Getting around Kraków

Public Transportation

You can get around Kraków using urban buses (within the city boundaries), agglomeration buses (which connect the city with neighbouring districts) and trams. However, the Old Town and many other historical places are located within walking distance.

  • Tickets can be bought from vending machines around the city, once on board (these accept only coins), from the driver (prepare exact change) or at certain newsagents.
  • Single journey adult fare is 3.80 zloty.
  • Please be aware that paper tickets need to be validated using special machines once on board, else you will be liable to pay a penalty fare.


Kraków is a great place to explore by bike. It can help to avoid rush hours and to explore streets and shortcuts unavailable to drivers. Should you wish to spend more time cycling, there are some popular long-distance trails such as:

  • The Old Town – Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec; It takes approx 1.5 hour to get to the Abbey and most of the picturesque route runs alongside the Vistula riverbank
  • Wawel Hill – Piłsudski’s Mound; The one-way route takes approx 1 hour. You will have a chance to see Kościuszko Mound and to cross Wolski Forest on your way.


In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, we recommend only using licensed taxi companies. Such taxi should have a visible price-list, a taximeter and a company logo with a phone number.

  • Taxis can be ordered by phone, some of them online or at a taxicab stand.
  • You will pay approx 7.00 zloty (1.80 euro) upfront charge and 2.80 zloty (0.60 euro) for every subsequent kilometre (week day, day-time fare, zone 1).

On foot

Kraków is perfect for exploring on foot. Most city highlights, such as Wawel Royal Castle or St. Mary’s Basilica, are situated close to one another, in the historical centre where pedestrian zones make walking friendly and safe.

City bike rentals operate during the holiday season, usually between April and October.

Public bike system Wavelo
You have to register online beforehand and prepay. Depending on the option you choose, you will get up to 90 minutes a day included in the fee. Bike stands are situated around the city centre and you do not have to return your bike to the same spot you collected it from.