Kraków Airport

Located 17km west of the city centre, Kraków Airport is currently the subject of one of the largest airport investments in history (estimated at one billion złoty), 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 a new 4-star Hilton Garden Inn hotel (currently being built) and new airport train station (also 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 offering little more than a pricey cafe, newsstand and ATM (bankomat); and Terminal 1 fearuting 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 two terminals are on opposite ends of the airport complex and you have to walk around the entire perimeter to get from one to the other (one of the main reasons we presume this whole project is being done).

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 mid-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 between 23:25 and 03:55.

To get to the airport, both buses 208 and 292 depart from the Kraków Bus Station (ul. Bosacka 18, E-1) 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 is in Zone II, meaning you need to buy a 4/2zł fare from the ticket machine at the bus-stop. The journey takes about 35-45mins, depending on traffic and construction complications. Travellers would be wise to give themselves plenty of time not only at the airport before their flights, but also to get there.

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 of 69zł from the airport to the Old Town, with no monkey business and no night time price hikes. We haven’t found that to be the case however. Though you shouldn’t have to, we still advise travellers to confirm the price before choosing a taxi at the airport. You shouldn’t have to pay more than 69zł for the 25-35min journey (note that it can take longer during peak traffic times), and you can save money by splitting the fare with others.

You can also save by calling ahead to arrange a cab to take you back to the airport for your return flight; try a few of the companies we list under Taxis and you may be able to negotiate a fare as low as 30zł from the Old Town.

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Kraków Airport Comments

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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/:-)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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).
  • According to the official airport website, the current cost is 12zl one way and 20zl return, with discounts for group travel.
  • 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!
  • 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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ul. Kpt. M. Medweckiego 1

Phone:

(+48) 12 295 58 00

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http://www.krakowairport.pl



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