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How to get to Wieliczka from Krakow?

Straight from airport or train stations? No problem!

Krakow is one of those cities in Poland that reign among the tourist destinations. Unique architecture, monuments and cafes or restaurants are wait practically at every step. On the occasion of a visit to this city, it is worth visiting Wieliczka. How to get to Wieliczka from train station or airport and what can we find there? We are already explain!

Here you will get to know how to get to Wieliczka from train statin or airport in Krakow.

A few words about attractions in Wieliczka

Wieliczka is a city located 16 kilometers to the southeast from Krakow, famous for its architecture and monuments.

One of the greatest treasures of Wieliczka, however, is its famous salt mine, which attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Tourists in one of the rooms in the mine

What makes Wieliczka unique? In the salt mine in Wieliczka you can see unusual chambers, corridors, chapels and other attractions that have been carved in salt by many generations of miners.

The biggest attraction is the chapel of St. Kinga, which is decorated with sculptures, altars and frescoes made of salt. It is also worth seeing the underground lake, where you can take a boat trip.

The chapel of St. Kinga

In addition to the salt mine, Wieliczka offers many other attractions, including a castle, museums, churches and numerous restaurants serving traditional Polish dishes.

It is also worth walking through the streets of the Old Town and seeing beautiful, historic tenement houses.

Underground restaurant in Salt Mine

Unique Ojcowski National Park

In the vicinity of Wieliczka there are also other tourist attractions such as the Ojcowski National Park, the castle in Pieskowa Skała and picturesque valleys and gorges that invite to hiking and biking.
So when the weather is good, Wieliczka offers many attractions to spend time outdoors.
Cottages at the valley in the Ojcowski National Park

So how to get there by train?

If you like to admire the picturesque views outside the window, the train will be the perfect solution for you!

To reach the mine by train, you first have to go to the Main Railway Station in the center of Krakow and take the train of the local carrier – Koleje Małopolskie.

The train is one of the best option

Trains of Koleje Małopolska are painted blue and orange and a remarked with the abbreviations KMŁ or KMAL. At the checkout, make sure you buy a train ticket from the appropriate carrier!

They usually run once every half an hour and it takes them about 20 minutes to get to the station you are interested in (Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia).

And how to get to Wieliczka Salt Mine? The distance from the station to the mine is just over 500 meters and you can overcome it on foot without any obstacles – below you will find a map with the most convenient route to the Daniłowicz shaft marked.

The route from the PKP Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia station to the Wieliczka Salt Mine

How much does a ticket from Krakow to Wieliczka cost?

A ticket of Koleje Małopolska valid for 2 hours costs PLN 4,50. There is also an option to buy an integrated ticket, valid for 70 minutes and valid for both travel by Koleje Małopolska and MPK vehicles (buses and trams) – the price of this ticket is PLN 7.

Tickets are available both in ticket machines located at the station and in traditional ticket offices.

How to get to Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow

Summarizing

  • Where to go? – Main Railway Station in Krakow
  • Ticket price: PLN 4.50
  • Travel time: Approx. 20-30mins
  • Distance from the station to the mine: 10 minutes on foot

You can check the current timetable here.

The train is one of the easiest ways how to get to Wieliczka

Other means of transport to Wieliczka – the city bus

A good alternative to the train is the city bus. The most convenient, non-stop connection from the center of Krakow to Wieliczka is line no. 304, which stops, among others, at the stops Dworzec Główny Zachód, Nowy Kleparz, Plac Inwalidów or Muzeum Narodowe.

Current timetables for this line can be found here.

Wieliczka is located outside the city limits of Krakow. It will be necessary to purchase an agglomeration ticket (one that covers both zones I and II).

The cost of such a ticket is PLN 6 (reduced ticket – half of the regular price).

Where to get off if you want to go straight to the salt mine? The bus stop is called Wieliczka Salt Mine.

From there, go down Dembowski Street and turn left into Daniłowicza Street, which will take you directly to the entrance to the mine.

