Getting around Zakopane

Above: Ride the river Left: Horse around Below: Or risk a run in with Jaws on the cablecar

By taxi

Zakopane is a small town, so its best to try and walk around, as far as possible. If you do need to get a taxi, phone for one - its 30 percent cheaper than grabbing one from a taxi rank.

By car

You can hire a car to get around, but if you plan to spend most of your time in the town centre, think carefully. It is probably not a bad idea to have a car during the summer season, but in the winter, the roads are often blocked, and you'll need chains for your tyres to get anywhere.

By public transport

Sleighs in the winter and carriages in the summer for the tourists make Zakopane picture postcard pretty, but for all practical purposes, go for the state bus service (PKS) or for the burgeoning number of small minibus operators who can ferry you to the popular setting-out points at the bottom of the The Tatra Mountains. Pick them up from Zakopane's Central Bus Station (Dworzec Autobusowy), ten minutes' walk from the town centre. By cable car and train

Most visitors at some stage try to take the cable car to Kasprowy. Book your ticket early, unless standing in a queue for a few hours is your idea of a holiday. The cable train to Gubalowka is not usually quite so oversubscribed, however. Take it to the top, then walk back down again - it only takes 20 minutes or so back to Zakopane's town centre.

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yvonne from United Kingdom Reply Jun 28th, 2015

Beautiful place friendly people been three times now would recommend it we always go by bus as you see more xx

Rahul Sharma from India Reply Jul 20th, 2012

Great place great people beautiful scenic drives & spots around Zakopane ....but remember not to forget to Book your ticket early for the cable car, unless standing in a queue for a few hours is your idea of a holiday :))

Bill from United Kingdom Reply Jan 12th, 2010

Do the buses from Zakopane to Szczawnica carry bicycles? There would be 5 bikes in the group which could be a problem. We will be there in May.

Stan from United Kingdom Reply May 27th, 2009

I'll be taking the horsey ride!

MK from United Kingdom Reply May 4th, 2009

I will be in Zakopane in August 09 and want to book a day trip, rafting down Dunajec Gorge. Any suggestions for a reputable company. I will be travelling with my sister (Two mature yet fit females)

karl schiele from United Kingdom Reply Jun 13th, 2008

a great site l can not wait for augest this year l am only going for 3 days but next time l am going to stay longer.

Teddy from Australia Reply Jun 6th, 2008

great site, helped me out in my assigment, jestem polakiem, super strona nara

michael boyd from United Kingdom Reply Feb 25th, 2008

can i ski in middle of April? can you recommend hotel or b&b close to ski lift? whats last bus from krakow to zakopane?

michael boyd from United Kingdom Reply Feb 25th, 2008

can i ski in middle of April? can you recommend hotel or b&b close to ski lift? whats last bus from krakow to zakopane?

Anne from United Kingdom Reply Nov 6th, 2007

Q. In the winter time does the town provide shuttle service/ pick-up points to take you to the ski slopes. Its not much fun carrying your ski gear and having to walk miles to the slopes.

mrs cebeci from Turkey Reply Sep 18th, 2007

ý will see all of these places. Thank you for your help. I is good.

kruk from United States Reply Mar 14th, 2007

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john finnegan from Ireland Reply Dec 23rd, 2006

great site, will review when i come back!!

David Long from United States Reply Dec 19th, 2006

An excellent site. Has helped me so much in the planning of my trip this winter. Keep it up. I'll spread the word. On my return I will review all the restaurants, bars, activities I tried.