Frugal city. Visiting Krakow on the Cheap.
Basically Krakow is less expensive than other popular tourist
destinations in the European Union. And a truly frugal visitor may
enjoy the city for an equivalent of fifteen euros or less per day.
Budget lodgings in Krakow
Regular rates in many
hostels in Krakow, bed-and-breakfasts, and various guest houses
start from an equivalent of about ten euro per person per night. And
from July through September the city’s numerous student dormitories
are turned into cheap
hotels. Plus an interesting option for families and small
groups are holiday
apartments for rent that have mushroomed recently all
over the city, many situated conveniently in Krakow’s central
historic districts of the
and the Kazimierz Town
or near by.
Tickets to Krakow’s
and concerts are
usually cheap and their price seldom exceeds an equivalent of 2.5
euro. And reduced rates are available to schoolchildren. Plus there
is no lack of free amusement in the city.
events with free
admission, such as music concerts and theater shows, are a staple in
Krakow during the summer season, i.e. from May through October, and
often they feature accomplished artists. Also some indoor
performances are free of charge, which not always promote aspiring
local talents. The city’s
seldom charge anything for entry on Friday and Saturday nights with
DJ-spun music even as the selection scrutiny at the gate is a rule.
Most of Krakow museums allow free admittance to their permanent
exhibitions on one day of the week although the number of
complimentary tickets is often limited. Most notably some of the
Wawel Royal Castle’s shows are accessible gratis on
Mondays in the season and on Sundays off season, the
Krakow National Museum’s ones and
The Czartoryskis’ Museum on Sundays, the
and the Ethnography Museum on also Sundays, the City of Krakow History
Museum on Wednesdays, the
Old Synagogue on Mondays, the Museum of Photography on
Sundays, and the Museum of Municipal Engineering on Tuesdays. All
week round entry is free charge to the museum of martyrdom at 2
Pomorska street (former jail of Gestapo in the WWII).
With the exception of the
basilica of the Virgin Mary and the
Wawel Cathedral, the sightseeing of Krakow’s historic
is free of charge.
aren’t perhaps dirt-cheap in Poland but one may find low-priced yet
decent food products in
Krakow shops – it suffices to stray slightly from the
city’s main tourist routes.
Superstores have good prices but some budget convenience stores
still undercut them a bit. And fresh farm products are available on
markets scattered over the city.
A myriad of the city’s downtown
fast food restaurants, snack bars, burger joints, kebab
bistros, salad bars, pizzerias, and the like are the obvious choice
for diners with limited budget. At the same time it’s good to
remember that Krakow is the capital of Poland’s gastronomy and a
good deal of its numerous
prove truly affordable. A three-course meal of the ‘dishes of the day’
priced at an equivalent of 8 euro or so in an out-of-the-way diner
is pretty common (look for ‘obiad firmowy’). As a last resort there
remain the dirt-cheap eateries called ‘bar mleczny’ (milk bar), once
profuse throughout Poland and nearing extinction nowadays, that
serve simple but healthy food at low prices subsidized by the
Many cheap airlines fly
their passengers to and from
Krakow’s Balice International Airport,
several other no-frills carriers use the Katowice airport of
Pyrzowice, some sixty kilometers from Krakow. The city has
also abundant train
connections, both direct and indirect, with the rest of
Europe. Plus, a dozen or so local bus companies maintain permanent
if somewhat erratic coach lines that link Krakow with many European
cities abroad. Also, many private carriers run long-distance bus
and/or minibus services between the city and innumerable
destinations in Poland, notably those in the
Malopolska region. Hitchhiking is an available option but
hardly attractive one as most drivers shun foreigners asking for a
Krakow has a dense system of
public transportation that consists of numerous municipal
bus and tram lines, supplemented by private minibus fleets and
commuter trains. A single ticket for a city bus or a streetcar,
available at newsstands and from ticket machines, costs 3.80
zloties. There are also passes for all municipal lines –
an hour, 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, and a monthly one – but they
aren’t worthwhile unless one needs to commute as nearly all of
Krakow’s premier attractions are situated within a
See the selection of Krakow's hostels, b&b, guest rooms and other
In Krakow holiday apartments for rent are available in all
sizes and in every part of the city.
Look up this month's concerts, theater, and other culture events and
find the free entertainment.
Hamburgers, kebabs, pizzas, snacks, sandwiches, toasts - and much,
much more cheap food.
Check how many goodies you may bring to Krakow free of duty.
See shop prices in Krakow and indulge yourself in bargain hunting.
There are over 25,000 available beds to choose from.
Good hotels in Krakow
Dining guide to Krakow restaurants
Travel to Krakow
Over seven million
visitors show up in Krakow every year. Many arrive by air, but most take
advantage of Krakow's situation at a major European road and rail
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Eating Out in Krakow
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