Kraków is a harmonious blend of past and present.
Approximate flight time: 2 hours 25 minutes (total distance 941 miles)
No of flights per week: 8
Airlines that fly direct: Jet2.com, Ryanair & Wizz Air
No. of Airports in: Kraków John Paul II International Airport
Seasons: High = June - September; Low = November - March
Currency: Zloty (PLN)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
At Birmingham Airport we have a fantastic selection of restaurants, shops and amenities to keep you entertained before you board your flight to Kraków.
If you’d like to spend your time browsing the shops, we’ve got plenty to choose from. World Duty Free has discounts on all your favourite brands. For health and beauty essentials, head to Boots. If you want a book or magazine for the plane, head to WHSmith. Aerospa offers beauty treatments in 15 minutes, so why not get your nails done before you fly?
Rather spend your time in one of our cafés, bars and restaurants? We’ve got some great restaurants like Factory Bar and Kitchen, Giraffe, and even a Wetherspoon. Or, if you just fancy a coffee, you have a choice of Costa, Pret a Manger and Caffé Nero.
We have five fantastic airport lounges where you can relax for a small fee. Enjoy comfortable seating, unlimited and fast WiFi, runway views and complimentary refreshments.
If you need any currency, head to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and our Departures Lounge after security. If you prefer, you can pre-order currency before 3 pm for next day collection from Birmingham Airport.
Getting to the airport is easy. You will find bus services running directly to the airport or trains which run to Birmingham International train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just minutes. If you prefer to travel by taxi, they can drop you right outside departures.
If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via a free shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 70%.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page. If you’re heading to Kraków on holiday, make the most of your time at the airport with our tips for the leisurely traveller.
Arriving at Kraków Airport
Kraków Airport is located around 11km west from the city centre making it easily accessible.
One of the best ways to travel into the city from Kraków Airport is by train. The airport has its own train station, with regular services which take under 20 minutes to reach the city centre. You will find Kraków Airport train station located by the passenger terminal, behind the car park. Two regular buses service the airport, and there is also a night bus.
Alternatively, you can hire a private bus, rent a car or take a taxi to your final destination. Taxis are available 24/7 waiting directly outside the Arrivals Hall.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Kraków
According to legend, Kraków was founded on the defeat of a dragon, and you may just sense the magical atmosphere that circulates its attractive streets and squares. Positioned on the Vistula River, it is one of the oldest cities in Poland.
Poland is in the EU, but the country has its own currency called Zloty. The currency is strongly undervalued and so prices in Kraków are very affordable compared to other European countries.
Kraków’s climate is temperate, with relatively cold winters and warm summers. The best times to visit Kraków are from March to May and between September and November. The weather is pleasant, and the summer’s throngs of tourists are nowhere to be found.
Culture in Kraków
Kraków is Poland’s capital of culture, with a rich history and plenty of art. The Old Town is simply stunning, containing soaring churches, impressive museums and the vast Rynek Glówny, Europe’s largest market square. Wawel Castle is a must-visit, as is the former Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. You’ll find hundreds of restaurants, bars and clubs throughout the small city and a night out here is legendary.
Kraków has always been rich in colourful folk traditions and they remain an important aspect of Polish culture in Kraków today. One of the most famous is Wianki, which commemorates the summer solstice. Girls place garlands for flowers and herbs into the river and watching them float downstream. Those whose wreaths are snatched up by boys are believed to marry sooner. Enjoy music and fireworks while you watch the celebration.
Whilst in Kraków, you’ll want to try some traditional Polish cuisine. Pierogi (or dumplings) are the national dish and can be filled with anything from sweet sauces and fruit, to boiled potatoes or cottage cheese. Also try bigos (a stew with sausage, mushrooms and onions) and krówka fudges (a fudge sweet that’s crispy on the outside and fluid inside).
We know Kraków is a popular stag do destination, so check out our tips on planning a stag weekend abroad if you’re celebrating yours.