Krakow

Getting to Krakow

Kraków Airport

Located 17km west of the city centre, Kraków Airport is currently the subject of a one billion złoty investment and, as such, will resemble a confounding construction site until late 2015. The project will completely renovate and restructure the current passenger terminals, making them three times larger, connecting them to the new 4-star Hilton Garden Inn hotel (now open) and new airport train station (under construction), and better integrate local roadways into the complex.

All the while, the airport will remain open and authorities have promised not to obstruct its basic operation. As it was constructed, the Kraków Airport consisted of two small terminals - creatively referred to as 1 and 2 - with Terminal 2 (for domestic flights) offering little more than a pricey cafe, newsstand and ATM (bankomat); and Terminal 1 (for international flights) featuring a currency exchange, ATMs, a cafe, restaurant and tourist information point (open 09:00 - 19:00). Getting through check-in and security should still be relatively speedy, but we're not sure how these other services will be affected by the construction (if at all). Note that the entrances to the two terminals are idiotically located at opposite ends of the airport complex (one of the main reasons we presume this whole project is being done); to avoid a long walk around the entire perimeter to get from one to the other, take the free shuttle bus between the two.

Getting to/from the Airport:


Formerly, the best way to get between the airport and Kraków's Old Town was by train. We presume that this will again someday be the case, however, train service between Kraków and the airport is currently suspended while the track is being modernised. The rail line is not expected to be back in operation until the end of 2015.

As such, aside from taxi, bus is presently the best way to get to and from the airport. Public buses 292 (departs every 20mins) and 208 (once an hour) both make the journey; upon leaving Terminal 1, find the bus stop to your right. Note that from Terminal 2 you can take a shuttle bus to Terminal 1 to access public transportation. Night bus 902 also makes the trip from this stop with hourly departures after between 23:25 and 03:55.

The airport is in Zone II, meaning you need to buy a 4/2zł fare from the ticket machine at the bus-stop or on-board the bus. The entire journey from the airport to the bus station takes about 35-45mins, depending on traffic, but during the day you may be able to get to your hotel faster by getting off early and taking a tram; for example both daytime airport buses stop at 'Plac Inwalidów' from which you can catch trams 8 or 13 to 'Teatr Bagatela', Wawel, and Kazimierz ('Stradom' and 'Plac Wolnica' stops).

To get to the airport, both buses 208 and 292 depart from the Kraków Bus Station (ul. Bosacka 18) 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 and you should calculate that the journey can take up to 45mins, just to make sure you have plenty of time.

Airport Taxis:


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 35-60zł 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.

