Visiting Sopot, nicknamed the ‘Polish Riviera‘ from the port of Gdynia in Poland is a lovely day trip for cruisers and travellers alike. Situated halfway between Gdynia and Gdansk (around 7 miles) makes it easy to get to via a taxi, Uber or train.
Sopot, the ‘Polish Riviera’ | Visiting Sopot from Gdynia
Sopot Pier – The Longest Wooden Pier in Europe
Sopot Pier is over 500m, extending into the Bay of Gdansk and is one of the most popular attractions for locals. 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, in prime position for coffee, lunch or dinner with a view.
Sopot Pier’s Pirate Ship ‘Statek Pirat’ | Visiting Sopot from Gdynia
Docked on Sopot’s Pier is a pirate ship ‘Statek Pirat’ offering 40-minute sightseeing cruises into Gdansk Bay. Onboard there 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 travelling in a group – 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.
Shopping in Sopot
Around Sopot’s Plaza you’ll find a cinema, Art Gallery, Wax Museum and plenty of bars, restaurants and familiar high street brands (including 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.
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 – from Gdynia you can take 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.