How to get to Auschwitz from Krakow (Updated 2020)
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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:


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.

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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: 9,00 PLN for Adult one way ticket
  • Travel time: ~1:50h
  • 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 9,00 PLN 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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2019.03.04 14:03
hi, Insightful article Thank you. I'm going to Krakow on the 8-10 of March. I want to do Auschwitz on the 9. Which of the tours would you recommend?
2019.03.05 11:03
Dear Mackie, I highly recommend taking a full organized tour - you will not have to worry about the transportation and entrance fees (we still have 12 available seats for 9th March - you can book here: ). I am afraid that is the only way to visor Auschwitz on the 9th (I checked and there are no available tours on the official Auschwitz website). If you need any help or have additional questions - email me at Best regards, Karolina
2019.03.07 09:03
Greetings from Perth, Australia. Auschwitz is definitely on my bucket list and I'm making a detour to my Germany holiday just to see it. Any other sites worth visiting while in Krakow or this area? We're only staying 2 days in Krakow during Sep/Oct. Thanks for your great blog. :-)
2019.03.07 10:03
Dear Donovan, thank you for your comment! If you have only two days in Krakow I would recommend taking an early morning tour to Auschwitz (takes 7,5 hours), and then afternoon tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine (starts at 15:00 and takes 4,5 hours) - that will be an intensive day, but definitely worth it. And the next day you could take a walking tour to see all the important places at Old Town and Kazimierz Area. You have to see Wawel Castle and Schindler's Factory is worth visiting as well. You could email me if you need any additional advice, I'll be happy to help! Best regards, Karolina
2019.03.24 13:03
Hi Karolina we are coming to Krakow in June . We have booked a visit without tour guide but have to be there by 8 am . Do the buses even run that early as we would have to leave at 06:30 to get there ? I’m thinking maybe a taxi as it’s so early ? Many thanks
2019.03.25 14:03
Dear Emma, yes, we have a bus available at 6:20 so there should not be any problem :) You can check it out here: Best regards, Karolina
2019.09.08 11:09
I will be visiting this December. The information is thorough and highly helpful. Would you happen to know any travel guides but not for groups rather someone like you who would give a more personalized tour?
2019.09.09 22:09
thanks, this is really useful
2019.09.17 03:09
Thank you so much for the information! Exactly what I was looking for - laid out clearly and concisely! Really looking forward to our visit.
2019.09.18 12:09
Hi Karolina I have visited Auschwitz earlier this year but visiting again this time with my husband. We would like to spend more time around the area and was thinking about hiring a car for two/three days to explore other activities. Is this a good idea, we are well travelled and confident about driving in other countries. Also, is it possible once your tour has finished in the camp you can go around again. I am mindful last time I was there that there were a lot of people on tours I and would have liked more time to read and take on board every word written and soak up the personal exhibits. Your advise would be welcomed. Kind regards Sharon
2019.09.27 23:09
very helpful


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