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Kraków Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Kraków 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

KRK Airport Overview

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Landside, near check-in desks 1-8. (Photo courtesy of Gavin Regnart / January 2020)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Kraków John Paul II International Airport.

What to Expect

Kraków Airport (code: KRK) has a single, brand new terminal that serves both domestic and international flights. You’ll find a variety of eateries, cafes, and duty-free and retail shops, but none are open 24 hours, so plan ahead if you’re staying the night. Bring your own entertainment as WiFi is free for only 15 minutes. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Krakow Airport

Overnight sleepers report decent overnight experiences. While many seats have armrests, there are a few armrest-free and recliners if you’re lucky. For more space, bring a blanket or sleeping bag and head to the Floor 1 shop area for peace and quiet. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Kraków Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

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 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.

Related Pages: Krakow Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Kraków Airport:

  • Hilton Garden Inn Kraków Airport – Located in front of Terminal 1. Five minute walk from the airport terminal.  No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Airpark Balice – Free airport transfers are included.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Kraków Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Kraków 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. Beauty Treatments – Oluscha Kiss Nails Bar offers services massages, pedicures and manicures. Currency Exchange – Locations: Arrivals Hall, Level 0. Hours: 7:45AM – 1:00AM. • Check-in Hall, Level 0. Hours: 1:00AM – 8:15PM. Drinking Water – Drinking fountains are located Airside. 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 all disabled washrooms throughout the airport.
  • Family rooms can be found airside opposite washrooms.
  • Two Children’s Play Areas can be found Airside (1st Level).
  • Free strollers are available Airside.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. The options include:

  • Landside – Costa Coffee • Eat & Fly • Eat & Fly VIP • Jet Bistro • Suitcase Bar • Creperie.
  • Airside – Boccone Tratorria • Coffee Minute • Galicya • Sandwich and Snack Track • So!Coffee • Coffee Minute Express.

Information Desk – There is an information desk at the check-in hall and a visitor centre, in the arrivals hall (Level 0), that can also provide assistance. If you need to print any documents, the information desk has a self-service A4 printing machine. Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available. Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. 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 can be found Landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM. Post Office – Send your last minute postcards to friends and family from the airport’s post office. Location: Check-In Area, 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 multi-faith prayer rooms are located on the Mezzanine level. Mass is held every Sunday and on Christian holidays from 8:00AM – 10:00AM. Rest Zones – If you are looking for a spot to rest and relax on the landside, a reader tells us there are some recliners near check-in desks 1-8.  There are probably a few similar style chairs airside as well, but we do not have locations. (January 2020) Showers – Showers can be found in the “Parent and Child” room (Airside, near Gate 1) and the Business Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ] SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide. Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated smoking rooms, Airside, on the 1st Floor.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Kraków airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Air France • Austrian Airlines • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • EasyJet • EL AL Israel Airlines • Eurowings • Finnair • flydubai • Iberia • Jet2 • KLM • Laudamotion • LOT • Lufthansa • Luxair Norwegian • Ryanair • Swiss • SAS • Transavia • Ukrainian International Airlines • Wizz Air • Vueling.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Kraków Airport is served by city bus routes 208, 209, 300 and a night route 902. A single ride ticket is PLN 6.00 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 • Enterprise • Europcar • Express Rent A Car • Global • Hertz • Kaizen Fleet • Panek • Right Cars/Fox Rent/Movi/Carsson • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area. All taxis charge according to zones. At the time of this 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 update, one-way fare is PLN 14.00. For routes, schedules and fare information, visit the Koleje Małopolskie website.

Last updated: 2022-10-28

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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 or  write a review.