Krakow

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While Krakow has no underground metro system it does have an integrated bus and tram system which runs from 05:00 - 23:00, with night trams and buses continuing less frequently after that. Check timetables and network maps online at mpk.krakow.pl (which has English functionality), or figure out how to get from point A to point B via krakow.jakdojade.pl - an invaluable navigation site and transport app.

Transport tickets can be purchased from the handy ticket machines (also in English) at major stops, and on-board most trams and buses. Note that not all ticket machines take bills and bank cards, so it's wise to have some change handy.

Tickets are the same for trams and buses, and are timed, allowing you to change between tram or bus lines within the alloted time. The cheapest current fare is good for 20mins at a cost of 3.40zł. By our estimation, this is about the time it should take to go 5-8 stops, depending on traffic, and ideal for travel around the Old Town, Kazimierz and Podgórze. If you're going outside the centre (Nowa Huta, for example), we recommend you purchase a 50min ticket for 4.60zł. 90min, 24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour, and unlimited weekend family passes for 16.00zł are also options, or consider the Kraków Tourist Card, which includes unlimited free travel on trams and buses amongst its benefits. Note that those over the age of 70 ride for free, as do kids until age 4 (ages must be proven with ID). ISIC and student cards are valid for ticket discounts, but you must carry your ID and be under 26.

Most importantly, you must stamp your ticket immediately on boarding the tram or bus in the small machines on-board, even if you bought your ticket on-board. Beware that inspectors regularly travel on the lines handing out costly fines to those without valid tickets, and are notoriously unsympathetic towards tourists. Seriously, riding without a ticket can not only ruin your day, but your entire trip to Kraków.

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