Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour from Krakow (Shared Tour)

Duration - 2,5h Auschwitz Tour + 1,5h Birkenau Tour + 3h Return Transport
Departure times - from 6 AM to 2 PM - please check availability for each day by clicking on "Select Date"
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Available pick-up points (see the addresses below)
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Why Choose Us?

  • Easy booking and instant confirmation
  • Transport from Krakow by comfortable air-conditioned minibus
  • Expert Auschwitz Birkenau tour guide for a whole day
  • All Entrance fees included to avoid long queues

Available Pickup Meeting Points

 

  1. Dietla 91
  2. Straszewskiego 14
  3. Starowiślna 65
  4. Wielopole 2
  5. Pawia 18b
  6. Powiśle 7

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow Itinerary

Pickup from selected bus stops
While booking the tour you will have a chance to choose your pickup point (see the address list above). All pick-up points are situated in the Krakow city center. Please be at the chosen meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time.
Transfer to Auschwitz museum by an air-conditioned minibus (~1,5 h)
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 1 hour visiting the vast camp with wooden blocks available for visitors and watchtowers. With the same bus that you arrived with. Don't forget to buy a snack in a local shop/restaurant as there is no lunch break.
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 of nazi crimes.
Back to Krakow from Birkenau camp (~2h)
You can be dropped off near the place of the pickup or the Main Market Square (city centre). Enjoy Cracow City!

About Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camp

Do you want to get to know the true story about World War II, Holocaust, and Nazi Concentration camps that took place before the year 1945?

The best way to do so is an organized tour with a local tour operator and see the place of extermination.

The place reveals one of the most (in)famous periods of humankind's history. You will see authentic crematories, gas chambers, and barracks. Every year millions of tourists come to Poland to visit the Auschwitz state museum and walk through the gate with an inscription: “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work sets you free). 

The tour is a great way to learn about the history of this tragic place. Your guide will take you through the Auschwitz I and II-Birkenau concentration camps, explaining the significance of each site along the way. You'll also have the opportunity to see firsthand some of the artifacts that remain from the Holocaust, including the personal belongings of prisoners and photos of those who perished.

You will experience:

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

  • Knowledgable group tour of Auschwitz with the local 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.

  • Lots of walking with only a short break (10 minutes), as this tour is very intense

Auschwitz-Birkenau camp details:

Prisoners from all over Europe (mostly Jews) were transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp.

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 […])

It is said that this place is a symbol of what nationalism can lead to. 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 been put on the UNESCO World Heritage List as well as Wieliczka Salt Mine - check out the Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour for more information.

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

  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

  • Please arrive at the designated pick-up point minimum of 5 minutes before the departure time

  • Minor delays (circa 20 minutes) are possible due to traffic conditions      

  • 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 is not possible.   

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

Faq

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 Krakow 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 Krakow Ghetto is the Eagle Pharmacy. You will discover the story of Tadeusz Pankiewicz, a pharmacist that volunteered to be locked inside the Krakow 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.