Getting to/from the Airport:
The best way to get between the airport and Kraków's Old Town is by train; however current work on the rails has resulted in irregular service for the foreseeable future. Trains to the airport typically run at least once every half hour between 04:00 and 24:00, but now some of those connections have been replaced by buses. Check rozklad-pkp.pl for exact connections and departure times, as trains and buses depart from different locations. All trains to the airport depart from platform 3 of Kraków's train station, and drop off at the new 'Kraków Lotnisko/Airport' station, which is connected directly to the terminal via a skywalk; journey time is about 20mins. Direct buses depart from the 'Dworzec Główny Wschód' bus stop on the east side of Kraków Główny and drop you off directly in front of the terminal; journey time is about 37mins. Tickets for either are 9zł, and can be bought directly on-board for no extra charge.
Be aware that not all buses departing from the airport back to Kraków are direct. Bus 208 makes the same journey once an hour, while bus 252 runs between the airport and 'Os. Podwawelskie' every 30mins with central stops at Cracovia Błonia, Jubilat and ICE. Night bus 902 also makes the trip from the airport to the main station with hourly departures beginning at 23:25. These regular commuter buses all make stops, adding an extra 10mins to the trip, and require a 4/2zł single journey fare, which can be bought from the ticket machine at the bus-stop or on-board the bus. All leave from directly outside the terminal and exact bus times and routes can be checked online at mpk.krakow.pl or krakow.jakdojade.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.