The John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice is located 17 km west of the city centre and can boast a brand-new passenger terminal opened in September 2015. The new terminal connects directly to the airport parking garage and the new 'Krakow Lotnisko/Airport' train station via a convenient skywalk. Offering the full services and amenities of a modern airport, here you'll find ATMs and currency exchange, tourist information, taxi and public transportation stops, car rental desks, restaurants and shops, a chapel, business lounges and VIP services.
How to get to the City Centre from the Krakow-Balice Airport?
TRANSFER BY PRIVATE CAR
JORDAN Congress Bureau provides transport services (passenger cars with an English speaking driver, minibuses and coaches) for individual guest and groups from/ to the airport or railway station to hotels. Our professional guides or an English speaking drivers take care of the conference participants arriving to Krakow. If you wish to order such transfer, please read more.
The new Krakow Airport train station is located near the passenger terminal, at the rear of the multi-storey car park. Traveling by train is the fastest way to get from the airport to the city center (the journey takes about 18 minutes). Trains are equipped with air conditioning, power outlets, Wi-Fi and ticket machines. All trains also have spaces for disabled passengers and persons with reduced mobility (PRM). Train operates 7 days a week. Full timetable available here. Tickets to buy: passenger terminal, train station (ticket machine), train.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Starting point: bus stop Krakow Airport. Bus lines: 252, 208. The buses terminates at the main railway station EAST (Dworzec Główny Wschód) which is located in the city centre. The journey takes around 40-45 minutes. Krakow-Balice Airport is located in zone I+II Agglomeration (one-way ticket price in zone I+II Agglomeration: 6,- PLN). We recommend to use bus connection browser.
The Main Railway Station (Dworzec Główny) is conveniently situated in the very center of the city. There is a good train connection between Warszawa and Kraków (express or Inter City trains go every hour during day, journey lasts less than 3hr). Kraków has direct connections with: Berlin, Bucharest, Budapest, Kiev, Odessa, Prague, Vienna. Taxi stand you will find outside the main entrance as well as at the top floor car park. Local train connections available here.
KRAKOW GLOWNY Main Railway Station
Pawia Street 5a, 31-154 Krakow
mobile +48 12 393 12 34
The Regional Bus Station (MDA - Malopolski Dworzec Autobusowy) is located in the city centre, and it neighbours the Central Railway Station. The buses of the national and regional transport depart from the stations at Wita Stwosza Square or Cystersow Street 15, while the regular international buses depart from Wita Stwosza Square. The detailed schedule of departures is available here.
Krakow Main Bus station (MDA)
Wita Stwosza Street / Bosacka Street 18
Road tunnel under the Main Railway Station
mobile +48 703 403 340
Krakow is located 300 km south of Warsaw. The A4 motorway, via Wroclaw and Katowice, leads to Kraków from Western Europe.
The speed limit in Poland is generally 50km/hr in cities (60km/hr between 23:00 and 05:00), 90km/hr outside urban areas, 120km/hr on dual carriageways and 140km/hr on motorways. All cars must have their headlights switched on at all times and carry a red warning triangle, first aid kit, replacement bulbs, a national identity sticker and proper registration and insurance documents.
Paid parking area (zones P1 - P8) are obligatory in the city, on working days, from Monday till Saturday, 10.00 am - 8.00 pm.
It is necessary to pay parking fees within paid zones (zone A - 6 PLN/hour, zone B - 5 PLN/hour, zone C - 4 PLN/hour). Parking fee paid in one zone is not valid for the different one. Parking cars in these zones without payment of parking fees is prohibited, except in the case of vehicles belonging to persons or organizations granted free access and parking public transportation vehicles in designated area. Parking is permitted only in designed areas. Absolute priority is given to pedestrians and the maximum driving speed should not exceed 20km/h.
IMPORTANT: The conference venue is located in the city center, in parking zone "A2". Direct access by car is possible, but we strongly suggest leaving your car on the hotel parking and use the public transportation or walk. Distribution of restricted zones along with their description is available here.
Auditorium Maximum (33, Krupnicza Street, Krakow) has very good bus and tram connections. There are a lot of stops located c.a. 1 minute walk from the venue.
Miejske Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne S.A. w Krakowie (MPK) provides public transport services in Krakow.
Krakow is a cyclist-friendly city. It has an extensive network of bicycle paths. There are several bike rentals within the city center. The rental cost is approximately EUR 3 per hour and EUR 15 per day (May 2021). There is no obligation to use bicycle helmet. At pedestrian crossings, it is necessary to get off the bicycle and carry it across the street, unless there is a bicycle path next to the crossing.
The Polish currency unit is zloty (PLN), divided into 100 groszy. Current exchange rate on: www.nbp.pl
1 EUR = c.a 4,30 PLN (January 2019)
1 USD = c.a 3,75 PLN (January 2019)
Most foreign currencies can be easily exchanged either in banks or in private exchange offices (“kantor”). Foreign currency (cash) is not acceptable in most shops.
The common opening hours are 10.00 am – 7.00 pm Monday to Friday.
On Saturdays stores are mostly closed at 2 pm and are closed on Sundays except for some small shops (eg. "Żabka").
Payment in shops: by cash (Polish currency, some in city center exceptionally accept €) or credit cards.
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Emergency calls from phone boxes are free of charge.
998 Fire brigade
986 Municipal police
112 European emergency number for mobile phones
Credit cards accepted in Poland: Visa, MasterCard, rarely American Express. Cash withdrawal machines, restaurants, car rental agencies and most shops accept all major credit cards.
Post offices are open Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Post boxes are red and post is usually collected twice daily. Stamps can be bought only at post offices.
Banks are open Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 6.00 pm and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.