Despite the size of the agglomeration, moving around Kraków is not a problem. The city has a very well organised public transport network, constantly evolving and modernising its own infrastructure.
travelling by plane
Kraków Airport, John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport is the second largest airport in Poland, offering direct domestic and international flights to over 50 largest European cities. The airport is situated ca. 11 km to the west from the city centre. Direct flights from Kraków can take you to many European cities, e.g. Paris, London, Vienna, Frankfurt, Munich, Rome or Brussels. The airport in Kraków handles flights from Lufthansa, LOT, Austrian Airlines, Air Berlin or Norwegian airlines.
travelling by train
The main train station is situated in the city centre, around 10 minutes on foot from the Main Square. The ticket offices are open from 5 a.m. till 11 p.m.. From the Main Train Station it is possible to easily get to the majority of the cities in the region. For example, the journey to Warsaw takes ca. 2.5h. Kraków also offers railway connections with Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine.
travelling by car
Two large routes run across Kraków and its surroundings: national road no. 7 from north to south (Gdańsk-Chyżne), forming a part of the European E77 route, and a part of the European E40 route, which in Poland stretches from Zgorzelec in the west to Korczowo in the east.
Trade was always Kraków's strength - the city which lies on the crossroads of the most important routes. The Sukiennice – once the trade centre of the city - is located in the middle of the Main Square. Even today you can buy local products, souvenirs or jewellery there. The Sukiennice is not the only thing the Main Square has to offer – it also allows visitors to appreciate the Polish and world brands.
Food & Drink
In the Michelin Rouge Main Cities of Europe guidebook, so far only two Polish cities: Warsaw and Kraków enjoy a recommendation of their restaurants – every year in a similar number. Every year, tourists from around the world visit the capital of Małopolska. Here the number of restaurants on a small area has no match in this part of Europe - however, in Kraków, shared feasting outside the house is deeply rooted in local tradition, linked with the custom of the former imperial and royal Galicia The famous since the middle ages and unique bubliks (obwarzanki) originated from Kraków, and in 2010 they were entered into the list of protected products.
Kraków is famous for its underground pubs and cellars adapted as clubs. It probably has more clubs “per square kilometre” than any other European city. The Friday and Saturday nights are considered to be the hottest in Poland. Kraków’s clubs tempt with their unique atmosphere. Certain premises aim for a characteristic image.
Culture & Art
Wilhelm Feldman wrote that “those who wish to know the soul of Poland, should search for it in Kraków...” Today, Kraków is not only the city of museums and a jewel of architecture, but also a living centre of modern art, a dynamic organiser of festivities.