Krakow is a delightfully walkable city. You can see almost everything that is of interest to the tourist on foot. (yes, even Kaziemirz!) Streets have reasonable sidewalks and throughout the town in you look out you will see large signs indicating a tourist sight is nearby. Bear in mind though, that it is all cobblestone, so take comfortable walking shoes.
The trams are reasonably comfortable and clean. One trip costs 3.20 (a little more than $1 US). At the posts marked A you can buy your bus/tram ticket. I found that in my time in Krakow I used the whole public transport network only very minimally, everything was easily walkable.
There is a train and also a bus. The bus stops in front of the airport, whilst for the train you must walk for about 200m. I used the train when I arrived, but opted for the bus when I left, as you have to walk less. Both train and bus stop near each other, it's near the old town.
I don't remember prices, but bus it's cheaper.
Have fun in Krakow, it's a beautiful city.
I ordered pickup at the airport,a trip to Auschwitz, a trip to the Salt Mines and transportation to the airport when we were going home.
I am absolutely stunned, what a great service. A very polite and comfortable young man, who shared willingly of his knowledge .
The prices are unbeatable !!! And the service is absolutely great !
I highly recommend that you contact Thomas if you are going to Krakow :-)
They are rather large carriages well decorated, often white, with two horses and two cabman or cabwoman. The horses are strong and their harness is decorated. I must say that the couples in the white carriages made me think of the recent royal prince marriage in London.
Usually there are several standing on the north side of the Rynek Glowny market place. We found remarkable that at their standing place there was no bad smell of horse's urine. The clients at the terraces would not like that when drinking or eating. We remembered the smell of the fiacre horses in Vienna at the St-Stephansdom! At Rynek Glowny it's clean. I wonder how they do.
The price (2011) for a half hour promenade is 100 Pln = 26 € (the 60 Zloty mentioned here are from 2004). It appears that you can discuss somewhat the prices and that you may choose the carriage you want. You don't have to take the first in line. Just for comparison in Vienna it costs 40 € for 20 minutes!
Explore Kraków from an open electric car with driver/tourguide.
These battery driven cars are available in the high season and can be found at the central market square. Also suited for rides to Kazimierz, across the river and to the newer parts of town.
Krakow is not a paradise for bicycle lovers although there are more and more bicycle routes around Krakow. It's not Netherlands - some of bicycle routes need renovation or reconstruction, there are not many parkings for bicycles and traffic is not bicycle friendly. Good news is that it's improving and bicycles are allowed in closed to traffic historic downtown of Krakow.
You can bring your own bicycle or rent it. I know only one rent-a-bicycle agency called "Dwa Kola" at Jewish district: Ul. Jozefowska 5 (Jozefowska Street). But I am sure they could somewhere in a downtown as well - ask at you hotel.
Krakow is located on European network of bicycle routes called EuroVelo: click here.
The best way to enjoy Krakow is on foot. Almost all of the city’s Old Town historic area has been turn practically into a pedestrian precinct with most its landmarks in an easy walking distance. And every street and every square lives its own life manifest in its cafes, stores, galleries, assorted culture venues and public institutions.
Buy Krakow Tourist Card which enables you to use free public transportation, to enter free 26 museums (except Wawel Castle Museums and Cathedral and except Collegium Maius), discounts 3-50% in many restaurants,cafes,shops,galleries,radio taxis,organized trips. It costs 45zl for 2 days and 65zl for 3 days. It's sold in Tourist Information desk 'Krakow in Your Pocket' at Balice Airport, in many hotels, Tourist Information Centers etc. (full list: www.krakow.pl/turystyka/karta/punkty.php)
In the Old Town (closed to traffic except taxis, bicycles and...horses): just walk, you can take a cab-horse ride or ricksha on the Main Square; outside the Old Town: trams, buses, taxi.
If you are a member of any frequent flyer programme and you collect miles to get discounts/free tickets check in my first transportation tip whether your arline fly to Krakow. If yes check the airfare on the internet page of your airline.
Check airfare on one of the well known internet pages in your language for example:
A. if you travel from USA check ORBITZ:
www.orbitz.com (+click Flights at the top of the page),
B. AOL (available in national pages and languages of: USA, Canada, UK, France, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Japan, Argentina, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, Latin America - www.aol.com and choose your country at the bottom of the page):
http://webcenter.travel.aol.com/travel/air/air0.jsp - USA page.
