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Krakow Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Krakow Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

You can sleep on the 1st floor, where the stores are.
-a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice.

What to Expect

  • A modern single-terminal airport with a small variety of shopping and dining options. Some food concessions are open late, but are not 24 hours, so have some food and beverage handy for late-night snacking!
  • Free WiFi is is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Although no specific sleeping spot was mentioned, reviewers who have slept at this airport describe their overnight experience as safe and uneventful. There are a few armrest-free seats available, but if you have a sleeping bag or travel mat, you may find the empty floor space near the shops on the 1st floor quieter and more preferable for your overnight stay.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport’s first class lounge. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Kraków Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Krakow Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Business Lounge - Location: Airside, accessible to passengers on Schengen and Non-Schengen Area. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (120 PLN)  •  Priority Pass.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Krakow Airport for 15 minutes. Connect to the “KRK Free WiFi” network.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Krakow Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport - (5 minute walk from the airport terminal) Located in front of Terminal 1. No airport shuttle.
  • Motel Morawica - (3 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. A taxi costs approx. 35-40 pln.
  • Burowianka Noclegi - (7 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport transfers are available upon request.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Krakow Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - There are 7 ATMs in the airport: Five are located landside in the Arrivals/Departures Halls, one is located airside in the Departure Hall, and another is located in the Arrivals Hall/Baggage Claim area.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Currency Exchange - Locations: Arrivals Hall, Level 0. Hours: 7:45AM - 12:00PM. • Check-in Hall, Level 0. Hours: 1:00AM - 9:15PM.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Aelia Duty Free is located airside on the 1st floor, open 2 hours before the first departure until the last departure of the day. A selection of retail and gift shops are located throughout the airport, and operate on varying schedules.
  • Family Services - Baby care facilities are located in al disabled washrooms throughout the airport. Family rooms can be found airside opposite washrooms.
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Jet Bistro (landside) is open at 4:00AM and closes after the last flight.
  • Information Desk - There is an information desk at the check-in hall (Hours: 5:00AM - 10:00PM) and a visitor centre, in the arrivals hall (Level 0), that can also provide assistance (Hours: 8:00AM - 12:00PM).
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Luggage Wrapping - Location: Ticketing Area. Hours: 5:30AM - 5:30PM. Rates: PLN 29,99 (approx. 8,00€) per bag.
  • Mobile Charging - Yes, sockets are located in the departure hall (by the seats) and in the common area by the special stations with chairs.
  • Observation Deck - Available. Open 24 hours. Entrance fee of PLN 2.00 (coins only). Location: Level 2.
  • Post Office - Location: near Check-In, Level 0. Hours: 9:00AM - 3:00PM (Mon-Thurs) • 2:00PM - 8:00PM (Fri) • Closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Prayer Area - A chapel and multifaith prayer rooms are located on the Mezzanine level. Mass is held every Sunday and on Christian holidays.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Showers can be found in the Business Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Kraków Airport is served by city bus routes 208, 252 and night route 902. A single ride ticket is PLN 4.00 per person. Multiple trip tickets are also available. Tickets are sold in these locations:

  • the ticket machine in the passenger terminal, arrivals hall, level 0.
  • the ticket machine at the bus stop (payment in cash or with credit/debit card)
  • the authorized ticket machines found on 292 line buses (payment in cash – coins only)
  • the bus driver, in case of lack or failure of ticket machine (single tickets only, payment in cash - the exact amount of money).

For route maps, schedules and fare information, visit the MPK Kraków website.

Several private companies also offer bus or minibus service between the airport and destinations in Kraków, Wrocław, Katowice, Rzeszów and other cities throughout the region. For routes, schedules and fares, contact one of the following service providers: Neobus, Albatros Bus, Tiger Express and ČD Bus.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are handled in the multi-storey car park. The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Express Rent A Car, Hertz, Enterprise, Panek and Sixt.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area of the airport on a 24-hour basis. All taxis charge according to zone, time of day and day of the week. Reservations are not required. At the time of this update, the fares for Zones 1 - 6 are from PLN 29.00 - PLN 129. Fares for trips of over 29.9km must be negotiated with the driver before starting your journey.


Koleje Małopolskie trains offer a fast and economical way to travel between the airport and city center. Kraków Airport train station is located behind the airport’s multi-storey car park, and trains travel daily between the airport station and Kraków main train station, reaching the city center in just 17 minutes. One-way fare is PLN 9.00, or you can also travel between the airport and Wieliczka salt mine for PLN 12.50. For route maps, schedules and fare information, visit the Koleje Małopolskie website.

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Last Updated: 24 November 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .