Krakow Glowny Train Station
Strolling into Krakow, Dr Zhivago style...
There's more than one way to reach the city of Prince Krak. Sure you can fly to Krakow's airport, but why not take trip that lets you enjoy the scenery along the way? Welcome to Dworzec Glowny / dvo-zsets gwoov-nih/ in Krakow (often called by its shorter name: Krakow Glowny /krakoov gwoov-nih/).
The facility is located not further from the Krakow Market Square and Krakow's gems by just a short stroll. Taxi stands are available right outside, but they are infamous for masiive cons on disoriented tourists. To make sure you are using a trustworthy service, see Local Life taxis.
The main building is a massive and strangely attractive relic of the Habsburg Empire. Inside you'll find several ticket offices, a waiting room, and luggage store. The place is generally considered safe, however pickpockets are not a rarity. The homeless you might spot hovering around are not a threat at all, a nuissance at best; the passages and platforms are guarded by Train Guards (Straz Ochrony Kolei).
For refreshments and a somewhat more civilised company you can always hit Galeria Krakowska, a huge mall right by the train station. One entrance that provides access to fast food court in late night hours (until 22:00) is found at Pawia St., opposite the platforms.
If you need to find it on a map, here are the specifics:
Dworzec Glowny (pronounced dvo-zsets gwoov-nih)
Plac Jana Nowaka Jezioranskiego 1
Tel. : +48 (12) 624 5439
OK, OK. But how do I get there?
The old operator of Polish Railways (PKP - Polskie Koleje Panstwowe) has some years ago been replaced by two types of providers: PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne. The first operates the long distance connections, and the latter is run by local governments and provides mostly short and mid-distance connections.
The quality of the trains is decent, at best, however in recent years some major investments have been made to improve the rolling stock - if you're lucky, you might catch an air conditioned, nice-smelling ride even at short distances.
For complete timetables, just visit the PKP website: www.pkp.com.pl. Here's how long an express will take on these popular routes:
* Warsaw 2.5 hours
* Vienna 7.5 hours
* Prague 8 hours
* Berlin 8.5 hours
* Budapest 10 hours
Any more tips?
The area around the station has recently undergone massive redevelopment, and upon leaving the station guests are no longer greeted by a grotty bus depot, but a chic open space complete with a vast shopping centre to the right. If you're looking for the main bus station you can now find it the other side of the Dworzec Glowny - simply head underneath the platforms, follow the tunnel to the end and it's on your left.
If you're only in town for a few short moments or if you just can't wait to go exploring, take advantage of the station's 24 hr luggage stowaway services.
Remember: things are improving everyday and Dworzec Glowny is safe; however, it doesn't hurt to be mindful of pickpockets (that goes for the trains as well).
Sometimes a long trip can wear you out. Why not let us take care of you? We can have a taxi driver waiting for you when you arrive. Name on a board, help with luggage - the whole bit. Just click here for more info.
Happy trails and have a great time in Krakow!
When you arrive at Krakow railway station you need to take the stairs or a lift that is found on each platform and head one level down to underground passage or take a lift or stairs up, where you’ll easily catch a taxi. In case you didn’t notice signs saying ‘city center’ or in Polish ‘wyjscie do centrum’, we recommend you turn right in the underground passage and followed the crowd to the surface. At the end of one of the passages (NOT the one with the lifts) you’ll find an entrance to Galeria Krakowska, a shopping centre opened 9am-10pm at weekdays and 10am-9pm at weekends, that offers good food (not only McDonald’s) and lounge bars. If you decide to go to the surface, follow a roofed pathway. At its end is the first Krakow railway station, a historical, yellow 19th century building, now hosting cash offices, bars, 24/7 self service luggage lockers, a regular left luggage office, currency exchange public telephones (phone cards available at newsagent), ATM’s (called ‘bankomat’ in Polish) and information desk.
