John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice, is the second largest and busiest airport in Poland. The airport offers three prime transportation methods to the city centre of Krakow: taxi, bus and train. Krakow airport taxi rides on average will cost around 22€ (90PLN) and take 30 minutes for the trip. There are two bus lines along with a night bus operating from the airport; the day trips take around 50 minutes while the night ride just 30 minutes to the centre of the city. All one way tickets cost 1€ (4PLN). Last but not least, the train takes 20 minutes to the city centre for just 2.2€ (9PLN).Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Krakow at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.
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Getting from Krakow Airport to City
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How to get from Krakow airport to city centre by taxi
All licensed taxi vehicles at the ranks of Krakow airport are either black or dark gray and should have their licence clearly shown in the front of the car, along with the classic yellow taxi roof-sign illuminated for availability. Taxi service is present and available 24/7 at the airport despite the time of the year. Regardless of the taxi operator, rides to the central district of Krakow cost 25€ at most and take approximately 30 minutes under normal traffic conditions.
Taxi fare from Krakow airport to city centre
Most taxi operators offer rides to the central district of Krakow for 22€ (90PLN) including luggage. The charges within the zones are flat rates regardless of duration of the ride, time of the day or day of the week.
Fixed Taxi rates from Krakow Airport:
5 – 9.9 km 30PLN / 7€
10 – 14,9 km 70PLN / 17€
15 – 19.9 km 90PLN / 22€
20 – 24.9 km 110PLN 27€
25 – 29.9 km 130PLN / 32€
*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.
Value for Money
Taxis at the airport are available 24/7, 365d/y.
Where do I get it from?
The taxi rank at Krakow airport is located on the ground floor, right outside the arrivals terminal of the main building, across the street from the airport hotel.
One of the most convenient aspects of Krakow airport taxis is the fixed fares based on travel distance alone. This protects travelers from getting overcharged by deceptive drivers. Moreover, taxis offer privacy and safety that public transportation lacks of.
The fixed taxi fares are valid only from Krakow airport. Taxis in the city operate under regular taxi norms using taximeters and fluctuating rates depending on the time of the day.
How to get from Krakow airport to city centre by bus
Krakow airport offers two day buses and one night bus to the city centre. During the day travelers can either chose the 208 or 252 bus depending on the exact location of their hotel. The 208 is available hourly and stops at Dworzec Główny Wschód which is the central station of Krakow, while the 252 is available every 30 minutes but stops at ICE Congress Centre which is located on the south side of the city centre. The 902 night bus is available once per hour from 11:25pm to 4:55am. A one way ticket for any of the buses costs 1€ (4PLN).
How much is the bus from Krakow airport to city centre?
The cost for all three buses is the same, prices follow as such:
1 Person – Single trip 4,00 PLN 1.00€ 2,00 PLN 0.50€ reduced
1 Person – Multiple trips – 60 minutes 5,00 PLN 1.25€ 2,50 PLN 0.625€ reduced
1 Person – Multiple trips – 90 minutes 6,00 PLN 1.50€ 3,00 PLN 0.75€ reduced
1 Person – Multiple trips – 24 hours 20,00 PLN 5.00€ 10,00 PLN 2.50€ reduced
1 Person – Multiple trips – 7 days 62,00 PLN 15.00€ 31,00 PLN 7.50€ reduced
Waiting time is 30 minutes for the 252 and 60 minutes for the 208 and 902.
Value for Money
The 252 is available from 5:18am to 11:08pm, the 208 from 4:35am to 9:20pm and the 902 11:25pm to 4:55am.
Where do I get it from?
The bus stops are located just outside of the airports main terminal. Clear signs can help travelers with directions right from the luggage area.
Tickets can be bought from ticket machines inside the airport, next to the bus station or inside the bus.
Buses are definitely the cheapest travel option to the city centre of Krakow, however, it is a 45 minute ride at best with multiple stops except the night bus. Moreover, buses from Krakow airport are usually overcrowded and with limited space to none for luggage..
If you have not booked with a hotel and want to stay at the central district of the city, the 208 is the better choice since there are numerous hotels close to the central station and for all budgets.
How to get from Krakow airport to city centre by train
The train is considered the best solution from the airport to the city centre of Krakow for its travel time and price. The train is available from 5:18am to 12:15am and has connections every 30 minutes. The journey from Krakow airport to Kraków Główny will take 20 minutes and the ticket price is 2.2€ (9PLN) for adults.
How much is the train from Krakow airport to city centre?
A one way ticket from the airport to city centre costs 2.2€ (9PLN) while a return ticket costs 4.4€ (16PLN). Luggage is free of charge .
Ticket machines can be found inside the airport, at every station and on board the train.
Bicycles and pets will cost extra 0.75€ (3PLN).
Waiting time is 30 minutes for the train.
Value for Money
The train is available from 5:18am to 12:15am.
Where do I get it from?
The all new Kraków Airport train station is located near the passenger terminal, at the rear of the multi-storey car park.
The train connection to the city centre of Krakow is considered the most practical transportation method since it combines both speed and low fares. Moreover, travelers get to relax on very comfortable seats while their luggage stored and secured in the corresponding luggage areas on the wagons.
The Polish railways has been going through some modernization plans lately, therefore always check the schedule online or at the airport information desk before heading to the platform.
Welcome Pickups transfer
Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line
If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Krakow. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.
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Drivers are always on time
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Frequently asked questions
How far is Krakow airport from the city?
The total distance from Krakow airport to the city centre is 17 km. The total trip with a car usually takes around 30 minutes.
What is the currency in Krakow?
Krakow like the rest of Poland uses Zloty (PLN) for domestic transactions, all transportation services accept only zloty as the only payment method. 1€ = 4PLN
What is the name of the main train station in Krakow?
Kraków Główny Osobowy or Dworzec Główny is the main Train/tram/bus station of Krakow with both local and regional connections to popular destinations.
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