How to get from Krakow Airport to Krakow center with public transportation?

I would like to travel from Krakow Airport to the city center using public transportation (not taxi). How can that be done and how much will it cost?

The John Paul II Balice International Airport opened in September 2015 and has since then turned into a giant portal for travelers coming to and from Krakow. At the airport you will find everything needed on a big international airport, and since it is so modern, you will also find easy ways to get to the city center of Krakow. Here are the three best methods.

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Get to Krakow city center from Krakow Airport

The quickest way to get to the city center

The fastest way for traveling between Krakow Airport and the city center is using the airport train. This travels every 30 minutes between 04.00 in the morning and 24.00 in the evening. The full travel time is 18 minutes, making it the fastest way of traveling between the airport and the city center. You will then arrive to Krakow railway station and the price for a train ticket is 9 ZL. The train station is super central in Krakow, and you will only be minutes away from the old town.

A slower way to get to the city center

There are two buses which can be used to get from Krakow airport to the city center of Krakow. Bus 252 and bus 208 travel from the airport towards the city center of Krakow. The duration of the trip is between 40 and 50 minutes. Bus 208 has the final stop at Dworzec Główny Wschód, and will possibly stop at 27 stops before reaching its final destination.

Bus 252 will terminate at Os.Podwawelskie, and before reaching that destination it will stop at for example Cracovia Błonia, Cracovia, Jubilat, Konopnickiej and Centrum Kongresowe ICE.

It is important that you have to buy an outer ring ticket for these rides, and this ticket cost 4 ZL.

Want to get a private taxi instead?

If you feel like getting to your hotel or apartment using a private taxi instead, then you can read more about private transfers from Krakow airport to the city center right here.

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Andrea Bocelli concert in Krakow

On the 11th of November, a short while before the opening of the annual Christmas markets in Krakow, Andrea Bocelli will perform in Tauron Arena.

Andrea Bocelli concert

Andrea Bocelli concert in Krakow in November 2017

If we had to choose between an Andrea Bocelli concert and the Christmas markets in Krakow, then we would have a big challenge ahead. Andrea Bocelli is a fabulous singer, and he has magic in his voice. Listening to him will thus bring a beautiful feeling of Christmas to the soul, no matter what time of the your you listen to him. But, the Christmas markets in Krakow are magical as well, and they do not last for only 1 1/2 hour, but for about one month. You can walk around and discover the city, and then whenever you feel like, you can visit the Christmas market at the Main Market square and have a good time there.

But, why do you have to choose? Why not visit Krakow for the Andrea Bocelli concert on Saturday the 11th of November, and then return again in the start of December and enjoy the Christmas markets in Krakow as well?

Ps: Last time Andrea Bocelli visited Krakow as in 2014, in August. That time he performed at the Cracovii Stadium, and arena that will be used for the U21 UEFA Euro final in the start of July in 2017.

Andrea Bocelli concert in Krakow

November 11th, 19.00
Tauron Arena

Tickets: Viagogo

If you visit the link above you will be able to buy tickets for the Andrea Bocelli concert in Krakow. You can also buy tickets for all his other concerts in Europe in 2017, or if you do a search for Krakow you will find a list presenting lots of other events and happenings taking place in Krakow during your stay in town.

For those looking for plain information about the activities, attractions and programs worth visiting in Krakow, just read on here in our Krakow Guide.

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UEFA U21 Championship in Krakow

Soon it will be time for the UEFA U21 Championship to be played in Krakow. One of the venues that will be used is the Cracovii Stadium where group C will play there matches, and in addition the city will host one of the semi-finals and the big final.

There will be a total of 12 teams participating in the tournament. Here are the groups:

Group A

  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden
  • England

Group B

  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Macedonia

Group C

  • Germany
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Italy

Since Group C will play their matches in Krakow, you will be able to follow Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark and Italy in Krakow. In addition on semi-final and the grand final will be played at Stadium Cracovii in Krakow. The tournament will start on June 16th and the final will be played at 20.45 in Krakow on June 30th.

If you want to buy tickets for any of the matches played during the tournament, visit Viagogo.

If you want to watch any of the matches played during the tournament online, then you might find information on how it can be done in the IP Address Guide, but we can of course not guarantee that.

For more information on other events taking place in Krakow, or about excursions and day trip to Auschwitz or the Salt Mines, read around in our Krakow Guide.

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