DIY Trip to the Best of Poland in 7 Seven Days
Planning a Trip to Poland for a week but you are not sure what is best to include in your schedule? This article will help you plan and see all the best in Poland. But you might need to repeat the trip because Poland's best never ends.
Plan a Trip to see the best of Poland
The Magic of Poland will Bring you Back!
It is Recommended to Rent a Car for your Trip to Poland and the suggested route is Warsaw - Krakow & Wieliczka - Auschwitz - Zakopane - Czestochowa. You should be able to complete this route in 7 Days.
If you are looking for an Organized Tour Around Poland then maybe this article is not suitable for you, but in any case, you will find useful information about your trip to Poland
Good to Know - Planning
Poland has a very easy use Public Transportation Network and it is suggested that you Install the application JakdoJade in order to use it in the best way. Also, instead of Taxi is better to use UBER (Get Discount) or Bolt (Discount Code: DRB9U) for your daily transfers.
A Suggested Low Budget Accommodation in Poland is Airbnb apartments. It is definitely the best way to go for families and bigger groups. Get 100 PLN OFF to register now. Otherwise, just find the best accommodation options using our awesome tools.
To travel between different cities in Poland, use the InterCity Trains, the FlixBus, and the BlaBlaCar Finally, read all you need to know about the money exchange in Poland.
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WARSAW, The Capital: DAY 1
Suggested Hotels in Warsaw
Choose the awesome Budget 4* Hotel close to the center of Warsaw: Radisson BLU (Underground Parking for 90 PLN / Night). Direct connections to the city center and next to one of the Best Places to Party in Warsaw.
If you are just looking for the Best 5* Hotel in Warsaw's in the Best Location, then take a look at the Raffles Europejski and Bristol Luxury Collection.
The national stadium in Warsaw - Visit during the winter.
We can start our holiday in Poland from the capital. It is located in the center of the country and it is a good starting point. It is not a problem to start from Krakow and then depart from Warsaw to go back.
You can check the flights to both Warsaw and Krakow using our flight comparison engine. Then choose the best option according to your preferred criteria.
Just note that the travel time between Krakow and Warsaw with a fast train (EIP or IC) is around 2 hours and 30 minutes and may cost from 15 to 35 euros.
Warsaw has two airports, Modlin and F. Chopin. For more convenience, it is preferred to land at the Frederick Chopin airport. The way to the city center costs only €1 with public transport, around €8 with a TAXI and around €6 with Bolt or UBER.
If it happens that you arrive at the Modlin airport, which is located around 45 minutes outside of the city, no worries at all. All the options and information you need in order to: get from Warsaw Airports to the city center.
The rest of the day can be a free day. Get some rest, get out for a walk, eat something, and have a few beers in the close area. In case you arrive early in the morning, you can drop your luggage at the hotel and then explore the city.
Trip to the Best of Poland: Day 2
First, let's see some ideas for a good breakfast for just one zloty. This is why we suggest booking a hotel without breakfast.
In case you have a car rental it is suggested either to leave the car and go on foot or using public transportation or be very careful where you park the car. It is suggested to use paid parking or places you are sure it is legal to park the car. It is generally difficult to find good parking in the city center.
Tip: When booking a hotel, check the parking prices in advance or try to find a hotel with free or at least cheap parking.
Wisła river beaches during the Summer
How to Discover Warsaw?
In case you are on a low budget, then I recommend at least taking a FREE walking tour in Warsaw. You can just tip the guide 20-50 PLN, that's 5-10 euros per person which is nothing. The quality of the tours is very good and it is the best way to see the city.
For my Greek friends, we offer professional private Greek-speaking tours in Warsaw. As an English-speaking private tour, we recommend this afternoon tour in Warsaw with hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Finally, another good way to see the city without getting very tired is the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus. It might be great, especially with kids so you don't walk a lot. For my little friends, you might find some interesting ideas about things to do with kids in Warsaw.
If you decide to stay one more day in Warsaw, I highly recommend that you visit Warsaw's countryside. Mostly when you have a car rental. Finally, for the night birds and party animals, here are the best party places in Warsaw.