YAHOO (available in national pages and languages of: Europe: Catalan · Denmark - France - Germany - Greece - Italy - Norway - Spain - Sweden; Asia Pacific: Asia - Australia & NZ - China - Chinese - HK - India - Japan - Korea - Singapore - Taiwan; America: Argentina - Brazil - Canada - Mexico - Spanish - U.S.):
http://travel.yahoo.com (choose your country at the bottom of the page + click Flights at the top of the page)
D. TRAVELOCITY (uses YAHOO search engine but in my computer works faster): http:// www.travelocity.com (+click Flights at the top of the page)
AOL and YAHOO usually don't search all arlines (including LOT), so the results often contain much higher prices then really the lowest.
ORBITZ searches most arlines of the world (including LOT), the results are very good but do not include LOT promotions and I was obliged to register to the service after 1st use.
MORE about LOT Polish airlines in my Poland page (transportation tips).
WISH YOU GREAT FLIGHTS :-).
Bicycles are for rent at the following companies:
BikeOne, several automated stands throughout town.
Art.-Bike, ul. Starowislna 33.
Cyklomaster, ul. Galczyñskiego 10.
e-Pieskowa Skala, ul. Podzamcze 2.
Dwa Kola, ul. Józefa 5.
Jordan, ul. Dluga 9.
Rent a Bike (bikes and scooters). Delivery service
Retrobikes, ul. Bracka 4.
Bike rental, ul. sw. Anny 4.
Alice Drive, ul. Podgórska 28.
Kraków is built on the border of the Wisla river.
There are a number of campanies offering river trips:
"Piotrus Pan" and "Sobieski" Boats
Unless you are going outside of the old town and Kazimierz, the best way to get around Krakow is to walk. The old town area is definitely walkable and cars are only allowed under very tight regulations. Kazimierz is only about 15 minutes on foot and just south of Wawel Castle. If mobility is a problem or your feet are tuckered out, we saw carts all over the main square that fit five or six people that you can hire to give you a tour of old town and Kazimierz.
Krakow is a fascinating place to visit and so much to see and do. Most of what Krakow has to offer is within walking distance of the Main Market Square - Rynek Glowny. Exploring and GETTING AROUND KRAKOW on foot is by far the best way to see the historical sites. Hans and I sure did a lot of walking. I just don't want to miss anything and you are usually more observant while on foot - therefore my camera is always with me.
OK so you're tired of walking and want to be driven around town. I thought those little golf cart thingies (photos # 1 2 & 3) driving all over the place giving tours was a great idea. Folks usually waved when I was taking their picture. They looked nice and comfortable.
How about a nice horse and carriage ride (photo #4) around town. The horses are always beautifully decorated and look so regal. I love the sound of the clip clop on the stone side streets.
Another great idea, which beats walking, is renting a bicycle. I saw a bicycle stand (photo #5) while walking around town.
Just so many ways to enjoy Krakow!
4 of us needed to get to the train station with our luggage, poons had spotted one of the city sight seeing vehicles near our apartments, and asked if the driver could take us to the train station, he agreed!
For 30 zl! (£6.33) (around £1.27 each!!) it was a laugh filled ride, as Gillybob and Suet clung to their suitcases, while the driver negotiated the traffic.
Normally these vehicles are used to offer guided tours around Krakow, Later, when we returned to Krakow, Gillybob and I enquired as to the cost to hire -it would have been around 130zl -as there were just the 2 of us.
BikeOne is a recent (2010) transport innovation introduced by the Krakow city authorities to provide short-term bike hire for getting around the city. This is something that several other European cities provide and Krakow is the first Polish city to introduce it.
The set-up is quite simple. Around the city are about a dozen automatic "bike stations" where the bicycles are electronically tethered. In order to use one you have to register online with the company who operate the service - www.bikeone.pl using a credit or debit card. You pay a deposit (70 PLN) and a fee for the period you intend to use their bikes - currently 15 PLN for 7 days or 30 PLN for a month.
You get issued a customer number and a pincode and then you have unrestricted use of any bike to and from any station for the period paid. To use a bike you simply go to your nearest station and key in the number of the bike you wish to use, your customer number and your pincode and the bike will be automatically released. The bikes are intended for short-distance use around the city and so the first 30 minutes is free of further charge, the next 30 minutes will cost 1.50 and then an hourly rate applies (3 PLN for the second hour and then 4 PLN for each subsequent hour).
After use the bike can returned to any station and redocked which will stop the clock, so to speak. It's advised to plan your journeys in advance and to know where your final docking station will be.
Whilst the main roads of the city are not particularly cycle-friendly there are plenty of off-road cycle paths to get around, including along the river and around the Planty Gardens and of course the streets leading into the main square. The bikes themselves are designed for city use with broad tires and simple gearing and are regularly maintained.
English version of the website is still under construction but Google's translator seems to make it all quite straightforward.
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