Main Bus Station
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The RDA Bus Station in Kraków is located in ul. Bosacka 18, right in the city centre. It has 30 departure stands based on two levels, with separate entrances and an additional building constituting the office and service facilities. The coaches depart to both large cities in Poland (Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw etc.) and abroad (e.g. Berlin, Prague, Lviv), but also to minor towns (Zakopane, Wieliczka, Ojcow, Auschwitz-Oswiecim), and even villages. For up to date schedules and a travel planner, go to e-podroznik.pl (in English).
The RDA Bus Station was opened in November 2005 and quickly became a crucial part of communication in Krakow. Thanks to its convenient location, and a wide range of conveniences added every day, coach services are getting more and more comfortable for passengers. The station has a waiting room located in the main part of the building, open between 6 and 22 pm on weekdays. Passengers waiting for night buses can use the night waiting room with the access to an up-to-date departure board. Toilets are open 24/7. Free Wi-Fi is available within the entire area of the RDA, and the Information Point is open on weekdays between 7 am and 20 pm (from 9 am to 5 pm on weekends). The station offers baggage lockers as well as a children’s corner, twice awarded with a special certificate, proving its kid-friendly standard. What is particularly important, the RDA Station caters to the needs of disabled people by providing the access ramp which helps to move between levels (please note that disability-friendly buses and drivers are not a standard, so you need to check each carrier’s offer individually before booking). The RDA Bus Station has no parking spaces within the station, because of limitations related to the densely built area in the city centre and some other regulations including a need to maintain the flow of traffic. However, parking space is available directly above the Main Railway Station (PKP Station) and Galeria Krakowska shopping centre (drop-in, drop-off service is available free of charge). Ticket offices of the RDA are open seven days a week, from 7 am to 7:45 pm; some tickets can be purchased even 30 days in advance, to improve your sense of security and to make your journey to some extent predictable in a good way. Some tickets, however, are available only from the driver, so you need to reach the appropriate stand at least 10 minutes before the departure time to secure your ticket. The entire area of the RDA is monitored by 91 cameras, providing the highest possible level of security, but a usual traveller’s caution for pickpockets and the like is always advised.
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The coffee machines don't work! They just take money and do not give any coffee. I was there 2 months ago but my friend checked it today - it's the same!
The lady at information is not helpful at all, to say the least she is rude and unfriendly
Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
I'm trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog.
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All the photos are working fine for me? :/ I think it might be your end. Maybe your internet is slow or something?
This information is worth everyone's attention. How can I find out more?
chronologize - Lamar -
i am simply trying to ascertainbus times not buy a ticket in advance( the podroznik website is useless to me ) ofmy visit as i only have a few days and no phone facility when in krakow
Is there a bus from Krakow to Przedborz?
Can you write me: How much is to leave my luggage at the station for 5 hours.
Hi, what is the bus number that goes to Auschwitz from Krakow ?
How often it goes and what is the earliest bus that goes to Auschwitz? And what is the bus station's name?
Thank you in advance!!
Auschwitz is a different city, Oświęcim, ca. 40 km away from Krakow, there are a number of private lines that go there, check e-podroznik.pl, as linked above in the txt. Good luck!
On 26 May, 11.03 hour, I arrive at Krakov trainstation. I like by bus to Auschwitz 1. Please inform me from where, incl departure and arrival time ( and ticketprice )
When can I find bus schedule from Krakow to Slubice, 69000?
I wanted to know the cost of bus service for a group of 74 students +5 teachers for the following services
10/12/2014 Transfer from Krakow airport hotel Wilga
14/10/2014 excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau in the morning and in the afternoon at the Mines of Wieliczka
10/16/2014 Wilga transfer from the hotel to the airport in Krakow.
I await your response
Please direct your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. Regards.
I write again because I think it is important for people to know what is happening on Krakow main station. Today I went again to information office to complain again for bahaviour of man there yesterday. There was woman today and when I explained what happened, she started pretending that she does not understand english (and I herd her talking in english with other turists when I was standing in line). So I think it isn´t a coincidence, but that working staff at Krakow main station are extremely rude and unfriendly.
The other thing I want to warn about are mini buses driving from station to Auschwitz. Watch out, if you buy 2 way ticket, today I was arguing with driver to take us on the bus on the way back (he said return ticket is for precise hour, what of course wasn´t true). So watch out, in Krakow there are many turist, so a lot of people is taking advantage of this!
Today me and my boyfriend bought 2 tickets to Auschwitz at 9.30. We went down to the D8 and waited for the bus, there was just mini bus (lady at casa told us it will be bus) and there was many people. So we didn´t get this bus, there was too many of us and we didn´t hear that the driver would call us who had tickets. We waited for another bus, but driver did not let us in, because the time on the ticket was for previous bus. Than we went to casa again and asked for changing tickets to the next day (because today was too late to go and see the museum), but they said it is only possible to go at 11. So we went to the information desk and tell everything to the guy working there. He was very rude! He did not want to talk with us, he just said that we can take the bus at 11 or go. We wanted to ask him some more things, but he was not paying any attention and laugh at us. When I asked him to call his boss, he made fun of us, gave us a prospekt and continue to be rude. I also asked him for his name, and he wouldn´t tell us!
We were very unsatisfied with the attitude and that we bought the ticket and couldn´t use them.
I hope that you will tell your worker at information office that this is not the way to treat people- especially if you are there to help people!
Thank you for your time,
That's poland for you. The people that work for MPK are on a mission because they get a cut of the fees. I was once looking in my wallet for one standing next to the ticket machine and I got a ticket. They are horrible
You can contact MPK (Krakow's transportation company http://www.mpk.krakow.pl/en/), there is an office in the centre of Krakow at Podwale St and make a complaint. I'm afraid though that if you didn't validate the ticket they might not be able to help you about the fine, but the controllers should give you a chance to pay in one of their offices, not necessarily on the spot with the cash. Good luck though!
we arrived in Krakow today and took the bus to the central station. The driver did not speak English and we showed him our tickets and he just nodded. About 20 minutes later a man who was checking tickets on the bus looked at our tickets and said we were in big trouble, He could not explain why but kept saying the tickets were not validated he asked for id and took our passports and would not return them.
He said we would have to pay 124 each for a fine. He had 2 other men with him they could not get their credit card machine to work so they took our bags and took us to cash machine. I could not believe that this was our welcome to Poland. Does anyone have any suggestions about what to do?
Beware of bus drivers who charge what they feel like even if the ticket he gives you says the proper price mine insisted I gave him more.
The kiosk upstairs is housed by really rude and unhelpful staff. The lady we speak to answered in single-worded answers and wouldnt even make eye contact with us, treating us like we were stupid.
Bus drivers largely seemed to be no better.
Also watch out for the thugs who man the busses - they prey deliberately on tourists and have designed a ticket validation system which is enforced only for tourists and not for locals - a fine of 25 times the ticket value will be enfoced through intimidation, escort to the cash machine or threats of police (even if they saw you purchase the ticket 1min earlier and hadnt realised to "validate it" on an unmarked/obscured machine on the bus).
Our experience is that Polish people in hotels and restaurants are very welcoming to tourists, but stray into services such as public transport and it seems they are unwelcoming, rude, threatening and borderline decietful.
Also pks.pl and szwagropol.pl for bus, pkp.pl for train
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Some say that the "new" bus station was already too small before it opened.... but at least we always manage to get where we want to go thus far! You can walk directly through the Galeria Krakowska mall to get there.
Thanks for the info, am hitting up Polska this spring on a major road trip...!