Located 17km west of the city centre, Kraków Airport was the subject of a one billion PLN investment, which resulted in the opening of a brand-new passenger terminal in September 2015. If you're familiar with Kraków's Airport from before renovations, the newly expanded and modernised T1 terminal now handles all airport operations, and T2 (the former Domestic terminal) has been closed for now.
The new T1 conveniently connects directly to the parking garage, the Hilton Garden Inn hotel next to it, and the new Balice train station via a skywalk leading straight into the terminal. Terminal 1 now boasts the full services and amenities of a modern airport, including ATMs and currency exchange, tourist information, restaurants and shops, new business lounges and VIP services. Note that car rental is now located in the multi-storey parking garage across from the terminal. Though some construction work is still on-going, getting through check-in and security should be relatively speedy; nonetheless, travellers should give themselves some extra time to negotiate any confusion or unexpected delays on the local roadways around the airport (if not taking the train).
Getting to/from the Airport:
The best way to get between the airport and Kraków's Old Town is by train. Trains run every 30mins between 04:00 and 24:00 and depart platform 3 of Kraków's train station at :04 and :34 past the hour; and from Kraków Balice Airport at :17 and :47 past the hour. The journey time is about 20mins, and passengers are dropped off at a new Balice station that is connected directly to the terminal via a skywalk (no more shuttles!). Ticket prices have actually been reduced to 8zł, and can be bought from ticket machines on the platform, or on-board the train. Unbelievably (to us anyway), these machines actually take cash, coins and credit cards.
In the unlikely event that you can't take the train, public buses 292 (departs every 20mins) and 208 (once an hour) both make the journey. Night bus 902 also makes the trip from this stop with hourly departures after between 23:25 and 04:55. Bus is the cheaper option, but the journey takes 35-45mins depending on traffic. Buy a 4/2zł single journey fare from the ticket machine at the bus-stop or on-board the bus. Upon leaving Terminal 1, you'll find the bus stop to your right. To get to the airport, buses depart from the Kraków Bus Station at the stop 'Dworzec Główny Wschód' - located on the lower level of the bus station, just east of the train station. Exact bus times can be checked online at mpk.krakow.pl.
The airport has its own 'Krakow Airport Taxi' service with vehicles waiting outside the terminal entrances. The idea is that this ‘trusted’ service offers a set price range of 69-89zł from the airport to the Old Town, with no monkey business and no night time price hikes. In reality, this service is fleecing people by protecting its ridiculously high prices. If you go more than 15km the price jumps from 69zł to 89zł, so expect to pay 89zł unless your hotel is en route on the outskirts of the city centre. We advise confirming the fare for the 25-35min journey (note that it can take longer during peak traffic times) beforehand, and trying to split the cost with other travellers in the same situation.
Conversely, fares from the Old Town back to the airport range from only 35-70zł depending on time of day, and whether you call ahead or hail one in the street. Use our Taxi listings and you should be able to negotiate a daytime fare as low as 40zł from the Old Town. That's a huge difference.