The bus station is right next to the train station, and just 5 minutes’ walk from Krakow’s main shopping mall, Galeria Krakowska. Leave Krakow for a few hours and visit one of the most historically significant places in Europe – UNESCO listed Auschwitz Museum and Birkenau Camp in Oświęcim. Hello, we are visiting krakow Friday, we want to visit the camp/museum on Saturday, where in the square can we book the tour on Friday? The slight disadvantage of this option is the fact that the train station in Oświęcim is about 20 to 30 minutes’ walk from the Museum at Auschwitz, though there are always local buses which can shuttle visitors to and from the museum for a few zloty (currently 2.70 PLN for an adult, 1.70 PLN per child). Departures from: Main Bus Station in Krakow (also referred to as ‘MDA’ or ‘Malopolskie Dworzec Autobusowy’) Visit beautiful Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Poland, on a 3-night city break with a guided tour of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. The closing hours mentioned above are when the last groups of visitors are admitted inside, having one and a half an hour to complete their visits. Going on your own by bus is a great option if you have plenty of time, enjoy the adventure, and are not on a tight schedule. If you want to learn more about the Holocaust and pay your respects to its victims, consider visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Yes, definitely! We always reach your destination. There are three primary ways of reaching Auschwitz – by train, by bus, and by private car transport. Departures from: Main Train Station in Krakow (‘Krakow Główny’ in Polish) „Auschwitz tour- Krakowdiscovery” is fully licensed company recommended by Tripadvisor what confirms our qualifications and reviews. Dear Andy, There are good, regular transport connections between Krakow and Oświęcim, both by bus and train, as well as the convenient options of joining a guided tour to and from Krakow. You can choose several ways to get from Krakow to Auschwitz. Getting to Auschwitz from Krakow is not that hard after all. That's awesome that you're coming to Krakow - you will not regret it, I'm sure! Auschwitz Shuttle - Back to Krakow. Do you think this is a good idea or am I complicating things? 10.30 - 10.45 Coffee break 15 min break to grab a cup of coffee, snack or to go to the bathroom. English speaking tour leader will help you throughout the whole trip assisting you and answering all the necessary questions. I fell in love with Krakow when I moved here a couple of years ago to study. Hi How to return: Get on a return bus or take a 2-kilometre walk to the railway station of Oswiecim to catch a train to Krakow. Excellent information many thanks, I will be using your information when I visit Krakow in April next year. A driving license or passport is fine. Sounds like a solution that could work for you, so I recommend checking it out :), A great help in planning my visit. The exhibitions of Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp are open to visitors daily, with the exceptions of January the 1st, the first day of Easter and the 25th of December, as well as on certain days or hours when official diplomatic delegations are to be hosted there (you may check these special dates when Auschwitz isn't open). Hello! We can imagine your doubts. There are quite a lot of scheduled trains between Krakow and Oświęcim, so this is quite a straightforward option. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Krakow Auschwitz - Tours on Tripadvisor. Best regards and have an awesome time in Krakow in November! from €449. It is possible to visit the museum between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. (December), 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. (January, November), 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (February), 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (March, October), 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (April, May, September) or 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (June, July, August). You can learn more about the purpose of cookies and how to change your browser settings. If you need any help with organizing your stay - let me know :) It is a difficult question. It’s a memorial devoted to over 1.5 million victims murdered by the Nazis during WWII and a symbol of Holocaust – one of the greatest crimes against humanity in the world’s history. The day is certainly quite long (around 7 hours), but few who take the trip to Auschwitz regret it. Thanks for your comment! An English-speaking driver will pick you up from a pre-arranged meeting point in Krakow (please note that pickup is only at the meeting point) and transfer you in a comfortable vehicle. Oświęcim is a medium-sized town, with a population of about 40,000 inhabitants, about 50 kilometres west of Krakow, as the crow flies. Direct flight from Dublin to Krakow; Airport transfer to your hotel; Many thanks. There are few who would say they actually ‘want’ to visit Auschwitz, though many are compelled to do so for their own reasons. Thank you. Auschwitz is the German word for Oświęcim, but since the death camp, it is only used for the historical camps, not the town. I am glad to work with Discover Cracow and share my passion for this city with our lovely visitors :), By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with your browser settings. You also need to take into account the travel time / walk