Travelling

ACCESS TO KRAKÓW

 Kraków is located 300 km south of Warsaw and has very good air, train and road connections. 

ARRIVING BY AIR 

The Airport
The John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice
Balice, ul. Kpt. Medweckiego 1

Kraków has direct air connections with: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bonn / Cologne, Budapest, Copenhagen, Chicago, Dortmund, Dublin, Frankfurt, Glasgow, London, Milan, Munich,  Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Vienna, Zurich, in season Chania, Heraklion, Rhodes.

John Paul II Kraków-Balice Airport is modern and easy to navigate. There is 24hr currency exchange office as well as ATM's (bankomat) provided by PKO bank and tourist information. 

How to get to the city center from Krakow - Balice airport?

TRAIN

We encourage all passengers to make use of the possibility of traveling to/from our airport by train. The new Kraków Airport train station is located near the passenger terminal, at the rear of the multi-storey car park. The connection is operated by Koleje Małopolskie (regional railways company operating in Małopolska Region). Travelling by train is the fastest way to get from the airport to the city center (the journey takes about 18 minutes). Trains are equipped with air conditioning, power outlets, Wi-Fi and ticket machines. All trains also have spaces for disabled passengers and persons with reduced mobility (PRM). Train operates 7 days a week. One way ticket price: 9 PLN. Tickets to buy: passenger terminal, train station (ticket machine), train.
Full timetable available here.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

public bus (line number 208)
bus stop: Kraków Airport T1
direction: Dworzec Główny Wschód 
for the Venue - AGH Campus - Building B8 - Get off at the bus stop Chopina  
for the City CentreGet off at the bus stop Dworzec Główny Wschód/ Main Railway Station East
Timetable here
Bus departures every hour. Journey takes around 1 hour. 
Kraków - Balice Airport is located in zone I+II Aglomeration
one way ticket price in zone I+II Aglomeration: 4 PLN
one way ticket price in zone I: 3,80 PLN
more ticket prices here
 

RADIO TAXI 919 – cost c.a. 80 PLN (Monday – Saturday 6.00 am – 10:00 pm) and c.a. 120 PLN (Monday – Saturday 10.00 pm – 6.00 am and on Sunday)

Officially licensed taxis stand outside the main entrance. Distance to the city centre c.a. 11km.

There is also Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport at a distance around 100 km from Kraków city centre.

 

ARRIVING BY TRAIN 

PKP provides train services in Poland.

The main railway station (Dworzec Główny) is conveniently situated in the very center of the city. There is a good train connection between Warszawa and Kraków (express or Inter City trains go every hour during day, journey lasts less than 3hr). Kraków has direct connections with: Berlin, Bucurest, Budapest, Kiev, Odessa, Prague, Vienna. Taxi stand you will find outside the main entrance as well as at the top floor car park. 

Local train connections here

PLEASE NOTE:

JORDAN Congress Bureau provides transport services (passenger cars with an English speaking driver, minibuses and coaches) for individual guest and groups from / to the airport or railway station to hotels. Our professional guides and English speaking drivers take care about the conference participants arriving to Kraków.

If you wish to order such transfer, please contact: kongres@jordan.pl

 

ARRIVING BY BUS 

The Regional Bus Station (MDA - Malopolski Dworzec Autobusowy) is located in the city centre, and it neighbours on the Central Railway Station. The buses of the national and regional transport depart from the stations at Wita Stwosza Square or Cystersow Street 15, while the regular international buses depart from Wita Stwosza Square. The detailed schedule of departures is available here.

   Krakow Main Bus station (MDA)
Wita Stwosza Street / Bosacka Street 18
Road tunnel under the Main Railway Station
mobile +48 703 403 340
http://www.mda.malopolska.pl/en.home.html

 

ARRIVING BY CAR

The A4 motorway, via Wroclaw and Katowice, leads to Kraków from Western Europe. Traffic restriction zones (P1 - P6) are obligatory in the city from Monday till Friday, 10.00 am - 8.00 pm. The conference venue is located in the city center, outside parking paid zones. 

It is necessary to pay parking fees within paid zones. More details here. Parking cars in these zones without payment of parking fees is prohibited, except in the case of vehicles belonging to persons or organizations granted free access and parking public transportation vehicles in designated area. 

Parking is permitted only in designed areas. Absolute priority is given to pedestrians and the maximum driving speed should not exceed 20km/h. We strongly suggest leaving your car on the hotel parking and use the public transportation or walk. 
 

GETTING AROUND KRAKÓW WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

 

MPK is official public transportation operator in Krakow  

 

Bus stops near venue: 
Chopina (lines: 139, 144, 159, 173, 194, 208, 601, 611)
Czarnowiejska (lines: 139, 144, 159, 173, 194, 208, 501, 511, 601, 611)
AGH (lines: 144, 164, 169, 173,179, 192, 194, 469, 503, 601, 608, 611)

To find public bus connection we recommend using browser here.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Currency

The Polish currency unit is zloty (PLN), divided into 100 groszy.
1 EUR = c.a 4,20 PLN  (April 2017) 
1 USD=  c.a 3,90 PLN  (April 2017)
Current exchange rate on: www.nbp.pl

Most foreign currencies can be easily exchange either in banks or in private exchange
offices (“kantor”). Foreign currency (cash) is not acceptable in shops.

 

Shops

The common opening hours are 10.00 am  – 7.00 pm Monday to Friday.
On Saturdays shops are mostly closed at 2 pm and are closed on Sundays except for big shopping centres which are opened 10.00 am - 8.00 pm.
Payment in shops: by cash (Polish money, some accept €) or credit cards.

 

Banks

Banks are open Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 6.00 pm and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.


Credit Cards

Credit cards accepted in Poland: Visa, MasterCard, American Express.
Cash withdrawal machines, restaurants, car rental agencies and most shops accept all major credit cards.
 

Post Offices

Post offices are open Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Post boxes are red and post is usually collected twice daily. Stamps can be bought only at post offices.

 

Emergencies and Medical Services

Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance - Phone: 112  or
Police: 997
Fire Brigade: 998
Ambulance: 999

Kraków Tours - booking
More information please contact: kongres@jordan.pl