Few Points of Interest in Warsaw
- Kopernik monument and Museum.
- Polin Museum
- Frederick Chopin Museum.
- Holy Cross Church (The place where Chopin's heart is kept).
- The University of Warsaw and the garden of the University library.
- Presidential Palace.
- Pilsudski Square.
- Tomb of Unknown Soldier with the Saski Garden.
- St. Anne’s Church.
- Warsaw Barbican.
- Castle Square with the Sigismund’s Column.
- Royal Castle (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - Greek-speaking tours in the Royal Castle.
- St. John’s Archcathedral.
- Old Town's Market Square.
- Maria Sklodowska-Curie Museum.
- Warsaw Uprising Museum.
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Enjoy the Birthplace of Kopernicus
Krakow, Trip to the Best of Poland: DAY 3
Travel Warsaw - Krakow: 2,50 Hours (Fast Train) and 4 Hours (Car).
Find Your Hotel in Krakow
You need to arrive in Krakow at least at noon and you can visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine on the same day. The same rules apply when you have a car rental, check the parking fees to be in the trip budget.
It is located close to Krakow - around 45 minutes with public transportation. One way to get to Wieliczka is to take the bus 304 outside Galleria Krakowska using a normal €1 ticket.
If you are going by car, you need around 20-30 minutes and you will also need to find parking. Parking may cost from 10 - 25 PLN.
Check all the information on How to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow and also more about the Mine. Please note that it might be a big queue for the tickets between 9:30 - 13:30 and even later, during the summertime.
It is preferred for booking your tickets in advance. In case you arrive earlier, you can enjoy a coffee or a nice burger at the cafe opposite the entrance. The tickets for an English tour in the Wieliczka Salt Mine cost around €22 per person.
Don't forget to visit the graduation tower after your visit to Wieliczka Salt Mine for 30 minutes. It is only 6 PLN. Do you need private transport from your hotel in Krakow to Wieliczka Salt Mine and then Back. See more about private transfers from Krakow.
Points of interest in Krakow
- Main Market Square - the biggest Medieval square in Europe.
- Old Town.
- Town Hall Tower
- St. Mary’s Basilica.
- Krakow's Barbican.
- Sukiennice (Cloth Hall).
- Wawel Hill.
- Cathedral and the Royal Castle.
- Rynek Underground
- Schindler's Factory
You still can see the city using the free walking tours we mentioned before. We also organize private Greek-speaking tours in Krakow and English-speaking tours to Krakow.
Finally, read more about Krakow, Where to Eat, and Things to Do in English and Greek.
Trip to the Best of Poland: Day 4
Time to visit the horrible Auschwitz
Located around 1 hour and 30 minutes from Krakow. You can go by bus which departs from Krakow's Central Station (around €8 p.p. both ways). A more convenient way is to book a private transfer from your Hotel in Krakow to Auschwitz I - II and Back.
In case you visit alone:
- Buy your tickets in advance from the Auschwitz Official Website: «http://auschwitz.org/en/»
- Depart from Krakow at least 2 hours before the entrance. You need to be there at least 20 minutes in advance.
The Nazi Camps of Auschwitz are located in the small city of Oświęcim in southern Poland with a population of around 44,000 people.
The city became infamous during and after WWII because of the most famous concentration and extermination camp, located there.
Main gate of Auschwitz II, Birkenau
Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II, Birkenau are included in the normal 3,5 hours tour of the museum and the English tickets cost 70 PLN. Read more About Your Auschwitz Visit
How to Visit Auschwitz from Krakow
It is important to know that, it is better to book your tickets in advance, in case you want to go on your own. The maximum size of luggage you can take inside the premises of the Auschwitz Museum is 30x20x10 cm.
There is a small paid storage room outside the museum where you can save something bigger, so no worries. Except for booking your tickets from the museum website and getting there on your own or with the bus to Auschwitz, you have also the options below.
Find out all the options for your Auschwitz Visit.
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Trip to the Best of Poland: Day 5
Time for some nature, fresh air, and amazing architecture. It's time to visit the amazing Zakopane. In case you don't want to visit Zakopane for any reason, check some great ideas to combine Food and Green in Krakow.
