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The city that is said to have been founded by the slaying of a dragon certainly has a rich, and occasionally tragic, history. And it’s all marvellously on display.
Wawel Castle, the atmospheric Old Town, Rynek Glowny (Europe’s largest market square), and the former Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, all have their story to tell. But today they are joined by hip clubs, cosy cafes, cutting-edge galleries, bohemian bars and exquisite dining options.
Fancy booking a cheap flight to Krakow to find out what all the fuss is about?
Let’s show you how.
Spring and autumn are your best bets for cheap flights and good weather. Summers tend to see high air fares and the city’s streets crammed with tourists. It is in July when the city really comes to life as street art and jazz festivals add a contemporary vibe to the Old Town.
It is cold in Krakow in winter. The city is usually snow-covered from mid-December to mid-March. This has a romantic appeal of its own, and it certainly means many bargain fares can be found, but do wrap up well. Skiing enthusiasts take note: Krakow is just a short drive from several ski resorts.
Whether you are booking for a snow-covered or sun-blessed Krakow, there are a number of tricks you can use to find a lower-priced flight.
Here are some of the most popular routes:
Airlines offering direct flights to Krakow include:
John Paul II International Airport is situated seven miles west of the city centre. The best way to get from the airport to the heart of Krakow is to hop on a train from the station located near the passenger terminal. The journey will take around 15 minutes.
The airport is also served by two regular bus lines and a night line, if trains are not running. The bus will take about 35 minutes to reach the centre.
In addition taxis are available outside the arrivals hall and car hire can be arranged at the airport.
With a magnificent castle at its heart, the city centre’s arteries are flooded with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance glory. Nowhere else in Poland can boast so many historical buildings and monuments, nor such vast collections of art.
Stroll through the Old Town to take it all in, before you head for the main market square (Rynek Glowny), one of the finest medieval squares you’ll find anywhere.
Krakow’s tragic 20th century history can be almost felt on a walking tour of its Jewish quarter. It is brought horrifically to life in the former concentration camp of Auschwitz, which lies just a bus or train ride from the centre. The Jewish quarter of Kazimierz is now an increasingly trendy area of Krakow: restaurants, bars and galleries are constantly springing up, as are some rather tasty boutique hotels.
|Destination Airport||John Paul II - Balice|
|Destination Airport IATA Code||KRK|
|Destination City Name||Krakow|