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Travel and Practical Information
How to get to Cracow
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DIRECT FLIGHT TO CRACOW ( KRAKOW )
There is an international airport Balice in Cracow. Balice has direct connections to Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels,
Budapest, Chicago, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gdansk, Glasgow, Hamburg,
Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Reggio di Calabria, Rome, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Torino, Vienna, Warszawa and Zurich.
(see current flight schedule).
The flights to Cracow are operated by the Polish Airlines LOT, Lufthansa, British Airways, Austrian Airlines, Swissair.
The airport is located about 15 km from the city centre. You can reach it by:
- a taxi (approx. 40 polish zloty i.e. about 10 Euro),
- public bus number: 192 or
208 (tickets - 2.5 pln each -
are available in trafika kiosks at the airport; remember to punch an extra ticket per each big piece of your luggage i.e. exceeding 60 cm length). It takes about 35/40 mins to get to the city centre.
The bus stop is located directly at the roundabout, in front of the passenger terminal.
- train (tickets - 3.8 pln each - may be purchased on board)
The Cracow-Balice Station is located app. 200 m from the passenger terminal; you can get there by foot (around 5 mins walk)
or take a free shuttle bus service which operates to and from Cracow-Balice Station (this is a 3 minute trip from the airport terminal building).
Railway Station (Dworzec PKP) Departure time: 4.00, 450, 5.34, 6.11, 6.53, 7.30, 8.07, 8.35, 9.00, 9.41, 10.20, 11.02, 11.47, 12.23, 13.05, 13.42, 14.25, 15.02, 15.38, 16.03, 16.35, 17.00, 17.40, 18.07, 18.34, 19.05, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30, 21.04, 21.37, 22.02, 22.37, 23.07, 00.35*
Cracow-Balice Station Departure time: 4.24, 5.12, 5.54, 6.30, 7.12, 7.49, 8.29, 8.54, 9.20, 10.00, 10.39, 11.24, 12.06, 12.44, 13.24, 14.01, 14.44, 15.21, 15.57, 16.24, 16.54, 17.24, 18.01, 18.26, 18.53, 19.24, 19.49, 20.24, 20.57, 21.24, 21.56, 22.24, 23.01, 0.15, 1.30*
* train in service - wednesday, friday, sunday
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INTERNATIONAL TRAIN OR BUS
It is also possible to reach Cracow by an international train or bus.
There is a lot of connections from different European cities.
As heavy construction is going on at the central railway station in Cracow, and no public transportation is available in the vicinity, we recommend you the following way to get to your hotel:
after getting off the train, you should go up (or take a lift) and take a taxi on the upper level of the railway station. For example: a taxi to the Novotel-Bronowice hotel costs about 5-6 Euro, at nights can be more.
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FLIGHT TO WARSAW
There is an international airport Okecie in Warszawa, located about 10 km from the center of the city. Okecie has a direct connections to Amsterdam,
Athens, Barcelona, Beirut, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Chicago, Cologne / Bonn, Copenhagen, Dublin, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt,
Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istambul, Kaliningrad, Kiev, London, Lvov, Lyon, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Minsk, Moscow, Munich, New York, Nicea,
Odessa, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Riga, Rome, Sofia, St.Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Tunis, Vienna, Vilnius, Zagreb, Zurich,
as well to some others airports.
(Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport timetable).
To reach Cracow from the ariport OKECIE you can:
- take domestic flights (departure from Warsaw to Krakow)
- take a train
There are many trains (Inter City and Express) from Warszawa to
Cracow and from Cracow to Warszawa daily in the train summer timetable.
The Central Railway Station in Warszawa is located about 10 km from
the airport Okecie. We recommend you to take Airport City bus (avoid taxis in Warszawa -
they are very expensive for foreigner!)
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Poland is a member state of the European Union. Citizens of some non-EU countries may need a visa. Relevant information could be found at
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland site.
A letter of invitation can be provided upon request. Please take visa processing times into account.
The Polish obligatory currency is the polish zloty (abbreviation - zl). It's international code is pln.
1 zloty = 100 groszy (abbreviation - gr). Coins are: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 gr, and 1, 2, 5 zl. There are also 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 banknotes (see Banknotes and coins).
Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airports, hotel receptions and banks and in many small exchange offices called "kantor" located all around the city centre. The currency exchange rates are given by the daily newspapers, internet portals and banks (see web page of The National Bank of Poland - available in Polish and English).
International credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Eurocard) are accepted in a majority of hotels, in many shops & restaurants, and can be used in most cash machines ("bankomat").