When you consider that it’s the second largest city in Poland, it’s not much of a surprise that Krakow is easy to get to. You’ll find this fantastic city in the southern part of Poland, ready and waiting to steal your hearts.
There are four easy ways to get to Krakow, and once you arrive, there are diverse public transport options as well as hiring a car. Let’s walk through the ways to travel in Krakow.
Getting to Krakow
The quickest way to get to Krakow is by flying to John Paul II International Airport. Located 11km from the city centre, there’s no need for a long journey once you touch down. There are many flights from big international airports around Europe, like Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, London, Madrid, Paris and more.
Hire a car and you’ll be in the heart of Krakow in 15 to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can hop on either the 208, 252 or one night bus after purchasing a ticket at the machine. It’ll only set you back about £1. The train is faster and only costs £2, or you can jump in a taxi for about £15.
If you can’t find a suitable flight straight into Krakow, there are also airports in Warsaw and Katowice. Just catch the train, bus or rent a car when you arrive to continue travelling to Krakow.
Trains are a fast option, but don’t expect them to be quite so comfortable as other railways in Europe. Some trains can be slow, stopping every five minutes, but if you want to travel cheaply to Poland, this might be the best option. Nicer trains are faster but more expensive.
You can get to Krakow from every city in Poland, with particularly easy connections from Warsaw or Poznan. You can also take express trains from cities like Berlin, Prague, Budapest or Vienna.
Bus is the cheapest and slowest option to get to Krakow. The most popular bus company is PolskiBus, which you can take from many cities in Poland, as well as Prague or Berlin. I’ve taken this bus many times, so I can highly recommend it from experience. Yes, it takes some time but the seats are nice, the AC or heating will be on and you have free wifi on board. The other main carriers are UNIBUS, NEOBUS or INTER, but I’ve never travelled with any of those.
Getting around in the city
Transport in Krakow is highly organised. You can get anywhere quickly and without any problems. Again, here are four of my favourite options for travelling once you’re in the city.
Like so many other large cities, if you travel by car, prepare to get stuck in traffic. Of course you won’t be dealing with the massive queues that spring to mind when you think of New York or London, but it’s still better leave your car at home. Finding parking in Krakow isn’t too easy, either. Also it is important to note that you won’t be able to drive through the city center, unless you decide to take one of the electric golf carts or a horse and buggy.
By city bus and tram
A key feature of the Krakow public transport system are many different routes and lines on buses and trams around the city. You can get tickets for one-time use, for a time value, for one day or even several. The bus and tram run 24 hours per day. Tickets are available from machines or small shops.
By taxi or Uber
Taxis are expensive in Poland but in comparison to other European cities, they’re much cheaper. You won’t find them difficult to spot or be waiting long for one.
Krakow offers many different bike rentals, with plenty of roads that are safe for cyclists.