Krakow map: Google maps or http://mapakrakow.pl
You can reach Krakow by direct flight to its John Paul II International Airport in Balice).
The airport website: http://www.krakowairport.pl/en
The airport is located about 15 km from the city centre. You can reach it by:
- taxi: approximate fare to city center is 60-70 PLN, ~20 PLN in the city.
Use one of the big taxi companies or a taxi that is clearly marked with
a telephone number starting from 19... and the name of the company
(like Barbakan, Rotunda, Grosik, Partner or MPT 19191 that is serving
- public buses:
most convenient for people staying at Etap, Krakowiak hotels - get
out at the bus stop 'Armii Krajowej'.
Those staying at the IFJ PAN guest rooms may also take 208, get out at
the 'Zarzecze' (after ~20min ride)
on the opposite side of the street (i.e. the 173 runs in opposite direction
to 208), continuing for 2 stops (the second is at the roundabout at the
get to the meeting place: from the bus stop on the opposite side of
the 2 line street in front of the hotels. Get out on the 4th stop
(~6 min ride in case of no a traffic jam)).
Time table is here: 173
292 (or the night equivalent 902 ):
this bus can be usefull to get to vicinity of the Old Town or the Railway
The fare is 3 PLN when the ticket is purchased in advance,
3.50 PLN when purchased from the driver.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at newspaper stands at the airport
It takes about 35/40 mins to get to the city centre.
The bus stop is located directly at the roundabout, in front of the
- Quick railway line (the fare is: 6 PLN, tickets can be purchased on board).
The Krakow-Balice Station is located app. 200 m from the passenger terminal;
you can get there on foot (around 5 mins walk) or take a free shuttle bus
service which operates to and from Krakow-Balice Station (this is
a 3 minute trip from the airport terminal building).
The train departs app. every 40 minutes and the travel time to the
centre is about 15 minutes.
The timetable is available here: http://www.krakowairport.pl/en/3/176/35/Pociag
We recomend to take a taxi to get to the Institute.
The other option is to fly Katowice-Pyrzowice airport and take Lufthansa
(or other) bus to Krakow, which operates regularly, and the trip takes
about an hour (approx. 50 polish zloty).
To get more information take a look at: http://www.katowice-airport.com
Another option is to fly to Warsaw, then continue by plane on domestic
flight to Krakow or by train (about 3.5 h, ticket cost ~250 PLN return).
People from nearby (Vienna, Prague) can be interested in traveling by train.
Krakow Main Railway Station is close to the Old Town.