How to get from Krakow to Auschwitz (Private Transfer, Bus or Train)
Definitely, the best way to travel from Krakow to Auschwitz is a private transfer, but not everyone is able to afford it. Check all you need to know in order to choose the best transfer according to your budget.
Choose Transfer Type:
Private Transfer -- Bus -- Train
Let's find out all the available options someone can use in order to get from Krakow to Auschwitz. The same methods can be used when traveling from Warsaw, but in this case, you need to arrive at the Krakow Główny using a train which is the best method.
Please note that when coming from Warsaw by train, you can then continue with private transfer and save time. Check the price list for private transfers from Krakow.
As you can see from the map below, the distance from Krakow Głowny to Auschwitz is only 70km and it shows that you need around 1 hour and 10 minutes. Note that sometimes it may take even 1,5 hours and even more depending on the time and traffic.
As mentioned earlier it is the safest and most comfortable option to get from Krakow to Auschwitz. Your transfer will arrive at your hotel or apartment, or at the closest possible place to pick you up and you will have a vehicle with a driver at your disposal the whole time.
It will take you both to Auschwitz I and then in Auschwitz II, wait for you to finish your tour which will take around 3,5 hours, and then he will return you back to your hotel or apartment in Krakow.
The total time to allow for this tour is around 7 hours in total. Please remember to book your transfer from Krakow to Auschwitz around 2 hours before the starting time of your tour just to be comfortable and have some time to visit the toilet or grab a coffee in case you need it.
Other cars used in transfers except for the one you see in the pictures are.
- Renault Trafic van
- Honda Odyssey
- Mercedes Viano / Vito
- Hotel pickup and drop-off.
- Private Transfer to Auschwitz I (Museum) and Auschwitz II (Birkenau).
- The total time is around 7 hours.
- English speaking driver at your disposal.
- Parking fees
- Entrance Tickets
In case you need help booking your tickets or a private tour to Auschwitz or the Wieliczka Salt Mine, please let us know. Otherwise, feel free to book from the official websites:
- Wieliczka Salt Mine «https://www.wieliczka-saltmine.com/individual-tourist»
- Auschwitz: «https://visit.auschwitz.org/?lang=en»
For more options for guided tours to Auschwitz from Krakow, please read all you need to know about your Auschwitz Visit.
Prices are per group. The transfer from Krakow to Auschwitz is private, only for you and your group. We can also help with tickets and guided tours.
A. Krakow - Auschwitz I (Museum) - II (Birkenau) - Krakow
|1-4 people||5-8 people||9-16 people||17-33 people|
B. Krakow - Auschwitz I (Museum) - II (Birkenau) - Wieliczka Salt Mine - Krakow (Combo)
|1-4 people||5-8 people||9-16 people||17-32 people|
C. Krakow - Wieliczka Salt Mine - Krakow
|1-4 people||5-8 people||9-16 people||17-33 people|
Ability to combine your airport transfer with your Auschwitz or Wieliczka Salt Mine transfer.
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Another very convenient option is the Krakow to Auschwitz bus and there many different companies doing routes, but we are going to mention only the two best companies.
A. LAJKONIK Bus from Krakow to Auschwitz
The first best option is the Lajkonik Krakow to Auschwitz bus. LAJKONIK bus to Auschwitz departs from Kraków dw. aut. Bosacka 18, 31-505 (Click-Me-Google-Map). Find the schedules below just to correctly plan your visit:
It is recommended to be around 20 minutes in advance of the departure time. You can buy a ticket from the driver at the same time and also from their website in advance.
In case you are not able to buy from their website, you can book the bus online from here: «GetYourGuide - Bus Krakow-Auschwitz» with improved readability and payment options.
If you are going to pay the driver, it is better for every person to have cash 30 PLN (15 PLN to go and 15 PLN to return). When you pay online, it will be around €4 for each ride per person.
Finally, it's good to know that the bus will drop you exactly outside the Auschwitz museum main entrance where the guided tours start. During the summer months, it might be hard to find a sit on the return, so you might wait for the next bus in some cases.
LAJKONIK bus requires 1 hour and 25 minutes to take you to Auschwitz from Krakow Główny station.
B. Flixbus from Krakow to Auschwitz
Last year FLIXBUS was going to Auschwitz and the stop is also very close to the entrance of the Auschwitz museum. Just in case the LAJKONIK bus doesn't suit you well, check it out, as they might add some routes very soon.
FLIXBUS is also a very good and inexpensive way to travel between different cities not only in Poland but also in Europe.
Important: When using a bus or train to Auschwitz, you can also use the FREE bus between Auschwitz I (Museum) and Auschwitz II (Birkenau). It departs nearly from the same place that the LAJKONIK bus will drop you.
Remember to check the schedules and not miss the last bus either from Birkenau to Auschwitz museum or from Auschwitz museum back to Krakow. There is a sign with the schedules on the pickup and dropoff points.
Free Bus between Auschwitz I and II
People usually ask for a Krakow to Auschwitz train, but it is definitely not recommended so far. It might be the cheapest option, as the ticket is only 10 PLN, but you will need either to walk from the train station of Oswięcim for 15 minutes or take a taxi which will be another 10 PLN minimum.
Not only this, but it requires currently 2 hours to arrive at Oswięcim from Krakow, while the bus goes in just 1 hour and 25 minutes. This was at least the latest status. Feel free to check it out as there might be improvements soon.
In case you are looking for trains from Warsaw or Krakow, you can easily check for connections to Oświęcim using the «https://en.e-podroznik.pl/».
In case you cannot find any satisfactory train connections from Warsaw, just arrive at Kraków Główny and choose another Krakow to Auschwitz option from the one listed above or check the connections from Krakow Główny to Oświęcim. Please allow at least 30 minutes if not more between each transfer.
Finally, note that the main train transporter for trains in Poland is the «https://www.intercity.pl/en/», but it is more likely to not help much when looking for routes to Auschwitz (Oświęcim), at least until the connections are improved.
It is good to mention that the fast train from Warsaw to Krakow Główny takes only 2 hours and 20 minutes.
New Lines from December 2021
From Krakow to Oświęcim: Two new connections will probably be launched as part of the Fast Aglomeracyjnej Railway in December of 2021. SKA trains will run to Krakow on two routes via Zator and Chrzanów. The connections will be an extension of SKA 2 and SKA 3. The journey is to last only one hour.
- SKA 2: Kraków Podgórze - Skawina - Brzeźnica - Spytkowice - Zator - Oświęcim
- SKA 3: Kraków Główny - Krzeszowice - Trzebinia - Chrzanów - Libiąż - Oświęcim
The new fleet will consist of eight modern vehicles manufactured by PESĘ in Bydgoszcz and NEWAG in Nowy Sącz.
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