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Money in Krakow 

  • 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

 

Eating out in Krakow

  • 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. 

 

Overnight accommodation in Krakow

  • 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

 

Travel

  • 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 one 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 airport to 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 the east. 

  • 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. 

Personal

  • 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 paid research. 

  • 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 sc.umk@um.krakow.pl  

 

Real Estate in Krakow

  • 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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How to stay healthy in Krakow.

Tips on manners
 
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