To get to from Krakow railway station to the Old Town cross the square in front of the old Krakow railway station, head slightly left to an underground passage and you’ll see Planty, the park surrounding the Old Town. From there virtually any street you take ahead will lead you to the Krakow Market Square. It’s really not far away and you can start admiring Krakow just then. If you arrive at night and need transport, go either over the platforms (stairs/lifts) to a parking or take the underground passage and head left to Krakow coach station, there’s a taxi stop nearby. Pick well-labeled taxis, with visible operator number, and always require a receipt, as this will lessen the possibility of being cheated by the driver. Both day and night city transport (trams and buses) stop on the four streets converging in front of the old Krakow railway station (their names are: Lubicz, Westerplatte, Pawia and Basztowa). Public transport single fare is 2.50, tickets available at newsagent (‘kiosk’) or ticket machines.
Travelling from and to Krakow railway station is by far the most convenient way of cruising Poland. Polish national railways (PKP) operate trains of different quality – from really nice, InterCity (IC) or EuroCity (EC) to rather worn out local trains, both fast (‘pospieszny’ /posh-pesh-neh/) that stop only in cities and slow (‘osobowy’ /usu-boveh/), stopping at every station, whether small village or a city. In comparison with West European trains Polish trains are still slow, e.g. a route to the capital of Poland, Warsaw lasts nearly 3 hours.
To get a railway ticket, go to a cash office and just name the destination and the type of the train (fast/slow). Some of the ladies speak English, yet you can’t depend on it. The complete and updated timetable in English is found at http://rozklad.pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en. Booking is available at http://www.intercity.pl/en/main, yet this only for long-distance trains, InterCity and express trains. Timetables are available at every station, those yellow ones show departures (‘odjazdy’) and the white ones show arrivals (‘przyjazdy’). In InterCity, EuroCity and express trains you need to pay for seat reservation. If you decide on taking TLK cheap trains (‘tanie linie kolejowe’), please keep in mind that they can be slower or of lower standard. There are two classes, the first and the second, and you need to emphasize it when you want a first class ticket (‘pierwsza klasa’ /peer-sha klah-sah). Foreigners don’t have any student’s discounts, and if you travel with a child less than four it’s free. Please keep in mind that you still need to order a free ticket for the child (‘bilet zerowy’ /bee-let zero-veh/) and keep it for the conductor! No ticket means a fine starting form 200zl. Tickets are also available on a train itself, yet with an extra charge of 5zl per ticket, and you must report to the conductor as soon as you board.
June from Australia Reply
We are arriving, by overnight train, from Vienna. Will arrive early morning. We are staying in Apartments Florian-old town. How far is this from the station.? Can we leave our luggage at the station? It will be too early to book in to our accommodation. We will leave Krakow three days later and have booked two tickets on a bus to Berlin. Is the bus station near the station.?
Editor from Poland
HI June, Apartments Florian is at Starowislna 41, not too far from the station, ca. 20 min walk or 3 tram stops (take no.24 from Dworzec Glowny stop, the one located by the pedestrian underground pass). Yes', the left luggage boxes are available 24/7 at the main station building. The bus station is right behind the train station, though the name is confusing - head for RDA (stands for Regional Coach Station in Polish). Hope this helps. Have a great stay in Krakow and come back to LL for more tips!:)
Mercy Mace from United States Reply
Have travelled to Krakow once before beautiful city. We have been invited to a wedding in MSZANA DOLNA Can we get there by train from Krakow?
Krakow to slovakia from Slovak Republic Reply
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Larayna from United States Reply
How much is the stowaway for luggage? I arrive at 6 AM by train from Lwow and cannot check into my hotel until 2. I don't want to walk around the city with my baggage. If anyone could tell me that would be great! Thank you!
wojnicz55 from Poland Reply
to John Blamey: www.cd.cz or http://rozklad.sitkol.pl/bin/query.exe/en?
wojnicz55 from Poland Reply
to SOLINA: http://intercity.pl/pl/site/niezbednik-podroznego/przepisy-i-taryfy/przepisy-miedzynarodowe/miedzynarodowe-szczegolne-warunki-przewozu-pociagi-nocne-(scic-nt).html
solina from Spain Reply
Hi I am going to Budapest from Krakow and I find a train but I can´t find the fares of these trains Coul anyone help me??
John Blamey from United Kingdom Reply
Can anyone help me with details of travelling from Krakow to Ostrava by train and where I can access timetables? Many thanks.
Bob Wood from United Kingdom Reply
Trying to book some disabled assistance on the 18th January-help with luggage etc and shown to seat for which I have a rerservation- but cannot find e mail address HELP!
