A magnificent cultural city
Krakow, Poland's former capital city, lies on the banks of the beautiful river Vistula. Its ancient old town centre is on the UNESCO list of world historic sites.
Krakow - annual highlights
The best time to travel to Krakow is during the summer months when temperatures can be over 30 degrees Centigrade. Winters here are very cold with plenty of snow. Why not plan your visit to this splendid city to coincide with one of the many holidays and festivals? For instance, check out the Krakow Film Festival that is held in May/June and features short films and documentaries. There's also the Jewish Culture Festival at the end of June/beginning of July and in July/August visitors can witness the Jazz Festival. Try to catch the Unsound Festival in October to hear lots of electronic music.
Before you get to Krakow
Life in Poland is somewhat cheaper than the UK. Restaurant meals are cheap, expect to pay around 35 zł and 2 PLN for mineral water. During your long weekend, midweek break or longer stay the Jewish district, Kazimierz is well worth seeing. Be aware that parking spaces are often quite hard to find in central Krakow.
Local Krakow facts
Krakow's International Airport is approximately 12 km to the west of the inner city. There are various transport options from the airport to the city centre. Take the 208 or 292 bus to the city (e.g. train station) costing around 4 PLN one way. Trains will cost approx. 8 PLN for the 20 minute ride to the railway station. Travel by airport bus with a private operator is priced at about LN10 leaving once every hour. Alternatively you could take a taxi for about PLN90. Taxis are available by the exits T1 and T2, credit card payments are accepted. When it comes to accommodation, hotels in the old town differ in price. Kazimierz, a quiet area, is good for hostels. Stay in a hostel from around 40-60 zł, in a hotel of the mid price range for around 250 zł pp/night. For Krakow public transport, bus and tram tickets (valid for 20 minutes) will be about PLN2.80, while day passes might cost around PLN15. Bicycles can be hired for around 40 zł (24 hours) and taxis will take you 8 km for approx. 25 zł. The city centre is compact and sights can be negotiated walking. However do watch out for snow, ice and slush in the winter months.