By tram, Krakow
Krakow has an extensive network of trams. You can buy tickets at kiosks or aboard the trams themselves. Just make sure you validate it in the yellow box once onboard. There are also buses and taxis. So, you can get around quite easily.
Krakow has a very good system of tram lines covering most parts of the city, even as far as Nova Huta on the eastern edge of town.
A single ride costs 3,20Pln, a ticket valid for an hour costs 4,00Pln.
I have posted a link to a map showing tram lines further down.
After you find your way through a maze of information given by leics (it looks as if she sometimes more accurate as an outsider than some insiders hahaha), you will know everything about urban public transport ticket scheme.
There is a limited tram network in Krakow. You can discover Nowa Huta district by tram including an abbey in Mogila.
The town bus network is more developed. Using this you can get to Niepolomice or
discover part of polish Jurassic Park ;-), which means Dolinki Podkrakowskie- limestone valleys or even Ojcowski National Park (this including a combination of a litlle bit more hiking.
Municipal buses may be useful for hiking in Las (forest) Wolski and Cameldole's abbey (women allowed the only few times in the year).
Mind you that according to:
you can't buy 48 hours covering aglomeration (only the city) but you can buy 24 hours or 7 days. YOu have to calculate if it make sense.
If you need further informaton/help. Let me know.
You probably know that there is many opportunities to make one day trips from Krakow by train, medium and long distance buses and minibuses.
Krakow has an extensive tram network, which is part of the public transportation system consisting of buses and trams.
Trams are quicker than buses and operate between 5:00 h and 23:00 h. Tickets are available from kiosks with the MPK logo, ticket machines or directly from the driver (subject to an additional fee).
The most important tickets and fares (2005):
Single ticket: 2,40 Zloty
24 h ticket: 10 Zloty
72 h ticket: 24 Zloty
Krakow is well served by trams. I only used them a couple of times; just to go from the train station to my accomodation and vice versa.
You can get your tickets from vending machines, from kiosks, newsagents or from the tram driver. A single ticket is valid only for a ride, but there are tickets for an hour or weekly and monthly passes.
Don't forget to validate your ticket in the machine inside the tram.
Kraków has a good system of transportation by trams. The trams are operated by MPK, Miejskie Przedsiêbiorstwo Komunikacyjne S.A.
Tickets can be bought at kiosks and MPK ticket offices.
Single trip - PLN 2.50
Night ticket - PLN 2.50
Group of up to 15 people - PLN 21.00
Group of up to 20 people - PLN 24.00
One hour pass - PLN 3.10 (no luggage rate)
24-hour pass - PLN 10.40 (no luggage rate)
48-hour pass - PLN 18.80 (no luggage rate)
72-hour pass - PLN 25.00 (no luggage rate)
Public transport in Krakow is well developed, punctual and convenient, as most of the buses or TRAMS stop at or around the Station Square. When sightseeing in the center, you're better off walking, as it's not really served by buses or trams.
When you do take a Tram or Bus, make sure you validate your ticket by immediately punching in your ticket in the ticket machine. Fines can be laid by inspectors, who randomly check tickets.
Tram tickets are available from Kiosks. From drivers, you can only purchase a single trip ticket.
There are many types of tickets. A 24-hour ticket is probably best for full day touring Krakow.
Single Trip --- 2.50 zl
One hour ticket --- 3.10 zl
Full day ticket --- 10.40 zl
Tickets must be punched on boarding the bus or tram. They are available from kiosks and Municipal Transport Company stands. From drivers are only avaliable single trip tickets.
single trip ticket
PLN 1.25 reduced rate
PLN 2.50 regular
PLN 1.55 reduced rate
PLN 3.10 regular
PLN 5.20 reduced rate
PLN 10.40 regular
PLN 19.00 reduced rate
PLN 38.00 regular
group ticket (for up to 20 persons)
PLN 11 reduced rate
PLN 22 regular
group ticket (for up to 15 persons)
PLN 15.00 reduced rate
PLN 30.00 regular
group ticket (for up to 20 persons)
PLN 17.50 reduced rate
PLN 35.00 regular
Public transport in Krakow is well developed, punctual and convenient as most of the buses or trams stop at or around the station square. When sightseeing in the centre we recommend walking. It’s not to save money on tickets but as most of the points of interest are in the centre they are all within easy walking distance. In fact none of them are really served by buses or trams.
