Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and the former royal capital. Located in the south of Poland near to the Czech border and sitting on the River Vistula, it has a population of 800,000. Widely considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Krakow was founded in the 7th century and has been important throughout Poland’s political, economic and social history.
Krakow is a wonderfully atmospheric city. Its historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes Wawel Royal Castle and Rynek Glówny (Main Square), the largest medieval market square in Europe. It is home to one of the world’s oldest universities (Jagiellonian University), has been a European Capital of Culture and a UNESCO City of Literature. Today’s Krakow is highly attractive to tourists with its stunning architecture, love of and displays of culture and student fuelled café and nightlife entertainments.
Krakow is also the birthplace of one of the most beloved popes of recent times and indeed, the airport is named in honour of Pope John Paul II. When you book a Krakow Airport taxi you begin a journey into a beguiling and cosmopolitan city where the intellectual meets fun, the antique rubs shoulders with the contemporary and beautiful green spaces sit among bustling streets.
The best time to visit Krakow is in late spring/early summer and late summer/early autumn. The weather is pleasant and you don’t have to deal with throngs of tourists crowding the main sights and attractions in the city centre.
What to see in Krakow
- Wawel Royal Castle: Dating from the 16th Century, the former royal residence is now a museum in five distinct sections: the State Rooms, Royal Private Apartments, Crown Treasury and Armoury, Exhibition of Oriental Art and Lost Wawel.
- Main Square: Soak up the atmosphere while you admire the 15th-century Town Hall tower, 16th-century Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Basilica, a bronze statue of Adam Mickiewicz, a 19th-century romantic poet and a huge bronze head of Eros by Igor Mitoraj .
- Schindler’s Factory: Discover the story of how one man, Oskar Schindler, saved over 1,200 Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Poland.
- Architectural Sights: Key sights of architectural and historical significance are St. Mary’s Basilica, the Barbican, St. Florian’s Gate, Kościuszko Mound, the Slowacki Chamber of the Wieliczka Salt Mines and Rakowicki Cemetery.
Officially named John Paul II Kraków-Balice International Airport, Krakow’s airport is located 11 km (6.8 miles) west of the city in the village of Balice. It is Poland’s second busiest passenger airport and is used for leisure, business and cargo flights.
The airport runs 24/7 year round. Destinations are European capitals all year with seasonal flights to holiday destinations across the continent served by most major European airlines. There are also flights to Chicago and Newark in the USA, Amman in Jordan, Tel Aviv in Israel and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Pre-covid, passenger numbers handled were 8.4 million annually.
There’s one runway and one airport terminal. The terminal building is quite recent and modern having been opened in December 2016. Facilities in the terminal include a post office, bureau de change, restaurants and shops, children’s playroom and animal playground.
The airport is well served by transport links. There are rail and bus services direct to Krakow Central, good road access, car rental desks in the terminal building and prominent pick up and drop off points where you can get your Krakow Airport taxi.
Approximate Taxi cost from Krakow Airport
|Krakow Airport||1-5 people||6-8 people|
|Krakow Airport – Main Square||from €22;||from €28;|
|Krakow Airport – Wawel Castle||from €18;||from €24;|
|Krakow Airport – Wieliczka||from €19;||from £24;|
Distances between Krakow Airport and some points of interest
- Krakow Airport – Main Square: a 28 km drive of about 35 minutes along the A4.
- Krakow Airport – Wawel Castle: a 16 km drive of 30 minutes along the DW780.
- Krakow Airport – Wieliczka : a 27 km drive of 25 minute drive to the area popular for tourists to stay.
- Krakow Airport – Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Marble Arch: the site of the notorious Nazi concentration camp is about an hour’s drive from the airport and about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Krakow Main Square.
Transport to Krakow from John Paul II Airport
You can reach central Krakow in half an hour from the airport by various modes of transport. Transport and travel information is regularly updated on the airport website.
- Train - There is a regular service between the airport and the city centre. The train station is connected to the terminal via a footbridge. You can find the train timetable here.
- Bus - Bus stops are right outside the terminal building and public bus timetables are displayed on a screen by the information desk in the main hall. There are three regular routes and one night route. A number of private bus and minibus companies run regular services to and from the airport.
- Road access -There are 4 easy routes into the city by car. The main road is the A4 and this not only connects Krakow and the airport but with main routes to other destinations in Southern Poland.
- Car Hire - Car rental companies operate in the terminal or hire cars booked online can be collected at designated points.
- Taxi - The Krakow Airport Taxi Service is the only official licensed taxi company at the airport but you can prebook a private Krakow Airport taxi transfer.
Taxileader.net service at Krakow Airport
There are numerous advantages to booking a private taxi from Krakow Airport with Taxileader.net.
- The price you pay is fixed when you make the booking. There are no additional charges made in the event of a delay or additional mileage due to traffic conditions or diversions.
- The price will include all your luggage and you can request a child seat free of charge.
- Our well-maintained and comfortable vehicles are exclusively for the use of the booking party – we do not ask customers to share rides..
- Your driver will meet you at the specified pick-up point on time. All our drivers are polite, professional and helpful.
- You avoid the hassles of public transport and having to wait in line for premium-rate airport taxis.
How to book a Krakow Airport fixed price taxi service
All Taxileader bookings are taken online. Booking a Taxileader service is all done online. We ask that you make a booking in advance but we also endeavour to fulfil urgent requests.
You will be provided with a quote when you complete the online booking form with time, date and any other miscellaneous details. The quote is a fixed rate based on distance.
Your booking is confirmed when you pay a small deposit. The balance due is payable in cash to the driver at the end of your journey.
An email confirms your booking. In the event of any query, Taxileader has a multilingual customer service team.