Cult transports see return to streets of the capital for reopening of tourist line
This long weekend saw the return of cult historic trams, buses and ferries to the city of Warsaw as part of the reopening of the capital’s tourist transport line for 2021.
Included among the transports making their return are the old ‘Jelcz’ and ‘Ikarus’ buses which were an everyday sight on Warsaw’s streets from the late 1970s until 2013.
Often remembered affectionately and considered the most cult bus model in the history of Warsaw’s public transport, the first Hungarian made Ikaruses made their appearance in Warsaw in 1950 and 1961.
But it wasn’t until the Ikarus 280 model made its debut in Warsaw in 1978, that they became a mainstay of the city’s public transport system.
Anecdotally, the buses were considered instrumental in helping Warsaw’s residents survive Poland’s winter of the century at the turn of 1978/79.
From 1981, the bus model also served other large Polish cities.
Also returning will be the cult 13N trams nicknamed ‘parówki’ (‘frankfurters’) due to their rounded sausage like shape.
Serving between 1959 and 2013 the trams were unique to Warsaw having been made and produced with the capital in mind and quickly became iconic featuring in many films and television series over the decades.
Three historic ferries, the ‘Słonka’, ‘Pliszka’ and ‘Wilga’ will also return to action, offering passengers a free river crossing on three routes, initially on weekends and subsequently everyday between the 1st of July and 31st of August.
To find out more about the Warsaw tourist line, visit https://www.wtp.waw.pl/en/warsaw-tourist-lines/