The official Polish currency is Polish Zloty (PLN). 1 zloty equals 100 groszy. The approximate rates of exchange are as follows:
1 EURO = 4,10 Polish Zloty
1 USD (U.S. Dollar) = 3,20 Polish Zloty
1 GBP (British Pound) = 5,20 Polish Zloty
1 CHF (Swiss Franc) = 3,40 Polish Zloty
You can check current exchange rates e.g. at http://waluty.onet.pl/ or www.nbp.pl. Money can be exchanged at banks or numerous exchange bureaus (Polish: "Kantor"). The exchange bureaus closer to the city center usually offer better rates than banks or those exchange bureaus that are situated at the airport or railway station (the difference between buy and sell rate should not exceed 2%).
Travel to Cracow
You are responsible for your own travel arrangements. The following information may be helpful in planning your trip to Cracow.
It is now possible to reach Cracow at bargain fares (starting at 20 Euros one-way) with the low-cost airlines. Of course you have to book very early for the best fares, but even if you book just a few weeks in advance you can usually find a very reasonable fare. The following low-cost airlines offer direct flights to Krakow:
In addition, direct flights to Krakow are offered by the following regular airlines:
CSA Czech Airlines
Lot Polish Airlines
Another low-cost airline, WIZZAIR: www.wizzair.com, offers flights to Katowice (100 km from Cracow) and Warsaw (300 km from Cracow).
From the airport in Katowice-Pyrzowice you can take a direct bus to Cracow. Travel is organized by the Wizz Air Bus Service Matuszek and takes about 1.5-2 hours.
More detail is available on Katowice-Pyrzowice airport hompage.
If you are traveling via Warsaw, you can take advantage of the convenient express or InterCity train connection to Cracow. Trains run every 1-2 hours and the journey lasts circa three hours; tickets (second class) cost 120 zlotys(express train) or 56 zlotys (TLK). Timetables can be found at www.intercity.pl (InterCity and express trains only) or www.rozklad-pkp.pl. (Warsaw's main railway station is called "Warszawa Centralna" and Cracow's main railway station is "Kraków Główny").
You can also travel to Cracow directly from the following European cities: Berlin, Hamburg, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Lviv (Lemberg).
There is also a number of inexpensive bus connections between Krakow and London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Geneva, Zurich, Vienna, and many German cities (e.g. Aachen, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Dortmund, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Hannover, Koblenz, Mannheim, Munich, Stuttgart, Ulm).
For additional bus connections, look at www.rda.krakow.pl.
The A4 expressway from Poland's western border to Cracow has recently been extended through the densely populated area of Upper Silesia. Two thirds of the distance between the western border and Cracow can now be covered using a modern expressway (from Wroclaw to Cracow), which makes it possible to drive more than 400 km in 4-5 hours.
Upon entering the motorway between Katowice and Krakow, the motorway toll is charged (circa 18 zlotys for a car). Please note that the toll can be paid in euros, dollars or zlotys.
Expressways and other four-lane highways connect Cracow also with Vienna (400 km) and Prague (550 km). The border crossing is at Cieszyn, and the travel time is circa 5 hours from Vienna and 6-7 hours from Prague.
After the arrival in Cracow
As the railway and bus stations are situated in the city center, you can easily take a bus or tram from there to your lodgings. Detailed information about public transport in Cracow can be found at www.mpk.krakow.pl.
If you arrive in Cracow by air, you should know that the airport in Krakow-Balice www.lotnisko-balice.pl is 11 km away from the city center. In order to get to the city centre from the airport, you can take a bus (either the bus number 208 or 292) which is a relatively convenient and quite inexpensive means of transport. Tickets cost about 3 zlotys; you have to purchase two - one for you and one for your luggage. The tickets can be purchased directly from the driver, and they must be cancelled in one of the ticket punchers inside the vehicle.
Since May 2006, a train connecting the Cracow airport with the city centre has been running. The train station is situated about 200 m from the airport's main terminal. It's easily accessible on foot or with a free bus. The train ride from the airport to the main railway station lasts 15 minutes. Tickets cost 15 zlotys and are sold by the driver.
If you prefer to take a taxi, we recommend RADIO TAXI cabs (these are cabs marked with RADIO TAXI or a symbol of the taxi company and their telephone number). RADIO TAXI cabs are usually less expensive than others.