John Paul II International Airport (tel. 12/295-58-00; www.krakowairport.pl) is located in the suburb of Balice, about 16km (10 miles) west of the city center. The airport has two terminals, a larger international terminal and a smaller domestic terminal at the back to handle flights within Poland. Most of the services, including rental-car outlets, ATMs, restaurants, and a branch of the city's tourist information office, are located at the international terminal. The best way to get into town from the airport is to take Polish Railways' "Balice Express," regular train service to and from Kraków's main train station with regular departures on the half-hour. (The "express" part of the name must be some sort of inside joke at Polish Rail, since the train seems to chug along at about 32kmph/20 mph; still, it manages to make the journey in about 20 minutes.) The price is 8 z each way (7 z if purchased at a ticket machine). To reach the small station from where the express train departs, you need to take a blue shuttle bus that leaves from outside both terminals. Kraków Shuttle (tel. 12/633-01-25; www.krakowshuttle.com) offers reasonably priced door-to-door shuttle service from both Kraków and Katowice airports. The price from Kraków to in-town destinations is 70 z total for up to four passengers. You can also take a taxi into town, but be sure to use only clearly marked cabs and refuse any offers of a ride you might get from individuals inside the terminal or just outside the door: These are likely to be scams. Expect to pay about 70 z to 80 z to destinations in the center.
Kraków's main train station, the Dworzec Gówny (pl. Kolejowy 1; tel. 12/393-15-80; http://rozklad-pkp.pl) is a pleasant 15-minute walk from the center of the city. Kraków is well served by rail, and departures for Warsaw and other major cities are frequent. The rail distance from Warsaw is about 3 hours. Note that travel to popular international destinations like Prague sometimes requires a change of trains in Katowice.
Kraków's Central Bus Station (Bosacka 18; tel. 12/393-52-55; www.rda.krakow.pl) is located just behind the main train station and is an easy walk or relatively cheap taxi ride to the center of town. Nearly all buses -- international and domestic -- use this station. This is also where buses to Zakopane and Oswiecim (Auschwitz) depart. The station has two levels, so make sure you know which level your bus is using. There's a bank of ticket windows, but often times, you'll simply buy your ticket from the bus driver.
Kraków lies on the main east-west highway, the A4, running through southern Poland. It's nearly a straight 3- to 4-hour shot on mostly four-lane highway from the German border, through the cities of Wrocaw and Katowice. You'll have to pay a toll (8 z) covering the distance to and from Katowice, but for the speed and convenience (compared to other roads in Poland), it's a bargain. From other directions, including coming in from Warsaw to the north, you'll have to contend with much smaller roads and longer drive times. Once in Kraków, find a place to park the car (there's metered street parking) and leave it. The city's busy, tram-clogged streets are no fun to drive on.
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