Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine (from Warsaw or Krakow)
Visit Krakow and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Warsaw. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland. It is much more than just a Salt Mine.
«Dense darkness conceals the amazing landscape sculpted in the salt by the forces of nature and human hands.
The deep silence is disturbed only by the sound of steps. All the participants of the expedition will learn to know themselves better.
This is the true secret of the Wieliczka Salt Mine.»
Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Greek
Wieliczka Salt Mine Brief Information
The Salt Mine in Wieliczka is one of the most valuable monuments of Poland. Visited by more than one million people from around the world every year.
Descend 140 meters underground into one of the world’s oldest working salt mines. See carvings, statues, and mining equipment all made of salt.
It is also a world-class monument, listed on UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List since 1978. The mine is a product of the work of tens of generations of miners.
The history of Wieliczka Salt Mine is older than 700 years and is the oldest business venture.
Do you know?
The oldest traces of human encampments on Polish lands dating back 500,000 years (Lower Palaeolithic) discovered in Trzebnica near Wroclaw.
Quite probably this was a camping site of reindeer hunters. Malopolska was also a favorable region for settlement.
More than just a Salt Mine
In the first place, let's take a look at the different routes someone can book for a visit to Wieliczka Salt Mine. There are 3 different and very interesting Routes.
Route A - The tourist Route
This is the most common route and the one most people are going through. This route starts at the Danilowicz Shaft.
Visitors meet their guide, who during their excursion will tell them everything they want to know about the mining history and its secrets. You are going to see magnificent chambers chiseled out in rock salt.
Amazing underground saline lakes, majestic timber constructions, and unique statues sculpted in salt. Almost 3 kilometers of meandering corridors, 800 steps to climb of which 350 have to be descended to reach the depth of 135 meters underground.
Thus it is no surprise that till now, the Tourist Route has been visited by more than 43,026,898 visitors.
Source - Tourist Route
Route B - Miner's Route
Covered in working clothes and armed with mining equipment, the visitors to the Wieliczka mine stop feeling like tourists.
As soon as they descend into the darkness by the oldest existing mine shaft, the Regis.
The trail, located far off the busy Tourist Route, allows the visitors to discover the inner workings of the mine. Learn the Miner's secret and also how to survive in case if something goes wrong.
On this tour, you are not going to see the beautiful sight of the Mine. It is something different.
Source - Miner's Route
Route C - Pilgrim's Route
Magnificent chapels, religious sculptures carved in salt, unique views. Beautiful chambers, galleries, and passageways.
Here, faith gives one strength for each step. It's time to go on an expedition along the religious route of the Wieliczka mine, the underground "God Bless" Pilgrims’ Route.
The tour of the "God Bless" Pilgrims’ Route takes about 2.5 hours. The priest accompanying the group can celebrate a Mass at the end of the visit.
Enjoy the Chapel of St. Kinga and the Chapel of St. John.
The pilgrims can also enjoy various dishes prepared especially for them and purchase religious souvenirs. Special discounts are applicable
Source - Pilgrim's Route
Graduation tower in Wieliczka Salt Mine
Did you know that there is a Graduation Tower in Wieliczka Salt Mine you can visit for 6 PLN only?
The graduation tower is located in the vicinity of the Danilowicz Shaft through which tourists enter the undergrounds of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine.
Recommended time at the tower – 30 minutes. Price List for Graduation tower in Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Visits at the graduation tower are of an individual character and guests visit alone, i.e. without a guide.
Thanks to its therapeutic properties it facilitates the treatment of selected chronic respiratory system ailments and disorders of a recurrent nature.
Brine inhalation therapy is applied mainly for treating respiratory system ailments of a chronic and recurring nature, such as:
- various forms of chronic rhinitis
- bronchial asthma and allergic respiratory diseases
- conditions following therapy of acute infections of the respiratory system
- chronic inflammation of paranasal sinuses
- chronic laryngitis and eustachitis
- chronic bronchitis
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- occupational diseases and injury of the respiratory tracts due to occupational hazards.
Source - Graduation Tower Wieliczka
Stay for a night at Wieliczka
- Slowacki Chamber - 125m underground - A place to rest and play.
- Easter Mountains Stable Chamber - A treatment chamber with an underground graduation tower. A place to relax, enjoy a night of healthy sleep, and ease-off stress.
- Grand Sal Hotel **** - In the heart of historical St. Kinga's Park just next to the world-famous Wieliczka Salt Mine.
The idea to stay in Wieliczka is for people that would like to see more than one route and also improve their health.
A. Krakow and Wieliczka Tour from Warsaw
When you are in Warsaw, the easiest way is to book a comfortable all-inclusive tour and worry no more, but not everyone can afford this, so we are going to give a more economic way below.
Booking the tour from Warsaw to Krakow and Wieliczka Salt Mine, you will start from your hotel in Warsaw around 7:00, then you will have a guided 2-hour tour in Krakow (12:00-14:00) and then a 1-hour lunch break.
