How to get to Auschwitz from Krakow (Updated 2019)
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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 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.

 

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


ATTENTION: The easiest and most efficient way to get to Auschwitz and be sure to enter is to book an organized tour. They are available in two options:

 

However!
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 - check it here: Shuttle to Auschwitz.

Please note that if you don't prebook your ticket to Auschwitz Museum your entrance will not be secured.


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 Tours 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
  • 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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Kevin
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2019.01.01 23:01
I'm heading to Krakow in July 2019 with 3 kids (13, 10 and 9) for 4 full days. What would recommend to do with my children?
Karolina
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2019.01.22 15:01
Dear Kevin, Krakow is great if you travel with Kids! Actually we have a full article about it: Krakow with Kids - Helpful Tips and Tricks for Families (https://discovercracow.com/krakow-with-kids/). I hope you enjoy! Best regards, Karolina
Welshy
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2019.01.03 21:01
We’ll written, could do with your services in London 😂 Hope to be there feb 4th so will be contacting you in the next few weeks
Karolina
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2019.01.22 14:01
Dear Welshy, thank you so much! That's so nice to hear :) If you need any help with planning your trip, email me at karolina.sleczkowska@discovercracow.com Best regards, Karolina
Phillys
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2019.01.06 01:01
Excellent and informative site. We are planning to visit in October 2019, as we felt the crowds might not be a great, and the weather might be milder than in the summer. What feedback can you give us about the best time of the year to avoid large crowds and yet enjoy weather than is neither too hot or too cold?
Karolina
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2019.01.22 15:01
Dear Phillys, Thank you for your question! I would say that you chose the best time to visit Krakow :) October is not that cold yet, but the heat is over. Also indeed there is less crowds in Krakow in October. It's very pleasant time to walk around (but take an umbrella, just in case :)) Best regards, Karolina
Ansje
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2019.01.06 14:01
We intend to come to Krakow in April 2019. Can you give me some advice as to a hotel or where is the best place to stay , and also can I book tours from the Hotel we will be staying at once we get to Krakow ? :-)
Karolina
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2019.01.22 15:01
Dear Ansje, Thank you for your comment! I would recommend Galaxy, Antique or Metropolitan Hotel. Also Laris is very nice. And in all of the above you can purchase tours, trips and tickets at the reception desk :) Best regards, Karolina
Alex Leong
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2019.01.07 18:01
Hi Karolina,Thank you so much for your valuable information. much appreciated.
Karolina
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2019.01.22 14:01
Dear Alex, You are very welcome! Thank you for your comment! Best regards, Karolina
Anonim
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2019.01.08 18:01
Very helpful articel. Well organised and clear. Congrats
Karolina
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2019.01.22 14:01
Thank you so much!
Rowena
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2019.01.16 09:01
Hello, we are visiting Krakow 21st to 24th April. You say Aushwitz is closed on the first day of Easter, would this be the Sunday? Thanks so much x
Karolina
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2019.01.22 15:01
Dear Rowena, As I can see in my system we have availability for Auschwitz on the 22nd to 25th April so during those days the Museum will be open for sure :) I hope that helps :) Beest regard, Karolina
edwardchappell0...
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2019.01.18 15:01
Hello i want to ask please can i go to auschwitz from Krakow old town and still have time to see everything I am in Krakow in December 2019 thank you very much
Karolina
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2019.01.22 14:01
Dear Edward, Thank you for your question! The tour to Auschwitz takes about 7,5 hours, so if you go in the morning you will have the whole afternoon and evening for yourself :) If you need any more help - contact me :) Best regards, Karolina
Zoe
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2019.01.20 03:01
Very helpful, will be in touch very soon if thats ok, to help give advice for our visit to Krakow in Sept 2019.
Karolina
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2019.01.22 14:01
Dear Zoe, Thank you! Do not hesitate to contact me: karolina.sleczkowska@discovercracow.com - I'll be happy to help :) Best regards, Karolina
Marcos
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2019.01.20 12:01
Hola Karolina Queremos ir a Cracovia el 18 de mayo y hacer la visita de Auschwitz el día 19 de mayo, pero nos gustaría que nos recogieran en el hotel y nos dejasen en el hotel nuevamente. Queremos visitar los dos campos Auschwitz y Birkenau. Entiendo que esa distancia entre uno y otro campo está incluida en el paquete organizado?? Y las entradas para ambos campos con visita guiada en español? Muchas gracias
