Where to get polish «złoty» (PLN)?
Avoid “kantor” that are close to most touristic places and the airport. We recommend Sławkowska street and shopping centers. Paying with credit card is a good option, if the bank doesn´t charge you too much for it.
What is the exchange rate of polish currency?
500zl has the highest value and may be hard to change. We commonly use 100zł (23€), 50zł (nearly 12€), 20zł ( barely 5€) and 10zł (2,4€). 1zł is 22 euro cents (approximately). Coins are useful for transport and parking. You can find also 0,50zl, 0,20zl, and less, with practically no value.
How does public transportation work?
With the mobile app “Jak dojadę” we can check bus and tram lines or schedules. Tickets are time-priced, the most common is 20 minutes (3,40zł) and 40 minutes (4,60zł). In the ticket machines select your language and follow the steps. Validate the ticket once you get on the tram/bus.
How to go to Aushwitz, what options do I have?
We recommend guided tours. There are a lot of tour agencies, with lots of offers in your language. If you want a guided tour feel free to ask our guides about the information!
If you want to go on your own, it’s free of charge only from 7:30AM to 9:00AM, after that, you have to pay for a guided tour. However, even guided tours should be booked at least 5 days before the date. For more information visit http://auschwitz.org/en.
To go by a bus (Lajkonik Company, cost: 14zł for a one-way ticket) you will have to reach Kraków Main Station. Estimated travel time is 1,5 hour. More information: https://lajkonik.moj-bus.pl/.
How to go to Wieliczka Salt Mines?
To book a ticket, go to this site.
To get to the Salt Mine, take a train from Kraków Główny (Cracow Central), it departs every hour and it will take 25 minutes to arrive to Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia (last stop). You can buy the ticket for a train (3,50zl) inside it. You can go without booking, but there is a risk that you may not find tickets for specific tours in your language.
How to get to the airport?
Train is the fastest way. Look for Kraków Lotnisko (Cracow Airport) from Kraków Główny (Cracow Central). It will take only 20 minutes and cost 9zł. Schedules at: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en
You can also take a bus for a bit cheaper price, but they are slow due to heavy traffic.
Taxis are cheaper than in most European cities. One way to/from the airport costs around 60-80zł (up to 20€).
What precautions should I take?
Cracow is very safe. Respect the traffic lights, don´t smoke in restricted areas and remember, that it’s forbidden to drink alcohol on the street.
Police will fine you if you don´t respect these rules.