Torun is an often overlooked city in Poland on the Vistula River, just over 200 km northwest of the capital Warsaw. With around 200,000 residents, it’s not a huge city but its UNESCO World Heritage Site status has increased its profile. Yes, Torun’s Teutonic Castle and its Old Town and New Town date back to the mid-13th century when two concurring major events were happening.
Not only were the monks of the Teutonic Order spreading Christianity around Eastern Europe, but the Hanseatic League was also rapidly increasing trade between Central Europe and the Baltic countries. These monuments from this time in history are just one reason to visit Torun. This city also has lots of great museums, restaurants, and scenery. Its main railway station makes it a convenient place to visit on a wider tour of Poland and there are plenty of options when figuring out where to stay in Torun.
It’s already a great budget destination for backpackers and students. And the low accommodation prices mean it’s easier to find a nice apartment for your whole family or a luxury Torun hotel for less. This guide will help you choose the best Torun neighbourhood for your wallet and needs. It will also tell you the best accommodation options in each neighbourhood so you can enjoy your visit to Torun, Poland.
We will cover off all types of Torun accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Torun hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Torun 2023, the best Torun hotels, best places in Torun to visit, the best places to stay in Torun, hotels near Torun attractions, Torun neighborhood guide and many more.
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Old Town of Torun – Where To Stay in Torun for First Timers
Torun Old Town, or Medieval Town of Torun to call it by its full name, is the city centre of Torun. It’s right on the banks of the Vistula River just across from Torun Main Station and is where you’ll find most of the landmarks and things to do in Torun. It’s the perfect neighbourhood if you’re wondering where to stay in Torun for first-timers.
If you don’t have any accessibility issues, you will find Torun’s Old Town extremely walkable. There are some cobbled streets but most are pedestrianised and brick-lined which are much more comfortable to walk on. There are trams and buses in Torun but the nearest stops are on the outskirts of this neighbourhood. Luckily, you’ll find tons of restaurants and all the amenities you’ll need in this part of the city.
Seeing the Teutonic Castle ruins is one of the top things to do in Torun Old Town and the main part of its UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also see the Mostowa Gate, which is the old city gate by the river, and The Leaning Tower in Toruń. The Old Town Hall houses a regional museum of Torun and an observation tower with beautiful views across the city. The House of Nicolaus Copernicus, Torun’s most famous son, is one of the most-visited museums in the area.
There is a huge choice of accommodation options in the Old Town. No matter what kind of Toruń hotel you are looking for, you’re sure to find a great one within your budget. There are three-star hotels with free breakfast available for as little as €40 per night.
Where to Stay in Old Town of Torun
Piaski – Where To Stay in Torun on a Budget
But if you’re looking for where to stay in Torun on a budget, an even more extreme budget, then you should stay in the Piaski neighbourhood. This is the area on the south bank of the Vistula River next to Torun Main Station. Multiple bus routes depart from the station in Piaski to Torun Old Town (around one every five minutes) and across the rest of the city. You will have no problem finding cheap public transport options in Piaski so you can avoid paying for taxis.
Some of the best things to do in Piaski are to check out the panoramic viewpoint of Old Town from the riverbank. You can also check out the sprawling Park Tysiąclecia. There are lots of lesser-known things to see in this neighbourhood like the Twierdza Toruń Fort and Dybów Castle ruins. There are few restaurants and supermarkets in this neighbourhood but, again, you’ll find everything you need to eat on a budget in the Old Town nearby.
There are lots of budget accommodation options in this part of the city including camping, motels, and hostels. You can also find cheap apartments to rent in this neighbourhood because it’s more of a residential area.
Where to Stay in Piaski
Mid range Hotels in
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Mokre – Where To Stay in Torun With Family
Mokre is a sprawling neighbourhood in Torun that’s situated Northeast of Old Town. If you want to know where to stay in Torun with family and young kids, this is the best place. There are lots of trams and bus stops in this part of the city so you’ll find it easy to travel in and out of the Old Town via public transport but it will be a quieter and safer place to base your trip.
Whilst it is not recommended that you drive to get around Torun, you may have a car or van if you are travelling around Poland or central Europe with your young family. If so, Mokre has a couple of parking lots and parts of the neighbourhood are quite residential so you shouldn’t have trouble finding places to park. There are also lots of convenience stores if you need to cook or buy food for your kids.
