Kraków

Transport

    Annual Meeting Main Venue and Registration Desk in Krakow:

     

    Museum of Municipal Engineering
    15 św. Wawrzyńca St.
    31-060 Krakow
    phone/fax: +48 12 428 66 00

    Travel by plane

      Krakow is one of Poland’s air hubs. The international Krakow Airport is the country’s second in terms of both size and number of passengers.

      Balice (Krakow Airport)

      Krakow Airport in Balice (John Paul II International Airport Krakow–Balice) lies several kilometers west of the city center.

      Address: 32-083 Balice, ul. Medweckiego 1

      Airport information:
      phone: +48 12 295 5800, +48 801 055 000

      Connections from the airport to the city center:

      By rail: Krakow Airport – Krakow Główny – Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia route; tickets at 9 PLN or approx. 2,00 EUR (Krakow Airport – Krakow Główny) available from the ticket machine in the passenger terminal (Eastern section, Level 0), the ticket machine is on the railway platform, and on the train; it can be bought from the machine or conductor. The transport of luggage is free of charge. The shuttle from Krakow Airport to Krakow Główny takes about 20 minutes.

      Timetables: www.malopolskiekoleje.pl

      By bus: line 208 and the 902 night bus operate from a number of stops in the city center, and leave from the terminal Dworzec Główny Wschód (Main Railway Station East). There is one more line 252 which leaves from the ICE Krakow Congress Centre stop. The airport terminal is situated in front of the passenger terminal of the airport.

      Regular city tickets are in operation, though the price is higher than in Zone 1 in the city center: a standard fare ticket costs 4 PLN (approx. 1,00 EUR), and reduced fare – 2 PLN (approx. 0,50 EUR). There is no fare for luggage.

      Approximate travel time: 45 minutes.

      Timetables: www.mpk.krakow.pl

      By taxi: Krakow Airport runs its own taxi services at fixed prices. Reaching a destination in the center of Krakow, depending on the distance, costs 69 or 89 PLN (approx. 17,00 – 22,00 EUR), regardless of the time of day and day of the week. Travel time ranges from around 20 to 40 minutes.
      www.krktaxi.pl

      Transfers: individual car or minibus bus rides to any location in central Krakow cost around 68 PLN approx. 17,00 EUR). The exact cost of the ride is given when you order the service. Same fees apply irrespective of the time of day and day of the week.

      There is a paid multi-level car park opposite the passenger terminal, where car rental companies also operate.

    Travel by train

      The Main Railway Station in Krakow (Krakow Główny) is situated in the city center, only a 10-minute walk away from the Main Market Square and a 30 minute walk to the Annual Meeting Main Venue and Registration Desk in Krakow (Museum of Municipal Engineering). The ticket offices operate from 5:00am to 11:00pm, and ticket machines at the station work 24/7.

      Krakow belongs to a vast network of train connections, both regional ones offering access to numerous locations around the city (notably Wieliczka, Bochnia, Oświęcim, and Balice with the Krakow Airport) and fast InterCity trains.

      Destinations and approximate travel times on the InterCity trains:

      • Częstochowa (1.5h)
      • Warsaw (2.5h)
      • Łódź (2.5h)
      • Wrocław (3.5h)
      • Poznań (5.5h)
      • Gdańsk (5.5h)

      A luggage office with lockers of various sizes is accessible to travelers at the station.

      Address: ul. Pawia 5a

      Timetable: rozklad.pkp.pl

      Enquiries: 19 757; international calls: +48 22 39 19 757


      International connections in Europe can also be checked on the website of Deutsche Bahn: www.bahn.com

    Travel by car

      Two major routes run through or in close vicinity of Krakow: the north-south national road no. 7, and a section of the European route E40 (the A4 motorway).

      Krakow lies at the crossroads of two important routes:

      • the E40 (the A4 motorway being part of it), leading westwards via Katowice and Wrocław to Germany (Dresden, Cologne), and further across Belgium to northern France (Calais), and eastwards – via Tarnów and Rzeszów to Ukraine (Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkov)
      • the E77 leading southwards through the mountains (the Carpathians) to Slovakia (Banská Bystrica) and Hungary (Budapest), and northwards – through Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, to the Baltic Sea (Gdańsk)

      Motorised tourists can also use the network of national and regional roads, which provide access to the region’s most important sites including the Wieliczka and Bochnia salt mines, Oświęcim (Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial), Zakopane in the Tatra mountains, and a plethora of sites on the Wooden Architecture Route.

    Travel by bus

      The Bus Station in Krakow (Dworzec Autobusowy) is adjacent to the Main Railway Station. Buses serve many regional, national, and international routes.

      The Bus Station in Kraków

      Address: ul. Bosacka 18

      Popular tourist destinations:

      • Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains
      • Oświęcim (access directly to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum)
      • Wrocław, Katowice, Tarnów, Rzeszów (express service along the A4 motorway)

      Finding your connection:

      • mda.malopolska.pl – all direct national services from Kraków, international connections redirected to the Euroticket international ticket sales system
      • www.e-podroznik.pl – lets you check the bus and rail connections, and offers the option of buying tickets

      Information about national services: +48 703 403 340 (connection available 24/7, cost from local telephones: 2.56 PLN (approx. 0,60 EUR per minute).

      Tickets are sold at the ticket offices of the Bus Station (all days, from 7:00am to 7:45pm), directly from the drivers, and from the websites of some transport providers.

    Local transport (buses, trams, taxis)

      Buses and Trams

      The timetables are available on the website of the Municipal Transport Enterprise (www.mpk.krakow.pl or www.jakdojade.pl) and at the bus stops. A single ticket for one ride or 40 minutes travel costs 3,80 PLN (approx.  0,90 EUR). The same ticket applies for buses and trams. All tickets must be validated in a ticket machine immediately upon boarding a bus or a tram. Tickets can be purchased in: local kiosks, ticket machines at bus/trams stops or on the buses and trams (cash only).

      Taxi services

      Local taxi numbers:
      Taxi Barbakan: +48 12 196 61
      Mega Taxi: +48 12 196 25
      Radio Taxi Dwójki: +48 12 196 22
      ICAR – Taxi: +48 12 653 5555

    Alternative transport methods

      The Wavelo urban cycle scheme with 150  stations and 1500 bikes provides a quick and easy way to hire bikes designed especially for getting round the city. To use the service, register online and select from daily, monthly and pay-as-you-go tariffs 

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