Route from the bus stop to the Wieliczka Salt Mine

Brief summary

  • line no. 304
  • first stop: Dworzec Główny Zachód
  • destination stop: Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • price: 6zł (ticket for zones I + II)
  • Travel time: Approx. 30-35mins
  • Stop to the mine: approx. 5 minutes on foot

Straight to Wieliczka from Krakow Airport

When planning access how to get to Wieliczka from Krakow Airport, it is worth making a short overview.

You can use public transport, both bus and train. There is a bus line that goes from Balice to the Main Railway Station – line no. 208. This train runs once an hour.

How to get to Wieliczka from Krakow airport

An alternative to traveling by bus is to travel by train, which goes from Balice to the Main Railway Station and then goes further, directly to Wieliczka. An undoubted advantage of such a solution is the low cost of travel.

When looking for a way to get from Balice Airport to the main station or to Wieliczka, you can also consider a taxi. Under the airport there are vehicles of the official carrier, i.e. Airport Taxi. You can also order a taxi from another corporation or choose transport by Uber or Bolt.

The costs of such a trip are much higher than public transport. They depend on the day of the week and the time at which the transport takes place.

You can also order a taxi, uber or bolt to get to Wieliczka .

Remember that the taxis have their own tariff. Traveling at night on Sunday or a holiday is definitely more expensive than on an ordinary day of the week.

Now everything is clear!

Wieliczka, although not a big city, offers tourists many attractions, which were mentioned at the beginning of the article.

Now when you visit Krakow, you will know how to get to Wieliczka straight from the main Krakow Train Station or Krakow airport. Certainly with this guide you can cope without problems.

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8 Comments

  1. I recently followed your advice on taking the train to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. Your instructions were clear and easy to follow, and I had a fantastic time exploring the mine. I appreciate the effort you’ve put into creating such a detailed and informative guide. It’s a valuable resource for anyone planning a visit to this incredible attraction.

  2. As a Krakow local, I’m impressed by the accuracy and detail of your article. You’ve covered all the essential information for getting to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and your directions for taking the bus are spot-on. I often recommend this attraction to visitors, and I’ll be sure to share your article with them in the future. Thank you for showcasing one of our region’s most fascinating destinations!

  3. Your article is a must-read for anyone visiting Krakow and wanting to explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine. I love how you’ve broken down the different transportation options, making it easy for travelers to choose the best one for their needs. The 304 bus seems like a convenient and affordable choice. I’ll definitely be referring to your article when I plan my visit.

  4. I’m planning a day trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow, and your article has been a lifesaver. I was initially overwhelmed by the different transportation options, but your clear explanations have helped me decide on taking the train. I appreciate the insider tips you’ve provided, such as validating the ticket on board. Thanks for making my trip planning easier!

  5. As a history buff and mining enthusiast, visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine has been on my bucket list for years. Your article has provided me with a comprehensive guide on how to get there from Krakow. I’m excited to try the train route you’ve suggested, as it seems like the most scenic and enjoyable option. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

  6. I’ve been to the Wieliczka Salt Mine before, but I had no idea there were so many transportation options available from Krakow. Your article has opened my eyes to the convenience of taking the 304 bus directly to the mine. I appreciate the level of detail you’ve provided, including the ticket prices and estimated travel times. This information will be invaluable for my next visit.

  7. As someone who often travels to Krakow for work, I’ve always wanted to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine but wasn’t sure about the best way to get there. Your article has provided me with all the information I needed. I particularly appreciate the detail you’ve included about buying tickets at the Krakow Główny train station. I feel confident now about planning my visit. Thank you!

  8. I recently visited Krakow and used your article as a guide to reach the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Your step-by-step instructions for taking the train from Krakow Główny to Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia were incredibly helpful. Thanks to your clear directions, I had a hassle-free journey and enjoyed a fantastic day exploring the salt mine. Keep up the great work!

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