Guide: Getting a taxi, bus or train to Krakow from the airport

The best way to get a taxi, bus or train to Krakow from John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport.

Uber

Uber operates normally in Krakow and is the easiest way to get to Krakow from the airport, it’s also the fastest and cheapest way to get a taxi.

If you use Uber back home, you can just use the same account to order an Uber in Krakow, don’t worry if you won’t have internet when you arrive in Krakow because the airport offers free wifi.

If you have no internet or Polish sim on arrival, connect to the airport wifi, open Uber and order a taxi.

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This is the most popular choice and recommendation for anyone who needs to get to Krakow from the airport fast and hassle-free.

The most expensive way to get a taxi from the airport to Krakow.

Local taxi

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Local taxis are the most expensive way to get to Krakow and are often much slower as they tend to take the longer more scenic route.

They have staff members on the lookout for tourists in and just outside the airport exit doors asking people in English if you’d like to get a taxi, they are often very polite and the cars are very nice but they are known to overcharge passengers.

These taxis often charge 25% more than Uber and sometimes as much as 50% more, which isn’t good.

Most expats and Polish people will recommend you avoid these taxis unless you have no other option as you will end up paying a premium.

If you prefer everything to be booked before you leave.

Transfer companies

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Airport transfers are usually booked before you arrive if you use websites like resort hoppa you can get competitive prices but they will be in your local currency.

Transfer companies and local taxis target tourists in the hope that they are thinking in their home currency, which is usually £, $ and €.

For example, an airport transfer for £20 seems like a good deal, compared to a taxi in the UK but in Poland that is roughly 100zl which is enough to pay for all of your drinks on a night out in Krakow.

Cheaper than a taxi if you’re travelling light and not in a rush

Bus

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Local buses run to and from the airport and can take you right into the city of Krakow for a total of 4zl (80p, 1 euro, 1 USD) for a one-way ticket.

You have the choice of three different buses from the airport into Krakow, depending on what time you arrive.

  • 208

The 208 bus runs hourly and will take you directly to the main station in Krakow.

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  • 252

The 252 runs every 30 minutes and will take you to the ICE congress centre.

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  • 902

The 902 runs hourly at night between the hours of 11:25 pm and 4:55 am and will take you into Krakow

To travel by bus follow the signs to the bus stop which is located just outside of the terminal.

You can pay for your ticket on the bus or by using one of the machines inside the airport.

Cheaper than a taxi, faster than a bus.

Train

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Trains offer a great compromise between a taxi and a bus if you’d like to get into Krakow fast but without paying extra for a taxi.

Trains cost 9zl one way (£1.80) and you don’t have to pay anything extra for your luggage too.

The train is the best alternative to a taxi and considering the cheapest taxi you will get will be at least 40zl (with Uber), obviously, depending on the location of your drop-off it does make sense to at least consider a train.

You can buy tickets inside the train or by using one of the ticket machines located throughout Krakow airport.

The train is probably the best value for money and convenient way to get to Krakow from the airport, although sometimes it’s just easier to have an Uber waiting for you to jump into and straight to your accommodation without all the fuss and waiting times.

Can I just walk?

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We advise against walking, it’s not a realistic way to get to Krakow from the airport, not even the locals would walk unless they lived very close to the airport and had a clear path leading them home.

Krakow airport is located outside of the city and is connected by a busy highway.

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What is the best way to get to Krakow from the airport?

Uber – if you want to just jump in a taxi and be on your way.

Train – If you don’t mind spending a little extra time buying tickets and your accommodation isn’t far from the station.

We also know a lot of people will get the train into Krakow and then they get a taxi from outside the train station to their accommodation, sometimes this will work out to the same price as an Uber from the airport, depending on how much your driver wants to charge you.

If you are considering a train and taxi from the train station, please consider just ordering an Uber from the airport instead, if there’s more than one of you travelling then an Uber is highly recommended if you can split the bill.

Once you arrive in Krakow you can read our handy guide on how to rent an e scooter in Poland.

Emmahttps://heypoland.com
Emma has lived and worked in Poland for over 9 years and knows Poland like the back of her hand.

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