Getting to Kraków
Kraków is easily accessible by car (A4 motorway), plane and train.
Kraków’s John Paul II International Airport in Balice has excellent connections with many European cities and is located only 10 km west of Kraków.
At the airport you will find several car rental desks, bank ATMs, a branch of the InfoKraków tourist information office and currency exchanges offering unappealing rates.
From the airport, the Kraków city center can be easily reached by public transportation (train, bus) or taxi. A regular train service, departing once or twice an hour between 4 am and midnight, runs to Kraków Główny station. Buy tickets before boarding the train from a vending machine located at the platform or from a conductor immediately after boarding (9 PLN).
Public buses 252 and 208 both run to Kraków’s city center (and back) and require a 5 PLN ticket. An official airport taxi between the airport and the city center should cost about 90 PLN and the cars stop just in front of the terminal.
Alternative airports include: Warsaw’s Okęcie with trains operating between Warsaw and Kraków several times a day (2h30–4h, 50–200 PLN) but not directly from the airport; and Katowice Pyrzowice with shuttle buses to Kraków (2h, 45 PLN, for reservations visit www.pyrzowiceekspres.pl or www.matuszek.com.pl).
The main train station – Kraków Główny – is located right next to the Old Town and handles international and domestic trains. The station has been recently remodeled and the convenient entrance to the station is through the Galeria Krakowska shopping center. A walk to the Krakow’s main square takes approximately 15 min (1.5 km).
To find a train connection or to buy a ticket click here.