Transfers & transports
How to move around town & airport transfer options
There are several options to get to the city center from John Paul II International Airport:
The fastest option with public transport: Train
This train connects the Airport with Kraków Glowny Main Station in the center of the city. It runs every 30 minutes and the journey takes under 20 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 9 zł and a roundtrip costs 16 zł. It's a little bit more expensive than buses but the trip will be faster because it avoids traffic.
The cheapest option: Buses
There are three bus lines that connect the airport to the city center. Line 208 gets to the central bus depot and Kraków Glowny Main Station and it runs every hour. Line 252 gets to downtown Kraków and it runs every 30 minutes. At night, Line 902 operates with the same route as line 208, leaving every hour. The fare for bus tickets is 4 zł per way. As buses have more stops than trains, it may be more comfortable for you depending on your hotel location.
The other door-to-door option: Taxis
They charge between 69 zł or 89 zł for a one way trip to the city center. The price could go up if you find heavy traffic on the road. Beware of unauthorized taxis, they will charge more than they should.
The most comfortable door-to-door option: Private transfer
The vans can take up to 3 people and cost approx. 79.50zł per group, so you can divide the price between the group to make it cheaper for each one. Your driver will be waiting for you when you in the Arrival Hall at the airport. Also, the rate is flat so you won't get charged more if there's heavy traffic.
The best way to enjoy and get to know the city's Old Town is walking. For further distances you can use both buses and trams. Tickets are the same for both and they are timed, allowing you to change between lines within the alloted time. The cheapest fare is good for 20mins at a cost of 2.80zł. If you buy the Kraków City Card, transport is included in the fare.
If you're planning to visit as many attractions as you can during your visit, you can opt to buy the Kraków City Card. It's available for 2 or 3 consecutive days and it's valid for 40 museums and attractions in the city (including St. Mary's Basilica, Schindler's Factory and the Eagle's Pharmacy) and for riding buses and trams.
The most comfy & Panoramic way: Hop On- Hop Off buses
Perfect option for those who don’t like crowded trams or buses. The City Sightseeing company offers tickets for 24 or 48 hours and it has 11 stops at the most interesting attractions of the city.
Have you just started to plan your trip? Too many things to decide? Too long do it all by yourself? Special needs or wishes? Then, you should plan your trip with a local to get tailored travel plans & advices.