Motorists Should Know to Drive a Car in Krakow
has right-hand traffic, so when driving a vehicle in Krakow
please keep to the right side of the street. Traffic signs and
rules generally match those in force elsewhere in the
continental part of the European Union.
Fastening seatbelts in the front as well as in the rear of the
car is mandatory. Motorists have to drive always with the headlights on. Drivers must not use cellphones unless they employ
a hands-free set.
The maximum traffic fine amounts to
2,000 zlotys. Driving with as little blood alcohol count as 0.2 percent –
result of a small glass of beer – is drunk driving in Poland
and a criminal offence.
indicated otherwise by an appropriate road sign, the speed
limit in built-up areas is 50km/h from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and
60km/h between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Practically entire Krakow
within the city limits falls into this category. The beginning
of a built-up area is marked with a white rectangular sign
with the name of the town (sometimes replaced with a symbol)
in black and it ends with a similar sign with a red diagonal
The speed limit on dual carriageways and on motorways is
120km/h and 140km/h respectively.
Otherwise it’s 90km/h.
of the EU need the European document or equivalent. Other
are allowed to use their homeland driver’s licenses or
international driving permits within six months from the date
of entry to Poland stamped on the passport. Foreign drivers
domiciled outside the EU should always carry both the license and the passport with
anywhere in the city it may prove tricky to find a convenient
parking place so public
transport is often the easy option for local
motorists. And parking on the streets in the center of Krakow
(Zone C, see the map above) is paid between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
on weekdays. Shiny steely parking meters, at least one
per street or the length of a block, sell twenty-minutes tickets for
one zloty, one-hour tickets for three zloties, two-hour ones
for 6.5 zloty, while a three-hour ticket costs 10.6 zloty
(you'd better keep exact money as the machines don't give the
the purchased ticket should be left on view behind the
windshield of a parked car.
Poland 'no parking' sign applies also to the sidewalk unless
there is a notice below that reads 'Nie dotyczy chodnika".
There is a spacious underground car park in the Old Town
central area beneath Plac Na Groblach square next to Sheraton Krakow
hotel near the Wawel
Royal Castle. An hour of parking costs an
equivalent of about one euro.
Zone A is a strictly
pedestrian precinct: off limits to motor vehicles
save police, ambulance, etc., diplomats, and
supplies in set hours.
Zone B is
off limits to motor vehicles save police,
ambulance, etc., diplomats, taxis, guests of the
hotels in the area, locals, and supplies in set
C is open to traffic but
parking in the street is paid here between 10 a.m.
and 6 p.m. on weekdays.
of the Old Town Historic District
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How to move about the city.
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