Via Baltica Expressway to Ełk
Good news for people going to Masuria: the travel time from Warsaw and central Poland to the capital of Masuria — Ełk has shortened. Currently, the commute is just over 2 hours. Soon, after the last sections are completed, the route from Warsaw to Ełk will be possible to cover in approximately 1 hour 45 min. Getting from Warsaw to other towns in Masuria or Podlasie, such as Giżycko, Mikołajki, Augustów, Mrągowo, Suwałki, is significantly longer.
Good transport connections mean that entrepreneurs are willing to invest their capital here and develop their companies, which translates into more job posts in the region. The city has been creating favourable conditions for starting and running a business for years. The Subzone of the Suwałki Special Economic Zone operates successfully in Ełk, and the Science and Technology Park helps new, innovative companies enter the market and achieve success. Saxdor Shipyard operates here, a company based in Helsinki that produces boats in Ełk using modern methods. This year, the company was a laureate in the Innovation and Development category and received the “Best of the Best” award from Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship Marshal.
The emerging Rail Baltica railway line will improve passenger and freight traffic between countries. The modernised route is being adapted to general standards of railway lines in the EU. The Rail Baltica route through Ełk will connect the city with the Baltic countries, and on the other hand with central Poland and the rest of Europe. Rail Baltica is an opportunity for the development of Warmia and Mazury, especially the eastern part of the voivodeship.