Spain from Sweden Reply
Bus from Nysa/Opole/Wroclaw to Gdynia ? Someone who knows ?
Churlsoon from Korea Reply
Is there any shower facility in Krakow Glowny station?
Eve from Lithuania Reply
Is there any email address of this bus station to get some information about buses? I can't find, help
Gio from Espa Reply
svein! i´m looking for a train from Krakow to Ostrava too! if u know what i have to do tell me please, i wil go to Ostrava for an erasmus exchange
nancy scott from United States Reply
I need to know how best to travel from Lublin, Ukraine to Krakow, Poland by train or bus. Thank you for any assistance you are able to offer. Sincerely yours, nancy
svein from Norway Reply
can somebody please tell me how to get from Krakow to Ostrava by train or bus and is there any way to book a ticket in advance?
elena from Serbia Reply
can somebody please tell me how to get from Lviv to Krakow by train or bus and is there any way to book a ticket in advance?
Glenda R. Kayma from United States Reply
My husband and I will be in Warsaw on May 13th and 14th 2011, would like to take an EX Train to Krakow,(if this is the 2.5 hour trip) do we need and how do we get reservations for the 15th of May to take an early morning train so we can take advantage of the day in Krakow, how much does it cost per person, first class. Thank you! Mrs. Kayma
Shauna from Australia Reply
Hi, We're looking to travel from Prague on the 13th of July overnight to Auschwitz or Krakow and arrive in the morning of the 14th of July. Could you please advise on rough pricing and carriage configurations etc. Thanks.
Peter from Australia Reply
I would like to travel from Krakow to Prague on the 19th September 2011. Could you advise me of cost. Thanks
Irene from United States Reply
Looking for suggestions. Traveling in Sept 2011. Would like to depart Krakow on 9/15 or 9/16 to Hoczew. Return to Krakow airport by 12 p.m. on Monday 9/19.
ad from Poland Reply
Hey, sure ! If you are at Kraków Airport there are some busses or trams to the centre, you can check this out on www.krakowairport.pl there you can find the informations what time does the tram or bus leave form KRK airport :)
Mary from United Kingdom Reply
Going to krakow April 2011 with niece. On budget! how to get from krakow airport to krakow town! Is there a train or bus! Thank you
dimitris from Greece Reply
If you want to go from krakow to krosno the best way to do it is to go by bus and not by train. Forget the train option cause Krosno is a really small town and train connection is really bad. So on Krakows' main bus station (next to the train station) you can catch a bus of PKS (Public transprotation) or a Barbara minibus which will take you there much faster at the same almost cost(20-30 PLN - 5-7 EUR). With PKS you are going to spend 4-5 hours travelling while with BARBARA 2-3 h .
Nemanja from Serbia Reply
How to get to Krosno from Krakow? I must to get to Krosno before 07:00 AM, in that time i Have bus from Krosno to Belgrade. Thanks!
Edgars from Latvia Reply
HEllo!!! Well,I checked out polish web site about trains,but I couldn`t get clear information about trip from Warszawa/Krakow to Vienna/Bratislava... I need to know timetable for 27.12.2010 and also price... Thank u very much...
Bart from Poland Reply
Dear Joan, the place you mention seems to be a really small village some 130 km from Krakow (it's not even on Google Maps; but I found it here: http://www.maplandia.com/poland/podkarpackie/mielec/schabowiec/). You would probably need to catch a train from Krakow to Dębica or Tarnobrzeg or Tarnów (especially the last of these should be relatively easy to get to), which are all relatively close from Schabowiec, and then get a taxi from there. You can check the train connection (but, unfortunately, not buy tickets) here: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/?q=en/node/143. I'm sure there are buses that go there from Krakow's main bus station too, but you will need to check that when you arrive. Worst comes to worst, you can always get a taxi from Krakow straight to Schabowiec- it will probably be surprisingly cheap (I would think in the region of $100 if you haggle). Hope this helps. Enjoy your visit to Poland!
