Christmas in Poland

All over Poland, Christmas celebrations look similar. It comes from the old traditions of our ancestors, which still apply more […]

Read Full News

Auschwitz Covid update 2022

The prevailing pandemic has made traveling significantly more difficult. New visiting restrictions have appeared in many places. Are you wondering […]

Read Full News

Tourist attractions in Krakow

Krakow, first of all , is one of the most popular cities in Poland, the city that doesn’t sleep. But […]

Read Full News

Christmas Market in Krakow

Around Christmas, Christmas markets are organized in many cities. Also in Krakow. Every year, on the 13th-century main square, there […]

Read Full News
krakow airport balice
Witalij B Posted on 2:18 pm

Krakow Airport Balice

Certainly, when planning a trip to Krakow, there are questions about the airport. How to get from the airport to the city center, how far is it? How many airports are there in Krakow? In this article you will find all the answers. Take a look.

Krakow Airport Balice – some facts

First of all, there is only one airport near Krakow, which is good news for travelers to this city. John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice – this is the full name of the airport.
airport krakow balice
photo: Port Lotniczy Kraków-Balice

It is the second busiest airport in the country after Warsaw Chopin Airport in terms of the number of passengers flying through it each year. The facility is not large, but its extension is planned in the future.

What are the most popular destinations from Krakow Airport?

Krakow Airport offers direct flights to four continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, North America. But what is the most popular destination?

flights krakow airport
photo: Scaled

The answer to this question is very simple and it is London without a doubt.

Where exactly is Krakow Airport?

The airport is located in the village of Balice, which is only 13 km from the center of Krakow. However, how far is it from the airport to the most popular places visited by tourists, such as Auschwitz Birkenau or the Wieliczka Salt Mine?

When it comes to Auschwitz, it is about 56 km (if we travel by the highway), and the Salt Mine is only about 27 km (also the highway).

How to get from Krakow Airport to City Centre?

Transport from the airport to the city center at first may seem impossible for someone from a foreign country. It is very easy! There are many options to choose from. Here are a few of them:

  • Bus

The bus is the first and cheapest option to travel from the airport to Krakow. After leaving the building, you will immediately see the stop, so you won’t have to worry about finding it. In addition, there are vending machines at the bus stop (and on the bus) where you can buy tickets. Most of the machines are pre-paid, but it’s still worth having a few Polish coins with you. The journey to the city center takes between 40-45 minutes. The bus is a good choice if your hotel is in the city center or near a stop along the way. The cost is around 1.5 euros.


  • Train

It is a very convenient means of transport. Runs every 30 minutes or 1 hour. It reaches the very center of the city (Train Station, Old Town). The cost is around 3 euros. The train journey will take approximately 20 minutes. 

krakow airport transfer
  • Taxi Airport

Taxis are another option that you can use. Krakow Airport Taxis are always waiting for customers at the airport. If you want, you can also order a taxi yourself, for example via an application on your phone. The price will of course vary as there is a lot of competition between companies. Usually it is around 15-25 euro. Travel time to the center takes about 30 minutes.

Airport transfer (more comfortable)

If you are looking for comfortable and reliable transport, you can order a transfer from the airport to your hotel in advance (even 24 hours before departure). Your driver will be waiting for you as he knows your flight number. In addition, you can easily contact him. It is a good choice if you want to be sure that you reach your destination without problems or if you are traveling with your family, for example.
krakow transfer from airport

The cost is around 20 euros. Travel time to the center takes about 30 minutes.

As you can see, transport from the airport to the center of Krakow or to the hotel is not difficult at all. There are many options that you can use and adapt to your needs.