A few words about what the PKP connection search engine should not look like on the phone

How do you plan a journey by train from the phone? Not via the mobile version of the PKP timetable! Seriously! Those responsible for this quest would have to spend half a year working day in and day out on a weak laptop with Windows Vista on board.

And I’m going on vacation! Well, maybe no holidays, due to inflation, high prices and drama, but for the weekend. And not by car, because pouring the whole tank at the station is the same as spending half a salary, so take the train. This is a thought! And with this in mind, you search for a cool place on Google, look at Booking and find a room, and then enter the PKP schedule from the browser on your phone and… Wreck your hands.

What we find when we enter the side of the said scheme is a bad taste joke. The interface is about 2009. No responsiveness. Emetic aesthetics. Disputable utility. The user experience (which is so fashionable these days) is neurogenic. You would expect that no miracles will take place there, but what one experiences when seeking connections is beyond the limits.

What works?

Through the PKP timetable we can check connections and buy a ticket, although the latter functionality is debatable – the website refers to the websites of individual carriers, and there we can find an equally poorly made website, in which it is almost impossible to find a miracle. Yes, it is certainly better to buy a ticket by connecting to a computer, but let’s keep in mind that in this regard, the solutions of carriers connect directly to the PKP timetable. It’s bad, that’s what.

On the basis of the timetable itself, we can view the connections, see which train we will take, whether it is equipped with air conditioning, or whether it allows the transport of bicycles and belongings. We also see the carrier that runs a particular train on a particular route, we can search for direct connections or check whether a particular train is wheelchair-adapted.

Okay, that’s right, you can check out this and that on the schedule page. So let’s assume that the page performs its main function. It’s just a shame it does this in a dramatically annoying, slow, inaccurate way. And it’s a pity that it does not offer integrated solutions – it is clear that there are several carriers operating in Poland, but since we often say that we go somewhere PKP, offer an integrated solution, such an extensive search with the function of buying tickets , would be a brilliant move. Unfortunately, we can only dream of it.

Railway timetable in a few words? No responsiveness. Emetic aesthetics. Disputable utility.

What’s wrong with the PKP connection search engine in the mobile version?

The list of disadvantages of a mobile version of a layout page can be as long as the text of the marriage vow. However, right down to the details. The page scales poorly and is extremely unreadable. For example, we can see it when looking for connections from point A to point B – when the website suggests certain stations, the website goes crazy, here it goes, it goes up there, which makes it hard to choose and, to spoil it mildly the user experience.

The website is also generally unreadable, but that’s not because of a bad design, but a bad, sloppy finish. Loose panels or tiles are arranged relatively reasonably, here we have to enter the city, date and time there, and elsewhere choose whether we want to go directly or transport bicycles, such as. And great. Worse, when we start using it all, we quickly experience dramatic website unresponsiveness.

Mobile train timetable

Yes, the PKP roster is set up as if someone said:

– Hey, let’s take this version for phones, okay? – He asked the director of directors.

– Okay, but so fast okay? Because you know, a freak in half an hour.

– Sure, sure, you don’t have to worry.

And this is what it looks like. The party is? Is! It functions? It functions. Does it work badly? Unfortunately! And then?

Unreadable? Not intuitive? Free? Well damn it! Let’s add some ads!

The mobile browser version of the PKP timetable is such a gigantic dud that nothing will help it. In this version of course, because maybe one day, due to an unforeseen coincidence of programming circumstances, a programmer genius who earns the lowest national income in PKP will improve this babola. Maybe, though I doubt it. Anyway, you can’t spoil it anymore…

– Not? – Asked the train timetable. – Give me a beer!

Well, pykło, ads were packaged in the unusable mobile version of the scheme. Cham ads, like half the screen of a smartphone. Badly scalable ads, like Pendolino’s dreams of a modern railroad in the land of triticale and onions spreading all over the page.

Train station timetable advertising

I don’t know who allowed it, but the ads are a point over and in this product that offends reason and human dignity. In other words, the mobile version is so dramatically bad that it’s just (almost) unusable, so we plan our trip from our computer or use third-party applications. And there would be nothing wrong with that, because the fact that independent solutions are often better than the target, standard, main or official solutions is almost a standard … But good God of atheists – what image of Polish railways does so build a monster? Precisely.

Will we see better times?

I’ve never been a big fan of train travel, but you have to admit, sometimes it’s just a rational option. Relatively cheap. Sure, mostly quite comfortable, rather tedious and tiring, but still quite profitable. Too bad it’s such a chaotic service industry that it’s almost a miracle to understand which carrier, where and what is preferred. And it can all be fixed without even fixing the industry itself. It would be enough to create an integrated, widely available solution.

And that’s not even talking about external applications or individual carriers’ own platforms. It is about taking over the entire logistics of travel planning under the thatched roof of PKP. If such a PKP timetable allowed efficient travel planning and ticket purchase from one service, if it integrated the services of all carriers, and even (here we come already in the dimension of miracles), the purchase of tickets for bus connections from destination stations, after the train journey – that would be a fairy tale!

Unfortunately, as life teaches, this is an unreal scenario, pure fantasy. So, what can we do? There are several options. Order tickets from a computer, as it is convenient as it is, as the service seems to work in this version. But we can also choose applications from third-party vendors – for someone who often travels by train, this is probably the only reasonable solution. And we can also grit our teeth or clench our fists and struggle with the resistance of the mobile PKP timetable, although I honestly don’t recommend it.

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