to the train station in Krakow and from the station in Oświęcim to Auschwitz. How far is Auschwitz from Krakow? Learn about the history and gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the Nazi concentration camps on a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. by Krakow Tours. I hope that helps :). I am sure you will have a grat time in Krakow. I'm so happy that we could help :). provides professional and safe transport service since many years. many Thanks in advance as we travel in Feb 2019. What's Included. Over one million people visit Auschwitz so please consider that lines are long. It’s worth remembering that the museum is located around 50 km from Krakow and Krakow-Balice International Airport. Save time by combining two major attractions in just one tour from Krakow. The Main Train Station is within easy reach of the Old Town in Krakow, close to the Bust Station and Galeria Krakowska, the shopping centre. Thank you for your comment! So I hope that solves this problem :), Hi, kaolina I am hoping to visit Krakow in September 2019 can you advise me roughly on prices of organising a taxi to take us on tours of camps and Saltmines many thanks. In January 1945, the last of the remaining inmates and camp staff left the camp on a death march to Auschwitz. My name is Karolina. Trans, Lajkonik, Marek Lewański and Przewoz Osób JS, with their busses departing at 20-to 40-minute intervals. Afterward, continue to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and discover its secrets hidden deep underground. Hi Karolina, we are 6 adults and we will come this week to Krakow. Nowadays, the "Arbeit macht frei" entry gate is located about 2,5 kilometres from the city centre of Oswiecim. The distance between Auschwitz and Krakow is about 50-60km, depending on where exactly you start your trip. Your information was extremely helpful!! We are glad to hear that you found our article useful. If you get to auschwitz before 10am you don't need to go round with a guide which we preferred. Thank you for insight. During July and August 1944, a number of transports of prisoners left KL Płaszow for Auschwitz, Stutthof, Flossenburg, Mauthausen, and other camps. It was established in the suburbs of the city of Oswiecim (Auschwitz in German), 60 kilometres west of Krakow. Krakow Tours Make the most of your time in Krakow! Distance to Museum from Oświęcim train station: approx 25 mins on foot, about 7 mins by minibus, A timetable for trains can be found here – – (This train booking website is in English, but just remember to choose ‘Oświęcim’ as the destination, when choosing tickets), If you decide to travel on your own by bus or train, please remember that reaching the museum does not mean you are guaranteed to get in. I struggle with buses as I do need access to toilets for a medical condition. Krakow Tours can organise any trip to the most popular sites within and near Krakow – you’ll find a good selection here to choose from, and we’re always on the lookout for new places to visit. By road or rail it is about 65 kilometres from Krakow. Many thanks and kind regards, Karolina. We drive from Krakow to Oswiecim town (1.5 h travel time), where Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is located. thank you so much! I prefer to travel alone. The concentration camp of Auschwitz and Birkenau is located in the medieval city of Oswiecim, about 66 kilometres west of Krakow. I had friends from Krakow when we studied the same class in Australia ... definitely Auschwitz and krakow will be my destination. Hi Roberale, thank you for commenting! Learn about the history and gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the Nazi concentration camps on a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. Best regards, It took lives out about 1.1 million people, mostly Jewish, but also Poles, Romani, Russian. The one you want to avoid is ‘Oswiecim Lodowisko’ which is at the town’s ice-rink and about 4 kilometres from the museum. The entry cards should be reserved on Stop in Auschwitz is closer to museum but it still may take up to 10 minutes to get there and depends on a line. The distance from Krakow to Auschwitz is about 66 km and there are four main ways to get there. specializes in organizing transfers to major sites in southern Poland (eg. For those of us who don’t feel so compelled, it’s easy to give reasons for not going: not having enough time, already knowing as much … :) The Auschwitz Memorial is accessible online thanks to our virtual visit: • Admission to the grounds of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial is free of charge. I will be referring to discover when I visit in January.. Dear Kevin, The package includes admission and a guided tour at the museum. Find all the transport options for your trip from Krakow Airport (KRK) to Auschwitz cross right here. Train tickets can be purchased at the train station itself (though many of the ticket salespeople don’t speak good English, they normally are able to work things out with visitors), or tickets can be purchased online (see the timetable below, which also has ticket sales). The bus station is right next to the train station, and just 5 minutes’ walk from Krakow’s main shopping mall, Galeria Krakowska. High class vehicle with airbags. Thank you so much for your advice!! We are on a Gt Tran van right now on our way to Auschwitch!! We are visiting Auschwitz in June of 2019, after 34 years of trying it will finally be here. 