Why your next Europe trip should include Krakow, Poland

The city of Krakow in Poland, is a popular destination, and for good reason. It sits in south Poland, near the border of the Czech Republic.  It is a beautiful city, well known for its medieval core and Jewish quarter.  It’s also a very affordable European city with good value hotels and food.  Here are some hints and tips for your trip to Krakow.

Transports from Krakow Airport

Flying to Krakow

John Paul II International Airport services Krakow.  Many airlines fly to Krakow, including the European budget airlines EasyJet and Ryanair.  It’s easy to get a return flight from London to Krakow for under $150AUD.

Free Wi-Fi

The airport is modern and clean with a fast and efficient customs and immigration process.  There’s also free Wi-Fi throughout the airport terminal.  Just connect to the network “KRK Free WiFi”.  You’ll get disconnected after 15 minutes, but just reconnect again as many as times as you want.

To get to the city

From the airport to the city centre is about a 30-minute drive.  You can use Uber, book a taxi, get the bus, or just book a hire car transfer by Krakow shuttle.  For about $50AUD, you’ll get return airport transfers to and from your hotel.   Best of all, your driver will meet you after customs and immigration, holding a sign with your name (it makes you feel a bit like a celebrity!).  This makes for a stress free start to your Krakow trip.

A wide choice of accommodation

Four Star Hotel

There’s many high end options in terms of accommodations in Krakow, for example you can stay at the Mercure Hotel Stare Miasto.  This is a brand new four start hotel in the Stare Miasto area, just across the road from the huge Galeria Krakowska shopping mall.

The room rate, including breakfast was $140AUD.  There’s fast free Wi-Fi and a great buffet breakfast.  Staff were very professional and ultra-friendly.

Guest Houses and Hotels

There are many other hotels in the central Krakow area and generally the hotel prices are very reasonable in comparison to the rest of Europe.

Best places in the city

Market Square

The beautiful Rynek Glówny (market square) is a must see for all who visit Krakow.  Beautiful medieval walls still remain visible.  Nearby St Mary’s Basilica is a fantastic example of 14th-century Gothic architecture.

Jewish Quarter

The Jewish quarter provides a unique perspective to the city, and what better way to see it than on a Segway tour.  These self-balancing two-wheeled scooters are easy to manoeuvre and the guided tour covers a large area.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, you’ll quickly be able to manoeuvre your Segway along the streets and cobblestones. A perfect start to your exploration of downtown Krakow.

How to stay connected

Public Wi-Fi

To avoid expensive international roaming costs, make sure to turn off mobile data on your phone.  Stick to the Wi-Fi at your hotel or in some public areas.

Europe Sim Card

Alternatively, grab a prepaid Europe SIM card in Australia before you leave from UK Pre-Paid Sim Card.
You’ll get a huge 12GB of high speed data, plus calls and texts.  You won’t have to go searching for free Wi-Fi when you want to update your Facebook status, send an email or Whatsapp message, or make a Viber call.

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