A great way to enjoy Wrocław in the summer is to take to the Odra on a boat or in a kayak – here’s our rundown of the various offers available.
Private boat rental
One of the latest options is provided by City Boats, who have a fleet of small solar-powered boats.
Their 30 minute cruises cost 20zł per person (concessions 15zł). Alternatively, you can charter the boat for between 300 and 850zł depending on whether you want to be cruising around for 1, 2 or 3 hours.
One rather plush option for those who really value a lengthy boat trip is to book a tour with cruzeo.pl. The newly formed boat rental company even organise river trips to places as far away as Berlin and Gdansk!
A few years back Gazeta Wyborcza journalist Edyta Bryła embarked on this trip and you can read about it here. If those journeys sound a bit too much for you, it is of course possible to book a shorter trip a little closer to home.
A more modest alternative can be found via gondole.eu, who run a ‘water tram’ in the warmer months. You can jump on board the boat at Purkyniego 9 (between Tumski bridge and the national museum) and Kładka Zwierzyniecka (behind the zoo), as well as Wyspa Słodowa.
Since our last update of this post in 2019, gondole.eu’s boat rentals have been taken over by statekwroclaw.pl. Unfortunately, the pricing for cruises are nowhere to be seen on their website. You can nonetheless check out the cost of renting the various boats in their fleet here.
For more info, see this post by former Wroclaw Uncut contributor Jackie-Foster Fagan, who wrote about her boat trip with Gondole.eu for her blog ‘Morning Kawa’.
A second company offering cruises for small groups are Tara, whose boat is pictured above. The boat holds up to 12 people and can be rented for 690zł per hour before 6pm and 590zł per hour afterwards.
Yet another option comes in the shape of Żegluga Pasażerska FLIS, who have a couple of boats in their fleet. Their 50 minute day cruise costs 30zl per person (20zl for concessions). They also do a 60 minute evening cruise on another boat, which costs 30zl.
Kayaks and Peddle Boats
Gondole.eu also offer kayak rental via their two docking points at Purkyniego 9 and Kładka Zwierzyniecka. Two person kayaks cost 20zl per hour. Three-person rowing boats are available too, priced at 25zl per hour.
Another place you can pick up a kayak is at the rental place nearby the zoo (Zygmunta Wróblewskiego 1), run by Żegluga Pasażerska Wroclaw.
Kayaks for 1,2 or 3 people can be rented a a price of 20zl per hour. The peddle boats for two people cost 30zl for every 60 minutes, while the 4 person peddle boats are 10zl more. You can also rent 3 person rowing boats for 30zl per hour. If you fancy the lazy option, motorised boats are also available for between 90-110zl per hour.
At the time of writing one company seem to enjoy a monopoly when it comes to tourist cruises on a large boat. The service is run by Żegluga Pasażerska, who run various cruises, all of which are detailed below:
Route of the steamboat Nereida:
START: Kardynalska Harbour (The Sand Island- Wyspa Piasek) – National Museum – the Peace Bridge (Most Pokoju) – Provincial Office – the Grunwaldzki Bridge – Jaz Szczytniki – Zoo Harbour (Stop to go to the ZOO) – Gas Pipeline in the direction of Opatowicka Island – return Kardynalska Harbour at the Sand Island.
Route of the Goplana boat:
START: Zwierzyniecka Harbour (at the Zwierzyniecki Bridge at Wroblewska Street 1)- the Zwierzyniecki Bridge – the Szczytnicki Bridge – Footbridge Franka Gateway (Kladka Brama Franka) – the Warsaw Bridge – the Railway Bridge – E.Leclerc Harbour at the Trzebnicki Bridge (possibility to go in and go out) – Return Zwierzyniecka Harbour.
Route of the Wiktoria steamboat:
START: ZOO Harbour (behind the terrarium, next to the head office)- Gas Pipeline in the direction of Opatowicka Island – Jaz Szczytniki – the Pressure Tower- National Museum – Ostrow Tumski – Kardynalska Harbour – (possibility to go in and go out) – return to the ZOO Harbour
Route of the Driada boat:
START: the Centennial Hall Harbour (200m from the Raclawice Panorama) – the Peace Bridge (Most Pokoju) – National Museum – the Provincial Office – the Grunwaldzki Bridge – the Pressure Tower – the Sczytniki Lock- the Zwierzyniecka Harbour – (stop, possibility to go in and go out) – return Ostrow Tumski – the Centennial Hall Harbour.
Route of the Gucio small boat:
START: the Kardynalska Harbour (on the Sand Island -Wyspa Piasek ) – the Tumski Bridge – the Mill Bridge – Klara’s Passage (Przejscie Klary)- the Plaza Hotel -Malt Island – the Sand Lock – the Sand Bridge – National Museum – the Peace Bridge – Return Kardynalska Harbour
Return journeys on the Nereida, Wiktoria, Driada and Goplana cruises cost 25zl (20zl for concessions), with one way journeys costing 15zl for everyone.
In addition, the company have a small boat called the Gucio, which sails on a shorter 40 minute round trip. Tickets for that are 25zl for everyone, while night cruises are available too at the same price.
Should you wish to rent any of the boats privately for a party, the cost per hour can be anything from 360zl to 1400zl per hour. The price list can be seen here.