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Krakow city breaks

30 ℃

Best time to visit: June and July

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2.5 hours

Fly to: John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice, around 11km from central Krakow. 

Alternative transport: Cross the English Channel by Eurostar and book onward travel across the European mainland, which is well connected by rail.

Weather and climate in Krakow

Temperature: Poland has a temperate climate. The average temperature in July is 19(°c), which can rise to as high as 30. 

Best time to visit: If you like to see the sights with a healthy dose of sunshine, head to Krakow in July. The best time of the year for winter sports is between January and March.

Krakow is best for...

History enthusiasts: Explore the damage done to Poland during WWII – a stark contrast to the bright, optimistic city you see today.

Art lovers: Discover impressive displays of fine art within Krakow’s museums, including Wawel Castle and Czartoryski Museum.

Culture vultures: Come in the summer for the Jewish Culture Festival, or catch the latest Polish movies at the Krakow Film Festival in May.

Fast facts for Krakow

Language: The language spoken in Krakow is Polish

Currency: The currency used in Krakow is the Polish zloty (zl)

Local time: Krakow is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice, around 11km from central Krakow. 

Alternative transport: Cross the English Channel by Eurostar and book onward travel across the European mainland, which is well connected by rail

Flight time from UK: 2.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Krakow tourist information can be found at www.poland.travel/en-gb/

 

Getting around Krakow

Bus/tram: Krakow’s reliable bus and tram service gets passengers from A to B, 5am to 11pm. Some buses also run later into the night. Single tickets are available from street kiosks.

Car/taxi: It’s better to avoid driving yourself around Krakow, as it’s not that easy to get around – especially since much of the Old Town is a car-free zone. Call a taxi to minimise the motoring hassle.

Bicycle: Take in more of Krakow, from the seat of a hire bike. Giving you freedom to choose where and when you go, cycling is a great way of keeping active on holiday.

Events in Krakow

Musical Easter: Krakow’s Misteria Paschalia Festival celebrates Easter and Holy Week each year, with a show-stopping programme of Renaissance and Baroque music performed by some of the world’s most admired musicians. 

Celebrating Jewish culture: The Jewish Culture Festival, held each summer in Krakow, is filled with concerts, workshops, lectures, film screenings and visual art presentations representing contemporary Jewish culture.

All about film: Held over seven days each May, Krakow Film Festival is one of the longest running of its kind in Europe. Watch filmmakers compete across a range of categories, with accompanying exhibitions, concerts, open-air screenings and filmmaker meet-and-greets.

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