Joan Knapp from United States Reply
Will be using your services in September. I have a question. We have family in Ruda,Schabowiec, I undersstand it is 110Km from Krakow. Is there any type of public transportation that can get me there?
margaret from United Kingdom Reply
Myself and a friend visited Krakow last September, whilst there we were advised to go by bus from the bus station to visit Auschwitz,( very emotional) which is just beside the train station. The price was really cheap for a return ticket, we did the same going to the salt mines, but went to a different bus depot, just little buses beside the shopping mall, price was really cheap. Going back this September with my sister this time, love my visits to Poland. This will be my fourth time.
suzanna from United Kingdom Reply
Would like some advice please, I'm going to Krakow in October with the family and can't find the prices for train fares from Krakow Glowny station to Auschwitz, does anybody know?? Many thanks.
chandan das from Poland Reply
dear sophie ostrava is about 4 hrs from krakow. it should not cost more than $25 one way by train
Jim Gardham from Canada Reply
We purchased our tickets from Budapest to Krakow and Krakow to Warsaw from Polrail Service (http://polrail.com). There was quick delivery of our order to our home in Canada. They seem to be able to book all trains in Poland, as well as those to adjoining countries.
Payal from India Reply
Is there no way to book these pkp train tickets online ? I need to book Budapest to Krakow for Aug. but all these websites just show the time. I called Budapest thinking I could book over the phone but that is also not available. I dont wanna take a chance of not having a ticket beforehand. Ne suggestions ?
EDACOSTA from United States Reply
WHAT TRAIN WILL BE THE FASTEST FROM KRAKOW TO PRAHA 1ST CLASS TRAVELING 25 SEPT 2010 THANKYOU MUCH
Sophie Millescamps from France Reply
Hello! I want to go to Ostrava, from Krakow, in end of august. How much would it cost? Thanks for replaying!
wilf from United Kingdom Reply
hi, im planning on going on the euronight train from budapest to krakow. im abit confused :)it says no stops but the number changes and it says to book different stages. is this all done from keleti station or does it have to be done as you go?? Thanks for any help you can give cheers
Shane alone from Ireland Reply
How much does it cost to get a train from Kracow to Ljubljana in Slovenia and how long does the journey take?
Desi Santos from Canada Reply
How do I get from Krakow to Split?
timmy hewitt from Ireland Reply
i need to get from krakow to zilina in october, what is the best and most inexpwensive way to go
Jai from Poland Reply
i need to travel from krakow to berlin by end of 4th of April. Which i the best way please apart from airways.
John Herbert from United States Reply
Real nice summary page for Dworzec Glowny. We have stayed in Krakow several times over the last couple of years and have taken the train to go to Ukraine, etc.. Any advice on the cheapest fare by train from Krakow ot Vienna?
Elizabeth Laws from United Kingdom Reply
Please could someone tell me how to get from Krakow to Gliwice by train? I would be really grateful for assistance as I cannot fathom it out at all.
Irina from Ukraine Reply
Would you, please, let me know the train/bus schedule to get from Krakow to Bremen? thank you so much!
Mahmoud from Sweden Reply
Hey! what is the cheapest way for traveling from Berlin to Krakow?
zygmunt k from United Kingdom Reply
the maps are pretty poor. The bus and tram maps are not legible, so are of little use. If the author of the site tried to use it before publication........
Pat from Ireland Reply
Hi! can you tell be the best way from Krakow to Spala?
vanessa from Australia Reply
sharon, I live here at the moment. All the main places in Krakow are safe at night. Especially the station. The mall will have only just closed and thats right next to it!
Sharon from Australia Reply
Hi, my family will be travelling to Krakow next year and we would like to take the overnight train back to vienna. The train leaves at 10pm is Krakow Glowny safe at night? Is anything open? Thanks
Michele ONeill from France Reply
advice please on the easiest way to get from Krakow Airport to Katowice. Also any advice on Bytom? Where to stay?
John from Ireland Reply
does the airport bus or train stop near the Sympozjum hotel
Ying from Taiwan Reply
"What is the best way to go from Wroclaw to Kosice? I am going on Sept. 18 and would love a sleeping car on a train if there is one. If not, I could travel by bus, train "
LYNN STOKES from United Kingdom Reply
Hi Can anyone tell me how far to walk from Petrus Hotel Pietrusinskiecio Street to the bus station or indeed if there is a bus from the hotel to the bus station and if so what number please/
Steve from United Kingdom Reply
We wish to visit Auschwitz on Tues,6th Oct 09.Do the trains from the main station in Krakow run every day during the week?
