Krakow: how to get to the center and transportation links to Balice and Katowice airports

A quick guide on how to get to Krakow and how to move within the city. The connections from the airport to the city center and the tips on how to reach the main attractions.

HOW TO GET TO KRAKOW

UPDATE January 2015: LOOK OUT, BECAUSE OF WORK FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE AIRPORT, ARRIVALS TAKE PLACE IN TERMINAL 2, WHILE FLIGHTS DEPART FROM TERMINAL 1.
There is a shuttle that will take you from the temporary terminal 2 terminal 1, from which you can take the bus to the center of Krakow. The express train to the central station is temporarily suspended. The standard cost for a taxi from the terminal 2 to the center of Krakow is 89 Zl. You can try calling the company of Taxis “Icarus” for lowest prices. (updating 01/01/2015)

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Krakow airport taxi transfer links
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In aereo

How to get to Krakow by plane

Krakow has two airports nearby. The actual city airport is the airport “John Paul II” and is located in Balice 14 km away from the center, while the second is much more peripheral and is located near the city of Katowice, to about 80 km, equivalent to approximately 2 hour bus ride from Krakow.

Landing in Katowice is only recommended if you intend to combine a short visit to the town in question (although I do not recommend, Katowice is an industrial city and offers almost nothing to visit. Nightlife inaccessible to foreigners): the hour trip there and back to Katowice drastically reduce the time available to visit Krakow.

The Airport of Balice is also known as John Paul II International Airport. In the terminal you will find the tourist information, public telephones, ATMs, Currency Exchange ( 07.45–20.30 lun–sab, 07.45-19.00 Sunday) and food stalls, alcohol and SIM cards.

If you're in a hurry, the quickest way to get into town is by taxi: MPt car (t 91 91) outside the main exit are the most economic and reliable (30-50 Zł to the city center). The cheapest way to get downtown is the train instead; the free shuttle bus picks you up in front of the terminal building and takes you to the nearest train station. The ticket (4 zł, ovvero €1,20) can be purchased on the train, that goes directly to the central station (“Dworzec Główny”). The journey takes 15 minutes, and trains operate daily from 4.00 to 23.07.

Cracovia Collegamenti aeroporto - L'aeroporto Internazionale "Giovanni Paolo II" di Cracovia Balice
The International airport “John Paul II” Krakow Balice
Flights to Krakow Balice

Balice Airport, just outside Krakow, is a small airport with only one international terminal (T1), although well organized and with an annual traffic in constant growth.

The companies that depart from this airport are:

Ryanair, the most economical solution, with departures from Rome Ciampino, Bergamo and Bologna.

Air Berlin of Milano and Rome. Lot da Roma: the two airlines, German and Polish, obviously have much higher costs than the Ryanair.

Wanting by Katowice

Information about Katowice, located approximately 80 km da Cracovia, primarily focused on low cost flights by Wizzair, with departures from Rome, Treviso, Pisa, Bologna and Milan-Bergamo.

the flights of Lot and Lufthansa to Katowice depart from other airports.

In autobus

International buses arrive at the bus station in modern ul. Bosacka. The old town is just a few hundred meters to the south-west, It is accessible via the underpass Magda crossing the tracks of the Central Railway Station. Alternatively there are taxis, day and night parked outside the station.

From Krakow Balice airport to the city center by bus

Airport Krakow-Balice is connected to the center by two bus lines during the day (208 and 292) e and Night bus, the 902. The single ride ticket costs 3 Zl (76 Euro cents) and can be purchased from the bus driver, vending machines at the bus stop and in the Terminal 1. The line 208 works by 5 am to 22, the 292 from 4 to 23 and the night line from midnight to 4.

From Katowice to Krakow bus

From Katowice is the bus service provided by Wizz Air and the local company Matuszek. Buses depart from Katowice and arrive in the center of Krakow, to the central bus station. Times are related to the arrival of Wizz Air flights at night and day. The trip takes about 2 hours, the ticket costs 44 Zl (10 €) can be purchased directly on board or online.

In treno

From the airport, a free shuttle bus takes you to the nearby train station, that is just 200 meters from the terminal. If desired it can be reached on foot. The train takes you directly to the main station in Krakow (Dworzec Główny), in the old town, in 18 minutes. There are races every 30 minutes. The first train from Krakow center start at 4.50 in the morning, the last at 22:05. The first train from the airport at 5:14 in the morning, the last at 22:44. The ticket costs 10 Zl (2,55 €). Tickets can be purchased by the train crew and the cash machines at the airport and at train station.

