John Paul II International Airport.
airport - IATA code KRK, ICAO code EPKK - is situated conveniently on the Balice
outskirts of the city, just 15 km (about ten miles) west
from its center, by the A4 expressway to Silesia province en
route to Germany, at the
elevation of 241 m above sea level. Its
latitude is 50°04'21" N and longitude 19°48'21" E .
Krakow's Balice international airport is Poland’s second
busiest after Warsaw, Poland's capital city, and handles
million passengers a year. Its main terminal (T1), considerably extended in 2015,
yearly capacity of 7.5 million.
The Krakow airport boasts a separate cargo terminal that
accommodates a 755-sq-meter warehouse, custom agencies, and
The Krakow Airport's International Terminal handles
separately passengers of Schengen and Non-Schengen flights.
Gates 6-10 are used for departures for destinations
within the European Union's Schengen Zone of simplified
border controls. Passengers boarding planes bound for
airports beyond the Schengen Zone use gates 1-5.
The airport can boast 2550-meter-long and 60-meter-wide
runway and apron for 19 passenger aircraft.
Krakow Airport, international Terminal (T1) prior to its
Air connections to and from the Krakow airport.
Krakow's John Paul II International Airport has regular direct
air connections from and to major European hubs
such as 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,
Oslo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, and Trodheim. Transit connections via Warsaw link
Krakow 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,
and Vilnius among others.
There are also domestic lines to Poland's capital city Warsaw.
Air Berlin, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways,
Brussels Airlines, easyJet,
Jet2.com, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair, and Swiss fly passengers
to Krakow besides the Polish national carrier LOT.
See the schedule of flights from Krakow's Balice
See the timetable of flights to the Krakow airport
Means of transportation between Krakow and the Balice
One can easily get to the Krakow airport from the city or
back by car, train, taxi, or bus.
The airport is a fifteen minutes' drive or so from the
city center. Its multilevel car park is situated next to
the international passenger terminal and accommodates
Shuttle trains link the Balice Airport with the
Krakow Glowny central
station, located close to the Old Town historic
district in the middle of the city (the main bus depot
is situated next to the rail station). They run every 30
minutes and the journey takes under 20 minutes according
to the timetable. The earliest
train to the Krakow
Airport leaves from the
central station at 4:06 am and the
latest one at 11:36 pm. The first and the last departure
from the airport station are 5:16 am and 12:18 am
respectively. A one-way ticket costs 9 zlotys (PLN).
Ticket machines are in the airport terminal, at every
station, and aboard the trains and they accept cash as
well as plastic money.
Note: The trains run from the Krakow Airport
to the center of Wieliczka, the Krakow Glowny central
station being the fifth of 13 stops. A single ticket
from the airport to Wieliczka (or back) costs 12.5 PLN.
Two municipal bus services are available at a stop
situated about fifty meters from the International
Terminal T1. Fare is an
equivalent of roughly one euro. Line 252
runs to downtown Krakow every 30
minutes or so in daytime
between 5:18 a.m. and 11:08 p.m. Line 208 connects
(via a different route) the Balice
airport with the central bus depot and Krakow Glowny
central train station and runs every hour from 4:35 a.m.
to 9:20 p.m. Nightly bus 902 operates the same route,
leaving every hour or so between 11:20 p.m. and 4:50 a.m.
Note: As the Krakow Airport sits a little bit
beyond the city limits, one needs so called bilet
aglomeracyny ticket for the bus to or from Krakow rather
than a slightly cheaper "bilet jednoprzejazdowy" ticket
which is good only within the city boundaries.
Taxi stands in front
of the passenger terminals belong to cabbies employed by a
subsidiary company of the Krakow Airport. They charge either 69
zloty (PLN) or 89 PLN for a journey to central Krakow. Also, you may phone
one of Krakow's taxi calling centers and they will send the
nearest cab available. Daytime fare for a ride to the center of
Krakow should not exceed the equivalent of 20 euro, and 35 euro
anywhere within the city limits but unauthorized taxis may be
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Ticket offices are located on the ground level in the
public area of the terminal.
