Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour - Guided tour

from€40.00

4,5 h
08:30, 12:00 or 15:00
en
it
es
  • Pick-up and drop off from selected hotels (after re-confirmation)
  • Local guide
  • Entrances fees
  • Free cancellation 

About

Since you are traveling to Poland, you would like to see the top-of-the-top places, right? Guess what? We have the most beautiful attraction here in Krakow! Named the first out of 7 Wonders Of Poland....ladies and gentlemen...Wieliczka Salt Mine! 

Enter the salt city with us! Salt Mine in Krakow is an underground labyrinth that stretches over 9 levels  (64 to 327 meters) below the surface of the Earth. A labyrinth of nearly 2,400 chambers is connected with sidewalks with a total length of 245 km. It is an invaluable monument of material culture, placed in 1978 on the UNESCO Heritage List. 

Most of the visitors of Salt Mine and amazed and... surprised! For example: Have you ever wondered what Paris and Wieliczka Salt Mine have in common? The levels in the mine reach 327 meters underground which is just enough to fit the Eiffel Tower into it! Get to know more about this fascinating place with us.

Memories you'll cherish forever

Krakow Salt Mine Tour will show you the very beginning of salt extraction. During the trip, you will hear a legend about Princess Kinga who is said to be the patron saint of salt miners in Poland and you will find out why. Also: How the mine functioned during World War II?  Who visited Wieliczka Salt Mine throughout the history? What is the title of the movie shot there? All those questions will be answered.

The microclimate of the mine has a beneficial impact on visitors who suffer from asthma and allergies, so breathe as deeply as you can!

Nowadays the mine serves not only as a monument of culture but also as a venue for underground concerts, theater shows, and various exhibitions.

There aren’t many such places in the world which would show you the amazing history of salt and its importance to Poland’s development. There are even fewer that would offer such a high number of unique attractions like an underground lake or the only church in Europe below the surface of the Earth. This reason alone should be enough to convince you to go there. 

Itinerary

Pickup from selected hotels

While booking the tour you will have a chance to choose your pickup point. The list of hotels is limited and so you cannot find your accommodation, please pick Discover Cracow Plac Szczepanski 8
Skip the line
Sometimes the line to get a ticket can be overwhelming. With us you don’t need to worry, your seat is secured.
Local expert guide
Official Wieliczka Salt Mine guide will show around you the Mine in your language. Entrance fees are already paid so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Drop Off 

You can be dropped off near the place of the pickup at the City Center.

Interesting Facts

"Szczęść Boże”...

means „God bless you” in Polish, and that’s how miners greet each other. 

You will meet your guide at the Danilowicz Shaft and this where the Krakow Salt Mine Tour starts. From there you will have to descend 380 steps in order to reach the final depth of 135 meters underground.

While walking along 3 kilometers of corridors you will have an opportunity to see with your own eyes the heritage left by generations of miners who devoted their lives to hard work at the mine. It includes a number of carved in salt sculptures, 20 chambers and 4 chapels with the Chapel of St. Kinga being the one which leaves the most lasting impression on you.

The Chapel of St. Kinga is the only underground church in Europe. It is dedicated to Princess Kinga who is believed to have brought the salt treasure to Polish land. One of the most spectacular pieces of art to be found here are crystal chandeliers made from rock salt that have been dissolved and reconstituted to achieve a clear, glass-like glow. 

... God bless you trying to pronounce that!

Later on the Krakow Salt Mine Tour, you will be taken to see an underground lake which measures 9 meters in depth at its lowest point. This saline lake located 104 meters below the surface is surprisingly a wonderful spot for surfing. In 2004 it was sailed across by multiple medalists, World Champion and European Champion, Mateusz Kusznierewicz.

Another chamber in Wieliczka Salt Mine is the Stanislaw Staszic Chamber. It measures 6 m in height and it is the largest excavation on the route accessible to tourists. Did you know that the chamber is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the place to hold the first underground balloon flight?