CITY LIMIT ONE TRIP
regular 2,50 zl
CITY LIMIT ONE TRIP - Group of 15 ppl
regular 21 zl
CITY LIMIT ONE TRIP - Group of 20 ppl
regular 24 zl
ONE HOUR (multi-use ticket)
regular 3,10 zl
90 min (multi use)
regular 5 zl
ONE DAY (valid 24 h from validation)
regular 10,40 zl
48 h TICKET
regular 18,80 zl
72 h TICKET
regular 25 zl
regular 38 zl
a reduced price ticket is available only for students with valid Polish Student's ID
One-way bus or tram/streetcar ticket is 2.5 zloties.
You can buy it at every newsstand and from ticket machines
at some stops. Immediately after boarding put your ticket
through the stamping machine, make sure it stamps onto the ticket
and keep till you get out.
The Polish word for tram is TRAMWAJE...I lived in Russia for
5 years and the Russians say TRAMVAJ so quite similar..
Polish is not spoken like it is read, so be careful.
The 1st section of the Krakow's tram network was built
in 1882 to be used by horse-drawn trams.
I think that Budapest had it's first Metro line soon
after being the first on Continental Europe.
Flat rails were used to construct the 900 mm gauge track.
I guess there must have been a horse dung patrol to
scoop up all the horse doo doo, or the city would reek
more like a farm than a major city.
I'm not sure about horse droppings, but do know
that cows pollute more with the methane from their
excrement than a single car, so how horse poo is
in ratio to a car, I'm not sure how that rates?
But not so green as one would think, or
should I say brown?
One of the best ways to feel the pulse of Krakow
is to take a ride on the well spread ot tram network.
MPK is the company operating the trams.
Krakow’s municipal transport company,
known in the city under its acronym MPK
(Miejskie Przedsiebiorstwo Komunikacyjne S.A.)
The MPK municipal transport company operates Krakow’s 25 tram lines
that consist of some 84 kilometers of double tramways.
Trams in Krakow don’t run in the night, i.e. roughly between midnight and 5 a.m.
Taking a tram from from the ring road surrounding the
main market square to the Jewish district of Kazimierz, a very historic district
with a sad history.
I live in the former Jewish Ghetto in Budapest and
although Kazimierz has been done up alot, you can still feel
and imagine here what took place than in Budapest as
there seems to be a stronger presence or atmosphere
of the evil that took place here.
Tram is 1.20 zl each way....From the main square area, i took it to the bus station which was one stop away. Could have walked, but i had some luggage. Tram can get you all around if you research to see where u want to go. No undergound subway in poland as far as i know. You have train, bus , or tram.
Krakow has an extensive, cheap and regular network of trams. You can buy 1 hour tickets for 2.50 zloty from electronic machines at most tram stops (keep some change handy). There are day tickets too, but I found the city small enough to walk around. I only needed the tram to get to further out places, like Kazimierz, so I just bought tickets when I needed them. It's really easy - the machines even offer an English language option.
trams are great in krakow...at first you dont see the incentive to buy a ticket...BUY A TICKET! we got caught without tickets, by a 6 ft polish officer with a face like a slapped arse. he got off the stop we were getting off at and another officer (also 6 ft) was waiting for us there. they asked for our passports but we said we didnt have them on us. along with a third officer we were circled and made to pay a fine. (luckily only worked out about under 15 english pounds each). we tried to talk our way out of it, saying we were english and didnt know how the tram system worked - they had none of it lol. quite funny looking back but officers are scary so save yourself the 5 minutes of sh**ing yourself!
The Krakow tram network provides a slightly faster way of getting around the city than the bus system and like the bus system most routes originate in the suburbs passing through the city centre before travelling outwards again. Ticketing and pricing are exactly the same as the bus system.
The trams themselves are of varying ages and designs but the network seems to run quite smoothly and are generally well signposted.
Expect standing room only during peak periods unless you are either ancient or pregnant.