When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Kraków?
The most popular time to visit Kraków is during the summer when the weather is warm, and festivals and events are common. July and August are also busy, making flights to Kraków expensive during those months. March to May and September to November are also great times to visit as there are fewer tourists, and the weather is still mild. For winter travellers, Kraków in the snow is beautiful and definitely Instagram-worthy.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Kraków?
For the best routes and rates, book your Kraków flights at least six to eight weeks before your travel dates. The shoulder seasons and winter months are more likely to have bargain deals on return flights with last-minute offers popping up regularly. Return flights are often cheaper in the winter, but they can become more expensive around the festive season.
Flying to John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice (KRK)
John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice (KRK) is located seven miles (11 kilometres) west of the city. As Poland’s second-busiest airport, many popular airlines offer cheap return flights to Kraków from the United Kingdom (UK), including British Airways (from London-Heathrow), Ryanair (from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London-Stansted and Manchester) and EasyJet (check-in at Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool, London-Gatwick and Manchester). You can also purchase return flights with KLM, Austrian Airlines, Norwegian, Lufthansa, Eurowings, SAS, LOT, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, Finnair and Ukraine International. With Netflights, you can compare deals on Kraków flights from all these airlines and look for last-minute flights. We bring together up-to-date deals for flights to Kraków from top airlines, so you can save money on travel and spend it on your holiday instead.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
The airport has only one terminal, making it easy to get around and check-in for departure. Simply follow the signs to your airline’s check-in counters and proceed through security to reach your gate. There are several amenities and services available, such as duty-free shopping, restaurants and bars, bookshops, souvenir shops and designer stores. Travellers can also find showers and a VIP lounge at this airport.
Getting to the City from John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice (KRK)
The airport is served by a few public buses from Agglomeration Bus Lines: #208 and #252 during the day and #902 at night. Tickets can be purchased in the arrivals hall or at the ticket machines by the bus stop with a credit/debit card. The Kraków Airport train service runs from the airport to Kraków Main train station and Wieliczka Salt Mine. These tickets can be purchased in the arrivals hall, at station ticket booths or on the train (cash only). Travellers will also find a range of car hire offices at Kraków airport.
Why visit Kraków?
A first-rate and open-air ‘history museum’, Magical Kraków has been enchanting visitors for hundreds of years. Today, crowds come for the spectacular architecture, vibrant nightlife and fabulous food. Having miraculously escaped damage in WWII, visitors can enjoy wandering the quaint streets of the preserved medieval centre, marvel at one of Europe’s largest squares (the 13th century Rynek Główny) and explore Wawal Hill’s cathedral and castle, widely considered the political, cultural and religious heart of the nation.
There are around 150 churches in Kraków and several ancient synagogues in the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. For those interested in WWII history, Schindler’s Factory, the industrialist who saved his Jewish labourers, is now an interactive museum. Because the city is home to approximately 20 universities, its large student population keeps the hip bars and cool cafes ever lively. Though it’s no long the official capital of Poland, Kraków can easily claim to be the nation’s epicentre of culture and fun.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to any country in the EU – you can stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You just need to make sure that your passport has at least six months validity left, on the day you travel. Though there are plenty of ATMs and currency exchange services at Krakow Airport, it is a good idea to bring some Polish zloty with you from the UK.