One of Poland’s oldest and largest cities, Krakow is a truly beautiful place steeped in history. Three of the city's areas, the picturesque medieval old town and the royal salt mines of Wieliczka and Bochnia, were chosen to be among the first ever sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. Situated in the southern region of Poland near the Czech and Slovakia borders, Krakow has a world of thought provoking, fun filled activities for people of all ages. Whether you are planning a long stay or a short break, there are plenty of flights to Krakow to choose from.
Flying to Krakow Airport (KRK)
Krakow’s airport, known as John Paul II International Airport (KRK), has undergone extensive modernisation in recent years to provide a great standard of service to the millions of passengers that pass through its gates. The airport is well equipped with a number of bars and cafes to refuel in, plenty of duty-free shops to explore, as well as a business lounge and a VIP lounge for you to relax in. Helpfully, there are also yellow telephones installed throughout the airport that allow you to call any landline or mobile phone number located in Poland for free.
Booking Your Flights to Krakow
John Paul II International Airport is serviced by the many major airlines, including budget flight companies. Booking your flights to Krakow could not be easier with Expedia’s simple-to-use search tool, and you could even save money in the process. Just bear in mind when arranging your flights that the summer months of July and August bring a heatwave, and a wave of tourists at the same time, which can mean more expensive flights. By looking to fly to Krakow outside of these months, you could possibly lower your outlay.
Transferring from Krakow Airport to Krakow
The airport is located on the outskirts of Balice, several miles from Krakow. But you can easily get between the two locations as they are well connected with taxi, bus and train routes. The distance from the airport to the city centre by car is about 20-30 minutes, depending upon traffic. Two regular bus lines (208 and 252) and the night bus (902) offer the cheapest but longest transfers, while the fastest route from the airport to Krakow is by the reasonably priced trains that can be boarded near the passenger terminal.
Things to Experience in Krakow
There is a tremendous amount to see and do in Krakow, but you do not want to miss a romantic stroll through the medieval old town with its rich and varied architecture. Catch a horse-drawn carriage around the city's main square, where you can see everything from historic St Mary's Basilica to contemporary breakdance acts. The two awe-inspiring salt mines - amongst the oldest in the world - are also must-see attractions.
And, of course, a trip to Krakow should probably include a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. It's a moving monument to the tragic mistakes of the past that everyone should experience in their lifetime.