopot, nicknamed the ‘Polish Riviera‘ from the port of Gdynia is a lovely day trip for cruise ship passengers and travellers to Poland. Situated halfway between Gdynia and Gdansk (around 7 miles), Sopot is fairly easy to get to via a taxi, Uber or train.
Sopot, the ‘Polish Riviera’
Sopot is nicknamed the ‘Polish Riviera’, and it’s easy to see why when you arrive here – 5-star luxury hotels like The Sheraton and Sofitel Grand overlook a vast sandy beach and Europe’s longest wooden pier. The leafy streets are clean and tidy leading onto wide open squares lined with restaurants and outdoor diners.
Sopot’s Lighthouse is over 100 years old and sits next to a lovely public garden and park lined with flower beds and benches.
Sopot Pier – The Longest Wooden Pier in Europe
Sopot Pier is over 500m, extending into the Bay of Gdansk and on a fine day is well worth the walk for some fresh sea air. Tickets for Sopot pier are currently PLN 8 (around £1.60 or $2) for adults. At the end of the Pier is the Meridian Restaurant, perfectly positioned for lunch or dinner with a view, or in my case an indulgent hot chocolate.
Sopot Pier’s Pirate Ship ‘Statek Pirat’
Docking at the end of Sopot’s Pier is a pirate ship called the ‘Statek Pirat’ offering 40-minute sightseeing cruises into Gdansk Bay. Onboard the ship is a restaurant, bar and Captain’s room complete with a throne, parrot cage and treasure chests.
It’s a fun experience if you’re visiting in a group or with family as a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children), currently costs PLN 120 – around £25 or $30. Check the Statek Pirat website for more information about their sightseeing cruises and departure times before you travel to Sopot.
Shopping in Sopot | The Polish Riviera
Around Sopot’s Plaza you’ll find a cinema, Art Gallery, Wax Museum and plenty of bars, restaurants and familiar high street names like Costa, McDonald’s and Flying Tiger. Amongst it all there’s the Krzywy Domek, a quirky crooked house built in 2004 and an unmissable photo opportunity when visiting Sopot. Near the train station is Sopot Centrum, a restaurant hub with a few shops and a hotel.
Travelling to Sopot from Gdynia or Gdansk Port
If you’re visiting Poland on a cruise you’ll likely call into the port of Gdynia or Gdansk. Sopot is around 7 miles away and taking an Uber is perhaps and cheap and easy option (around £6/$7 each way). Alternatively, you can catch the train by taking a taxi or #133 bus from Gdynia Port to the train station.
Depending on where you dock in Gdansk Port the public transport option is lengthy, so a taxi, Uber or shore excursion to Sopot may be your best option for making the most of your day.