Colin Figg from United Kingdom Reply
"I would like to use the bus to get to Auchwitz on Friday, August 21st 2009. Can you tell me what times they go, what number bus it is, what stop I need and where the bus stop is? I would like to go from the main bus station. Thank you Colin
Barbara Ceo from United States Reply
What is the best way to go from Wroclaw to Zakopane? I am going on July 5 and would love a sleeping car on a train if there is one. If not, I could travel by bus, train or air.
PAB from United Kingdom Reply
Dworzec Glowny Krakow | Main Train & Bus Station in Krakow Poland. Great place & PKP trains are fab! Nice site, very informative. Regards, Peter from Denton just outside Stockport, England
patricia horner from United Kingdom Reply
How do we get to Auschwitz from Krakow how much would it cost to order a taxi
Britt Marie Ljungstrom from Sweden Reply
We are coming to Krakow Airport and shall further on to Ostrawa. Shall we go by bus or train or are there some other alternatives.
Lena from Germany Reply
How to get from Gdansk to Krakow with a bicycle the easiest (and cheapest) way?
Anna Lotz from Denmark Reply
I would like to know how to get from Krakow airport to Petrus hotel, the easiest way? Thank you for your help.
Kjell Staffans from Finland Reply
How can I use public transport to go from Krakow to Auschwitz? Whitch bus or tram can I take to go from the Central bus station to the hotel Sympozjum? Thank´s for your help.
Tony Howell from United Kingdom Reply
Can you advise which Bus numbers are needed to make my own way to Auschwitz please? Is it a good idea to go there by public transport
Mary Lynne Drzewiecki from Canada Reply
We have to get from Cracow to Lublin, and return the next day in May/09..Is the train the fastest, or would we take bus?
Eimear from Ireland Reply
Yes you can leave the train station through the tunnels and the shopping centre but at some stage you will be outside, unless you stay in the hotel attached to the shopping centre and train station, it is called Andels
Henrik from Denmark Reply
Hi. I have problems with open spaces. Agorafobi. If I come to the main station by train, is there a way to leave the station by tunnels or the like, so you don'y have to walk over large open areas ?
Tanya from Ukraine Reply
Could you tell me, the best way to get to Raciborz from Krakow? Thank you in advance.
from United States Reply
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Christina White from United Kingdom Reply
I'd love to see a mus/tram map of Krakow. Which buses do I take to get from the airport to Kapelanka? Thanks.
Paul from United States Reply
There is no train "station" at the Krakow airport. The free shuttle bus from the airport drops you at a train stop by the train tracks about 300 meters from the airport. The fare was 6 zl on 4 October 2008. Pay the conductor after you board. You'll need zlotys but not the exact fare. The conductor will make change.
yael shelach from Israel Reply
"Please provide (express, if possible) BUS schedule Warsaw > Krakow = teusdays. Krakow > bialystok suterdays. Bialystok > warsaw = suterdays. Thank you."
Cubeoid from United Kingdom Reply
What's the name of the train station at Krakow airport?
Matin James from United Kingdom Reply
Which station (railway) do I alight from for salt mines in Wielezcka as there appears to be two
edith from Canada Reply
Please provide (express, if possible) BUS schedule Krakow > Kosice or Krakow > Presov (Slovakia). Thank you.
Cracow Life from Poland Reply
Kathmaria, unfortunately while the train schedule website is great, the bus schedules are not so organized online. the best way to find out is just to go to the station - you can call the infoline too, but it's only in Polish: 0 300-300-120
Kathmaria from United Kingdom Reply
Is there any easy way of finding out the bus times? Sometimes I htink it will be quicker to travel by bus than train...but cant find a timetable for the bus. Thanks
Jackie Harnois from United States Reply
I need help in locating a mirror that belonged to my grandfather, Joe Harnois/Beauharnais. The person who has the mirror does not know that there are important papers inside the frame of the mirror and LOCATING THESE PAPERS IS AN EMERGENCY!!! If you have any bulletin boards, please post this message. THANK YOU.
