Krakow’s John Paul II International Airport of Balice is situated conveniently on the outskirts of the city, just 15 km from its center, by the A4 expressway to Silesia province (Slask) en route to Germany. One can easily get there by a shuttle train, car, taxi, or municipal bus lines 292, 208, and nightly 902 plus other erratic bus services.
The Krakow international airport is Poland’s second busiest after Warsaw and may receive nearly eight million passengers a year.
Krakow’s John Paul II International Airport has regular direct air connections from and to major European hubs such Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, and Vienna, as well as Barcelona, Belfast, Bergen, Bologna, Cork, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eidhoven, Leeds, Lyon, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, and Trodheim. There are also domestic flights to and from Poland’s capital city Warsaw.
Such carriers as Air Berlin, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Finnair, Germanwings, Jet2.com, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair, and Swiss fly passengers to Krakow besides the Polish national carrier LOT.
Another international airport, i.e. Katowice Airport, is situated in Pyrzowice, some 105 kilometers northwest of Krakow.
Krakow is one of Poland’s main railroad junctions. Five trunk lines connect the city with the world. Its central Krakow Glowny station is situated most conveniently in the very city center, close to the Old Town historic district. Every day, expresses arrive from Germany’s Berlin, Austria’s Vienna, the Czech Republic’s Prague, and Hungary’s Budapest.
Expresses run also to all major cities in Poland. Notably, most convenient is the shuttle express service to and from the capital, Warsaw, where the 300-km trip takes 2h28 (Pendolino trains), with no stops in between.
The city’s main road connections include the A4 expressway to Germany, the no. 7 highway northwards to the Baltic Sea and south to the Mediterranean via Slovakia and Austria, the no. 4 highway to Ukraine, and the no. 52 highway to the Czech Republic. There are many permanent coach lines between Krakow and Western as well as Central Europe.