There are lots of things to do in Mokre for families including the Aqua Toruń waterpark and the Mokrzańskie Stawy park and garden. There are also some nice cafes like Nova Lodova if you prefer a slower pace of travel with your family. Most of the best accommodation options in Mokre are close to Old Town where you can find budget but comfortable apartments, ‘aparthotels’, and lots more.
Where to Stay in Mokre
Chełmińskie Przedmieście – Where To Stay Near Torun Airport
Opposite Mokre just northeast of Torun Old Town is Chełmińskie Przedmieście. This neighbourhood sits directly between the Old Town and the neighbourhood of Belany where the Lotnisko Toruń-Bielany Airport itself is located.
You might think that Belany would be a better neighbourhood if you want to stay near the airport in Torun, but there aren’t many hotels there. Plus, Chełmińskie Przedmieście benefits from being closer to all the attractions, amenities, and restaurants in Old Town. There are lots of parks, some supermarkets, a cinema, and some restaurants in this area but it’s quite residential. If you want things to do, you would be better off hopping on a tram or bus to Old Town.
There are plenty of bus and tram stops in Chełmińskie Przedmieście. Buses on the N.15 line also go straight to the airport and taxis from this neighbourhood to the airport would also be very reasonably priced. From this neighbourhood, it would only take you around 10 minutes to drive to the airport. Perfect if you have an early flight! Most of the accommodation options in this district are apartments but there are some modern hotels and homely B&Bs too.
Where to Stay in Chełmińskie Przedmieście
Jakubskie Przedmieście – Best Torun Neighbourhood to Live Like a Local
The Jakubskie Przedmieście neighbourhood is to the east of Old Town and part of it sits on the north bank of the Vistula River. You’ll find bus and tram stops following the outside boundary of this neighbourhood meaning there is direct access from this part of town to the Old Town and beyond. There are also lots of parking lots and car parks in this part of the city as well as being very close to highways 15 and 91.
It’s a great neighbourhood to stay in with a car or to live like a local. There are lots of supermarkets, apartment buildings, some parks and even some cosy neighbourhood cafes like Confectionery Pie Town. Accommodation options in this district are mostly apartments and hotel suites overlooking the river. They’re all very affordable with comfortable ‘aparthotels’ available from €50 per night.
Where to Stay in Jakubskie Przedmieście
Rybaki & Bydgoskie Przedmieście – Best Toruń Neighbourhood Near the University
The Rybaki neighbourhood is an extremely small part of the city off to the west of Old Town by the Vistula River. Bydgoskie Przedmieście sits to the west and north of Rybaki so it almost surrounds it. Both of these neighbourhoods are bustling parts of the city with lots of hotels, restaurants, and cultural things to do. They are ideal if you are looking for where to stay in Torun near Nicolaus Copernicus University with a vibrant student community.
One of the best things to do in this neighbourhood is Park Miejski, Tolun’s main city park. It’s a huge space with an amphitheatre, woodland, and basketball courts. Torun Zoobotanical Garden (a mixture of a zoo and botanic garden) boasts both exotic animals and dozens of flora species is also in this part of the city. This is the best part of the city to find international cuisine and cool live music venues like Od Nowa.
After Old Town, this neighbourhood has the most Torun hotel and other accommodation options. You’ll find popular chain hotels, budget hotels, and 4-star luxury options so there’s something for everyone.
Where to Stay in Rybaki & Bydgoskie Przedmieście
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Added Extra: Areas To Avoid in Torun
Torun isn’t a dangerous city so there aren’t any areas you should avoid for safety reasons. Pickpocketing, mugging, and other crimes that are more commonly committed against tourists are less of a problem in smaller cities like Torun than they are in bigger Polish cities like Krakow and Warsaw.
LBGTQ+ travellers should note that Poland can be hostile towards people of this community and it’s been the focus of many protests in recent years. Be mindful of this when visiting gay bars or other queer spaces. Otherwise, use your common sense and don’t flash your expensive belongings or walk alone at night if you feel unsafe.
Most of the neighbourhoods you should avoid staying in during your trip to Torun are far away from the Old Town and don’t have many amenities. These are Czerniewice, Glinki, Koniuchy, Podgórz, Rudak, Wrzosy, and other neighbourhoods south of the river. Again, there’s nothing dangerous about these neighbourhoods, they just aren’t well-located for travellers.
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