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Varied Means of Transportation in Krakow

With most landmarks within easy walking distance from one another, the best way to enjoy old Krakow is on foot. The more so that the bulk of the city’s historic area has been turned into a pedestrian precinct (click to see a map). But you can also roam the Old Town and Kazimierz historic districts driven in a horse cab, an electric cart with a taped guide, or a bicycle rickshaw. One may also take a tour of Krakow in a double-decker bus. 

Public Transport in Krakow 

Getting around in Krakow is pretty easy. There is no subway in Krakow, nonetheless that nearly million city has a fairly dense public transport system which consists of tramways and bus lines that mostly a municipal company operates and a number of private-owned minibus fleets. And some suburbanites commute by local trains. 

One-way ticket for a municipal bus or a streetcar (tram) is 3.8 zloty (an equivalent of roughly 0.9 euro). You can buy it at newsstands and from ticket machines at downtown stops and in some buses and tram cars. Drivers sell 60-minute tickets worth five zloty. Immediately after boarding you should put the ticket yourself through the ticket puncher and keep it till you reach your destination. 

A 20-minutes ticket allowing for changing lines costs 2.8 zloty (PLN), its 40-minutes equivalent is 3.8 zloties, an hourly one 5 zloty, and 90-minute ticket has been priced at 6 zloties. The prices of unlimited-travel passes for all municipal buses and streetcars have been set at 15 zloty for a 24-hour ticket, at 24 zloty for a 48-hour one, and at 36 zloties for a 72-hour pass, while a seven-day unlimited-travel ticket costs 48 zloties. Tickets are valid for the stated period starting with their first punching on a bus or a tram (don't punch your ticket any more till its expiration). 

All of the above-mentioned tickets are good for municipal bus services within the city limits only. A one-way ticket for buses going beyond the administrative boundaries of Krakow - bus numbers from 200 to 304 - costs 4 zloties (so called 'bilet aglomeracyjny').  

Minibuses run by independent companies don't accept the municipal tickets, the fare - usually two zlotys - to be paid to the driver on boarding. 

Krakow's Taxi Cabs 

Taxicabs are plentiful and relatively inexpensive in Krakow – within the city boundaries the fare should not exceed 30 euro (in the daytime on a weekday). And you can dial roughly fifteen different taxi telephone centers, each with its own fleet. Do not expect an English speaker on the other end of the phone line but a cab will arrive in few minutes to your address if you manage to give one. 

Note: City Council has set upper limits for taxi fares in Krakow. The initial charge may not exceed 7 zloties. Maximum rates per kilometer within main urban zone are 2.8 zloty from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 4.2 zloty between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Kilometers beyond the zone can cost twice as much. Actual rates may be lower and they vary from cab to cab. Rates per kilometer and other charges should be displayed clearly on doors of all taxis so it's advisable to check them in advance, as it's always prudent to watch the taximeter. 

Driving Car in Krakow 

Krakow is a modern and busy city of considerable size, so the rush-hour traffic jams have become common, nevertheless there seems to be much less congestion here than in most cities in the world. Yet the acute shortage of parking space in downtown Krakow (click here to see map) is most unnerving to drivers, with parking lots rather expensive (euro 2 to 4 for an hour) and insufficient. And although parking in the streets in the very city center is paid as well in the daytime – to the tune of 0.7 euro an hour or so – it is hard to find a free place to leave your car. 

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Krakow Commuter Tips

  • Rather than cruising streets Krakow's taxies wait for cargo to find them at numerous taxi stands scattered throughout city. But you may hail one if it happens to pass by you. 

  • Watch the taximeter. Fares per one kilometer should be displayed in the window of the right-hand rear door.

  • Beware of pickpockets in buses and streetcars more than anywhere else.

  • If possible leave your car at the hotel parking lot and take bus or taxi instead. For one thing, it is difficult to find a place in downtown Krakow to park; for another, driving after drinking as little as one beer is an offense in Poland.

  • You need to purchase a ticket from a parking meter to park your car in the street in the very city center and adjacent Kazimierz district (so-called Zone C) between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays. Twenty minutes of parking costs one zloty, one hour is three zloties, two hours - 6.5 zloty, while a three-hour parking costs 10.6 zloty (the machines don't give the change so it's advisable to keep exact money). Shiny steely parking meters are installed at least one per street or the length of a block.   

    Note: The purchased ticket should be left on view behind the windshield of a parked car. Transgressors can be fined to the tune of fifty zloties.     

  • Practically all year round horse cabs and electric carts wait for you on the central Rynek Glowny (Grand Square) and at other improvised stands in the Old Town historic district.

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Travel to Krakow
Over four million visitors show up in Krakow every year. Many arrive by air, but most take advantage of the fact that Krakow lies at a major European road and rail junction.

Krakow tours and day-trips

Pleasure rides in Krakow

Driving Car in Krakow
Parking zones and parking lots in the city center.


Krakow Old Town Historical District
Poland's prime tourist attraction and a must-see in Central Europe boasts numerous world-class monuments, charming vistas, delightful atmosphere, and the best restaurants.

In the proximity of Krakow
Krakow is Poland's tourist mecca, and also a gateway to many other must-see sites in the region.


Krakow Afoot

Bicycle in Krakow


Map of the Main Roads in Krakow

City of Krakow map

Map of the Old Town Historic District


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