Here we discuss the transit part of your Krakow journey: How to get to Krakow by air; what to look for in Krakow airport; how to get from Krakow airport to city center; what is the distance from Krakow airport to city; and stuff like that.
In a digitised global tourism world where there hardly remain any secrets, the Polish city of Krakow comes closest to your destination dream about a hidden gem.
It has great architecture, incredible history, colourful festivals, awesome food and lovely people. Above all, not too many tourists know about it, yet.
If you have already settled on Krakow for your next tour, that’s great. Smart choice. Here’s something that could make you smarter.
If you haven’t decided on Krakow yet, well, it’s just about time. Make it fast, before the social-media-triggered avalanche erupts.
The answer is two: Kraków John Paul II International Airport and Katowice International Airport. The nearest one is John Paul II, which is just about 11 km from the city. It is also the bigger of the two. It hosts international flights from most of the major European cities. For instance, you can catch a direct flight from London to Krakow.
Katowice Airport is smaller. It is about 75 km away from Krakow. So, you which one is the smarter option? Choose Kraków John Paul II International Airport from any major European city, if everything else remains the same.
We assume you are landing at John Paul II International Airport. You have four options from here to reach city:
All these options are equally good. You will reach the city centre in half an hour maximum through any of these transport modes. The choice depends on how much you plan to spend. While catching a train is the most cost effective, hailing a taxi could be the most convenient.
Kraków John Paul II International Airport is one of those airports that run its own taxi service. It is available round the clock, on all 365 days. The rates are fixed, based on distance. For 11 kilometers, the rate is 17 euro (roughly 69 PLN). Waiting charge is 35 PLN per hour. There is no dynamic pricing. That means the rate remains flat throughout the year.
The journey takes 30 minutes. There are four different routes by which you can get from Krakow airport to city center. You know the advantage of the airport taxi, right? You can complete all the formalities from inside the airports itself and get into the taxi right away. What more, airport taxi can be booked online as well.
There are private rent-a-car services as well, if you want to explore further options. There are as many as 14 rent-a-car services providers, all of whom offer online booking facility.
Two series of buses (Line 208 and Line 252) ply between the airport and city centre on a regular basis. There is one dedicated night service as well (Line 902). The charge is based on the duration of travel. You can book tickets for various time frames: from minimum 50 minutes up to seven days maximum.
You can buy the tickets from the ticket machine right at the main hall of the airport. You can also purchase it from the ticket machines at the bus stops or even from the bus driver.
Kraków Airport Train Station is adjacent to the passenger terminal of the airport, behind the car-parking facility. Ticket charge from Krakow airport to Kraków Main Train Station is 9 PLN. Kraków Main Train Station is historic: it’s built in the 1840s. But the trains do have modern amenities: AC compartments, wifi and charging facility. The journey takes just about 20 minutes.
For those who look for larger capacity, private buses and vans are also available for hire. The rate depends on the number of passengers and time of the day.
That’s probably all you need for transit from Krakow airport to city center. You are now ready for Krakow’s charms. Remember: The travel begins when the transit ends.