Excursions from Krakow: the best day trips around Krakow

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Located in the south of Poland, on the border with the Czech Republic, Krakow is certainly one of the most beautiful Polish cities.
Elegant and gothic, with its majestic Rynek Glowny, the square where the colorful Textile Market takes place from the Renaissance to today, which tells of Polish history and traditions.
A city to discover in its views, in its alleys where flowers and carillons are still sold. Extremely romantic, definitely not to be missed.

E equally unmissable are its surroundings. That is why we have decided to recommend five day trips to take from Krakow, which will take you to discover the fantastic area surrounding the city.


  1. Wieliczka Salt Mines
  2. kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  3. Wadowice
  4. Auschwitz-Birkenau
  5. Wroclaw
  6. User questions and comments

1 - Wieliczka Salt Mines

Located in the town of Wieliczka, in the metropolitan area of ​​Krakow, one of the oldest salt mines in the world. Used for the extraction of salt until 1996, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and it is one of the most famous and most popular Polish tourist sites.
Composed of intersected tunnels and passages, which reach a depth of 327 meters, it allows a tourist itinerary that includes the visit of twenty rooms, in a 2 km long tunnel path.

The atmosphere inside the mine is truly amazing and you will be delighted by the clear ones underground lakes, statues and bas-reliefs carved in the blocks of salt by the miners themselves, along an artistic journey that will lead you to the Chapel of the Blessed Kinga (the protector of miners): a real church, embellished with ornaments and chandeliers in brilliant salt crystals, where cultural events and sometimes romantic and surreal wedding ceremonies are held.

  • Range: 13,5 km
  • It is about 13,5 km from Krakow (thirty minutes by car and just over forty by bus). It is recommended to reach Wieliczka by Bus 304 (departing every hour), from the "Krakow Glowny" railway station to "Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia". Tickets can also be purchased on board, at a cost of 3.50 zl / € 0,82 single journey. For greater convenience, you can opt for a guided tour with transfer included.
  • 7:30 - 19:30 (1st April - 31st October); 8:00 - 17:00 (2 November - 31 March).
  • 84 zl (€ 19,72) adult; 64 zl (€ 15,03) children and students up to 26 years.
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine: 4-hour tour from Krakow

2 - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Renamed "Polish Jerusalem" and more Unesco World Heritage, this town is just 33 km from Krakow. Hosts a Religious park (6 km long) where the Sanctuary of the Passion and of Our Lady of Kalwaria is located, a series of chapels and a convent Franciscan-Bernardino, all in the enchanting landscape of the Beskidy mountains.

Very important place of worship for the many faithful who perform here sacred pilgrimagesHowever, it also lends itself to a religiously non-committed tourist visit, due to its colors and its characteristic stone paths, which certainly make it an indispensable destination during a trip to Krakow.

  • Range: 33,4 km
  • Located at a distance of approximately 33,4 km from Krakow (reachable in 45 minutes by car and just over an hour by bus). We recommend Bus Janiso, from Dworzec MDA up to ul. Krakowska PKS (departure every thirty minutes) at a cost of 10.98 zl / € 2,58 one way. For greater convenience, you can opt for a guided tour with transfer included.
  • 9 pm (CET)
  • visitable for free
  • From Krakow: Pope John Paul II Private Tour John Paul II's Footsteps and Divine Mercy Private Tour

3 - Wadowice

Birthplace of John Paul II, Wadowice is about 45 km from Krakow and is a small must-see.
In this town it is possible take the Karol Wojtyla Route: a road that contains and tells the symbolic places linked to the life of John Paul II: from home, Christmas, inside which there is a museum that exhibits original furniture and objects that belonged to him, to the pastry shops that still churn out "Wadowicka kremovka papiesk" (a delicious pastry filled with vanilla cream), which was the pope's favorite dessert, until to the Minor Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which houses a reliquary inside which is contained a drop of her blood.

  • Range: 45,3 km
  • The town of Wadowice is about 45,3 km from Krakow (an hour by car and about an hour and a half by bus). We recommend the Bus Interpalm, from Krakow MDA ul. Bosacka (bus station) to Wadowice FROM ul. Pilsudskiego (terminus); departing every ten minutes, at a cost of 9.00 zl / € 2,12 single ride. For greater convenience, you can opt for a guided tour with transfer included.
  • Museum: 9:00 - 18:00. Closed on Mondays. Basilica: 6:00 - 21:00.
  • Museum: 5 zl / € 1,20; Basilica: Free
  • From Krakow: Pope John Paul II Private Tour

4 - Auschwitz-Birkenau

A road full of birch trees and silence is the one that leads from Krakow to Oswiecim, the town in whose open fields stands the place that has pierced the history of the whole of humanity to death: the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1979.

A place of memory and pain, today, through the memorial placed inside the first camp (Auschwitz), tells the horror of the Holocaust, witnessed by everything that remains in the camp: from shoes to clothes, from hair to effects personnel of the prisoners; from the crematorium ovens (partly destroyed) to the death showers, in paths that still remain silent, straight towards Birkneau: the second field, where the track stopped at nothing towards the end, where one of the freight cars is still preserved today where Jews were transported.
A strong experience but certainly due, in relation to a history that has forever marked our Humanity.

  • Range: 61,3 km
  • by bus from the MDA Bus Station (one-way ticket from 10PLN / € 2,35; journey time approximately 2 hours; arrival 10 minutes on foot from the museum). Alternatively, Czechowice - Dziedzice regional train from Krakow Main Train Station (one-way ticket from 16PLN / € 3,76; travel time approx. 2 hours; arrival stop 20 minutes on foot from the museum). For greater convenience, you can opt for a guided tour with transfer included.
  • 7:30 - 15:00 (from January to November); 7:30 - 14:00 (December). The camp is closed December 25th, January 1st, Easter Sunday.
  • 50 pln (€ 11,74).
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau: full-day guided tour from Krakow

5 - Wroclaw

Just three hours from Krakow, on the banks of the Oder River, is the beautiful town of Wroclaw.
Small and fairytale, characterized by pastel-colored houses and lots of cute metal gnomes that pop up here and there in the corners of the city, which have become one of the funniest attractions to photograph.

Also very interestingAstronomic watch, located on the main facade of the Town Hall of Wroclaw; the bridge of Love, which crosses the river, enclosing infinite love stories among the many padlocks attached to its railing; he medieval buildings Hansel and Gretel: two sister buildings, linked by a single door that for years represented the entrance to the Wroclaw cemetery.

  • Range: 254 km
  • It is 254 km away; about 2 hours and 53 minutes by car and 5 hours by train. It is advisable to arrive by bus Lajkonik (departure 6:00 am, arrival 10:00 am) or Link-Bus (departure 6:10 am, arrival 9:10 am). Both companies offer two return trips (one in the afternoon and one in the evening). One-way tickets start from 37 PLN (approximately € 8,60).
  • The city can always be visited.
  • Wroclaw: Private 4-hour tour of the City of Hundred Bridges

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