How to get from Krakow airport to downtown


This guide on how to get from Krakow airport to downtown, will help you prepare this transfer in the most comfortable and fast way to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

If you arrive in Krakow by plane you will do so at the Juan Pablo II International Airport (KRK), located 11 kilometers west of the city where low cost companies such as Ryanair land and which is very well connected by public and private transport with the city ​​center.

Based on the experience of our trip to Krakow in 5 days we landed at this airport, we show you all the options of how to get from the airport to the center of Krakow, so you can choose the one that best fits your trip. We start!

Bus from the airport to Krakow

The cheapest way to go from Krakow airport to downtown is to take lines 208, 252 and 902 (night) bus that will leave you in the city center in 45 minutes for 4.60 PLN (about one euro).
Line 208 has an exit frequency of one hour and leaves you at the Krakow Central Train Station (Kraków Glówny), located 15 minutes walk from the Market Square.
Line 252 departs every 20 minutes and leaves you at the Krakow Congress Center ICE, 15 minutes from Krakow Castle and the night bus runs from 11:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and leaves you at Kraków Glówny station .

You can buy tickets at the airport's automatic machines or on the same bus.

Transfer from Krakow airport to the center by train

The fastest way to go from Krakow airport to the city center is to take the train that takes 18 minutes and leaves for about 9 PLN (about two euros) or 16 PLN, if you buy round trip.
This train that leaves every 30 minutes from the airport and operates from 04h to 23h, will leave you at Kraków Glówny station, located near the Barbican.
Be careful to get off at the right stop, as it has the final stop in the town of Wieliczka, where the famous salt mines are located, one of the most essential places to visit in Krakow.

To buy the ticket with a card or change money to pay it in cash, we recommend using the N26 card to pay and the Bnext card to get money from the cashier, so you will not be charged commissions and you will have the current change.
We leave you an article about the best cards to travel without paying commissions in which we talk about this topic with all the details.


Private transfer

The private transfer would be the most comfortable way to go from Krakow airport to downtown or to your hotel and it can even be profitable if you are a group.
If you hire this service here a driver will be waiting for you at the airport, raising a sign with your name, and will take you directly to the hotel door in about 25 minutes, depending on traffic.
The price of a 4-seater tourism is 22 euros, the 8 is 30 euros and the 12 price is 50 euros.


The least recommended option is to take a taxi that costs about 100 esloti (23 euros), more expensive than the private transfer.
It is advisable to ignore taxi drivers who are inside the airport and go directly to the official taxi rank, located in front of the arrivals terminal.

Once you are clear how to get from Krakow airport to downtown We recommend you find a good accommodation.
If you are arriving by public transport, a comfortable option is to look for a hotel near the central train station such as the recommended PURE Kraków Stare Miasto, located 5 minutes from the station and 15 minutes from the Market Square.
In our case, we hired the private transfer, we chose the Logos Hotel, located very close to the historic center, in a very quiet area.

To prepare your routes around the city you can use these guides optimized according to the days you have:

Map of how to get from Krakow airport to downtown