Karolina
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2019.01.22 15:01
Sí, estás en lo correcto. La visita incluye tanto Auschwitz como Birkenau y puede reservar la guía en español. Envíeme un correo electrónico 2 meses antes de venir a Cracovia y con gusto lo ayudaré a reservar el tour: karolina.sleczkowska@discovercracow.com. Atentamente, Karolina
Gemma
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2019.01.21 06:01
Fantastic information We will be in Poland for April looking forward to seeing all the sights you’ve mentioned xx
Karolina
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2019.01.22 14:01
Dear Gemma! I'm sure you will love it here! Thank you for your comment and message me if you need any help :) Best regards, Karolina
Eugene
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2019.01.22 21:01
I'm planning a visit to Krakow in February. Because I love history, I want to visit Auschwitz. I would prefer to go alone since is cheaper and I want to take my time to explore the camp. Is it a good idea, should I bare in mind any issues whilst in there, on my own? Many thanks!
moderator
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2019.01.23 13:01
Dear Eugene, Thank you for your comment! I think it is a great idea - if you have a basic knowledge about Auschwitz. I would recommend booking your Entry Card ahead of time on the official Auschwitz website (you need to book an Entry Card, even thought it's free, because the number of people that can enter the Museum is limited). Other than that I think you're good to go :) Oh, and I recommend booking Auschwitz Shuttle - it will take you right in front of the museum and the pickup is from Krakow Main Bus Station (the link to Auschwitz Shuttle is in the article). If you need any additional help - let me know :) Best regards and have a great time in Krakow! Karolina
Claudio
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2019.01.28 17:01
Just a question: it seems not possible to book the return ticket with the shuttle. How can I do?
Karolina
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2019.01.30 09:01
Hello Claudio! Please try to book it using this link: https://discovercracow.com/tickets/auschwitz-shuttle---to-krakow/ It should work just fine :) Best regards, Karolina
Edward
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2019.01.29 15:01
I found it all a very big help i would like to ask you something karolina please I am 70 years old and i want to visit Auschwitz I am in k rokow from 1 December for one week I am staying in pergo Mon app can i get to auschwitz in December and have time to see all thank you
Karolina
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2019.01.30 09:01
Hello Edward, Sure you can visit Auschwitz in December! One thing to keep in mind that you usually you can book 6 months in advanced, so right now it's a little too early to book for December next year. And you can easily book either an organized tour with hotel pickup :) Best regards, Karolina
Edward
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2019.01.29 15:01
I am sorry to trouble you again I would like to know what is a entry card and can i buy one from pergamon a ppartments thank you karolina from mr chappell
Karolina
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2019.01.30 09:01
It's perfectly fine :) Entry Card is a free entry pass to visit Auschwitz on your own without the guide. You can book it on the Auschwitz official website: https://visit.auschwitz.org/?lang=en (but again, you can book only a couple of months in advances, so it's a little too early to book for December. If you need more help - let me know: karolina.sleczkowska@discovercracow.com Best regards, Karolina
Sue
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2019.01.31 20:01
Really hoping you can help me....I need to visit Auschwitz independently in early February and don't mind whether I am part of a tour group at the site or not. I tried to book an entrance ticket but the website is in Polish (I am British) so this is a problem for me. As it is not peak season can I just get the bus to Auschwitz and be admitted to the site?
Karolina
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2019.02.01 09:02
Dear Sue, I'll be happy to answer your question: First of all - the Auschwitz website is translated into English, please check https://visit.auschwitz.org/?lang=en - I checked for you and I see that they still have availability for the Tour for individuals without an educator, so you will not have any trouble booking it. Also, of you don't book it, there is a chance that you will be able to take an Entry Card from the Ticket booth at the site, but there is no guarantee that they will have some left - so it's more sure to book it ahead of time :) In case of more questions - please let me know. Best regards, Karolina
Shirley
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2019.01.31 21:01
Hi There are 10 of us coming to krakow in March, would we be able to book a taxi minibus to fit us in?
Karolina
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2019.02.01 09:02
Dear Shirley, Could you please tell me if you want to use the organized tour form Krakow or just the transportation? I'll gladly help you, so let's move this conversation to email: karolina.sleczkowska@discovercracow.com :) Best regards, Karolina
Tim
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2019.02.05 10:02
Is it a full or 1/2 day trip ?
Karolina
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2019.02.06 12:02
Hi Tim, the organized tour takes over 7,5h - if you choose the morning tour you will still get to enjoy your afternoon and evening in Krakow.
