Arriving by air
John Paul II Krakow-Balice Airport is modern and easy to navigate. There is 24hr currency exchange office as well as ATM’s (bankomat) provided by PKO bank and tourist information.
Kraków has direct air connections with: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bonn / Cologne, Budapest, Copenhagen, Chicago, Dortmund, Dublin, Frankfurt, Glasgow, London, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Vienna, Zurich, in season Chania, Heraklion, Rhodes.
There is also Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport at a distance around 100km from Kraków city centre.
|John Paul II Krakow-Balice Airport
Medweckiego Street 1, 32-083 Balice
phone +48 12 295 58 00
JORDAN Congress Bureau provides transport services (passenger cars with an English speaking driver, minibuses and coaches) for individual guest and groups from / to the airport or railway station to hotels. Our professional guides or and English speaking drivers take care about the conference participants arriving to Kraków. If you wish to order such transfer, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to get to the City Centre from the Krakow-Balice Airport?
We encourage all passengers to make use of the possibility of traveling to/from our airport by train. The new Kraków Airport train station is located near the passenger terminal, at the rear of the multi-storey car park. The connection is operated by Koleje Małopolskie (regional railways company operating in Małopolska Region). Travelling by train is the fastest way to get from the airport to the city center (the journey takes about 18 minutes). Trains are equipped with air conditioning, power outlets, Wi-Fi and ticket machines. All trains also have spaces for disabled passengers and persons with reduced mobility (PRM). Train operates 7 days a week. Full timetable available here. One way ticket price: 8,- PLN. Tickets to buy: passenger terminal, train station (ticket machine), train.
Starting point: bus stop Kraków Airport T1
Bus lines: 292, 208
The buses terminates at the main railway station EAST (Dworzec Główny Wschód) which is located in the city centre. Journey takes around 40-45 minutes. Krakow-Balice Airport is located in zone I+II Aglomeration (one way ticket price in zone I+II Aglomeration: 4,- PLN). We reccomend to use http://jakdojade.pl.
Radio taxi 919 – cost c.a. 80 PLN (Monday – Saturday 6.00 am – 10:00 pm) and c.a. 120 PLN (Monday – Saturday 10.00 pm – 6.00 am and on Sunday). Officially licensed taxis stand outside the main entrance. Distance to the city centre c.a. 11km.
Arriving by train
The Main Railway Station (Dworzec Główny) is conveniently situated in the very center of the city. There is a good train connection between Warszawa and Kraków (express or Inter City trains go every hour during day, journey lasts less than 3hr). Kraków has direct connections with: Berlin, Bucurest, Budapest, Kiev, Odessa, Prague, Vienna. Taxi stand you will find outside the main entrance as well as at the top floor car park. Local train connections available here.
|KRAKOW GLOWNY Main Railway Station
Pawia Street 5a, 31-154 Krakow
mobile +48 12 393 12 34
Arriving by bus
The Regional Bus Station (MDA – Malopolski Dworzec Autobusowy) is located in the city centre, and it neighbours on the Central Railway Station. The buses of the national and regional transport depart from the stations at Wita Stwosza Square or Cystersow Street 15, while the regular international buses depart from Wita Stwosza Square. The detailed schedule of departures is available here.
|Krakow Main Bus station (MDA)
Wita Stwosza Street / Bosacka Street 18
Road tunnel under the Main Railway Station
mobile +48 703 403 340
Arriving by car
Kraków is located 300 km south of Warsaw. The A4 motorway, via Wroclaw and Katowice, leads to Kraków from Western Europe. Traffic restriction zones (P1 – P6) are obligatory in the city from Monday till Friday, 10.00 am – 8.00 pm. The conference venue is located in the city center, outside parking paid zones.
It is necessary to pay parking fees within paid zones (first hour: 3,- PLN; second hour: 3,50 PLN; third hour: 4,10 PLN; every next hour: 3,- PLN). Parking cars in these zones without payment of parking fees is prohibited, except in the case of vehicles belonging to persons or organizations granted free access and parking public transportation vehicles in designated area.
Parking is permitted only in designed areas. Absolute priority is given to pedestrians and the maximum driving speed should not exceed 20km/h. We strongly suggest leaving your car on the hotel parking and use the public transportation or walk.
The speed limit in Poland is generally 50km/hr in cities (60km/hr between 23:00 and 05:00), 90km/hr outside urban areas, 120km/hr on dual carriageways and 140km/hr on motorways. All cars must have their headlights switched on at all times and carry a red warning triangle, first aid kit, replacement bulbs, a national identity sticker and proper registration and insurance documents.
VISA TO POLAND
It is your own responsibility to arrange a travelling visa (if required). A passport valid for at least six months beyond the planned date of travel is required. For inhabitants of the European Union a passport or ID valid till the date of return is required.
Please read here for visa requirements and list of countries whose nationals may enter Poland without a visa.
The Polish currency unit is zloty (PLN), divided into 100 groszy.
1 EUR = c.a 4,36 PLN (January 2017)
1 USD = c.a 4,09 PLN (JAnuary 2017)
Current exchange rate: www.cinkciarz.pl
Most foreign currencies can be easily exchange either in banks or in private exchange offices (“kantor”). Foreign currency (cash) is not acceptable in shops.
Voltage: 220-240 volts, European–type of plugs, two-pin plugs.
The common opening hours are 10.00am – 7.00pm Monday to Friday. On Saturdays shops are mostly closed at 2 pm and are closed on Sundays except for big shopping centres which are opened 10.00 am – 8.00 pm. Payment in shops: by cash (Polish money, some accept €) or credit cards.
are open Monday to Friday 8.00am – 6.00pm and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
accepted in Poland: Visa, MasterCard, American Express. Cash withdrawal machines, restaurants, car rental agencies and most shops accept all major credit cards.
are open Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.Post boxes are red and post is usually collected twice daily. Stamps can be bought only at post offices.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
Emergency calls from phone boxes are free of charge.
European emergency number for mobile phones – 112
Police – 997
Fire brigade – 998
Ambulance – 999
Municipal police – 986
OTHER DETAILS ABOUT POLAND
Border Countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
Population: 38 million
Area: 322,575 sq km
Climate: Temperate with mild summers and moderately severe winters
Government type: Republic, parliamentary democracy
Member of: EU, UN, NATO, OECD, WTO and many other
Country Code: PL