Getting to/from the Airport:
Typically the best way to get between the airport and Kraków's Old Town is by train; however, current work on the rails is resulting in less frequent train service for the foreseeable future. At the moment trains are running once an hour between 04:00 and 24:00 (journey time 20mins); a direct bus also makes the journey between 'Kraków Lotnisko/Airport' and 'Kraków Główny' (the main station in the Old Town) once an hour (journey time 35min), with bus departures timed to run between trains so that there is service every 30mins. A ticket for either the train or direct bus between the airport and Kraków Główny costs 9zł, and can be bought directly on-board. Check malopolskiekoleje.pl for exact departure times.
Note that some trains from the airport continue from Kraków Główny on to Wieliczka, making several other stops along the way. Those staying in Podgórze may in fact find the 'Kraków Zabłocie' stop more convenient for getting to their hotel.
Also be aware that not all buses departing from the airport back to Kraków are direct. Bus 208 makes the journey to Kraków Główny train station 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 4.60zł 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.
While that might not be a lot for some people's budgets, you can save a significant amount of money on cabfare by calling a taxi service once you arrive. Cabs are waiting all around the airport for such calls and arrive quickly. A normal fare between the Old Town and the airport ranges from 35-70zł depending on time of day; on weekday afternoons your fare should be less than 50zł for the 25-35min journey. Use our Taxi listings to arrange a ride, but hot tip: iCar has the lowest fares: (+48) 12 653 55 55.
That said, finding your particular cab in the melee outside the airport can be a challenge. Cabs that aren't part of the official 'Kraków Airport Taxi' service make pick-ups in the 'Kiss & Fly' line, and cabbies are under pressure to get in and out of the airport fast as possible to avoid charges for overstaying the 10 minute limit. Because of traffic jams it's better for them to not even enter the 'Kiss & Fly' lane if they can, so it's best to position yourself at the very beginning of the queue.
Another option is Uber, which has the advantages of very low fares and its app makes finding your ride easier. If you prefer to book a private transfer in advance, there are also private transfer services for hire.