to KRK International Airport by train.
A journey by bus
is somewhat cheaper but the train service linking the Krakow
airport and the city centre seems a far more convenient
means of public transport. The buses to and from Balice, the
area on the outskirts of Krakow where the airport is
situated, are notoriously overcrowded and slow due to
congested streets and numerous stops en route. And the
trains provide such modern comforts as free Wi-Fi access for
your mobile devices and electric sockets to charge them.
airport - IATA code KRK, ICAO code EPKK - is situated just
15 km (about ten miles) west from the city center
and the journey by train lasts under twenty minutes barring
some unexpected contingency.
The shuttle train service connects the Balice Airport with the
Krakow Glowny central
station, located close to the Old Town historic
district in the very heart of of the city. The rail
station forms the central part of Krakow's key public
transport hub as it adjoins the main bus depot as well as a
cluster of tram and bus stops.
Typically, the airport trains run practically every
minutes. The earliest train leaves from the Krakow
central station for the airport at 4:06 am and the
latest one at 11:36 pm - usually from platform three (peron
The first and the last departure
from the airport station are 5:16 am and 12:18 am
A one-way ticket from the airport to central Krakow or
back costs 9 zlotys (PLN) while a return ticket 16 PLN.
Luggage is free of charge but one needs to pay three zlotys
for a dog or a bicycle. Ticket machines are in the airport terminal, at every
station, and aboard the trains and they accept cash -
coins or banknotes - as
well as all major cards.
Please note: unlike Krakow municipal trams and buses,
the train service
is not free for people aged 70 and over.
Krakow Airport to Wieliczka via central Krakow by train.
Actually the trains travel from the Krakow Airport
to the center of Wieliczka, the Krakow Glowny central
station situated roughly halfway, being the fifth of 13 stops. A single ticket
from the airport to Wieliczka (or back) costs 12.5 PLN.
The train line runs across entire Krakow
from northwest to southeast so passengers had better
consider also other stops for one of them may prove more
convenient than the central station. Starting from the Krakow Airport the names
of the en route train stops are as follows:
Krakow Lotnisko / Airport
Krakow Biezanow Drozdzownia
Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia (the Salt Mine)
Note: due to the overhaul of railways, some
trains of the line Krakow Airport-Krakow Glowny and/or
Krakow Glowny-Wieliczka are temporarily replaced with buses.