Krakow Airport (Kraków-Balice) is the airport closest to Krakow. From Krakow Airport you can reach the city centre fairly easy. Travelling by bus or taxi is the most popular option. When you’re planning to use a rental car in Krakow, can choose to already retrieve it at the airport. As Krakow Airport is currently under renovation, there is no train transport to the city until further notice.
Taxi from Krakow Airport
The most comfortable way to get from Kraków Airport to the city center, is by taxi. As with any international airport, you’ll find some taxi’s waiting just outside the terminal. A trip to your hotel in the city center will take about 30 minutes and will cost you around 90 PLN, roughly €20/£15.
More comfort? Reserve your taxi
A pre-booked taxi from Krakow airport to your accommodation gives you the comfort of certainty. The driver has your flight number, so he’ll be there when you arrive and he’ll wait when you’re delayed. If you reserve your transfer from Kraków Airport, you also pay only €20/£15. This’ll also guarantee a driver that speaks English. You can pay in advance through the website, with your credit card. If you want, you have the option to book a round-trip which will take you back to the airport at the end of your trip.
Train from Kraków Airport
Due to renovations of the airport, some of which are still going on, the train service has been cancelled for years on end. But since the end of 2015 there is a brand new, regular train service between Kraków Airport and the city. A train ride to the central station (Dworzec Główny) will take 18 minutes, including several stops. The train stops at 50 meters from the arrivals hall. You can buy single fare tickets of 8 PLN at the RELAY kiosk in the airport or at the ticketmachine at the platform. Trains leave on 17 and 47 every hour. For more information, check the website of the Polish railways.
Bus from Krakow Airport
In front of the main entrance of Krakow airport is a bus stop for bus 208, which goes to the central train station in the city, and 252 which goes to the edge of the city center. At night, bus 902 stops here. All buses take you to the main train station in Krakow in 40 minutes. Keep in mind that if your hotel or apartment is not close to this location, you’ll have to switch to (another) bus, tram or taxi. For about public transport timetables, routes and transfers check the excellent online planner of Jakdojade.pl.
A ticket for the bus sets you back +/- 4 PLN (€ 1) as you’ll travel through two zones (strefa I and II). You can buy a ticket in the vending machine in the bus, at the ticket machines at the bus stop or at the RELAY kiosk at the airport. In the bus you have to pay with Polish coins. The machines are in English. Important: don’t forget to validate your bought ticket in the yellow machines inside the bus.
Car rental at Krakow Airport
Are you planning to drive a rental car in Krakow? Then why not pick it up at the airport. With CarDelMar you can have a car for as little as € 35 (£ 25) a day. A bigger car costs you less than € 50 (£ 35). The price for picking up your rental car at Krakow airport or in the city centre is the same.