DAWNM
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2019.02.08 20:02
Great Info. We have booked 5 days in Krakow over the Easter period. We are staying near the Glowny train station so think we may use either the bus or the train to get to Auswitchz. Would you recommend that we pre book our tickets for the tour and travel. We would like to go on Easter Monday 22nd April. Thanks
moderator
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2019.02.11 09:02
Hello! Since Easter will be a very popular day for tourists to visit Auschwitz I would recommend prebooking the tickets. You can do it either on our website if you want an organized tour, or the Auschwitz official website https://visit.auschwitz.org/?lang=en - there are still some places for 22nd April :) If you need any more additional help - let me know! Best regards, Karolina
Edward
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2019.02.11 10:02
Hello karolina I am staying in Krakow and i am going to visit auschwitz i am in Krakow only one week and in December as auschwitz closes at 2 p m what is my best time to get to auschwitz and my best way to travel there thank you
moderator
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2019.02.11 11:02
Dear Edward, The best time to take an Auschwitz Tour in the early morning (since it gets dark pretty soon in the afternoon). Also I would recommend taking an organized tour if you are short on time (it will save you trouble of looking for a transportation). It's too early to book the tour for December though, so I recommend booking it 3-4 month prior to your visit. I hope that helps :) Best regards, Karolina
Anonim
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2019.02.12 00:02
Thank you - this is most helpful and informative. I plan to come from Wroclaw in the morning, the go on to Krakow in the evening. This has helped a lot
moderator
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2019.02.12 08:02
You are welcome! Have a great time in Krakow :)
Maria
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2019.02.13 17:02
I have a question about the free entry pass and the bus arrival times. In the official Auschwitz website the free entry is until 8.35 in the morning but the buses don't arrive exactly on those specific hours. Will i be admitted inside the museum if I'm late according to my booked entry?
moderator
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2019.02.21 09:02
Dear Maria, Its really hard to tell. In the terms and conditions of Auschwitz you can read that you can only enter at the hour specified on your Card. But there is a possibility that they will allow you to enter at the next slot. I'm sorry but I cannot give you the answer with 100% certainty :(
Karen
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2019.02.20 09:02
Travelling to Krakow in May 2019 with my daughter. Having never been to Poland before we are interested to learn the basics. Your article is very helpful for us on planning our days including the day visit to Auschwitz. Thank you.
moderator
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2019.02.21 09:02
You are very welcome, Karen! Have a great time in Krakow!
Aimy
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2019.02.24 00:02
Dear Karolina Your article is very helpful and informative. I ll be traveling with my family to Krakow in June. After reading your article, we decided we ll take a train there but we have 2 questions just to be sure it is really the best option for us. 1. Would there be a museum guide available to assist tourists? The organized tour seems a bit pricey for me. But having a guide to walk along in the museum would help understand the stories behind this tragic event. 2. I understand that Auschwitz and Birkenau are differrent places. If I take a train to Auschwitz, can I just walk to Birkenau? Thank you again for the article. We ll be travelling a half of the world to Krakow. Answers to the above questions would be appreciated and complete my plan to Poland.
Karolina
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2019.02.25 10:02
Dear Aimy, Thank you very much for appreciating our work! To answer your questions: 1. You can either to the sightseeing on your own - without an Educator (if you are already familiar with the Auschwitz Story) or you can book a guide on the Auschwitz official website https://visit.auschwitz.org/rezerwacja/termin.html?idg=1 . In that case you will need to only pay for the guide but the organization of the transport will be on your side - this option is a little cheaper than an organized tour. 2. Yes, Birkenau is a separate Camp, but you don't need to worry about getting there - there is a shuttle bus every 15 minutes that goes from Auschwitz to Birkenau - it takes about 5 minutes to get there. In case of any more questions - let me know!
Anonim
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2019.02.28 13:02
My wife and I are 71 years of age. Is it feasible that we take an early morning train from Warsaw, then take the bus to Aushwitz , rom around for 4 hours and then return to Warsaw the same day.
moderator
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2019.03.01 10:03
Hello, it is possible, however it will be very tiring. The way from Warsaw to Krakow is about 4 hours. You also need to take under consideration booking Auschwitz tickets ahead of time. The entry without a guide is possible before 9 am and after 4 pm. Please email me at karolina.sleczkowska@discovercracow.com if you want to talk more about your solutions. Best regards, Karolina

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