World Travel Guide > Guides > Europe > Poland > Cracow

Local time Cracow


Travel to Cracow

Flying to Cracow

Cracow has benefited from the profusion of budget airlines across Europe. British Airways, easyJet,, Norwegian Airlines and Ryanair operate direct flights to Cracow from the UK. Fares vary in price dramatically; off peak, it's possible to find cheap flights to Cracow and pick up a bargain, but in the height of summer you will pay considerably more. There are no direct flights from the USA, but it's easy to connect to Cracow via other major European airports.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 25 minutes; New York - 10 hours (including stopover); Los Angeles - 14 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 10 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 25 hours (including stopovers).

Travel by road

Traffic drives on the right and the legal driving age in Poland is 18 years. Speed limits are 120-140kph (75-87mph) on motorways, 90-100kph (56-62mph) on main roads and 50-60kph (31-37mph) in built-up areas. Vehicles must be equipped with a first-aid kit, warning triangle, fire extinguisher, reflective vest and nationality sticker, and headlights must be on at all times.

A valid national driving licence is required. Drivers should carry their vehicle registration documents. Green Cards are useful, though not compulsory for EU visitors. You can obtain information about road travel at border crossings and from the Polish Motoring Association (PZM) (tel: +48 22 532 8444;

Emergency breakdown services

PZM (tel: +48 22 532 8444).


The north-south E77 links Cracow with Warsaw and the coast in the north, and Zakopane and the Slovak border in the south. The east-west E40 arrives from Lviv in Ukraine in the east and then goes west through Katowice and Wroclaw to Dresden in Germany (partly as the A4 motorway). To the southwest, the Czech Republic is easily reached via the E75.


The bus station is located on ulica Bosacka, opposite Cracow’s main railway station. The main carrier is MDA (tel: 0703 403 340, in Poland only; Coach services connect Cracow to the rest of Poland and to many European destinations, including Berlin, Budapest, Lviv, Prague and Vienna.

Time to city

From Wrocław - 3 hours; Warsaw - 4 hours; Prague - 5 hours 30 minutes.

Travel by Rail


Krakow Dworzec Glowny, Cracow's main railway station, is located at plac Jana Nowaka-Jezioranskiego on the northeastern edge of the Old Town.

The fastest trains are the InterCity (IC) and EuroCity (EC) trains, which connect the city with Warsaw, Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Budapest. Care should be taken on some night train routes, particularly the one to Prague, as thieves operate. You can buy tickets at the station.


Polskie Koleje Panstwowe (PKP) (Polish Railways) (tel: 19757, in Poland only; operates clean and efficient trains on the Polish rail network of more than 27,000km (17,000 miles) of lines.

Journey times

From Warsaw - 2 hours 30 minutes; Vienna - 8 hours; Prague - 8 hours 40 minutes; Berlin - 8 hours; Budapest - 10 hours 30 minutes.

A digital image at

Book Accommodation

Featured Hotels


Palac Bonerowski

In the 16th century, Palac Bonerowski was the opulent abode of a wealthy, aristocratic family called the Boners (no chuckling at the back). Today the former royal residence is one of the finest, most lovingly restored hotels in Cracow. Located directly opposite the Main Market Square, Palac Bonerowski sits within a UNESCO World Heritage site and has some of the best views in town. Inside, the elegant rooms are still fit for royalty, and there are period features aplenty.

Hotel Polski

This slice of local history has been operating as an inn since 1815, making it one of the oldest hotels in Cracow. Modern amenities aside, guests could be forgiven for thinking they've stepped back in time; the hotel retains its decadent, 19th-century charm with beautiful antique furniture and period features. Add to that the stunning, Old Town location and exemplary service and you have to surmise this hotel will be good for another 200 years.

Hotel Mikolaj

Nestled down a quiet side street near the Main Market Square, Hotel Mikolaj is a tranquil retreat in the centre of this lively city. The refurbished town house has 10 cosy rooms, including suites which come with a kitchenette and lounge. If you don't fancy the short stroll into town for dinner then the hotel boasts an in-house restaurant, which serves Polish and international fare over two atmospheric levels.

The Piano Guest House

Enter The Piano Guest House and you follow in holy footsteps; Pope John Paul II visited twice when he was vicar of the parish in the 1950s. Today, this beautifully preserved, Viennese-style town house (which has been in the same family since 1886) is something of a diamond in the rough, although the legendary hospitality, beautiful breakfasts and the property's raconteur owners more than compensate for the scruffy neighbourhood.

The Secret Garden Hostel

The Secret Garden Hostel covers all bases, offering guests a choice of dorm rooms, luxury doubles and apartments within staggering distance of the lively Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. Private rooms are simple and contemporary with wrought-iron furnishings, colourful walls and vibrant bed spreads making for a clean and comfortable stay. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and, although the buffet breakfast is a fairly basic, DIY affair, you really can't grumble for the price.

Hotel Amadeus

Located within the labyrinth of Santa Cruz, Hotel Amadeus is set in a classically-furnished, 18th-century manor house and has music as a theme. Several instruments, including a grand piano, are available for use by guests. Rooms are small but attractively furnished, with antique furniture and original patterned tile flooring. The hotel's rooftop terrace opens up to a panorama of Seville’s historic centre and is an excellent spot to enjoy breakfast.