Internet cafes? Well, of course, we love them, and Cracow has a few great ones right in the City Centre and within the Planty. But these days you're far more likely to catch a WIFI signal from dozens of cafes then find one with a computer kiosk. Prices to use a computer with internet access are very reasonable - expect to pay around 4 zloty per hour (that's about one English pound or 2 US dollars) and there are rock-bottom price deals if you plan to spend a lot of time surfing or for the night owls who want to work through during the dead hours.
A few years ago, you could find an Internet cafe on just about every corner, as both Poles and visitors explored the Internet together. Now, though, the number of Poles with internet connections at home has jumped to just under half so they don't go hunting for the cafes anymore. That means only visitors without a computer or WIFI tend to use them. Internet cafes worldwide are becoming less popular while free WIFI has exploded. That doesn't mean you won't still find some good places just dedicated to the internet user. There are several good traditional internet cafes in the Old Town. We've listed several of the best internet cafes. We've chosen them for their reasonable prices, decent systems and friendly staff. If you think we've overlooked someplace special, do contact us and let us know!
Rynek Glowny 24
One of the best bets in town, and right on the Market Square. There are dozens of computers available in this second-floor cafe and it's anything but cramped as they are spread across two nineteenth-century drawing rooms. Good service, good value with prices starting at 4 PLN an hour. Open 10.00 to 22.00.
Internet Cafe Hetmanska
Rynek Glowny 18
You'll find this little internet den hidden away in a little courtyard off Bracka street. It's a popular port of call with backpackers from neighbouring Krakow hostels. You can drop by here after terrorising your fellow travellers with the mysterious contents from the bottom of your backpack. Yes, those socks really haven't been washed since Sicily. In the meantime, you can escape the ire of your room-mates and make the most of the high-speed access of this internet cafe. Best of all internet at Hetmanska starts at 4 PLN, and you can get a 10-hour card for only 28 PLN and a 3-hour card for 10 PLN. A steal, really. Open 24 hours.
Garinet Internet Club
18 Florianska Street (back courtyard)
One of our readers recommended this place recently, so we've added it to the list. Garinet features a bit of Poland's "artistic spirit", says Thomas. It's easy to see that they've taken some care with the place. Good computers, reliable and fast internet, drinks to order and open from 9.00 to 22.00. All in all a nice place to surf for the standard 4 PLN and hour. Garinet also offers cards starting at 10 hours for 30 PLN and offers big discounts for groups. It also has something we like to see from an internet cafe ... a website
Dominique from Belgium Reply
Internet Cafe Hetmanska ''you can get a 10-hour card for only 28 PLN and a 3-hour card for 10 PLN. A steal, really. Open 24 hours.'' Not true.... It's always 4Zl an hour... No cheaper options here they just told me. (I'm here atm)
Zosia from Poland Reply
If you want to have a skype date and need to go to the internet cafe, don't go to Hetmanska. I've repeatedly had trouble there with headphones that didn't work, headphones that didn't exist, and staff that frankly could care less if there's a problem. Give your money to Rynek 24 or somewhere - anywhere - else.
Robyn from Australia Reply
had no trouble finding the cafe at Rynek Glowny 24 Krakow, and had no trouble using the computers there - lots and lots to choose from, fast and easy to use. A fantastic service - thanks for your extremely helpful information.
Przemek from Poland Reply
But, the site is nice anyway. Cheers
Przemek from Poland Reply
I'd like to say that 15 percent of Poles rather //don't// have internet connections at home. In recent years you may have problems to find internet cafes. Now internet connection is cheap and it's unprofitable to open up new internet cafes. I's easier to find at hotels. Citizen of Cracow (PL Kraków)
Peter from United Kingdom Reply
Thanks for the info. I guess the whole internet cafe 'thing' is falling away in many countries as free wifi becomes more widely available... and travellers take their own laptops.
from United States Reply
this is a great info page great at explaning where in krakow these cafes are....
Trygve from Norway Reply
I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!