Lublin. About the city

General information about Lublin

Lublin, administrative centre of the voivodship and the capital of the Lublin Region, and home to 365 thousand inhabitants, is the biggest town in Eastern Poland. The location of the town atop loessial rolling hills of the Lublin Upland in the valley of the Bystrzyca and its tributaries is one of its assets. During the 5th and 7th centuries the inhabitants of Lublin grew in numbers, and by 1317 Lublin was granted municipal status. In 1474 Lublin became the capital of the voivodship, a role it has continuously played to this day. During the years of the first Republic, Lublin, which was centrally located, was inhabited by different nationalities and religious denominations that constituted a rich and varied community.

Lublin is an academic centre recognized in Poland and abroad, with a rich educational offer. The city’s main assets are five universities: Maria Curie-Sklodowska-University, Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin University of Technology, Medical University, University of Life Sciences; and a number of other higher education institutions.


Panorama of Lublin
Panorama of Lublin
The Old Town


On an international scale, Lublin is the winner of the Golden Star of Partnership, the European Diploma, the Flag of Honour and the Plaque of Honour of the European Council for international cooperation.

The city is the hub of bustling cultural life, with different events held annually, and attracting a wide audience. The Night of Culture, “Codes” Festival of Traditional and Avantgarde Music, “Theatre Confrontations”, the International Dance Theatre Festival, the ‘Magicians’ Carnival, the Jagiellonian Fair, or the “East of Culture” – Different Sounds Art’n’Music Festival to name but a few are Lublin’s flagship festive events whose prestige has been constantly growing. Economically, Lublin offers a rapidly developing services sector, with favourable conditions for making profitable business. Buoyant international cooperation brings many benefits to the city’s multidimensional development, as Lublin signed agreements with numerous cities with its eastern and the western neighbours.

Lublin Airport
Buses in Lublin

Border crossings (distances):

to Russia: Bezledy (458 km)
to Lithuania: Ogrodniki (395 km)
to Belarus: Kukuryki (146 km), Terespol (148 km), Sławatycze (107 km)
to Ukraine: Dorohusk (90 km), Hrebenne (120 km)
to Slovakia: Barwinek (255 km), Łysa Polana (385 km)
to the Czech Republic: Cieszyn (397 km), Kudowa-Słone (533 km)
to Germany: Zgorzelec/Jędrzychowice (585 km), Świecko (627 km)

International airports:
Lublin/LUZ  (10 km)
Warszawa / Warsaw (171 km)
Kraków / Cracow (269 km)