Over seven million visitors take a trip to Krakow
every year, though only a third or so stay
overnight in the city. Many arrive and/or leave
by air, but most take advantage of the fact that
Krakow lies at a major European road and rail
Air travel to Krakow.
Krakow’s John Paul II International Airport
is situated conveniently on the
outskirts of the city, just 15 km (about ten
miles) from its center, by the A4 expressway to
Silesia province (Slask) en route to Germany. One can
easily get there by a shuttle train, car (the multilevel car
1243 vehicles), taxi, or municipal bus lines 292, 208, and nightly
902 plus erratic other bus services.
train links the Krakow Airport with the city center.
The Krakow international airport is Poland’s
second busiest after Warsaw and may receive nearly eight
million passengers a year.
Krakow's John Paul II International Airport has regular
direct air connections from and to major European hubs such
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,
Vilnius and many other destinations.
There are also domestic flights to and from Poland's capital city Warsaw.
Such carriers as
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.
Another international airport, i.e. Katowice Airport, is
situated in Pyrzowice, some 105 kilometers northwest of
the flights from Krakow
of flights to Krakow
to Krakow by road.
people arrive to Krakow and leave it by car or coach thanks to
the city’s abundant road connections. And no other major
city in Poland can boast better accessibility from abroad.
Krakow lies at one of key European crossroads, en route from
the West via Germany to the East via Ukraine and from
Scandinavia to the Mediterranean via Austria. The city’s
main road connections include the A4 expressway to Germany,
the no. 7 highway northwards to the Baltic Sea and south to
the Mediterranean via Slovakia and Austria, the no. 4 highway
to Ukraine, and the no. 52 highway to the Czech Republic (see
There are many permanent coach lines between
Krakow and Western as well as Central Europe.
Within Poland bus companies compete fiercely on
the most popular routes. And in the Krakow region
minibus services have become the chief means of
commuting apart from car.
Central bus depot is situated close to the Krakow Glowny main
rail station that abuts the Old Town historic districts at
to Krakow by rail.
Krakow is one of Poland’s main
railroad junctions. Five trunk lines connect the
city with the world. Its
Glowny station is
situated most conveniently in the very city
center, close to the Old Town historic district.
Every day there arrive expresses from Germany’s
Berlin, Austria’s Vienna, the Czech
Republic’s Prague, and Hungary’s Budapest.
Expresses run also to all major cities in Poland.
Notably, most convenient is the shuttle express
service to and from capital Warsaw where the
300-km trip takes 2h28 (Pendolino trains), no
stops in between. At the same time there are
abundant local rail connections.
train departures and arrivals at Krakow's central station
26,000 hospitable beds await visitors in the city.
tours and day-trips
Getting around the city.