Sleeping in Airports

Krakow Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Krakow Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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

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.

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 (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Business Lounge – Location: Airside, accessible to passengers on Schengen and Non-Schengen Area. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

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.  » Check Rates
  • Motel Morawica – (3 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. A taxi costs approx. 35-40 pln.  » Check Rates
  • Burowianka Noclegi – (7 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport transfers are available upon request.  » Check Rates

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.

Airport WiFi/Internet

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

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, in the Departures Hall and Arrivals Hall/Baggage Claim area.

Banking Services – Bank PeKaO SA offers banking services. Location: Level +1. Hours: 9:00AM – 4:30PM.

Currency Exchange – Locations: Arrivals Hall, Level 0. Hours: 7:45AM – 1:00AM. • Check-in Hall, Level 0. Hours: 1:00AM – 8:15PM.

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. Two Children’s Play Areas can be found Airside (1st Level).

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. You will find five options Landside and seven options Airside. The Suitcase Bar (Landside) is open from 4:00AM – last flight and Airside several open at 5:00AM or with the earliest flight of the day.

Information Desk – There is an information desk at the check-in hall (Hours: 4:00AM – 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: 4:00AM – 8:00PM. Rates: PLN 50.00 (approx. 11,00€) per bag.

Mobile Charging – Recharge your mobile devices. Power outlets are located in the departure hall (by the seats) and in the common area by the special stations with chairs.

Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: Level 2. Hours: Open 24 hours. Rate: Entrance fee of PLN 2.00 (coins only).

Pharmacy – The Pharmacy St. Barbara is available Landside and is open 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

Post Office – Location: near Check-In, Level 0. Hours: 9:00AM – 3:00PM (Mon-Thurs) • 2:00PM – 8:00PM (Fri) • Closed Saturday and Sunday. You can also drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox (between the Check-in zone and the Information Desk at level 0).

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 ]

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated smoking rooms, Airside, on the 1st Floor.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


As of December 2018, Krakow airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean • Austrian Airlines • Blue Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • easyJet • EL AL Israel Airlines • Eurowings • Finnair • FlyDubai • Iberia • Jet2 • KLM • Laudamotion • LOT • Lufthansa • Norwegian • Ryanair • Swiss • SAS • Transavia • Ukrainian International Airlines • Vueling.

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. 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, visit the Kraków Airport website.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are handled in the multi-storey car park. The following car rental agencies are available onsite: 99 Rent, Avis, Budget, Car Free, Carnet, Enterprise/National/Alamo, Europcar, Express Rent A Car, Global, Hertz, Panek, Right Cars/Fox Rent/Movi/Carsson and Sixt.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area of the airport. All taxis charge according to zones. At the time of this December 2018 update, the fares for Zones 1 – 6 are PLN 29.00 to PLN 129.00 (approx. 7€ – 32€). 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. The Kraków Airport train station is located behind the airport’s multi-storey car park. At the time of this December 2018 update, one-way fare is PLN 9.00. For routes, schedules and fare information, visit the Koleje Małopolskie website.

Last updated: 2018-12-14

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide,  write a review or send an email to [email protected]