If dragons, warriors and other essential ingredients of myth and legend hold your fancy, Krakow will not disappoint you. This former capital city offers a harmonious blend of its past rich heritage and the developed face of modern times.
Choose an appropriate time to visit so you can explore the city and enjoy both its past and its present charm. Average summer temperatures in Krakow are around 20 degrees Celsius, whereas winter temperatures can drop as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius, where heavy snowfall can make travel a little difficult.
July and August offer great weather, however it is also peak tourist season and the cost of flights and hotels tends to be higher. May and June have longer days and spring is in full bloom, making it the best time to visit Krakow. From September – October, the golden-brown foliage blends beautifully with the surrounding architecture. With an average temperature of 14 degrees Celsius, this is also a pleasant time to explore Krakow.
If you’re not able to fly to Krakow in November, then January is your next best option. Flight prices from United Kingdom to Krakow during January average around £72.
The ideal time to book your flight to Krakow is 60 days in advance, when prices tend to average £103. Keep in mind that you might also find cheap flights to Krakow outside of this time window. In fact, momondo users recently found flights from United Kingdom to Krakow for £18.
According to our data, Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly to Krakow from United Kingdom. The lowest ticket price found for a Wednesday departure recently was £84. Keep in mind that prices can always vary depending on your route and whether or not you are flying domestic or international. Be sure to avoid booking your departure on a Friday as prices are generally higher than usual. According to our data, the average ticket price to Krakow on Friday is £110.
Our data shows that the cheapest United Kingdom to Krakow flights are usually those with departure times at midday. Our users have found flights to Krakow at midday for as low as £90. Flights in the morning are often more expensive, with an average ticket price of £102.
Currently, Poland travel restrictions include travel to Krakow. Poland has suspended all flights except humanitarian and medical flights, flights to protect public order, emergency flights, flights at the order of the Prime Minister, and repatriation flights performed by foreign air carriers at the order of foreign states. Flights with 15 or fewer seats may still enter Poland. Arriving travellers must self-isolate for 14 days unless they can show documentation that they are travelling for special categories of business, study or transiting through Poland. They must also download a special ‘Home Quarantine’ app and provide information on their place of stay or address and a telephone number where they can be contacted regularly during the self-isolation period. If you are planning to travel to Krakow at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
Bus lines 208, 252 and night line 902 run from the airport to Krakow city centre at regular intervals. You can purchase an agglomeration ticket which is valid in two zones at the vending machine or on the bus. A single trip costs PLN 4,00. Tickets need to be validated immediately after boarding.
A direct train line connects Krakow Airport to Main Train Station in 17 minutes for PLN 9,00.
Private transport buses and mini buses through operators such as Neobus and Tiger Express are available at the bus stop located near the footbridge connecting the passenger terminal and car park.
Krakow Airport Taxi is the only official taxi service at the airport and can be booked online or through the call centre on (+48 122580258) or (+48 668307307). A trip to the Main Market area would typically cost around PLN 69,00.
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Most landmarks and attractions in Krakow are within easy walking distance of each other, and the best way to enjoy central Krakow is on foot. Sizable portions of the city’s historic areas are pedestrian precincts. You may also want to experience the joy of seeing Old Town and Kazimierz district in a horse cab or an electric cart with a taped guide or a bicycle rickshaw.
Buses and Trams
The city is well-connected with a dense network of buses and tramways and a one-way ticket is PLN 3,80 which can be bought at newsstands or from ticket vending machines. A ticket for a 20-minute ride costs PLN 2,80 and allows you to change lines, while its 40-minute equivalent costs PLN 3,90 and 60-minute ride costs PLN 5,00. The unlimited travel pass valid for all municipal buses and trams is PLN 15,00 for a 24-hour ticket. For minibuses run by independent companies, the fare is PLN 2,00 for a single ride and to be paid to the driver on boarding.
Taxicabs are plentiful, relatively inexpensive and can be booked telephonically through approximately 15 different private operators. You may also hail one from the numerous taxi stands scattered throughout the city.
UK citizens must have a passport, but no visa is required for up to 90 days. Passport endorsed British Citizens, European Communities, British Dependent Territories Citizens or British Subjects only need a passport.
For foreign nationals, please check the Schengen Visa Info website.
Krakow is a beautiful and fascinating city known for its splendid architecture, priceless historical monuments and treasures of art.
Say ‘smachnago’ (a Polish equivalent of ‘bon appétit’) before eating, and ‘na zdrowie’ (cheers) before drinking, to blend in with the locals. Casual wear is acceptable for most social occasions, but the norm is to dress up for evening entertainment, dining out, opera, theatre, etc. As you explore the city on foot, beware of pickpockets in any crowded place; especially during travel on public transport. You must also watch your luggage closely.
Almost every day of the week, you are likely to find an array of events to choose from, be it a music concert, an exhibition, a sporting event, or a festival. Krakow’s lively club scene includes jazz, hip-hop, funky, techno and traditional rock. Opera Krakowska’s modern playhouse at 48 Lubicz street hosts opera and ballet performances twice a week from October through June. The Krakow Arena with a capacity of 15000 people hosts several mass audience musical events as well.