A guide to Kraków airport in Poland

Are you planning a city break in Poland? When looking for their next destination in central Europe, many travellers choose the charming city of Krakow over the Polish capital (Warsaw), thus finding it more convenient and sometimes even cheaper to fly to John Paul II International, commonly known as Krakow airport. Despite having only one terminal building located 11 kilometres away from the downtown area, KRK boasts recently renovated facilities from which both domestic and international operations are handled. It remains open 24 hours every day of the year in order to provide assistance to arriving and departing passengers regarding security, boarding, transferring and commuting to and from the airport along with any other travel-related issues.

Flights to Krakow in Poland

The following airlines currently offer seasonal and scheduled flights to Kraków:

Aegean Airlines (from Athens), Austrian Airlines (origin: Vienna), British Airways (London Heathrow), Brussels Airlines (Brussels airport), Easyjet (from destinations in Ireland, UK, Italy, Switzerland and France), El Al (Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv), Eurowings (Düsseldorf and Stuttgart), Finnair (Helsinki airport), FlyDubai (Dubai International –DXB), Iberia Express (Madrid), Jet2.com (from various British airports), KLM (Amsterdam Schiphol), LOT Polish Airlines (from Budapest, Chicago O’Hare, Gdansk and Chopin airport in Warsaw), Lufthansa (Frankfurt and Munich), Norwegian (from Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Bergen), Ryanair (from airports in Spain , UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Jordan and Morocco), Scandinavian Airlines (from Copenhagen airport and Stockholm-Arlanda), Swiss (Zürich), Transavia (Eindhoven) and Vueling (Barcelona El Prat).

Going from Kraków airport to the city centre

After landing in Poland, you will probably be eager to arrive at your accommodation in Krakow as fast, comfortably and affordably as possible. Even when you can always take a taxi outside the terminal or hire a car upon arrival, the bus and railway networks are highly effective and a recommended option.

If you want to travel from the airport to Krakow by bus, lines 208 and 252 are the ones covering such distance during the day, while line 902 does the same at night. After claiming your baggage, follow the signage guiding you to the bus stops to find them in front of the terminal.

Trains departing from Krakow airport towards the city pick up passengers at the railway station behind the parking lot. Although the journey is a short one, you will get the chance to enjoy complimentary WiFi, power outlets and air conditioning inside the accessible carriages. Single ticket fares are equivalent to 2 euros approximately and there are no additional fees to be paid no matter how much luggage you are carrying with you.

Alternatively, and especially if you are travelling with a group, you can get to your hotel in Krakow in a shuttle bus or shared transportation that you can hire in the public zone of the terminal building. Transportation companies like Flixbus or Leo Express cover routes to the main landmarks in the city as well as to other destinations within Poland.

WiFi in Krakow airport (Poland)

For the time being, travellers going through John Paul II International airport may connect their devices to the free wireless internet network for fifteen minutes only. However, and subject to eligibility depending on the airline they are flying with, the category of their plane ticket or whether they have subscribed to a frequent-flyer loyalty program, they can benefit from unlimited free WiFi in Krakow airport by accessing the business lounges for passengers situated after security on the departures level.

Business lounges in Krakow International airport

There are two airport lounges in Krakow: the Schengen business lounge and the non-Schengen business lounge. Nevertheless, if you happen to be waiting to board your flight when the one you are invited into is closed, you will be allowed into the other one regardless of the fact that your final destination is a Schengen or non-Schengen one. Inside the lounges you will find complimentary food, a selection of hot and cold drinks, cosy seating, free WiFi, shower facilities, press and magazines and work stations.

Will you be touring central Europe or travelling for business to other European destinations? Take a look at our guide to Budapest International airport in Hungary.