John Paul II International Airport.
code KRK, 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°06' N and longitude 19°48' E .
Krakow's Balice international airport is Poland’s second
busiest after Warsaw, Poland's capital city, and handles 2.4
million passengers a year. It consists of an International
Terminal (T1) and a separate Domestic Terminal (T2) with
yearly capacity of three millions and half million
passengers respectively. Plus there is a cargo terminal that
accommodates a 755-sq-meter warehouse, custom agencies, and
The Krakow Airport's International Terminal handles
separately passengers of Schengen and Non-Schengen flights.
Gates 6, 7, and 8 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, 2, 3 and 4.
The airport can boast 2550-meter-long and 60-meter-wide
runway and apron for 17 passenger aircraft.
Krakow Airport, international Terminal (T1)
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 and American hubs
such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Chicago (spring through
autumn), Copenhagen, Frankfurt,
London, Paris, Rome, and Vienna, as well as Barcelona, Belfast,
Bergen, Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Budapest, Cork, Dortmund, Dublin,
Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Eidhoven, Leeds, Liverpool, Milan,
Newcastle, Oslo, Stavanger, and Stockholm. Transit connections via Warsaw link
Krakow with Los Angeles and Miami in the USA, and with
Bangkok, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Istanbul, Kiev, Larnaca,
Lyon, Minsk, Nice, Beijing, Riga, St. Petersburg,
and Vilnius among others.
There are also domestic lines to Poland's capital city Warsaw
Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Austrian Airlines, easyJet,
Eurolot, Finnair, Germanwings,
Lufthansa, Norwegian, and Ryanair fly passengers
to Krakow besides the Polish national carrier LOT.
See the schedule of flights from Krakow's Balice
See the timetable of flights to the Krakow airport
Means of transportation between Krakow and the Balice
One can easily get to the Krakow airport from the city or
back by car, taxi, shuttle train or bus.
The airport is a fifteen minutes' drive or so from the
city center. Its parking lot accommodates over 750
vehicles, 15 buses in that number, and is situated
opposite the international passenger terminal.
Shuttle train service links Krakow’s John Paul II
International Airport in Balice with the Krakow Glowny
main rail station in the city center. On average, trains
run every thirty minutes between 4 a.m. and midnight.
The 15-kilometer journey should last about twenty
minutes but it often takes longer. A single one-way ticket costs
15 zloty (PLN), an equivalent of under four euro. One can can purchase
tickets on the train or from a ticket machine at the
terminal. Trains depart from a stop some 300
meters from the International Terminal T1 (see the note
Two municipal bus services are available at a stop
situated about fifty meters from the International
Terminal T1. Fare is an
equivalent of roughly 0.8 euro. Line 292
runs to Zablocie industrial district via Krakow's
central bus station every 40 minutes or so in
daytime and every hour
between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Line 208 connects the Balice
airport with the central bus depot and Krakow Glowny
central train station and runs every hour from 4:55 a.m.
to 9:25 p.m. Nightly bus 902 operates the same route,
leaving every hour till 1:26 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
The airport's free shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes
connecting the International Terminal T1, the Domestic
Terminal T2, and the train stop.
See more on the city's transport and ways of getting around
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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 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
Contact information of Krakow's John Paul II International
Airport of Balice.
24-hour airport information phone service: (+48) 801055000
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 www.krakowairport.pl
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)
Car park phone (+48) 122953065
Carriers providing regular services at the Krakow airport.
Besides Poland's national carrier, LOT, the following
airlines maintain regular air connections with Krakow's John
Paul II International Airport in Balice
Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Austrian Airlines, easyJet,
Eurolot, Finnair, Germanwings,
Lufthansa, Norwegian, and Ryanair. Some may be
reached at the addresses and phone numbers below.
Austrian, 23 Lubicz Street, 31-503 Kraków, phone
(+48) 126296666 or 0801404040, fax 6296670
easyJet, London Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, LU2 9LS,
United Kingdom, phone (+48) 126393428, hot line: +44
LOT, MPL Krakow–Balice, ul. kpt. M. Medweckiego 1,
phone/fax (+48) 0801703703, ticket office phone (+48)
Lufthansa, al. Jana Pawla II, 00-867 Warszawa,
phone (+48) 223381300, info line (+48) 0801312312, fax
See the flights from Krakow airport
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Timetable of flights to Krakow's Balice International Airport
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