Public transport in Krakow

Public transport in Krakow

Krakow is one of the most polluted cities in Poland, that’s why efficient public transport is crucial for keeping the level of pollution down. Public transport in Krakow consists of over 20 trams, over 60 urban buses and almost 70 suburban buses. The whole network is divided into two zones, but the whole Krakow is covered by Zone 1. If you, however, plan to go to Balice Airport or Wieliczka, you will be travelling within Zone 2. You may check the zones here.

Public transport in Krakow - bus
Public transport in Krakow – bus

 

Public transport in Krakow – buses and trams

Most of buses and trams in Krakow are modern and equipped with air-conditioning. Night trams and buses routes begin with number 6 (city buses) or with number 9 (suburban buses). Night buses departure times from Main Train Station are coordinated – all the buses leave the station every 30 minutes from midnight to 4 am. Trams run only Thursday to Monday nights.

Tickets for bus and trams are the same, and their prices are as follows:

If you are over 70 years old you don’t need to buy tickets on buses nor trams – you just need to show and ID proving your age. Also, children don’t need tickets until 30 of September of the year that they become 7 years old.

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Time tickets are valid within real-time period – not that noted on the bus schedule. So if you run out of time because of the traffic, you need to buy another ticket. If you travel without a valid ticket, you will be fined 240 PLN (or 120 PLN if you pay to the ticket inspector or in 7 days.

Public transport in Krakow - tram
Public transport in Krakow – tram

You may buy tickets in kiosks, automatic ticket machines, onboard in the machine or as the last resort – from the driver (60 minutes tickets only). All those tickets need to be validated on board. You may also buy tickets in the mobile App (SkyCash, MoBilet, mPay and JakDojade). The last of this app is also perfect to check the best route to your destination.

On-demand bus stops

Some bus stops are marked “NZ”. Those are on-demand bus stops, which means you need to inform the driver that you want the bus to stop there. If you are on the bus – you need to press the “Stop” button. If you are at the bus stop – theoretically you just need to stay close to the street, but it’s still better to wave with your hand.

Public transport in Krakow – local trains

Except for buses and trams, public transport in Krakow includes local trains operated by Koleje Malopolskie. There are three local lines: SKA1 (Wieliczka – Krakow Balice Airport), SKA2 (Krakow – Sedziszow) and SKA3 (Krakow-Tarnow). Ticket price depends on the route, but it is usually no more than 15 PLN. Except for that, there are regular, longer-distance trains, that go to Zakopane, Krynica-Zdroj or Muszyna. The ticket price here depends on the distance, but there are a lot of special offers on various routes.

Public transport in Krakow - local train
Public transport in Krakow – local train

Public transport in other Polish cities

If you are considering going to other cities in Poland, read our guides on public transport in Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan and Wroclaw. You may also read our articles on how to travel around Poland.

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