Getting to Auschwitz from Katowice

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The town of Oświęcim lies 33km south-east of Katowice and there are several ways of getting there, though the easiest may be just signing on for an organised tour through a local company like Silesia Trip. Direct trains go every couple of hours from Katowice central station and there are numerous bus options both big and small.

Buses leave frequently from Katowice's main bus station (ul. Skargi 1) every day starting at 8:00. A one way ticket costs about 9-20zł with the journey taking 60-70mins (prices and times depend on the company). The buses make several stops along the way, and most weekday will drop you off at the Oświęcim train station (ul. Powstańców Śląskich 22), which is 1.5km away. From there hop on local buses 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 or 29 to make the short trip to the museum; you can purchase the 2.70zł fare from one of the nearby kiosks.

Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau are located 3km apart (with the train station strategically between them). Between Nov-Feb there is a free museum bus which shuttles visitors between the two parts of the camp every 30 minutes during weekdays from 10:00 (every 10 mins at weekends), with the last bus being at 16:10 (check upon arrival for schedule). Alternatively, catch a cab for a rich 15zł.

To get back to Katowice, waiting minibus taxis run by Malarek Tour (+48 605 31 50 77) can be found outside either camp - a group of eight would pay about 30zł/person. Otherwise you need to catch a bus from the Oświęcim train station. Again, local buses 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 or 29 make the trip from Auschwitz I to the train station for 3zł. Buses from there back to Katowice are frequent, but the last one leaves at 16:48 Mon-Sun.



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Katowice IYP Editor

Hi Teresa,  I recommend visiting the https://en.e-podroznik.pl site (English option available) and doing a quick search, which will provide more details about outward/return bus and train journeys (times, prices etc.). Don't worry about the station being far from the camp, there are local buses which take you directly there - once at Auschwitz, there is also a free museum shuttle service which takes you between both camps. Alternatively, you can book a tour to Auschwitz with SilesiaTrip.pl - https://www.inyourpocket.com/katowice/silesiatrippl_78763v  I hope this helps!

Hello I am looking for a bus from Katowice to Auschwitz and return same day 01/12/2019 but cant find a website in English to understand whats available and how to book. Any ideas? I think the train leaves you a little too far away from the camp. Teresa
Katowice IYP Editor

Hi Arvind, I checked the https://www.e-podroznik.pl service for you, and it shows one bus (Hoper, D: 12:00, A:12:30) and one train (Koleje Śląskie, D: 12:43, A: 13:36) which meet your criteria, and a 3rd option (RS Transport, D:13:08, A: 14:00) as an emergency back-up! I recommend visiting the e-podroznik.pl site and doing a quick search, which will provide more details about each journey (prices etc.)
Arvind Kumar Sinha
I wish to return from Auschwitz to Katowice between 11 to 12:30 afternoon so that I can reach Katowice by max 13:30 as I have to catch Leo express from Katowice at 14:15. However I am not finding any bus or train during this time. Can I get bus at osweicism at between 11 to 12:30 for Katowice Thanks
Katowice IYP Editor

Hi Douglas, Uber certainly functions in various locations in Poland, including the Silesian region. You can check for a price estimate for Katowice > Oświęcim (Auschwitz) on their site: https://www.uber.com/pl/en/price-estimate/
Does someone know whether there is UBER running on these cities?
Joseph Paul
Thank you for the post. It was really helpful in planning out my trip to Auschwitz.
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