In the station there are money changers (“Kantor”) and ATM. Take the subway to the Planty and follow it up to the old town, or take a taxi if you need to reach the outskirts.

Cracovia Collegamenti aeroporto - Il treno che collega l'aeroporto di Balice con il centro di Cracovia
The train that connects Balice airport with the center of Krakow

Tram

Trams in Krakow are generally clean, efficient and on time, and represent the best solution to move from one point to another of the city. Trams traveling between the 5.00 and 23.00. A single ticket (valid also for buses) costs about 3 zł; much cheaper tickets by 24 hours (about. 11 zł), 48 hours (about. 19 zł) and 72 hours (25 zł), purchased at kiosks near bus stops where you can read “sprzedaż biletów MPK”. Tickets can also be purchased on board, however, from the driver, with a surcharge. Tickets must be validated on board.

Cracovia Collegamenti aeroporto - krakow tram
Modern Tram in Krakow

Taxi

They are very cheap and affordable, especially if you have to reach the city center or the airport at night. The base price of the ride is 5 zł, to which are added 1.80 to 2 zł per kilometer. Taxis are available a large sign on the roof with the name and telephone number of the company.

From the airport there is a service offered by Radio Taxi to and from the center of Krakow 19191 at a cost of approximately 50 Zl (15 €). To reserve, +48 12 19191 or +48 800 19 19 19.

Attractions outside Krakow

Krakow is a small city with a historical center suitable for pedestrian. Moving on foot or by public transport you can reach in few minutes the most important monuments and attractions.

Some destinations, however, are located several kilometers away from the historic center and require longer trips by train or bus.

Transport Krakow center-Nova Huta

To get to Nova Huta you take the tram n ° 4 which goes to Plac Centralny from Krakow Central Station Dworzec Główny. Travel time 20 minutes.

Links Auschwitz-Krakow

It can be easily reached by bus which, from Krakow station in ul. Bosacka, leads directly to the entrance of the camp. The round trip ticket costs 28zl (about 7 euros), plus the chance to buy the entrance ticket to Auschwitz at 40zl. Travel time 1 hour 40 minutes.
For more information: http://www.visitauschwitz.eu/

A less valid is the train, that from the central station in Krakow stops to “Oswiecim”, from which it comes, after a walk on foot, to Auschwitz.

Cracovia Collegamenti aeroporto - Auschwitz
Auschwitz
Links to the Salt Mines Wieliczka

The Salt Mine “Wieliczka” it's 10 km from the center of Krakow. It is situated near the E40 motorway and is easily accessible by various means of transport.

With the suburban train from Krakow Central Railway Station (Dworzec Główny PKP) to the station “Wieliczka Kopalnia”

With line bus 304 from ul. Kurniki near the Galeria Krakowska to the stop “Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli”. You must first obtain a regular day ticket price Zone I + II zone (Strefa I + II Aglomeracja).

With the minibus from near the Central Railway Station (Dworzec Główny PKP) in the direction “Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia”. Get off at “Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli” at the intersection of ul. Dembowskiego and ul. Daniłowicza. To get to the Regis Well get off at the next stop “Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia”. (from http://www.minieradisalewieliczka.it/)

Bicycle

If you are visiting Krakow in a healthy way, we can only suggest that you rent a bike! The best place to ride is definitely along the banks of the Vistula.

Cool Tour Company (ul. Grodzka 2, Krakow) fb_icon_tiny
open daily 09:30 – 15:00
The largest bike rental in Krakow. Numerous options, from the simple rent a bike to guided tours.

Cruising Kraków (ul. Basztowa 17, Krakow) fb_icon_tiny
open daily 10:00 – 18:00
Prices from 15-50zl for 3 hours. To join the guided tours, the meeting is in the market square in front of the statue.

Krakow Ketts(ul. Floriańska 24, Krakow) fb_icon_tiny
open daily 10:00 – 19:00
Recumbent bicycle rental, type of bicycle with three wheels.

KRK Bike Rental(ul. Św. Anny 4, Krakow) fb_icon_tiny
open daily 09:00 – 21:00
it's’ located a few meters from the market square. prices from 8zl / h up to 45zl per day.

Dwa Koła(ul. Józefa 5, Krakow)
open from Monday to Friday 10:00 – 18:00
It is located in the district Kazimierz, a short walk from the market square. They also rent tandem.

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