After your lunch break, you are going to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour (16:00-18:00) and return back to your hotel in Warsaw around 22:00.
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- Transports from your Hotel in Warsaw by car or minibus (English speaking driver)
- Group guided tour in Krakow.
- Group guided tour in the Wieliczka Salt Mine in English or another language if requested in advance.
- Entrance fee to Wieliczka Salt Mine.
- Lunch of the day in a local restaurant.
B. Wieliczka and Krakow with Train From Warsaw
Get to Krakow by fast train (in 2 hours and 20 minutes) and then let our experienced drivers pick you up and take you for your tours. Check the prices for transfers here.
The fastest and cheapest way to get to Krakow from Warsaw is by fast train which takes around 2 hours and 20 minutes, while with a car you need around 4 hours, so you already save nearly 2-hours and some extra money.
Just book your tickets online from the intercity website to depart early in the morning and let us know your time of arrival in Krakow Główny. In case you need help booking your train tickets, we can book them for you. Check a guide on how to book the Krakow - Warsaw train.
When you arrive at the Krakow Główny, our English-speaking guide and/or driver can pick you up and take you to the Wieliczka Salt Mine for your tour or for a city tour until it is time for your Wieliczka Salt Mine tour.
Depending on the time of your arrival and the tickets we will book, you might first visit the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine with private transport and have a group tour in your language of preference and then have lunch and a 1.5-hour city tour or the opposite.
Finally, you can do anything you like. Feel free to stay in Krakow and catch the last train back to Warsaw. It is always better to book the train tickets in advance.
Read here for Greek-speaking tours to Wieliczka Salt Mine.
- Flexibility in departure and arrival times.
- Free Time in Krakow.
- Private City Tour Customized on your Needs and with the ability to exclude it.
- Ability to Book your Tickets alone for Wieliczka Salt Mine.
- Get all Discount offers available for Wieliczka Salt Mine Tickets (Family Tickets / Student Tickets).
- Faster Transports to Krakow (2h 20 minutes instead of 4 hours).
- Eat whatever you want to eat and drink.
- Private City Tour.
- Private Transport to Wieliczka Salt Mine.
The prices below include Normal English-speaking Guided Tour Tickets for the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Listed Prices are Per Group / Not Per Person and does not include train tickets (Warsaw - Krakow - Warsaw).
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Note: The price per person when 5 people in the Group, it will be: €54 per person + the train tickets Warsaw - Krakow - Warsaw (around €30 per person both ways). Total: €84 per person.
- Wieliczka Salt Mine Entrance+Guide Tickets.
- Choose your preferred Language in Wieliczka Salt Mine (English, French, Spanish, German, Polish, Russian, or Italian).
- Private Transport: Krakow - Wieliczka Salt Mine - Krakow.
- Private Krakow City Tour in English for 1,5 hours.
Read here for Greek-speaking tours to Wieliczka Salt Mine.
C. Plan your trip to Krakow and Wieliczka from Warsaw
The best way to travel from Warsaw to Wieliczka is with a car rental.
Renting a car costs around €30 per day plus your gas consumption that is estimated to €60, plus parking fees of another €15, so consider a total cost of around €105.
In case you are not able to drive, the second-best option is the fast train (EIP / IC). The train usually costs between €15 - €25 per person one way and takes around 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Make sure you consider the TLK trains, which take 3 hours and they are much cheaper. Book online your train tickets from the intercity website. You should book the train to Krakow Główny (Krakow's central station).
Then you will need to go to Wieliczka Salt Mine using bus 304, just outside the entrance of Galleria Krakowska. Depending on which route you would like to make, you may need to go to a different address.
The tourist route, which is more likely to take, starts from ul. Daniłowicza 10 (Danilowicz Shaft). The Miner's route and the Mysteries of Wieliczka Mine start from Plac. Kościuszki 9 (Regis Shaft)Regis Shaft.
- If you have a car rental, then add the address mentioned above according to your route selection on the GPS and hit the road. It is around 15 KM.
- You can also go to Wieliczka Salt Mine using public transport.
Find easily all the transportation options using the JakdoJade application.
- Tourist Route - Take Bus 304 from Krakow Główny - get out in Wieliczka Kopalnia 1 and walk 470m.
- Miners Route and Mysteries of Wieliczka.
For both entrances, you need around 45 minutes to get there. Please be there at least 20 minutes in advance and also allow another extra 15 minutes in case of traffic.
My guide will wait for you in Krakow central station and lead you to Wieliczka Salt Mine.
After you finish your tour in Wieliczka in Greek, you will return to Krakow in the same way. You can have lunch and get some rest and then return to Warsaw.
Check the prices for private transfers from Krakow to the Wieliczka Salt Mine / Auschwitz and also combo tours.
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