By tram, Krakow
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
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
Trams in Krakow are quite popular to use. They are everywhere. I used three numbers of trams when navigating in Krakow - it seems I liked when, and doesnt matter that they looked old.
Only I stayed a bit dissapointed about prices of going by trams. One ticket for adult cost 2,5 zloty, what is more if you have bigger bag with you, you need to pay for bag 1,35 zloty or 2,5 zloty as well. For me thats looks not logical :) Maybe this thing is made for tourists to pay more money for public transport.
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
Now I wouldn't write it if it wastn't for the fact that I've seen a few foreigners not common to the rule used here. You have to push the door button for them to open while on a tram... Maybe I just saved someone's life with it :P
PS: Contrary to buses, trams are almost always on time, so if you can- choose them.
/one ticket for both means of transportation/
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.
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.
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
This is the way I like to explore a city on a rainy day. In Krakow the tram is very cheap - I think I payed 1 Zloty (~25 cent) for a ride - not sure. The only problem was to buy a ticket. Didn't know where to purchase one so I went in a hotel and asked the receptionist. He sold me one.
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.
Krakow´s main public transportation system revolves around buses and trams. On the tram, a single ticket will cost you Zloty 2.50 - about EUR 0.60 and they can be bought from vending machines, at some news stands or from the driver of the tram, although for the latter correct change is appreciated. Tickets must be validated immediately. Tram stops are sometimes named and usually have a list of which trams are stopping at that stop. The trams vary in age somewhat - some date from the 60s others from the 21st century. During peak hours it can be a bit of a squash and you may have to buy a ticket for your baggage too - if it is bulky.
There is a great public transportation system in Krakow - tams and buses take you whereever you want to. A single ticket costs 2.50 zl and can be obtained either in kiosks, at vending machines or at the driver's. Be sure to validate the ticket as soon as you step on the tram/bus - there are frequent checks! What I especially liked was that there are signs with the name of the stop on many if not most stops, that is extremely helpful!
There were plenty of trams in Krakow.
Travelling by tram is cheap and it is a good solution to avoid traffic jam at rush hours.
But I find it always difficult to use the tram, especially if you are visiting a city for the first time, it is difficult to orientate and to know to get of the tam at the right spot (and you do not know the language, so it is difficult to ask).
As you can see the tram is decorated with the small Polish flag, as this picture is made on 1st of May which is a festivity in Poland (and in many other countries).
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)
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.