Krakow is the former capital of Poland, residence of Polish kings and the seat of the oldest university in Central Europe. The city was fortunately not destroyed during its volatile history and today is competing with some of the most beautiful European cities. The medieval old town, which is on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites, is the dynamic heart of Krakow, buzzing with students, residents and tourists from all over the world.
The key points of interest are the main Market Square – the largest medieval square in Europe, Royal Castle Wawel, Collegium Maius of Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Hall, the old Jewish district of Kazimierz and many more. Follow the steps of Pope John Paul II who used to be the Cardinal of Krakow.
Krakow lies in the southern part of Poland on the Vistula River in a valleyat the foot of the Carpathian Plateau. Approximately 300 km (190 miles) north is Warsaw, the capital of Poland and 100 km (60 miles) south are the Tatra Mountains, forming the southern border of the country.
Thanks to its location Krakow is perfectly connected with large cities in Poland, Europe and worldwide. Direct connections are available to many European cities (Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Paris, London, Brussels, etc.) from:
International airport in Krakow (approximately 15 km from the city centre) http://www.krakowairport.pl/en
International airport in Katowice (approximately 100 km from Krakow)
By plane: Krakow Airport - Balice (KRK) offers direct flights to the following cities eg.: Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Bergen, Berlin, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Cagliari, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gdansk, Hamburg, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Madrid, Malaga, Milan, Munich, Newcastle, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stavanger, Stockholm, Trapani, Warsaw, Vienna and more: http://www.krakowairport.pl/e
By car: Many national roads and motorways intersect in Krakow, among others the A4 running directly from the German border.
By train: The city also offers convenient direct railway connections with most of the bigger towns in Poland, and Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Hamburg, Kiev, Lvov, Prague, Vienna and Žilina.
Tram and bus tickets
Tickets can be bought at newsagents or in ticket machines at bus and tram stops. Ticket machines can also be found in a number of buses and trams. Drivers can sell tickets as well, but note: they only have “multiple trip valid 60 min” tickets and reduced tickets available In all these places you can only pay in cash.
Ticket prices for all day lines and night lines
For planning your public transport trip use: http://krakow.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en
Current timetable you can find here: http://rozklady.mpk.krakow.pl/?akcja=index&rozklad=20170401&lang=EN
Time in Poland is GMT+1 (winter), GMT +2 (summer)
The character of Polish climate is transitional between maritime and continental. The weather is rather changeable and is likely to surprise.
The official currency in Poland is Polish Zloty (PLN). 1€ equals approximately 4 PLN.
The best way to check current exchange rate of Polish Zloty (PLN) is to go to website of the National Bank of Poland:http://www.nbp.pl.
Polish Zloty may be obtained from an ATM or foreign currency may be exchanged at the hotel or in banks, exchange offices, airports and railway stations.
Major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, American Express is also accepted but to a lesser extent.
Electricity in Poland is 230V
Electrical outlets in Poland are 2P+Z type