Travel to Kraków
Due to its location Kraków is perfectly connected with big cities in Poland, Europe, and worldwide:
International airport in Kraków (15 km from the city)
Kraków’s John Paul II International Airport of Balice is situated conveniently on the outskirts of the city, just 15 km (about ten miles) from its center, accessible by the A4 expressway to Silesia (Śląsk), end route to Germany. One can easily get there by a shuttle train, car (the multilevel car park accommodates 1243 vehicles), taxi, or municipal bus lines.
The airport is Poland’s second busiest after Warsaw and may receive nearly eight million passengers a year. Kraków’s John Paul II International Airport has regular direct air connections from and to major European hubs such Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, and Vienna, as well as Barcelona, Belfast, Bergen, Bologna, Cork, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eidhoven, Leeds, Lyon, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, and Trodheim. Transit connections via Warsaw link
Kraków with New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami in the USA, and with Bangkok, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Istanbul, Kiev, Larnaca, Lyon, Minsk, Moscow, Nice, Beijing, Riga, St. Petersburg, Vilnius and many other destinations. Transit connections via Warsaw link Kraków with New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami in the USA, and with Bangkok, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Istanbul, Kiev, Larnaca, Lyon, Minsk, Moscow, Nice, Beijing, Riga, St. Petersburg, Vilnius and many other destinations.
Rent a Car located at the airport
International airport in Katowice (60 km from the city)
Most people arrive to Kraków and leave it by car or coach using the city’s abundant road connections. And no other major city in Poland can boast better accessibility from abroad. Kraków lies at one of the key European crossroads, on route from the West via Germany to the East via Ukraine and from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean via Austria. The city’s main road connections include the A4 expressway to Germany, the no. 7 highway to the Baltic Sea and south to the Mediterranean, via Slovakia and Austria, the no. 4 highway to Ukraine, and the no. 52 highway to the Czech Republic. There are many permanent coach lines between Kraków and other major cities in Europe. Within Poland, bus companies compete fiercely on the most popular routes. And in the Kraków region minibus services have become the chief means of commuting apart from car.
Kraków is one of Poland’s main railroad junctions. Five trunk lines connect the city with the world. Its central station (Kraków Główny) is situated most conveniently in the very center of the city, close to the Old Town historic district (and the Main Market Square). Every day express trains from Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary arrive to Kraków. Express trains connect Kraków to all the other major cities in Poland. Notably, most convenient is the shuttle express service to and from Warsaw (the capital of Poland), where the 300-km trip takes 2h28 (Pendolino trains) with no stops in between.
Varied Means of Transportation in Kraków
With most landmarks within easy walking distance from one another, the best way to enjoy old Kraków is on foot, especially that most of the city’s historic area has been turned into a pedestrian zone. Nonetheless, one can also roam the Old Town and Kazimierz historic districts driven in a horse cab, an electric cart with a guide, or on a bicycle rickshaw. One may also take a tour of Kraków in a double-decker bus.
Public Transport in Kraków
Getting around Kraków is very easy. The public transport system consists of tram and bus lines operated by the municipal company.
Kraków’s Taxi Cabs
Taxicabs are plentiful and relatively inexpensive in Kraków. And you can dial roughly fifteen different taxi telephone centers, each with its own fleet.