Information desks are situated in the passenger
terminal, plus there is a public visual-info system in
Trolleys are available free-of-charge without deposit at
the parking lot, at entrance to the passenger terminal,
and in the arrival hall.
First aid is to be found in the public area of the
Fully equipped mother-and-baby room is available free of
charge and round the clock on the mezzanine in the
public area of the International Terminal.
Chapel is available to everybody on the mezzanine of the
International Terminal and the Mass is said on Sundays
at 10 a.m.
Eateries are situated on the mezzanine of the
International Terminal (a restaurant and cafe), in its
ground-floor public area (a snack bar), in the departure
hall after ticket/passport control (a cafeteria).
Shops in the public area of the terminals sell
souvenirs, jewelry, folk art, alcohol, tobacco, food,
Newsstands at the terminal
sell tickets for the
city transport system, i.e. buses and trams.
Duty-free shops are available to passengers on
international flights in the departure hall of Terminal
T1 after ticket/passport control. It sells cosmetics,
alcohol, tobacco, sweets, souvenirs, etc.
Branch of the BPH S.A. bank in the public area of the
International Terminal is open on weekdays between 8
a.m. and 8 p.m. and on weekends from 9:15 a.m. to 8
exchange is provided by a desks in the public area of the
International Terminal on weekdays and Saturdays from
7:45 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. on
Sundays as well as the branch of the BPH S.A. bank on
weekdays 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on weekends from 9:15
a.m. to 8 p.m.
ATMs are available in the terminal.
Post office is open in the public area of the
International Terminal on weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to
Left luggage lockers are situated outside in front of
the International terminal T1.
Business Lounge allows passengers on international
flights to relax and/or work for an equivalent of
roughly 20 euro. It’s outfitted with computer, internet
connection, satellite TV, printer, copier, fax machine,
public phone, the Polish and foreign press, visual
information, plus sweets and soft as well as alcoholic
VIP Lounge with full catering services holds up to 15
people and is available for a fee by way of advance
reservation (phone + 48 126393354).
Car rental desks are situated in the public area
opposite the exit from the arrivals hall.
Yellow wall phones in the arrival hall connect free of
charge to numbers within Poland, mobiles as well as
Lost luggage desk is situated in the public area on the
ground floor of the International Terminal T1. Its phone
number is (+48) 122855121.
Please note that the Krakow airport's main terminal
handles all flyers now. The auxiliary air terminal, T2,
has been shut down due to modernization.
Contact information of Krakow's John Paul II International
Airport of Balice.
24-hour airport information phone service: (+48) 801055000
Miedzynarodowy Port Lotniczy im. Jana Pawła II Kraków-Balice
Sp. z o.o., ul. Kpt. M. Medweckiego 1, 32-083 Balice
gm. Zabierzow, woj. Malopolskie, Poland.
Web site www.krakowairport.pl
Lost Luggage phone (+48) 122855121
Customs phone (+48) 126393236
The manager of the passenger terminal phone (+48) 126393309
Company headquarters phone: (+48) 126393000, fax (+48)
Car park phone (+48) 126393456
See the flights from Krakow airport
Check the flights to Krakow airport
Timetable of flights to Krakow's Balice International Airport
Krakow airport train
Over seven million visitors show up in Krakow every year.
Many arrive by air, but most take advantage of the fact that
Krakow lies at a major European road and rail junction.
Krakow Lodging Guide
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Hostels in Krakow
Getting around the city of Krakow.
Driving Car in
Parking zones and parking lots in the city center.
In the proximity
Krakow is Poland's tourist mecca, and also a gateway to
many other must-see sites in the region.
Map of the Main
Roads in Krakow
City of Krakow map
Map of the Old
Town Historic District
Train departures and arrivals at Krakow's central railroad