Wieliczka Salt Mine is situated in city of Wieliczka, nowadays practically on the outskirts of Krakow, about 10 kilometres (6 miles) southeast of Krakow's center.
You can get to the mine:
- by a car,
- by a taxi (MY RECOMENDATION),
- by a bus (NOT recommended),
- by a minibus (MY RECOMENDATION),
- by a train (NOT recommended).
For more adventeorus travellers:
- by a bicycle,
- on foot (a little long way hehe).
Drive the E 40 route direction Tarnow and Rzeszow and turn right to Wieliczka on the suburbs of Krakow. Follow the direction signs.
Map of Wieliczka: follow the link below
I recommend you to get to Wieliczka from Krakow by a taxi. It's cheap, fast (ca 20 min. from Krakow's downtown, up to 30-40 min. during ruch hours) and the most comfortable to get there.
I'm sure that you shouldn't pay more then 10 Euro/US$ for one way.
MUCH MORE: follow the link below to my taxi tips on my Krakow's page.
I have used microbuses to and back Krakow-Wieliczka. It was very fast and quite inexpensive trip. I think, the most microbuses come from Krakow bus station and later stop at some place on the way to Wieliczka. Remember, what you can just stop when with hand (like car hitchhiking).
When coming back I found microbus just near Wieliczka salt mine building.
The best way to get to Wieliczka from Krakow is the minibus. You´ll be there in half an hour.
I don´t remember where they depart from, but people in hotels/hostels will certainly be able to help you with this.
From the bus stop, ask for the directions and walk. The mine is not far.
- Museum Visits
- Budget Travel
The map to Wieliczka & how to get there ! The bus will stop you at a junction leading to The Salt Mine.
Ask people for a better direction.
Also, you will get your bus back to Krakow from the same junction although the bus is not frequent so it's better you are well-informed of the departure time from Krakow & back to Krakow.
- Budget Travel
The best way to reach Wieliczka is by bus, if you have your own car it is preferable.
The Lux-Bus from Krakow are departed frequently all day long to Wieliczka. The bus will let you of nearby the building/the entrance of the Salt Mine.
Picture on the left is the entrance building to the Salt Mine & you can see people lining up..
- Budget Travel
The Mine is accessible from Krakow Main Railway Station (Dworzec Glowny) by cheap LUX-BUS and CONTRA minibuses.
They go everyday every 5 min. to late evening hours. Their next stops in Krakow are opposite to Main Post Office and at Starowislna Street.
There is another minibus UNIBUS outside downtown of Krakow: it starts from Nowy Kleparz
You start your underground tour in the Danilowicz Shaft.
You can get to Wieliczka by a scheduled bus No 204 but it starts not in the downtown, it goes from... Borek Falecki. So you have to get to Borek Falecki first (by another bus or by a tram).
Ticket to Wieliczka costs 2.2 PLN (4 PLN = 1 Euro/US$). Cheap? hehe
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in southern Poland near the city of Krakow consists of over 200 km of underground passages, connecting more than 2000 excavation chambers on 9 underground levels extending down to 327m below the surface, see tourist route on the picture.
The tourist route starts 64 m deep and ends 135 m below the earth surface. You go downstairs at the beginning and at the end go up by a lift.
1. The Danilowicz Shaft
2. The Shaft Bottom of the Danilowicz Shaft
3. The Nicolaus Copernicus Chamber
4. The Chapel of St. Anthony
5. The Janowice Chamber
6. The Burned Chamber
7. The Sielec Chamber
8. The Casimir the Great Chamber
9. The Pieskowa Skala Chamber
10.The Kunegunda Longitudinal
11.The Kunegunda Shaft Bottom
12.The Holy Cross Chapel
13.The Chapel of Saint Kinga
14.The Erazm Baracz Chamber
15.The Michalowice Chamber
16.The Drozdowice Chamber
17.The Weimar Chamber
18.The Jozef Pilsudski Chamber
19.The Intersection of the Kazanow Longitudinal with the Poniatowski Traverse
20.The Stanislaw Staszic Chamber
21.The Treasurer Spirit
22.The Witold Budryk Chamber
23.The Warsaw Chamber
24.The Vistula Chamber
25.The Prinzinger Inclined Draft
26.The Jan Haluszka Chamber
27.The Izabela Chamber
28.The Shaft Bottom of the Danilowicz Shaft