When I travelled to Krakow in Poland last year, I had originally planned to take plenty of photos and have a full in-depth explanation of how to buy your train tickets at the airport before boarding the train to Kraków Główny station in the centre of the city. However this did not happen as due to engineering works, there was only one train an hour into Krakow and thankfully we noticed we had less than five minutes to make the train so we had to quickly run or we would have had a long wait for the next one.
The train station at Krakow Airport is very easy to find and is clearly signposted in the arrivals hall along with plenty of information and prices of the different ways to get into the city centre. The train station is located across a walkway on the other side of the car park opposite the terminal building.
You can check the timetables for the trains from Krakow Airport (Kraków Lotnisko / Airport) to Kraków Główny here online. This train service also travels to the Wieliczka Salt Mine (Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia).
As we had to quickly run to make the train, I did not even see where the ticket machines were located inside the airport terminal or at the airport train station. Thankfully I had read online before we travelled that it was possible to buy tickets on the train itself and this worked out better for us as not only did it save us precious time but I can now easily say that even if you have to run for the train like we did, you will have no problem buying tickets once onboard the train.
The ticket machines onboard the train were incredibly easy to use. After selecting which language (Polish or English) you would like to use, you will need to:
Select “Ticket for this train”
Select how many tickets you need and if the tickets are full price, for a child etc
Select “Confirm first stop – Kraków Lotnisko / Airport”
Select “Kraków Główny” as your destination if travelling to the city centre or “Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia” if travelling to the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
We paid for our tickets with a credit card. An adult ticket from Krakow Airport to Kraków Główny is 9zł (£1.87) and to the Wieliczka Salt Mine is 12.50zł (£2.60).
Do not put your tickets away as they will be checked by a conductor once the train is on the move. Kraków Główny is the fifth stop and the journey time is approximately twenty minutes. There are television screens overhead to show you the train route as well as estimated arrival times at each station.
Kraków Główny station is located next to the Galeria Krakowska shopping mall and Krakow Bus Station. There is also access to the trams which stop close by. The station is only a few minutes walk to the Old Town – just follow the signs for Stare Miasto.
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