How to get to Auschwitz from Krakow (Updated 2018)
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11.09.2018

Getting to Auschwitz from Krakow - options below

You probably wonder how to get to Auschwitz from Krakow. We can imagine your doubts. Auschwitz Birkenau Tour is treated as Krakow Tour but Oświęcim is actually a different city

You can choose several ways to get from Krakow to Auschwitz.

We will make it simple to you to arrange your trip and get essential information. In this article you will find out how to visit Auschwitz with different options of tour itself and transport. 

Find out what thrilling discoveries await you at the museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau and check the possibilities to travel to the concentration camp on your own.

And if you don't have time to read the entire guide you can check out organized Auschwitz Tours - we can take care of all the logistics for you. If you use the code D15 at checkout you will save 15%.

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How far is Auschwitz from Krakow?

The concentration camp of Auschwitz and Birkenau is located in the medieval city of Oswiecim, about 66 kilometres west of Krakow. Auschwitz is a German name of the city and also a component of the name of the infamous concentration camp that was established outside of then-obliging town boundaries in the 1940's.

Nowadays, the "Arbeit macht frei" entry gate is located about 2,5 kilometres from the city centre of Oswiecim.

Krakow to Auschwitz
How far is Auschwitz from Krakow?

Buses  from Krakow to Auschwitz

Bus is a different option on how to get to Auschwitz. Stop in Auschwitz is closer to museum but it still may take up to 10 minutes to get there and depends on a line. The bus connections to Auschwitz/Oswiecim have their bus depots at Dworzec MDA (MDA Station), which is situated in Bosacka street and just behind the Main Railway Station of Krakow. Details in betting from Krakow to Auschwitz by bus presented below:

  • From: MDA Bus Station Krakow
  • Price: 10-12 PLN for one way ticket
  • Travel time: 1:30-2:00h
  • Distance to Museum after stop: 10 mins by foot

Bus timetable to Auschwitz


UPDATE: The best way to get to Auschwitz and be sure to enter is to book an organized tour: Auschwitz Tour.

There is an option to book a bus ticket directly to Auschwitz Museum from Krakow Bus Station. It is the easiest way to travel to Auschwitz Museum on your own. However please note that your entrance to Auschwitz Museum will not be secured - check it here: Shuttle to Auschwitz.


It is possible to purchase tickets to Oswiecim at the stationary ticket offices of Dworzec MDA on the day of departure, while the drivers of certain carriers also sell them directly if their buses are not crowded. 

The prices of one-way tickets vary from PLN 12 to  PLN 14 and there are four established private carriers that offer the transportation to Auschwitz from Krakow on their standard-sized and mini-buses: G.T. Trans, Lajkonik, Marek Lewański and Przewoz Osób JS, with their busses departing at 20-to 40-minute intervals.

There may also be public transportation companies present in the timetable you will come across at MDA Station, while the connections they provide are less frequent.

Krakow to Auschwitz
Krakow Bus Station

After a journey lasting between one hour and thirty to forty minutes, you will get off at one of the three stops located in the vicinity of Auschwitz Concentration Camp: Muzeum Auschwitz (the closest one and only serving the route of Lajkonik company), Wiezniow Oswiecimia (Line 2 of Marek Lewanski and G.T Trans carriers, a few minutes of walk from the gate of the camp) or Oswiecim Lodowisko bus stop (5 kilometres away from the camp: it is the least recommended bus stop).

How to return: Get on a return bus or take a 2-kilometre walk to the railway station of Oswiecim to catch a train to Krakow.

Train to Auschwitz: the most reliable, yet not direct means of transport

Getting to Auschwitz from Krakow is not that hard after all.

While in Krakow, you may go to the Main Railway Station for the most convenient means of transport to Oswiecim there operate: trains. There are direct railway connections to the city of Oswiecim that leave from Krakow once an hour or two, with a standard journey lasting 1 hour and 40 minutes.

  • From: Main Train Station Krakow
  • Price: 15,60 PLN for Adult one way ticket
  • Travel time: 1:30-2:00h
  • Distance to Museum after stop: 20-30 mins by foot, 5-10 mins with bus

Check Auschwitz Birkenau Train Timetable.

Krakow to Auschwitz
Krakow Główny (Railway Station)

A normal one-way ticket costs PLN 15,60 and the railway agency that operates on this route requires having it purchased at a stationary ticket office or on the Internet only (such bought ticket may be printed or downloaded to a mobile device that displays PDF files).

Once you get off, you will find yourself at the railway station of Oswiecim, about 1,9 kilometres away from the concentration camp of Auschwitz.

You may take a walk (with 25 minutes expected to cover the distance) or decide to use the transportation company of the town – an urban bus line which has its stop near the railway station and includes the "Muzeum" stop in its timetable (the price for a single ticket is PLN 2,7 and you will pay PLN 1,70 for a reduced one).