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24.06.2015
Editor IYP
Krakow
Geoffrey: Neobus is easy to find. When you leave the international terminal(T1), look and turn to your right - the bus stop is there, just past the regular buses that go to the city centre, parked off to the right side of the road alongside the parking garage.
24.06.2015
Geoffrey
France
Hey guys ! I have to find the NEOBUS to go from airport to Katowice. Can anybody tell me where i can find the stop for this bus at the airport please ? Thanks !
14.06.2015
Editor IYP
Krakow
Hi Steve, You can either take a taxi or a bus. there are 2 airport buses - just take whichever one arrives first. If it's the 208, take it the 'Czarnowiejska' stop and transfer to bus 173 or 144, getting off at 'Ludwinów' (120 metres to hotel); travel time 1 hour. If it's the 292 bus, take it to the 'Cracovia' stop and transfer to bus 173, 144, 164, 169 or 179, all of which stop at 'Ludwinów;' total travel time 45mins.
14.06.2015
Steve
Sofia
Hi, Can anybody tell me how to get from the airport to Hilton Garden Inn Krakow, Marii Konopnickiej 33, 30-302 Kraków, Poland?
12.03.2015
Blanka
Zagreb
Small but quite pleasant airport, with helpful staff.
11.03.2015
Christine Milner
Sofia
We got a taxi for 7 people from the airport into town for 89 zloty which seems like a bargain but we did arrange it in advance. Although the terminal is quite small there are a lot of little shops once you are through passport control - there's plenty of choice for eating and there's also a cool gift shop with local handmade goods with lovely packaging - chocolates, preserves and the like.
27.12.2014
Alessandra
Italy
Hello, could anyone help me about public transportation from Balice airport to Freedom Hostel in ul.pomorska 2,krowodrza? tram or bus, any advice will be really appreciated! Thank you!
17.11.2014
Editor IYP
Kraków
Hi Jane: There are two buses that run frequently from just outside the international arrivals terminal: buses 208 and 292. You can take either. If you take bus 292 get off at the stop 'Plac Inwalidów' and switch to tram 13 or tram 8, getting off at 'Filharmonia' - this puts you right outside the Radisson.If you take bus 208, get off at the last stop - 'Dworzec Głowny Wschód' and from there you can also switch to tram 8 or 13, which take you to 'Filharmonia'/ the Radisson.Which bus you take depends what time you arrive, and both trips may take 35-45mins. We strongly recommend getting the app Jakdojade for your mobile phone, especially if you're going to be using public transport frequently; it just makes travel easier to figure out. jakdojade.pl
16.11.2014
jane
malta
hi, does anyone can give us a direction from Balice airport to the hotel Radisson blu in Krakow with public transport or tram. what number is to take? thanks
24.03.2014
Lance Grundy
Great Britain
The journey to the central bus station costs 5zl [Zone 2] per person and takes about 45 minutes. You can buy a ticket for the bus from one of the touch screen machines at the bus stop [located about 20m down the road on the right hand side of the terminal]. Although these machines give change they are seldom able to change large notes so I'd recommend you make sure you have a 10 or 20zl note to hand or else get change from one of the shops in the arrivals hall before you exit. The 292 airport bus drops you off at the bus station alongside the top end of the Galeria Krakowska shopping centre. To get to the Old Town walk into the railway station [Glowny] and follow the signs for the 'Galeria Krakowska' shopping centre. You will enter the centre on the basement level at the end furthest away from the Old Town. There will be an electrical superstore called 'Saturn' on your right. To get into town you need to walk to the other end of the shopping centre and take the escalator up one floor. You then exit Galeria Krakowska through the main entrance onto the plaza. Depending on where you are staying in the Old Town it will take you 5-20 minutes to walk to your hotel or apartment from here. Alternatively you can catch a taxi on the main road located to your right.
04.02.2014
Jacqui Kruzewski
Porthmadog, North Wales
Thank goodness I read your comments about Airport transport! I'm taking 2 friends next week (as a habitual visitor to Krakow friends hear about how wonderful it is and ask if they can come too!) and I usually rely on the train. At least I can book a taxi for the three of us. Thanks so much!
29.01.2014
Editor IYP
Krakow
Loving this quote from the airport's official website: "Due to the beginning of modernisation works of the Kraków Mydliniki – Kraków Balice railway line, trains from Kraków Airport to the Kraków City Center will be suspended starting from 1 February 2014. The local railway authorities and railway infrastructure management have decided not to provide replacement services." Thanks, boys.
08.11.2013
Editor IYP
Krakow
