How to drive between Krakow and Budapest?

Are you considering a trip from Krakow to Budapest? How much time is needed for this drive to be made between the two beautiful cities in Eastern Europe?

If you do a quick search online, you will discover that the shortest road connecting the two cities is 396 km. Now, that you should be able to drive in approximately 3 hours, that is, if you would be driving on highways the entire time. But, forget about highways, as the roads connecting Budapest and Krakow are far from highways. That is why the expected travel time is 6 1/2 hours. And let me tell you, if you do this road in that amount of time, you have been highly efficient and you haven’t stopped to pie one single time.

Travel from Krakow to Budapest with Car

Travel from Krakow to Budapest with Car

If you feel terrible about the lack of highways, you can see an alternative path on the map above that is 652 kilometers instead of 396. The strange thing is that the time used is almost the same, but you will drive a much longer distance. The difference is that you will drive on highways most of the time, and thus you can experience the joy of driving fast, but the gas cost will also be way higher due to higher speeds and a much longer distance.

Should you, however, should the latter option, you will also have the chance to stop in beautiful cities such as Brno (in the Czech Republic) and Bratislava (in Slovakia) on your road to Budapest. But, do not forget – here you will need to pay highway fee for the Czech Republic in addition, so this will be one more additional cost.

So, what are you looking for? A beautiful ride through the Slovakian countryside, or a highway option with higher speeds, higher costs, but maybe it will feel easier?

The option is yours! Whenever you arrive in Budapest, make sure to visit the Budapest Guide at http://www.hungarybudapestguide.com/ for all the information you need about the Hungarian capital.

Easter market in Krakow 2019

Easter is already upon us, and that means, thousands of tourists are already in Krakow ready to discover the city and to celebrate Easter. How do the tourists celebrate Easter? Mostly by shopping, and that is why the annual Easter market in Krakow is a big hit.

But, when will the Easter market be arranged in Krakow in 2019? Where can it be found? What can you buy if you decide to visit the Easter market?

As you probably guessed, the Easter market is arranged at the Main Market square in Krakow, in the heart of the city’s old town, and near a lot of famous and dear attractions. Here you will find the Sukiennice, the main market hall, and it is in the vicinity of this building you will find the stands where you can buy all sorts of interesting products as you pay the Easter market in Krakow a visit.

Easter Market Krakow 2019

The Easter Market is at the Main Market Square in krakow – Source: Pixabay

What to buy at the Easter Market?

At the Easter market, you will find mostly Easter related products. In other words, this is the place to buy hand-painted Easter eggs, and other Easter decorations. But, you will of course also find food and other souvenirs, meaning that this is a place for everyone, not just for those in love with bunnies and eggs.

Easter Market dates in Krakow in 2019

The Easter Market in Krakow opened on April 11th in 2019, and the Easter Market will remain open until April 22nd.

Other things worth knowing about Easter in Krakow

It can get very crowded in Krakow during Easter, simply because the locals get out on the streets, and so does a lot of tourists. You might not feel this so much at the Main Market Square (simply because it is very big), but if you want to do an excursion to Auschwitz or to the Salt Mines, you might be denied entrance, simply because it is packed and no free spots available. In other words, if you haven’t booked your tickets already, you are probably too late.

If you read this and consider visiting Krakow during Easter some other year, make sure to book your trips to these popular tourist destinations a long time in advance.

We wish you a happy Easter in Krakow. Do not forget that we gladly help you if you need help with a private airport transfer from the airport in Krakow to your hotel. It sure makes it easier and more convenient to get quickly to your hotel.

 

Not everyone with your name is the right taxi driver!

Just recently we received an email from one of our customers whom we helped with an airport transfer in Krakow. We have promised on our website that all transfers arranged by us happen in Mercedes cars, and they are all equipped with nice looking Polish gentlemen driving the cars.

A few days ago, we received an email from a lady that had booked her airport transfer for a group of friends through us. Everything was fine and correct as they were picked up on the airport, and the driver had a nice suit on and the Mercedes was in great shape. They paid the fixed price to the driver, and everything was perfect.

And then it was time for the return transfer to the airport. Our driver came to the hotel to pick up the guests and waited for them for a while. But, after waiting more than 20 minutes, he asked in the reception and there he was told that the guests had left already using another taxi. What had happened?

At the same time, we received an email from the group leader who told us that they were met by a driver who had her name, and he said that he was there to take them to the airport. It felt kind of wrong from the start for the group, because the driver wasn’t as nicely dressed, and when they had to jump into an Opel, it felt even more wrong. For that reason, we received an email from the lady some hours later asking what happened… Upon arrival at the airport, the driver asked for the same amount of money the original driver was supposed to be paid…

Krakow Airport transfer

So what happened? Where did the driver get the group name?

To us, this is only pure speculation, but this is our main guess! The receptionists earn money by arranging airport transfers for their guests. Maybe the receptionist (who knew the name of the group and the guests) saw the voucher for the airport transfer (with price) and called a driver friend and simply told him to quickly pick them up with those details. This would give both the receptionist and the driver a little bonus and some work to do.

The second version is that the receptionist (or someone else at the hotel) knew that the “nice looking Mercedes drivers” would pick them up soon (and they also know the prices with which they operate), and thus they just told a driver friend about the name of the group and the price the company uses, and thus they could bring the group to the airport in that way.

No matter what, the wrong driver took the guests to the airport. Luckily, they got to the airport like they planned on, and they didn’t have to pay¬†for anything else. But, it still feels wrong to be driven by the wrong driver, and it also is wrong that you drive in an old Opel when you are supposed to be picked up by a shiny Mercedes.

What is the lesson? Not everyone with your name is the right driver to pick you up!

Would you like to know more about our Mercedes Airport transfers in Krakow? Would you like to have a nice looking gentleman waiting for you in the arrival hall as you come to Krakow? Read more about prices and book your airport transfer in Krakow today!

And, if you plan your trip to Krakow, make sure to read more about all the fantastic programs awaiting you in the city here in our Krakow Guide.

Did you know that the two most popular places to visit in Krakow actually is located outside the city? As you come to Krakow, you should spend lots of time walking around in the Old Town and at the Wavel hill, but you will for sure want to visit the Salt Mines and Auschwitz as well. The Concentration Camps are located more than 1 hour outside Krakow, meaning that you will normally spend half your day if you decide to make a trip to this terrible place (but still a place you should visit). It is a lesson for life and one that gets more and more important as people tend to forget about the mistakes people have made earlier in history.

The Salt Mines is located in Wieliczka, and this is a place much closer to the city center of Krakow. Here you can walk inside some magnificent caves/mines far beneath the ground. If you suffer from claustrophobia, this might not be the best place on earth, but still – this is well worth visiting and experience for life.

After a day on which you visit one of the places (or maybe both), it always feels good to return to the Old Town of Krakow where you can eat and drink delicious food and more for a low price (compared to other big cities in Europe).

We hope you will have a magnificent stay in Krakow, and if you want us to help you with a private airport transfer, or maybe a half-day trip to the Salt Mines or to Auschwitz, look around in our Krakow Guide for more information!