933. One thing to bear in mind is that when travelling on a train, you should have your ID, and this should tie in with the passenger name on your ticket. The name ‘Auschwitz’ is the German name for the same town. Cheers! Bus is a different option on how to get to Auschwitz. I am travelling to Poland in February and for part are staying in Krakow and plan to go to Aushwitz. Dear Robz, Very complete information. You are welcome, Anna. 10.45 - 12.30 Auschwitz camp visit As a Local I would say "it depends". Once you get off, you will find yourself at the railway station of Oswiecim, about 1,9 kilometres away from the concentration camp of Auschwitz. Cheers, Karolina. Firstly, our Auschwitz & Salt Mine tour from Krakow will takes approximately 10-11 hours. Thank you for your assistance. Don't worry about the weather - just purchase some thermal underwear and you will be just fine :) Also a big scarf and gloves are important. For better understanding the history of Auschwitz we suggest a visit with an guide-educator The travel time from Krakow to Oswiecim is approximately 2 hours. I have to admit I didn't appreciate how far it is from Krakow given I'm not great at mega early mornings! However! Dear Sue, It is possible to purchase tickets to Oswiecim at the stationary ticket offices of Dworzec MDA on the day of departure, while the drivers of certain carriers also sell them directly if their buses are not crowded. If you need any help with planning your trip - let me know :) Thank you Ken, I'm so glad you found it useful! We also offer Auschwitz Salt Mine tour, Zakopane trip. A few tours are offered from Warsaw 196 miles (315 kilometers) away, although transport takes four hours. Rome2rio is a door-to-door travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world. After a Krakow hotel pickup, travel with ease in an air-conditioned vehicle to Auschwitz-Birkenau. This reduces the journey time from the train station to the museum to about 7 minutes. Both memorial sites have paid parking lots, and shuttles run between the two. After you found out a way to get from Krakow to Auschwitz, you need to be sure its open. Although entry to the museum at Auschwitz is free, the number of places is limited, in order to make sure the museum does not become overcrowded. Best regards, Thank you once again. We’ll cover all these options in greater detail, so you can decide what is best for you. There are direct railway connections to the city of Oswiecim that leave from Krakow once an hour or two, with a standard journey lasting 1 hour and 40 minutes. Auschwitz is a German name of the city and also a component of the name of the infamous concentration camp that was established outside of then-obliging town boundaries in the 1940's. It is the most famous rememberance in the world, a remnant of one of the two most horrible regimes in the history of mankind – national socialism. Thank you so much! Im planning to visit Krakow and Auschwitz early in february next year, and i feel little bit nervous because perhaps it will be a very cold weather in Krakow. You are welcome, Anthony! Are you in Krakow yet? Dear Sue, if you don't want to book online, you can visit our Tourist Information Point at Plac Szczepański 8. We went to Auschwitz a few days ago and we did go for the train in the end. Karolina. Tours include door to door service which means that you will be picked up from your hotel and dropped off at the hotel on return. Please note that if you don't prebook your ticket to Auschwitz Museum your entrance will not be secured. That way you can still stay the night in Krakow and not wake up before 10am! If you need any help with arranging your tours or tickets, please let me know! Thank you! Glad you found it helpful! Dear Ian, By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with your browser settings. A normal one-way ticket costs 9,00 PLN and the railway agency that operates on this route requires having it purchased at a stationary ticket office or on the Internet only (such bought ticket may be printed or downloaded to a mobile device that displays PDF files). We’ll stay in touch again. Karolina. This is the easiest option to arrange (you can do this through this site), and also the most recommended if your schedule is a bit tight. The most popular among tours from Krakow are day trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau. After pickup from your hotel, travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazis' concentration camps, and see first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust. Hi Karolina, You probably wonder how to get to Auschwitz from Krakow. However, in the high season, if you travel on your own and are not part of an organised tour, you may have to wait some time before being allowed into the Museum. There are regular buses departing from the main bus station in Krakow. Very informative looking forward to my visit in November 2018. Hello Rosarine, we're happy to hear that you've found our article useful. A fantastic source of practical information. Best regards, We hope you'll enjoy your time here :). Booking guarantees you a pick-up from your hotel, apartment or hostel in Krakow, transport, museum entry plus guided tour on site, and some other extras are included such as a snack and drink. Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is located roughly 68km (42 miles) from Krakow, so eliminate the stress of figuring out public transport with this hassle-free guided tour.