A fun fact is that the volume of soil excavated from the mine during its history is enough to build 3 pyramids similar in size to the Pyramid of Cheops.

Reglamento de la Mina de Sal

  • Please mind that the tour begins with climbing down 380 steps and the regular tour does not include the lift that takes you down
  • Please, wear comfortable shoes - the tour requires a lot of walking
  • The photography fee is 10 PLN that you can pay on the spot
  • You will get a headset to hear the guide clearly throughout the entire tour
  • In case of any issues, you can always ask our Tour Leader for help or call our Support Center (the number will be on the sticker you get before the tour)
  • People who have difficulty moving, or who are not sure of being able to tolerate such a laborious tour of the physical, can book the post-median tour and ask if they can participate in the tour reserved by people with disabilities. This visit lasts approximately one hour (the regular tour lasts between two and a half hours and three hours). When the visit ends, these people have to wait for the group that has chosen the regular tour before returning to Krakow.
  • The temperature in Salt Mine is around 14 degrees so please take a jacket with you

Terms & Conditions

  • If you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the activity you can get a full refund.
  • If you cancel within 24 hours before the activity or you do not show up - refund is not due.
  • Groups of 15 people and more are obliged to cancel the booking at least two days prior the tour to get a full refund.
  • In order to receive a discount student must have a valid student ID during the tour. 
  • Please arrive at the designated pick- up point at least 5 minutes before departure time. 
  • Minor delays (circa 20 minutes) are possible due to traffic conditions.
  • The customer is kindly requested to contact us at least 24h before the beginning of the tour to confirm pick-up time and place of departure.
  • You have to present a voucher to the Tour Leader before the beginning of the trip. 

Faq

When will I be picked up?

Your pickup time depends on the place of departure. The pickup time will be generated after you choose pickup location and it will appear on your voucher. It is always recommended to call/write our Support Center and confirm the pickup time - just to be on the safe side :)

Can I be picked up from a location that is not on the list?

Unfortunately, due to logistics reasons, it is not possible. If your location is not listed we kindly ask you to pick Discover Cracow Plac Szczepański 8 - it is our meeting point. It is located right next to Main Market Square and most often it is walking distance from client’s locations.

How long does it take to get to Salt Mine?

It takes around 30 minutes to get to Salt Mine. If you want to be picked up from your hotel it may take a little longer.

How long is the tour?

The entire tour from pickup to drop off takes approximately 4,5 hours. The sightseeing itself takes around 2,5 - 3 hours. 

Can I go to Wieliczka by myself and join the tour there?


Discover Cracow offers another variation of the tour - Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket, so you do not need to book the whole tour with transportation. You can choose only the ticket and join us in Wieliczka.

I am physically challenged - can I take part in the tour?

The regular tour in the Salt Mine consists of a very long walk inside the Salt Mine and during the visit many steps are taken down. If you think that this tour is too laborious for the physicist, we inform you that you can participate in a shorter tour (approximately one hour) reserved by people with disabilities. You just have to book the postmeridian tour and tell us you want to participate in this shorter tour. This is the only possibility for wheelchair users who want to visit the Salt Mine.

Can I use a lift to get down the first 380 steps?


The regular Salt Mine tour does not include the lift to get down. After the tour, the group is taken by lift to the surface.

I have claustrophobia - can I take part in the tour?


Please keep in mind that the sightseeing is deep under the surface and as wonderful as it is, guests suffering from Claustrophobia might feel uncomfortable. We request that you plan in advance and exercise caution at all times.

Can I leave my belongings in a car while taking part in the tour?

Unfortunately, it is not possible - the car might change in the meantime so it is possible that you will be taken back to Krakow in a different car. You can leave your belongings in a cloakroom inside the Mine.

Where will I be dropped off after the tour?


We drop off our customers in the city center or very close to their pickup point. Sometimes, a drop off to the exact pickup point may not be feasible; however, it will be well within a walking distance.