Krakow to Auschwitz
Walk from Railway Station at Oswięcim to Auschwitz Museum

How to return: Walk back to Oswiecim railway station or take a return bus to Krakow. If you are also interested in exploring the town itself, check the local places that are worth a visit here.


Tour to Auschwitz with transport

If you find all those options too complicated, try consulting a local tour agent to book an organised trip with the transport from Krakow to Museum and back. This is the easiest way if you want to get to Auschwitz. 

Tours include door to door service which means that you will be picked up from your hotel and dropped off at the hotel on return. English speaking tour leader will help you throughout the whole trip assisting you and answering all the necessary questions. You can book such a tour to Auschwitz Birkenau online.

  • From: Hotel Pickup
  • Price: 160 PLN with ticket included
  • Travel time: 1:00h-1:30h
  • Distance to Museum after stop: Direct connection

Krakow to auschwitz

When to visit Auschwitz?

After you found out a way to get from Krakow to Auschwitz, you need to be sure its open. The exhibitions of Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp are open to visitors daily, with the exceptions of January the 1st, the first day of Easter and the 25th of December, as well as on certain days or hours when official diplomatic delegations are to be hosted there (you may check these special dates when Auschwitz isn't open).

It is possible to visit the museum between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. (December), 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. (January, November), 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (February), 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (March, October), 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (April, May, September) or 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (June, July, August). The closing hours mentioned above are when the last groups of visitors are admitted inside, having one and a half an hour to complete their visits.

Krakow to Auschwitz

What should I choose?

As a Local I would say "it depends". But to may it easier for you to choose a way of transport from Krakow to Auschwitz:

  • If you want to save money and do not mind medium travel conditions -> Choose Bus from Krakow to Auschwitz
  • If you want to save money but travel with few people -> Take a train to Auschwitz so you can have more space and fun
  • If you want comfort or travel with family -> Choose organised tour and don't bother about anything
  • If you hate buying tickets online, arranging transport etc. -> Choose organised tour

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Anna Dundas
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2018.10.09 11:10
Thanks for this helpful information. I'm a 67 year old, independent woman and you are telling me what I need!! Many thanks and kind regards, Karolina.
moderator
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2018.10.09 11:10
You are welcome, Anna. Glad you found it helpful! Best regards, Karolina
Robz
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2018.10.09 11:10
Good info, I hope to be there by April 2019 to pay a visit at Auschwitz.
moderator
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2018.10.09 11:10
Dear Robz, Thank you so much! If you need any help preparing for your trip - let us know, we will be happy to help! Best regards, Karolina
Anthony
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2018.10.09 11:10
Very helpful, thank you
moderator
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2018.10.09 11:10
You are welcome, Anthony! Thank you for your comment!
Sue
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2018.10.09 11:10
Hi There is no mention of driving to the camp from Kraków . As there are 6 of us we thought this would be a better option and far cheaper than organised transport. Do you have any advice please?
Karolina
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2018.10.09 11:10
Dear Sue, I think the train or a bus will still be most convenient for you. If you choose to rent a car there is a paid car parks available near the camp.
Gonçalo
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2018.10.09 11:10
Hi, thank you for the helpful guide!! Just one question, is it possible to buy online tickets for buses from Auschwitz to Krakow? Thank you once again.
Karolina
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2018.10.09 11:10
Dear Gonçalo, Yes, definitely! Here is a link to this service: https://discovercracow.com/tickets/auschwitz-shuttle---to-krakow/ I hope that helps :)
Ian.H
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2018.10.09 11:10
Very informative looking forward to my visit in November 2018.
Karolina
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2018.10.09 11:10
Dear Ian, Thank you so much! If you need any help with organizing your stay - let me know :) Best regards and have an awesome time in Krakow in November!
Ann Claxton.
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2018.10.09 11:10
Thank you for all the informative information. I prefer to travel alone. I feel happier now I now the times of the bus.
Karolina
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2018.10.09 11:10
Awesome Ann! I'm so happy that we could help :)
Andy A
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2018.10.09 11:10
Great info and advice Karolina, thank you :-) My wife Sandra and I are planning a visit in Sept 2019 (we will be based in Warsaw) and this has certainly helped us plan.
Karolina
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2018.10.09 11:10
Dear Andy, I am very happy that you found this helpful :) Thank you for your comment!
Jose Alcala
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2018.10.09 11:10
Thank you very much, this was very helpful, I’m traveling with my wife and daughter in March 2019 and we really want to visit Auschwitz, and now thanks to your input we would love to stay an extra day to visit Krakov,thanks from Phoenix Arizona U.S.A.
Karolina
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2018.10.09 11:10
That is so lovely to hear, Jose! If you need any help with arranging your tours or tickets, please let me know! Cheers!

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