See Answers to Frequently Asked
What currency should I bring with me to Krakow, euros or
US dollars or sterling?
You may easily change any major currency – from euros and
American dollars to Swiss francs to Canadian dollars –
in the downtown Krakow when you drop in to a bank or a
forex establishment called ‘Kantor’ in this country (the
latter often offer slightly better exchange rates). Plus Krakow’s
banks may swap practically all world currencies.
Can I pay in euros in Krakow?
Poland is the European Union now but outside the euro zone
so the Polish zloty (abbreviation PLN) remains the legal
tender in this country. Still some
Krakow shops and other establishments accept euros.
How can I get Polish money?
You may exchange foreign currencies in banks, numerous forex
establishments called ‘Kantor’, even most
hotels in Krakow. One may also draw with a bank card on ATMs (automated
teller machines a.k.a. cash dispensers or cashpoints) scattered amply throughout the city.
Plus you may cash travelers checks in Pekao SA bank at the
central Rynek Glowny square.
What restaurants do you recommend in Krakow?
Please find good
restaurants in Krakow with various cuisines
listed at our section about Krakow food.
Is vegetarian food difficult to get in Krakow?
Vegetarian dishes are available practically in every
Krakow restaurant though they does not necessarily fit
purist vegan standards. Also, there is a number of
vegetarian restaurants in the city.
What hotels do you recommend in Krakow?
Please see hotels listed in our section about
Krakow hotels and our
Krakow lodging guide.
Can I find cheap lodgings in Krakow?
Sure, there are numerous options, from
hostels to bed and breakfasts
(called ‘pensjonat’ in Polish) to
rental holiday apartments.
How can I get from the airport to the center of Krakow?
By taxi, bus, or shuttle train to the
Krakow central train station. The taxi is an equivalent
of 20-60 euro as fleets and the individual owners charge
different fares and double them for the late-night and/or
Sunday’s rides. On the other hand there is nothing wrong in
bargaining. At the same time, the airport has its own taxi
outfit with a monopoly on the stands next to the terminals,
whose cabbies are dependable and charge uniform fares. There are two regular
daytime municipal bus lines from
Balice’s John Paul II International Airport, 252 to
downtown Krakow, and 208 to the central bus depot and
main train station. In the daytime they run roughly every
twenty minutes bus 252 and every hour bus 208 while a single ticket is an equivalent of about
euro. Nighttime bus line 902 runs like bus 208 every hour
after midnight. Some other carriers also bus people from the Krakow
airport but their services are erratic. Most popular is the
shuttle train from the Krakow
Krakow Glowny main rail station in the city center.
Trains run practically every thirty minutes, with the
earliest leaving from the airport at 5:16 am and the latest
one at 12:15 pm.
A one-way ticket from the airport to central Krakow or
back costs 8 zlotys (PLN).
Please note that some Krakow hotels
pick their guests up at the airport.
By car, taxi, bus or train. Conversely,
buying a day trip seems a good option. During the
daytime trains leave for Oswiecim from
the Krakow Glowny main rail station
almost every hour and buses every 30
minutes or so. A single ticket costs an equivalent of about
four euros. The train station abuts on Krakow’s central
Old Town historic district
at northeast and the bus depot is situated right behind it to
Can I book a train ticket.
Most long-distance trains require paid seat reservation.
You may purchase it on departure together with your ticket
at the train station. Conversely, you may
buy both ticket and the reservation at any
rail station in Poland on 90 days or less before the
departure date. One may also book and buy a train ticket
online at https://bilet.intercity.pl/irez/ but if nothing
has changed you need a Polish address to do this.
Can you find my
relatives/friends in Krakow?
No. Please look up in phone directories. Conversely, you may
run an advertisement in local newspapers.
How may I trace my Krakow ancestors?
The Krakow chapter of the state archives possibly might help
you. It’s postal address is Archiwum Panstwowe, ul. Sienna
16, 31-041 Krakow, Poland. Phone (+48) 124224094. They do
How can I get the birth/death certificate of my
parents/grandparents who lived in Krakow?
The municipal register issues the certificates and their
duplicates to proven relatives. One may contact it at the
following postal address Urzad Stanu Cywilnego, ul. Lubelska
27, 30-003 Krakow, Poland. Or via phone at (+48) 126165519,
or fax at (+48) 12126165520. You may also send them a message online at
www.bip.krakow.pl/idz or via email at
Can I buy a
flat (house, other estate) in Krakow?
Yes, though some foreigners need a permit to purchase
real estate in Krakow. Please see details in our section
about Krakow’s property market.
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