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Krakow John Paul II Airport (KRK) is seven miles out of town at Balice. Park free for 10 minutes by the main terminal for ‘Kiss and fly’ drop-offs and pick-ups. With its Jewish quarter and UNSECO World Heritage-rated old town, Krakow’s rich history is accompanied by a mesmerising nightlife, café culture and copious greenery. Hotels range from excellent-value three-stars like the Maksymilian to first-rate four-star accommodation or five-star luxury at the Hotel Stary. Experience it all with reliable Krakow Airport transfers from AirportCars.

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Arrange your Krakow Airport transfer to or from a local hotel before travelling:

  • Hotel Pod Kamykiem is just a couple of miles away, meaning Krakow Airport transfers in minutes. Ranked ‘Very good’ on TripAdvisor, this conveniently located three-star hotel is clean, comfortable and family-friendly.
  • Hotel Srebrna Gora is four miles or 10-15 minutes from Krakow Airport. With 3.5 stars and rated ‘Excellent’ by reviewers, it’s near many key landmarks. Expect a high standard of accommodation, while breakfast is included.
  • Crown Piast Hotel lies nearly five miles away, or a 15-minute Krakow Airport transfer. This elegant five-star site is set in beautiful gardens with a heated outdoor pool. TripAdvisor reviewers score it ‘Very good’, and there’s also easy access to the city.

Transferring from Krakow to a different airport?

  • Warsaw Modlin Airport lies 211 miles north; allow 4 hours 15 minutes for Krakow Airport transfers
  • Katowice Airport is nearly 60 miles north-west – cover them in 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Ostrave Airport is 109 miles distant – a run of nearly 1 hour 50 minutes from Krakow Airport
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Towns to explore from Krakow Airport

  • Wroclaw lies 160 miles north-west; a 2 hour 40-minute Krakow Airport transfer. With dozens of bridges and 12 islands, it’s an attractive place. The stunning Market Square features the Gothic-Renaissance City Hall, while Centennial Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Zacopane is 70 miles south, easily travelled in two hours. This mountain resort is Poland’s winter sports capital. Swap the hustle and bustle of Krakow for breathtaking views and a taste of Oscypek, the local smoked cheese. A great base for a range of activities.
  • Wadowice is 28 miles south-west; cover them in 50 minutes with a Krakow Airport transfer. The town, on the Skawa river in the Silesian foothills, is the birthplace of Pope John Paul II – his former home is now a museum. The historic centre centres on the main square and church.
  • Czestochowa is 85 miles north – it’s reachable well within two hours from Krakow. The Polish religious capital features sights from ancient churches to castles. Don’t miss the Black Madonna painting, created by Saint Luke, at Jasna Góra Monastery.
  • Krakow itself is seven miles or minutes from the airport. The old town is packed with gorgeous buildings and centuries of history, while the Market Square is home to some of the city’s most important architecture, including St Mary’s Basilica. Climb the fifteenth-century tower of the Town Hall for incredible views.
  • Warsaw is some 190 miles north, so Krakow Airport transfers take 3 hours 30 minutes – but it’s worth the journey. Explore the old town and Royal Route, covering 15km from Castle Square to Łazienki and Wilanów Palaces. The city’s biggest park, Łazienki, is on the route, too.
Top trips from Krakow Airport
  1. Wieliczka Salt Mine is 26 miles south-east or 30 minutes via Krakow Airport transfer. Operational for over 700 years, it’s one of the world’s oldest salt mines. Descend 462 feet and see the working machinery and fascinating salt sculptures.
  2. Tatra National Park, some 71 miles south, is a two-hour Krakow Airport transfer. Alpine in character, it features a cable-car network and animal species from wolves to marmots. Meanwhile, activities range from cycling and hiking to ski-ing.
  3. Auschwitz-Birkenau is located 35 miles south-west or a 50-minute airport run. Despite this camp’s grim history, its legacy is indelible, and few regret visiting. Both camps’ basic structures remain, while various exhibitions inform visitors of the atrocities involving not only Jews but Poles, Russians and gypsies
  4. Dunajec River Gorge is 55 miles east, or an hour from the airport. This pretty spot on the border with Slovakia features on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites. Cruise on a wooden raft and take in the flora and fauna, plus some spectacular mountain views.
  5. The Calvary Sanctuary in Kalwaria – Zebrzydowska lies 21 miles south-west, covered within 45 minutes from Krakow Airport. The centuries-old complex of chapels and churches of varying sizes is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a calm place, ideal if you’re in contemplative mood.
  6. Wawel Hill and Castle are nearly 10 miles or less than 30 minutes by Krakow Airport transfer. The hill is on the banks of the Vistula river while the magnificent castle dates from the 1500s and from here Polish royalty once reigned. A real Krakow highlight.
More key information on Krakow Airport

Krakow Airport is well served for those with additional needs, with lifts and adapted loo facilities, and plenty of trained staff on hand to help as necessary. The best routes through the airport are clearly signed.

Additionally, Poland is an EU member state, and so complies with European law on disabled access. For those with reduced mobility, special additional support is available via the airport’s handling agent, which you should book before you travel.

Krakow Airport
John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport
32-083 Balice
pt. M. Medweckiego 1 Street

Tel: +48 12 639 33 01