Krakow in one day: the best route


This Krakow route in one day It is designed for travelers who have little time or for your first day in this beautiful medieval city.
Although we know that 24 hours is a short time to enjoy all the experiences that Krakow offers, you should keep in mind that the old town, declared a World Heritage Site, is quite small and the main points of interest are within walking distance. that most tourist places can be seen in relatively short time.
If you have more days, one of the areas you can leave for the second day is the traditional Jewish neighborhood with several synagogues and the ghetto, where the Oskar Schindler Factory is located.

Based on our experience during the trip to Krakow in 5 days, we have made this guide to Krakow in one day, making the most of the time. We start!

How to get from Krakow airport to downtown

To go from the Juan Pablo II International Airport, located 11 kilometers from the city, downtown or your hotel you have these options:

  • Bus: lines 208 and 902 (night) will take you to the train station (Kraków Glówny), located 10 minutes from downtown, in 45 minutes for one euro. Bus 252, which leaves every 20 minutes, will leave you at the Congress Center stop, located 10 minutes away from Krakow Castle.
  • Train: The train will take you to Kraków Glówny in 20 minutes for about two euros.
  • Private transfer: When booking this comfortable service here a driver will take you from the airport arrivals terminal to the door of your hotel in 25 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Cab: The price of a taxi is about 23 euros, higher than the private transfer so it is the least recommended option.

For more information about the transfer you can check the post on how to go from Krakow airport to the center.

Where to sleep in Krakow

Our recommended hotel to meet Krakow in one day It is the Logos Hotel, located in a quiet area, 10 minutes from the Market Square that in addition to its magnificent location, has a 24-hour reception, a full breakfast, friendly staff and one of the best quality / price ratios in the city .
Another good option if you make the transfer from the airport by public transport is to stay at the recommended PURE Kraków Stare Miasto, located 5 minutes from Kraków Glówny station and 15 minutes walk from the Market Square.

Practical advice for Krakow

This list of tips will help you plan your trip to Krakow:

  • If you want to save on food enter the famous dairies, local food restaurants with very tight prices, which were created during the communist era.
  • To change euros to złoty, 1 euro is equivalent to about 4 zlotys, we recommend you to take money from an ATM with the BNEXT card with which you will not be charged commission and you will have the current change. Another card without commissions very useful to pay in Krakow is the N26 card, with which you will have the best change. You can find much more information in the post The best cards to travel without commissions.
  • It is not necessary to bring an adapter since the plugs are the same as in Spain.
  • To get to know the history of the city better and not miss anything important it is advisable to book this free tour through the old town, considered one of the best free tours in Krakow or this private visit where you choose the itinerary, both with guide in Spanish.
  • If you have more time, we recommend you follow this list of the most beautiful places to see in Poland or do some of the best excursions in Krakow.

For more recommendations you can consult the post of tips to travel to Krakow essential.

What to see in Krakow in one day

The itinerary of the first day of what to see in Krakow in one day Start early with a walk along the Vistula River until you reach an iron dragon located at the base of Wawel Hill that is one of the symbols of the city and has the peculiarity that every 5 minutes, spits out fire by mouth
From the base the hill you can climb to Wawel Castle, one of the most essential places to visit in Krakow. This castle that was abandoned and subsequently rebuilt and has among its most prominent places the Wawel Cathedral, the John Paul II Cathedral Museum, the Dragon Cave and the Royal Palace.
With little time we recommend you see the exterior of the castle and a magnificent interior courtyard with free entrance and leave the visit to the Palace and the royal apartments for a better occasion.

Map of Krakow in 24 hours