How to get from Krakow Airport to Zakopane
Traveling directly from Krakow airport to Zakopane is only possible by taxi. Getting to Zakopane using public transportation would first require to travel to Dworzec Główny Central station and then take one of the available buses connecting Krakow to Zakopane. The Krakow airport taxi ride takes around 2 hours and on average the total fare costs 100€ (400PLN). On the other hand, the the train + bus option costs 6€ (24PLN) to 8€ (32PLN) depending on the available bus company at the time. Buses from the Central station operate from 4:00am to 8:00pm.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Bus|| €12|| 150min|| 04:00–20:00|
| Taxi|| €100|| 120min|| 24/7|
How to get from Krakow airport to Zakopane by bus
Unfortunately, there is not any direct public transit connection from Krakow airport to Zakopane resort. Most buses to Zakopane depart from Dworzec Główny Central station in Krakow, which can be best reached by using the train from Krakow airport. The total travel time including waiting time is 2 and a half to 3 hours and the combined ticket price for both transits adds up to 6€ (24PLN) - 8€ (32PLN) depending on the available bus company at the time.
How much is the Bus from Krakow airport to Zakopane ?
The train ticket from Krakow airport to Dworzec Główny Central station costs 2.2€ (9PLN) and the bus from Krakow to Zakopane 3.8€ (15PLN). Although, the train ticket is fixed, the bus fares change depending on the time of the year, e.g. tickets cost a bit more during high season - 5€ (20PLN).
Waiting time is 30 minutes for the train. Buses run once every hour.
The train is available from 5:18am to 12:15am. Buses are available from 4:00am to 8:00pm.
Where do I get it from?
The train can be reached from the building in front of the main terminal, inside the parking building. Buses to Zakopane can be found at Dworzec Główny station in coresponding platforms. In both cases clear signs will help travelers with directions.
The train + bus combination is the best alternative to the taxi, yet it is still not very practical due to the required connection at Krakow city. However, the price variation is so big that most people would rather use the bus from Krakow to Zakopane instead of taking a 30 minute faster ride for 15x the price.
Tickets for the connecting buses can surely be found directly at Krakow Dworzec Główny station. During high season it is recommend to book your tickets to ensure a seat at the departing bus of your choice.
If you have a booked hotel in Zakopane ask if they offer transfer services from Krakow airport, as most hotels do.
Remember that bus services to Zakopane shut down around 8:00pm. Unfortunately, there is no night transportation system and your only alternative would be a taxi.
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How to get from Krakow airport to Zakopane by taxi
Licensed taxi companies offering rides from Krakow airport to Zakopane are normally black or dark gray and carry the yellow distinctive taxi rooftop sign. Regardless of the operator the fare to Zakopane should come at a fixed rate. The total travel time will be around 2 hours and the common fixed fare for the ride is 100€ (400PLN). Taxis should be available at the airport 24/7.
Taxi fare from Krakow airport to Zakopane
Due to the large distance of Zakopane from Krakow airport, the fare can only be charged as a fixed rate. Most companies offer rides for 100€ (400PLN). This price is for a regular compact family vehicle, in other words it can be divided into up to 4 if you are traveling with a group of friends. Time of the day does not affect the price.
From Krakow airport, a taxi is the only reliable and instantly available transportation method to Zakopane resort. No public transportation offers direct connection between the two locations. In addition, you get to enjoy the comfort and safety of a private car.
Not all drivers would accept a 2 hour ride Zakopane, therefore, it is recommended to pre-book a taxi with the airport or with a private company in advance. Moreover, you avoid the hustle of searching for a reliable taxi last minute at Krakow airport.
The more passenger capacity a vehicle has, the cheaper the price per person is. In other words for groups larger than four, it is recommend to hire a larger vehicle instead of two separate taxis.
When traveling during the winter always choose companies that well-equip their vehicles since Zakopane is a mountainous resort and the roads can become quite snowy and dangerous.