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Driving in Krakow is not encouraged as there is a lack of central parking, high traffic congestion and driving restrictions. The best way to explore Krakow is on foot, as much of the city, particularly the Old Town, has become recently pedestrianized. Although it is a relatively large area, the city's attractions and amenities are located within walking distance of each other, allowing visitors to take in the vibrant atmosphere of Krakow and explore with ease.
Despite Krakow having a population of over three quarters of a million people, the city has no metro or local train system. Alternatively, the city benefits from an extensive public transport system incorporating buses, trams and fleets of private minibuses and taxis.
24, 48 and 72 hour travel cards can be purchased for unlimited travel in and around Krakow. Tickets cost approximately £2.25 for 24 hours, £4.10 for 48 hours and 72 hour travel cards will cost you roughly £5.45. Also available are family passes for use on weekends during the day and cost £8.50. Holders of ISIC (International Student Identity Card) or Euro26 cards can benefit from reduced price travel across the city on all MPK public transport.
Read more on this destination in the AA CityPack Guide to Krakow.
Ways to get around in Krakow
A fast, efficient and relatively inexpensive way to travel around the city. Bus and tram services are operated by MPK and 27 tram and 137 bus services operate from around 05:00 until 23:00. You can buy tickets from the driver as you board but buying tickets before you board is a cheaper, hassle-free option. Tickets can be purchased from all news stands and selected shops and cost approximately 55p for single fares or 65p for hour long fares. Alternatively, for short journey you can purchase 15 minute tickets which cost only 40p.
Krakow by bicycle is an excellent way to travel as it allows you to cover more ground and explore areas that public transport may not give you access to. Bicycles can be hired from a number of ranks throughout the city centre and cost around £4-5 per day. BikeOne is recommended as it does not charge service fees and gives you the option of returning your bicycle to any one of it's 15 ranks across Krakow. Please note that bicycles are not available for hire in the winter months.
Taxi's in Krakow are much cheaper than those in many other European cities, however it is advisable to use only licensed taxi's that have been booked in advance. Bogus taxi's have been discovered operating in the main tourist areas and around the central train station, charging approximately £18 per kilometre by registering themselves as "transportation services". All licensed taxi's in Krakow charge a basic rate of approximately £1.50 and 50-70p thereafter for each kilometre. Night taxi's charge slightly more.
Horse and cart
A novel way of traveling the city, and more of a sightseeing journey than transportation. None the less, horse and carts operate throughout the day and night from Krakow's grand square of Rynek Glowny. Prices start from around £25-40 per half hour, and visitors can determine the route.