Hi Sue. This info currently on the airport website is misleading. The Krakow Mydlniki stop is not on the same line between the Krakow main train station and the Krakow Balice airport station, therefore, whether it is open or not, it doesn't effective transport between the centre of Krakow and the airport. This info doesn't appear on the same page of the Polish version of the airport's website, and we've actually suggested they remove it from this page of the English version since it is causing understandable confusion. We spoke to the people at the airport this morning and they assured us that the schedule on the website (seen here: http://www.krakowairport.pl/en/passenger,c70/transport-parking,c76/how-to-get-to-krakow-airport,c77/by-train,a199.html) will be valid until December 14th. So you should be fine. As it currently stands, the train is still the best option for getting to and from the airport from the centre of Krakow. Construction at the airport is having a bigger effect on vehicular traffic, and the train is probably a better option right now than taking a taxi.
07.11.2013
Sue
Sunderland UK
Does the train go straight to the city centre and vice versa as it states on the airport page "Due to ongoing construction works, trains from Kraków Mydlniki to Kraków Balice (Kraków Airport) will be suspended from 20.10.2013. Alternative means of communication will be provided for passengers travelling to/from the airport. Departure times may change due to traffic disruptions." Does it just involve this station will train go straight to airport or will I have to use another option, we go on 03/12/13.
19.10.2013
Shuttle Bus Krakow
Poland, Cracow
Train from airport Balice to City Centre is pretty expensive for several persons. If you want to get Hotel (3 or more persons), than cheaper is to get shuttle bus i.e. http://gettrans.pl/en/:-)
16.10.2013
Editor IYP
Krakow
To Catherine: Just take the train. It is the easiest option. There is extensive construction at the airport presently, but from what I understand, you should still find the shuttle bus waiting just outside the international terminal entrance; this shuttle bus is free and takes you the very short distance to the train stop. Times are coordinated, so you can't miss the train if you get on this bus. On the train you will pay the conductor 12zł (good to have change). The train leaves you at the Krakow train station 20mins later. From there it is a very short walk (less than 10mins) to your apartment on Florianska street.
15.10.2013
Catherine Easton
Ottawa, Canada
Arriving in Krakow about 7 p.m. in about 10 days time. Going to Florianska 39 apartments. Is bus or train best from airport? Which bus/train. thank you
28.08.2013
Editor IYP
Krakow
To Joy: Bus 292 runs about every 20mins and Bus 208 only once an hour. When you exit the international terminal the bus stop is to your right. The journey usually takes 35-40mins, but depends on traffic. The airport is in 'Strefa II'/Zone II so you should buy a single journey fare good for Zones I & II. It's 4zł and there's a machine at the stop (in English as well); or just buy a ticket from the driver. That said, the train is a much faster and more comfortable option if you don't mind paying extra.
28.08.2013
Joy
UK
Hey, sorry I am a little confused here, so if I can to get the bus from the airport to the Old Town , how long will that take me ? and how often is the bus ? will a 40 mins ticket enough ? Thanks
06.08.2013
Editor IYP
Krakow
To Vitalii: Unless you can get your bags super fast, you'd have to take Night Bus 902. Buy yourself a 40-minute public transport ticket for 3.80zł.
30.07.2013
Vitalii Rozumnyi
Lviv, Ukraine
I arrive to Krakow on monday at 22.55 from Berlin. Is it possible to catch the buses 292 and 208 as you described above? And How much it cost?
30.06.2013
Editor IYP
PL, Kraków
According to our website as well, you might have noticed. Yeah, we're aware that the prices went down again, that's why we update the prices in the text here constantly and leave our own snide comments for...the comments. Does the fact that the tickets suddenly went down 7zł (that's a big difference) make getting fleeced just before, during and after Euro 2012 more okay?So our suggestion (in the comments from 6 months ago) of splitting a cab isn't looking as good as it did. But that's why we update the description text and not reader comments when the quality of a restaurant improves or declines (for example). Hopefully the cost of the cab ride will also go down (yeah right).
28.06.2013
John
UK,
According to the official airport website, the current cost is 12zl one way and 20zl return, with discounts for group travel.
17.06.2013
Rober
US,
Prices...welcome in an open market :)Let me explain something on prices in open market, does not count how much is the cost of the services...but how much the passengers are keen to pay!
17.01.2013
Editor IYP
PL, Krakow
The fact that a train ticket to the airport costs 19zł is absolutely ridiculous (thanks Euro 2012!). The journey is only 20mins and could be done in 10mins if the track was renovated so it could travel faster than the current snail's pace. Exactly one year ago this trip only cost 10zł (though we remember when it was 4zł a few years ago), and they outright doubled it for the EURO. Criminal.Do the math and you only need 4 people to make the better, faster, more convenient option of taking a cab from the airport (69zł) cheaper as well. As a result, if there are two of you, convince another couple to share a cab and everybody wins. In fact you might see couples outside the terminal looking to do exactly this. It makes good sense.
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