mohned azzroq from Egypt Reply
im mohned azzroq frome lipya ilove you krakow "I also need pkp in English... how to get krakow in a shorter time... "
Fulvio from Italy Reply
let me know a train from Kracov to zamosc thanks
julien from France Reply
i am looking for a cheap and quick way to join krakow from poprad (slovakia), and the way back... i need it for next week and i can't yet speak slovak or polish :S
Tara from Poland Reply
Ireen, you should read the comments below - http://www.intercity.pl/?page=home_page
Ireen Cardwell from United Kingdom Reply
I need to get a train or bus from Warsaw to Krakow Airport on 16th June 2008. My Flight leaves Krakow for Belfast 15.45 can you help
CliffC from United Kingdom Reply
Go to the PKP website (see the other posting for the English link) and just search for trains between Warsaw and Krakow. It is very easy to use and tells you the prices. Try also http://www.intercity.pl/?page=home_page I travelled Warsaw to Krakow and back and just turned up at the station and bought a ticket and reservation. The trains are much cheaper and have a simpler pricing structure than in the UK. There is a public bus from Warsaw airport which goes directly to the main railway station. G³ówny is the Polish word for main so look out for that word for the central railway station when you do a search e.g. Krakow G³ówny. PKP - Polish railways - have been very helpful to me and will answer in English Try firstname.lastname@example.org
Anika from Netherlands Reply
I was wondering if there is a nightbus that can bring you to your appartment (not situated in the city centre) at night after going out. I can'f find a schedule or a map with buslines or something. Any recommendations? :)
elaine from United Kingdom Reply
very confused, is there any way bus or train or however to get to gyndia from krakow? what would be the best way and how long would it take?
marta from Spain Reply
How we can arrived to Lublin for Katowice airport?
nilly from South Africa Reply
how we travel from warsaw airport to krakov and back to warsaw?
NanaG from Germany Reply
For clarification purpose use this link for info on purchasing tickets: http://www.polrail.com/sections/store/index.html It's on the same link as the one I mentioned before but it's hidden towards the bottom of the other link. Good Luck & Good Journey!
NanaG from Germany Reply
As for train bookings online, this might help. I haven't booked myself since I'm just now starting to look, but hey? http://www.polrail.com/sections/travel/timetable.html
Jules from United Kingdom Reply
is it possible to book train tickets on line - traveling from krakow to poznan?? thanks anyone
Holly from United Kingdom Reply
I'm taking my boyfriend to Krakow for his birthday and would like to go to Warsaw for one night too. How much would a return train fare cost (I can't work it out on the recommeneded site) and can you book online in advance, or do you have to book at the station once there/
Anka from Poland Reply
You don't need to know Polish - try this link: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en?
Sofia from Sweden Reply
I can not look at the time table at this website (pkp.pl). I don't understand polish. Lokk at my question further down.
Cracow Life Team from Poland Reply
Christer, please check the website above (pkp.pl) for schedules and prices.
Christer from Sweden Reply
When does the train leave from Krakow to Auschwitz and going back on May 21. What is the cost for a returnticket? Kind regards
Sofia from Sweden Reply
Hello! When do the train leave to Auswitch from cracow and what time does it come back?, on april 20th
Ania from Poland Reply
Lisa, the bus schedule changes frequently and unlike the train schedule, is not posted online. The best thing to do is to go to the station the morning you'd like to go and check the schedule (to go to Auchwitz, you need to find a bus going to Oswiecim, the Polish name of the city). The buses do not have numbers, they just have signs naming their destination. They go fairly frequently, and there are several buses going there and back daily. Make sure they take you to the "museum", not just the city, or they will drop you off at the train station in Oswiecim which is a long walk from the camp.
peter newton from United Kingdom Reply
we are arriving on 27/3 and would like to go to auchswitz whats the best way to get there. thanks
Lisa Woollard from United Kingdom Reply
I would like to use the bus to get to Auchwitz on Friday, March 28 2008. Can you tell me what times they go, what number bus it is, what stop I need and where the bus stop is? I would like to go from the main bus station. Thank you Lisa
aidan odriscoll from Ireland Reply
travelling to krakow 23march for 4day staying in city centre what is best way to travel to auschwitz and salt mines
james nelson from United Kingdom Reply
my flight arrives at 23.20 at katowice. can i get a bus into krakow this late. is it safe to do so and how much will it cost me or would i better take a taxi but more expensive