From Krakow to Warsaw by train, Private Transfer or Bus
It might be the most widely used route going from Krakow to Warsaw or the opposite, and definitely, the fastest option at a good price is the train. While it might not be the cheapest option or the best option in case you want to see something else on the way.
Krakow to Warsaw Options
Let's find out the best options someone can get from Krakow to Warsaw by train, bus, private transfer, or even a flight.
Choosing the best option always depends on your preferences, timing, availability, place of accommodation, number of people in the group, and maybe more factors.
Finally, in order to find what's best for you, we suggest that you check all the options shown below and make the maths.
Last but not least, If you have a car rental in Poland, this article might be useful in order to discover a place to see on your way to Warsaw. Using a private transfer makes it also possible.
From Krakow to Warsaw by Train
Note: In case you find the process of booking through the Intercity website a mission impossible, then please go to OMIO and book your tickets much easier. It is tested and the service works fine.
First of all, it is more likely that you will need to use Krakow Główny (Krakow's Main Central Station) in order to take the train from Krakow to Warsaw. In case you have accommodation close to another train station like Krakow Płaszów or Kraków Lubocza, check the routes and see whether there is a route.
Now, it's time to discover the PKP intercity website, which is the place that you need to book your train tickets from Krakow to Warsaw. It is more likely that you need to book tickets to Warszawa Centralna, which is in the center of Warsaw, but if you have an Airbnb close to Ochota, it might be closer to the Warszawa Zachodnia train station.
I know, it is not the best website, not fully translated in English and you might even have issues when trying to pay for your train tickets and I don't know what else. But it is rather good to know how to check for the trains from Krakow to Warsaw, and if you are not able to buy online, then you can buy at the train station.
Important: Prices might change daily, so it might be good as soon as you check it and find a good ticket, to go and buy it. Another important is that you cannot book train tickets more than 1 month in advance.
How find Train from Krakow to Warsaw?
Visit the PKP Intercity Website: «https://www.intercity.pl/en/» and on the right side, set in the first box the From Krakow Główny and in the box below the To Warszawa Centralna. Then select a DATE and a TIME to Start with and click the button Search.
The middle seems to me like the best option
Good to Know: It might be beneficial to use the Google Translate plugin in order to fully translate the page, but I will try to explain the most important.
After you click the search, it is more likely to see something like below, but in most of the cases, instead of the price, you will see: «Sprawdż cenę od w klasie 1/2» which means click to see the price for class 1 or 2. If you click it, more likely to see the price for the train (Krakow - Warsaw).
«Cena w klasie 1 od» means that the prices for the first-class start from the price that you see. It is important to see the 2 arrows below the trains: Wcześniej means before and Póżniej means later. As you can see only a few options, we suggest that you check before and after.
Then, you can see next to the clock icon, the time needed for the train from Krakow to take you to the selected train station in Warsaw. Times range from 02:18 minutes to 05:00 hours and even more. On the top of each route, you see the train type (Eg. EIP / IC / TLK) and the time of departure >> time of arrival.
Below the clock, it is the train number (Eg. EIP3500), so if you are going to buy your tickets at the train station instead of online, please note this number together with the time of departure, just to be sure they will book you the correct train. This train number, you are going to check on the board as well later on.
How to Book a Train from Krakow to Warsaw?
After you find what is the best option for a train from Krakow to Warsaw, click the WYBIERZ button at the bottom of the correct route. Then the tragedy starts. The options look like the image below in English after being translated using Google translate.
If you do not demand anything special, the default options might be ok for you. Just make sure you have the correct number of people and the correct Grade. Check also whether you are allowed for any discount, but please make sure you have all the required documents.
Finally, after you click the Further (Dalej) button and provide the name of one of the travelers in the box (DANE PODRÓŻNEGO), check the details shown to be correct and click Wybierz.
Then, you can choose whether you prefer to buy without creating an account (Kup bez rejestracji) or create an account. Click to buy without creating an account and enter all the requested details (Imię - Name, Nazwisko - Surname, and twice your E-mail) and check the first box plus Click Dalej.
