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Airports in Poland

John Paul II International Airport (KRK)

Overview

Named in 1995 for the late Catholic Pope from the city, John Paul II International Airport (formerly known as Kraków-Balice) is located roughly 6.8 miles 11km) west of Krakow, and is among the busiest airports in Poland.

Serving more than three million passengers each year, the airport struggles at time to cope with the volume, resulting in long queues and disorganisation. Unfortunately, the airport also has minimal facilities in terms of restaurants, shops, and child-care.

Flights to John Paul II International Airport are available from most major European cities, including London, Prague, Dublin, Berlin, Helsinki, Athens, Frankfurt, Paris, Moscow, Copenhagen and Oslo. A few other routes are available to destinations in Asia, including Phuket.

Location

The airport is situated 7 miles (11km) west of Krakow.

Getting to the city

City bus services 208 and 192 leave from the roundabout in front of the passenger terminal, ferrying passengers regularly to the city centre. Taxis are also available outside the arrivals hall and take 20 minutes to get to the city centre. A shuttle train operates between the airport and the city centre. The Kraków-Balice train station is located 200m from the passenger terminal and operated a daytime service every 30 minutes.

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +48 (0) 12 639 33 01; or +48 (0) 12 639 33 22.

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Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW)

Overview

Situated a short drive from the centre of town, Warsaw Chopin Airport is Poland's busiest airport and handles just under nine million passengers each year. It's relatively easy to book flights to Warsaw as EuroLOT and LOT Poland Airlines use the airport as a regional hub.

Warsaw Airport has plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities as well as business lounges. Warsaw Chopin Airport has plenty of public transport options for passengers arriving or departing from the airport. It also has an observation deck, which is popular with kids and adults alike, and a great way to spend any extra time you have at the airport.

Location

The airport is situated six miles (10km) southwest of Warsaw.

Getting to the city

Municipal bus lines (No 175 and 188) operate daily from 4.40am to 11pm ferrying commuters to Warsaw city centre and the right riverbank. Journey time is 30 minutes and a single daytime ticket costs 2.40 zl. Tickets are available in the 'Ruch' kiosks and at Tourist Information in the Departures Hall. Some hotels provide a shuttle bus service to and from the hotel on request and a taxi stand is located in front of the Arrivals Hall. The Polski Express bus provides connections to the biggest polish towns. The bus stop is on the Arrivals Hall level of Terminal 2.

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +48 (22) 650 4220.

see full airport guide


Krakow International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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