Krakow

Krakow is internationally recognized tourist city. It is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. It is one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life. In 2000 Krakow was named European Capital of Culture and is recognized as UNESCO’s City of Literature.

Krakow is a well communicated city. There is an international airport – Krakow Balice (second largest airport in Poland)– about 10 km from the city centre. Currently, the airport has around 60 connections. The airport is communicated with the city by direct bus and train line. Also, there is an international airport in Katowice about 100 km from Krakow. Krakow has railway connection with most of the Polish cities - train to Warsaw, capital city, departs frequently, so there is also direct connections with Warsaw’s airports – Okęcie and Modlin. Also there are international rail connections with Berlin, Prague, Budpaest and Kiev. Krakow’s public transport is based mostly on dense tram network as well as buses operated mostly by the city.

Krakow is one of Poland's most important economic hubs and one of the leading centres of Polish cultural and academic life. As a tourist city Krakow is a safe place to both visit and live. Krakow is one of the most interesting cities to live in by the expats, which makes it one of the most multicultural cities in Poland. The avarage temprature in March is 4 degress (average range +10 to -1), but since Krakow is placed 100 km from Tatra Mountains, you can expect frostbites.

Krakow’s unique cityscape is one of, if not the most beautiful in Poland and is found by inhabitants as well as many visitors as captivating. Krakow presents many styles of architecture. City's historic centre was included on the first list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Krakow survived all cataclysms of the past and retained its original form.

The tourits side includes not only architecture of Old Town (with varies in styles - from Reinaissance, Baraqoue, but also include Modernism), Kazimierz – former Jewish district, Wawel Castle, but also places outside the city - Wieliczka salt mine, Tatra Mountains and former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. In 2013 Krakow was visited by approx. 9 millions visitors.

Krakow is also known for being open to LGBTQ community. There are many LGBTQ organisations and associations based in Krakow, but also big LGBT fesitval connected with Krakow Pride in May. There are LGBT and LGBT friendly clubs, cafes and restaurants. Whole Kazimierz, former Jewish district is considered as LGBT friendly and may be percieved as a start up of Krakow’s village.

Visit official city page to learn more about current events and whereabouts.

How to get there

By Plane:

You can catch a direct flight to Krakow Airport from many major cities, see here.
You can catch a flight to other Polish airports located nearby. From there you can reach Krakow by air, bus or train:
Warsaw Okęcie or Warsaw Modlin – 300 km from Krakow.
Katowice – 78 km from Krakow
Wrocław – 267 km from Krakow

From the Airport you can take 208, 292 or 902 bus to the Main Train Station.

By Train:

Krakow Main Station is located just in the city center with the trains from Warsaw and Katowice arriving almost every hour. There are also international connections with Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Hamburg, Lviv and Kiev. The schedules can be checked here.

By Bus:

Krakow Central Bus Station is located just near the train station. It offers a variety of international destinations.

By Car:

Krakow lies at the section of European Routes E40 and E77. We do not use vignettes – our motorways (yes, we have those) are paid at Toll Plazas. If you consider using a car please note that in Poland drivers need to have a valid driver’s license and insurance papers. The driver and all the passengers must have seatbelts fastened. Also passing lights must be turned on 24h all year round and all cars must be equipped in a fire extinguisher and a triangular warning sign. If you move around Krakow by car please have in mind that there are traffic restriction in the city center, as well as parking fees Monday through Friday - for details go to page.
If you plan to use a taxi you may find this page interesting.
For your consideration, parking next to the hotel: 4 PLN/h or 40/PLN/day.