Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour from Cracow

Duration: 7h
Start time: Check availability
Pawia 18b - Kiss&Ride Stop (in front of Mercure Hotel)
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Guided Tour Itinerary

Departure Time Confirmation
The day before the tour, we will reach out to you to confirm the pick-up time via email or WhatsApp.
Pickup from Pawia Street
Please be at the chosen meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time. The exact adress is Pawia 18b (in fornt of Mercure Hotel)
Transfer to Auschwitz Museum (90 min)
Travel with our professional English-speaking drivers to Oświęcim which is located ~70km from Kraków. After approximately 1.5 hours, you will reach the Museum, where our local guide will be waiting for you.
Tour of Museum Grounds Auschwitz I
Enter the museum with an official tour guide, who will share the heartbreaking story in the English language. Auschwitz I was a concentration camp used by the Nazis to punish and exterminate political and other opponents of their regime.
Transfer to Auschwitz II Birkenau Museum (10min)
After visiting the Auschwitz memorial camp, you will be taken to Birkenau, where you will spend an hour visiting the vast camp with wooden blocks available for visitors and watchtowers.  With the same bus that you arrived with.
Auschwitz II Birkenau Memorial Tour
Continuation of your tour in Birkenau camp. It's the place where the greatest murder the world has ever seen took place.  Over a million people died here from Nazi crimes.
Back to Cracow (120 min)
You can be dropped off at the place of the pickup or at Main Market Square (city center).  Enjoy Cracow!

Tour Details

Our tours offer more than history—they offer understanding. Discover the untold stories of World War II, the Holocaust, and the chilling reality of Nazi concentration camps before 1945.

Join us on a journey like no other, guided by local experts who reveal the secrets of this haunting past. Explore authentic sites, including crematories, gas chambers, and barracks, witnessing firsthand the echoes of history.

Led by knowledgeable guides, traverse the Auschwitz I and II-Birkenau camps, where each step discovers stories of courage and tragedy. Touch artifacts of survival, from personal belongings to touching photographs.

Every year, millions of tourists come to Poland to visit the Auschwitz State Museum. Walk through the iconic gate adorned with the haunting inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work sets you free), a touching reminder of the unhealed scars left by history.

You will experience

  • Memorable Unesco World Heritage Site, a symbol of the holocaust

  • Knowledgable group tour of Auschwitz with an expert tour guide in a group of up to 30 people

  • Original wooden buildings are available for visitors, including documents, gas chambers, crematoriums, pictures, personal belongings, and more interesting exhibitions.

About Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp became the grim destination for prisoners from across Europe, mainly Jews, during World War II.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum was established in 1947 after WWII after Red Army liberated the camp in Oswiecim. Numbers are shocking over 1 million people died in nazi german concentration camp in occupied Poland; 960 00 Jews where among them (438 000 were Hungarian nationality, 300 000 were Poles, 70 000 from France […])

This site stands as a chilling symbol of the consequences of extreme nationalism. Prisoners lived in horrible conditions with 700 kcal per day, forced to work over their strength. You will witness real places and barracks where they lived and the remains of the railway ramp.

Auschwitz has earned its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List, alongside the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour for more details.

Museum Regulations

  • Please, wear comfortable shoes - the Tour requires a lot of walking. Also, take an umbrella or a raincoat with you in order to be prepared in case of rain (the majority of the tour will take place outside)

  • Please bear in mind that there are hundreds of tourists visiting the Museum every day and keeping your own pace of sightseeing is not possible

  • You will be asked to leave your bigger belongings in a car (don’t worry, they will be locked and supervised by our driver). The allowed dimensions of a bag you can take with you are 30x20x10 (A4 size)

  • You will get a headset to hear the guide clearly throughout the whole Auschwitz tour

  • Eating and smoking, as well as acting in a loud manner are forbidden at the site

  • Taking photos in the buildings with the use of flash is forbidden. You are allowed to take photos only in selected parts of the Museum

  • Participants are required to provide an ID card, as this will be checked before the entrance. The name provided on the booking should be exactly the name on the ID provided.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please arrive at the designated pick-up point minimum of 5 minutes before the departure time
  • Tour is refundable if it's more then 24 hours before start time.
  • Minor delays (circa 20 minutes) are possible due to traffic conditions   

  • Note that the maximum size of the sightseeing group is 30 people.   

  • The pick-up time of the tour can change due to the low availability of the Museum. Your chosen start time may not be final! In such case, we will inform You about it at least one day before the tour, however money refund for this reason is not possible

  • Cancellation is non-refundable because of named tickets being bought in advance


Is there an option to pick me up from a place that is not on the list?

Unfortunately, we have a limited number of pick-up points that are mentioned above.

How long does the museum tour last?

The guided Auschwitz tour lasts about 3,5h and a one-way transfer from Krakow to Auschwitz takes about 1h 30min (+ pickup time) so the whole tour takes about 7 - 7,5 hours.

I am using a wheelchair, can I participate in the tour?

Yes, you can visit Auschwitz with an assisting person. Bearing in mind that the wheelchair should be capable of folding so it would fit into a vehicle (please contact us beforehand if you have any difficulties with moving). However, some sites in Auschwitz are available only through steps so you may not be able to see some of them. Sightseeing in a wheelchair is difficult due to the historical aspect of the buildings (no driveways, large steps, stairs, and pebbly ground).

What luggage size can I take to Auschwitz?

The dimensions are 30x20x10 cm and you will not be able to enter with any larger luggage than those. These are strictly followed and controlled. You can leave your bigger luggage on our bus, it will be locked and supervised by the driver.

I am interested in WWII history - what others tours can I take to enlarge my knowledge about this subject?

The History of World War II in Cracow is such an interesting and tragic subject, no wonder why you want to learn more about it. We highly recommend taking Schindler's Museum Guided Tour - it will not only teach you about the story of Oskar Schindler but also the conditions of living in Krakow through wartime. 

Another place where you can learn more about War and particularly Cracow Ghetto is the Eagle Pharmacy. You will discover the story of Tadeusz Pankiewicz, a pharmacist that volunteered to be locked inside the Cracow Ghetto in order to help Jewish people survive in the ghetto. The Eagle Pharmacy is included in a list of museums allowed to visit for free with our Krakow City Pass.

What different tours to Auschwitz do you organize?