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Krakow's John Paul II International Airport. 

The Krakow airport - IATA code KRK, ICAO code EPKK - is situated conveniently on the Balice outskirts of the city, just 15 km (about ten miles) west from its center, by the A4 expressway to Silesia province en route to Germany, at the elevation of 241 m above sea level. Its latitude is 50°04'21" N and longitude 19°48'21" E . 

Krakow's Balice international airport is Poland’s second busiest after Warsaw, Poland's capital city, and handles some 4 million passengers a year. It consists of an International Terminal (T1), considerably extended in 2015, and a separate Domestic Terminal (T2) with yearly capacity of  7.5 million and half million passengers respectively. Plus there is a cargo terminal that accommodates a 755-sq-meter warehouse, custom agencies, and shipping companies. 

The Krakow Airport's International Terminal handles separately passengers of Schengen and Non-Schengen flights. Gates 6-10 are used for departures for destinations within the European Union's Schengen Zone of simplified border controls. Passengers boarding planes bound for airports beyond the Schengen Zone use gates 1-5. 

The airport can boast 2550-meter-long and 60-meter-wide runway and apron for 19 passenger aircraft.  

International terminal at the Krakow airport

Krakow Airport, international Terminal (T1) prior to its 2015 expansion.

Air connections to and from the Krakow airport. 

Krakow's John Paul II International Airport has regular direct air connections from and to major European hubs such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, and Vienna, as well as Barcelona, Belfast, Bergen, Bologna, Cork, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eidhoven, Leeds, Lyon, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, and Trodheim. Transit connections via Warsaw link Krakow with New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami in the USA, and with Bangkok, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Istanbul, Kiev, Larnaca, Lyon, Minsk, Moscow, Nice, Beijing, Riga, St. Petersburg, and Vilnius among others.
There are also domestic lines to Poland's capital city Warsaw. 
Air Berlin, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Finnair, Germanwings,, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair, and Swiss fly passengers to Krakow besides the Polish national carrier LOT.  

See the schedule of flights from Krakow's Balice International Airport. 

See the timetable of flights to the Krakow airport

Means of transportation between Krakow and the Balice airport.  

One can easily get to the Krakow airport from the city or back by car, train, taxi, or bus. 

  • The airport is a fifteen minutes' drive or so from the city center. Its multilevel car park is situated next to the international passenger terminal and accommodates 1243 vehicles.

  • Shuttle trains link the Balice Airport with the Krakow Glowny central station, located close to the Old Town historic district in the middle of the city (the main bus depot is situated next to the rail station). They run every 30 minutes and the journey takes under 20 minutes according to the timetable. The earliest train to the Krakow Airport leaves from the central station at 4:05 am and the latest one at 11:35 pm. The first and the last departure from the airport station are 5:16 am and 0:15 am respectively. A one-way ticket costs 8 zlotys (PLN). Ticket machines are in the airport terminal, at every station, and aboard the trains and they accept cash as well as plastic money.
    Note: The trains run from the Krakow Airport to the center of Wieliczka, the Krakow Glowny central station being the fifth of 13 stops. A single ticket from the airport to Wieliczka (or back) costs 11 PLN.

  • Two municipal bus services are available at a stop situated about fifty meters from the International Terminal T1. Fare is an equivalent of roughly one euro. Line 292 runs to Krakow's central rail and bus stations every twenty minutes or so in daytime between 5:30 a.m. and 11:05 p.m. Line 208 also connects (via a different route) the Balice airport with the central bus depot and Krakow Glowny central train station and runs every hour from 4:35 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. Nightly bus 902 operates the same route, leaving every hour or so between 11:20 p.m. and 4:50 a.m.     

  • Taxi stands in front of the passenger terminals belong to cabbies employed by a subsidiary company of the Krakow Airport. They charge either 69 zloty (PLN) or 89 PLN for a journey to central Krakow. Also, you may phone one of Krakow's taxi calling centers and they will send the nearest cab available. Daytime fare for a ride to the center of Krakow should not exceed the equivalent of 20 euro, and 35 euro anywhere within the city limits but unauthorized taxis may be costlier. 

Note: The airport's free shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes connecting the International Terminal T1 and the Domestic Terminal T2. 

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Airport facilities. 

  • Ticket offices are located on the ground level in the public area of both terminals.

  • Information desks are situated in each passenger terminal, plus there is a public visual-info system in place. 

  • Trolleys are available free-of-charge without deposit at the parking lot, at entrance to the passenger terminal, and in the arrival hall.

  • First aid is to be found in the public area of the terminal.

  • Fully equipped mother-and-baby room is available free of charge and round the clock on the mezzanine in the public area of the International Terminal and in the Demestic Terminal. 

  • Chapel is available to everybody on the mezzanine of the International Terminal and the Mass is said on Sundays at 10 a.m.

  • Eateries are situated on the mezzanine of the International Terminal (a restaurant and cafe), in its ground-floor public area (a snack bar), in the departure hall after ticket/passport control (a cafeteria). There is also a cafeteria in the Domestic Terminal. 

  • Shops in the public area of the terminals sell souvenirs, jewelry, folk art, alcohol, tobacco, food, etc. 

  • Newsstands are situated in both terminals. They also sell tickets for the city transport system, i.e. buses and trams. 

  • Duty-free shops are available to passengers on international flights in the departure hall of Terminal T1 after ticket/passport control. It sells cosmetics, alcohol, tobacco, sweets, souvenirs, etc.

  • Branch of the BPH S.A. bank in the public area of the International Terminal is open on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on weekends from 9:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • Currency exchange is provided by a desks in the public area of the International Terminal on weekdays and Saturdays from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays as well as the branch of the BPH S.A. bank on weekdays 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on weekends from 9:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • ATMs are available in both terminals.

  • Post office is open in the public area of the International Terminal on weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

  • Left luggage lockers are situated outside in front of the International terminal T1. 

  • Business Lounge allows passengers on international flights to relax and/or work for an equivalent of roughly 20 euro. It’s outfitted with computer, internet connection, satellite TV, printer, copier, fax machine, public phone, the Polish and foreign press, visual information, plus sweets and soft as well as alcoholic drinks.

  • VIP Lounge with full catering services holds up to 15 people and is available for a fee by way of advance reservation (phone + 48 126393354).

  • Car rental desks are situated in the public area opposite the exit from arrival hall. 

Lost Luggage 

Lost luggage desk is situated in the public area on the ground floor of the International Terminal T1. Its phone number is (+48) 122855121. 

Please note that the Krakow airport's main terminal handles the international flyers. Domestic flights go through another air terminal situated some 500 meters to the east.  

Contact information of Krakow's John Paul II International Airport of Balice. 

24-hour airport information phone service: (+48) 801055000 or 122955800

Postal address: Miedzynarodowy Port Lotniczy im. Jana Pawła II Kraków-Balice Sp. z o.o., ul. Kpt. M. Medweckiego 1, 32-083 Balice
gm. Zabierzow, woj. Malopolskie, Poland. 


Web site 

Lost Luggage phone (+48) 122855121

Customs phone (+48) 126393236

The manager of the passenger terminal phone (+48) 126393309

Company headquarters phone: (+48) 126393000, fax (+48) 124117977 

Car park phone (+48) 126393456

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Schedule of flights from Krakow's Balice International Airport


Timetable of flights to Krakow's Balice International Airport

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