Zakopane has the title of the Winter capital of Poland and you can easily get there by Private Transfer. The prices for private transport depend on how many hours you are going to stay and also on which and how many places you want to see.
Visit Zakopane and Tatra Mountains
Zakopane is a traditional resort town in southern Poland, at the base of the Tatras Mountains. During the wintertime, it is said to be the winter capital of Poland and It is usually a very crowded and very cold place with temperatures reaching -20 C.
The summer in Zakopane is just amazing and it is a very popular point for climbing and hiking.
Check some interesting hiking routes up in the Tatra mountains. Most are summer routes, as in winter it might be a little dangerous and very cold. If you are going to Zakopane it might a great idea to stay for the night and enjoy nature.
In case you don't have a car rental, don't worry, our private transport can take you anywhere.
How to get from Krakow to Zakopane
Some other options on how to get to Zakopane from Krakow are.
1. By Bus
One of the best ways to get to Zakopane from Krakow is by FlixBus. You depart from Kraków MDA, which is nearby the Krakow's central station (Krakow GŁÓWNY). You can even find tickets for €4,50.
The buses are very comfortable and they even have Wi-Fi. It might worth booking the return at the same time, except if you prefer to leave your plan open. Travel time from Krakow to Zakopane with a bus is around 2 hours and 20 minutes.
2. By Train
Visit the Intercity Website and set from Kraków Główny to Zakopane. If there are any trips, you might be lucky, but the trip might be around 3,50 hours. The prices of TLK trains might be around 10-20 euros.
3. Get a Private Transport
As we already mentioned above, the most convenient option is a private transfer from Krakow to Zakopane.
Where to stay in Zakopane
As it is suggested, if you decide to stay, it might worth checking for accommodation to Kościelisko, the neighboring village. It is less crowded and is very close to Zakopane. Also, the prices might be much lower.
If you are a group of people, it might be a better option to book an apartment in the center of Zakopane.
Tours to Zakopane from Krakow
In case you are looking for some organized tours to Zakopane, you can choose one of the below.
Points of Interest in Zakopane
During the wintertime, you can definitely visit Snowlandia, which is a very interesting amusement park made of snow. For sure you need to walk in Krupówki, try Oscypek, which is the Zakopane grilled cheese.
Do you love hiking? Then Zakopane is something to really enjoy. There are many different options and hiking trails. One of them is the way to the famous lake Morkie Oko. The lake itself might not be the most beautiful you have seen but enjoy the way.
Definitely, you need to climb Gubalowka and have fun on the Gravitational slide or just lay on Gubałowka Beach and have a drink while enjoying the view.
If you love to Ski. Then maybe you should visit Kasprowy Wierch, which is not only a place to Ski but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Visit the Giewont Mountain and admire the amazing view, but be aware that it gets a bit dangerous when coming down.
Join the amazing atmosphere and have fun at Wielka Krokiew - Ski Jumping Hill. Spend some moments for relaxation and play some games in magical scenery, at the Termy Chochołów.
Finally, for religious people, visit the oldest wooden church of Zakopane. The Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa, and the Kaplica Najświętszego Serca Jezusa.
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Czestochowa or Rafting
Trip to the Best of Poland: Day 6
Choose: Czestochowa or Raft the Dunajec River
Either you wake up in Zakopane or in Krakow, in the end, you need to get back to Krakow and this is your last full day in Poland. From Krakow, you might prefer to see the last capital of Poland, Czestochowa, and the Jasna Góra monastery with the famous Black Madonna.
This is the religious capital of Poland as we mentioned before. Another idea for the summertime is to go Rafting at the Dunajec River and get lost in the amazing scenery of the Pieniny Mountains.
Finally, you can stay in Krakow, or Zakopane and complete the sightseeing, relax, eat something nice and have some fun. Just remember to not drink too much and be in good condition when you go to the airport the next day!
READ: Things to Do in Krakow & Travel Info & Where to Eat
Trip to the Best of Poland: Day 7
Have a nice trip and see you soon in Poland!
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