On the next page verify you entered the correct information and click Zatwierdż (Submit). Now you are in the last stage, you choose eservice (Płatnośc kartą - Payment by Card) and then Kupuję i płacę (I buy and Pay). Select your payment method and finish the payment.
Make sure you have received your train ticket from Krakow to Warsaw, otherwise possibly something didn't go well. It might take a few hours and even 1-2 days in order to get it and sometimes depend on the bank or payment method.
Last but not least, you can show an electronic ticket to the control on your mobile phone.
Paid but not received my Krakow to Warsaw Train Tickets?
Szanowna Pani, Szanowny Panie (Dear Sir, we have noted the),
odnotowaliśmy rozpoczęcie zakupu biletu (start of purchasing a ticket:):
Uwaga: to nie jest bilet! (Note: this is not a ticket!)
Bilet prześlemy w oddzielnym mailu, po otrzymaniu potwierdzenia płatności. (We will send the ticket in a separate e-mail, after receiving the payment confirmation.)
Jeżeli płatność została przeprowadzona, a mail z potwierdzeniem nie dotrze w ciągu 30 minut, prosimy o zalogowanie się do panelu Użytkownika i sprawdzenie, czy bilet jest dostępny. (If payment has been made and the confirmation email does not arrive within 30 minutes, please log in to the User panel and check if the ticket is available.)
Wait for 1-2 hours and if you don't get any ticket or you are not able to see it and the payment has not been blocked, it is more likely that you haven't been able to book your ticket. Please try again later.
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Private Transfer from Krakow to Warsaw
While the train might be the faster option to travel from Krakow to Warsaw, it is not always the best option. There might be various reasons for this. Let's see some advantages for booking a private transfer rather than a train.
- If you are a group of 7 people and the train tickets from Krakow to Warsaw are €50 per person, then you need to pay a total of €350 and with a private transfer, you could also see Czestochowa with the same money.
- Booking a train ticket might be a difficult process.
- Anyway, you will need to get to the Central station from your hotel carrying luggage and if you are with kids, might be not so easy.
- The train will take you to the Warsaw central station and still, you will need to get to your hotel in Warsaw.
- Contact with other people and in some cases, you might not have a comfortable ride.
- The train might have a delay and also if you are late even for 5 minutes, you will lose the train and your money.
- Easier cancellation. In the case something goes wrong, you will not lose your money if you cancel at least 24 hours before.
A private transfer is the most comfortable option to choose from for your Krakow to Warsaw trip for all the above-mentioned reasons. But you will be also able to stop at the Czestochowa (Jasna Góra monastery) and see the famous Black Madonna painting.
- Pickup from your hotel in Krakow.
- Airconditioned car, van, or minibus.
- Drop-off at the door of your hotel in Warsaw.
- In-case of Czestochowa: 3 hours break in Czestochowa + parking fees.
Krakow Hotel to Warsaw Hotel
1-5 pax 6-8 pax 9-16 pax €240 €260 €550
Krakow Hotel - Czestochowa (3 Hours) - Warsaw Hotel
1-5 pax 6-8 pax 9-16 pax €340 €360 €700
All prices are per group and they are door-to-door services from your hotel in Krakow to your hotel in Warsaw with your luggage.
Bus from Krakow to Warsaw
A well-trusted service that will find you all the available means of transportation (Bus, Train, Flights), and is very easy to book, is the OMIO. Feel free to use it when booking your transfers.
FLIXBUS is one of the best bus options for traveling from Krakow to Warsaw but also between many other cities in Poland. The bus can be used also between Krakow and Warsaw Airports.
Although it takes a lot more time than a train to reach its destination, it is much cheaper and maybe even more comfortable. From Krakow, the bus departs from Krakow MDA, which in the backside of Krakow Główny (Main station). It can take you to Chopin's Airport and also to Warszawa Modlin airport.
Finally, it can also take you to Metro Młociny and from this point, you need to get the Metro line to the center of the town (Warszawa Centralna) or the closest Metro stop to your hotel or apartment in Warsaw.
Thanks for Reading
Hope you booked your train from Krakow to Warsaw!
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