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My first day trip in Krakow

matt128 1 | 6  
20 Apr 2008 /  #1
Hi all
Today is my first day in Krakow. My new work place is in Al. Jana Pawla II. Can any one tell me the bus number or which bus to take to get there? I live in Grodzka near city centre. Please tell me the street name and any land marks of the place where i get the bus. i mentioned i live in Grodzka. Where would be the nearest superstore and what is it called? Basically i have to get milk, bread, cereals etc.....

Please help....i'm starving and bored sitting in the apartment.

Polanglik 11 | 303  
20 Apr 2008 /  #2
Hi Matt,

Good luck with your stay in Krakow and with your job :o) What is your line of work ?

Not sure if it's the closest but there is a huge new shopping mall right next to the main railway/bus station - you'll be able to get most of what you need there, but sometimes it's worth shopping at smaller grocers/shops.

If you haven't already bought a street map of Krakow, I'd advise you to put that top of your shopping list - small newsagents/kiosks will usually stock them or try Empik which you'll easily find in Rynek Glowny next to the Mariacki Church. Most good street maps will have bus/tram routes included.

Best way to become accustomed to your locality is to take a short (...or long) stroll as there will be shops closeby which may cater for your immediate needs. Another 'must' on your shopping list is a Polish phrasebook, or sign up for some lessons.

I'm sure you'll find things daunting at first, but you'll get used to it. You'll probably find other expats living in Krakow who'll meet up and show you the ropes .... probably from this forum. I am in Poland usually once a month for 1-2 weeks, and am either in Warsaw or Krakow.

Hopefully by end of 2009 I would have made the move to Krakow with my family for good - how long are you expecting to be in Krakow ?

All the best with your new job and life in Krakow ..... let us know how you get on :o)
OP matt128 1 | 6  
20 Apr 2008 /  #3
Hi Polanglik

Thank you for the quick response

i managed to find out the big shopping centre. Actually there was a mini shop just nearby where i stay and got a map from a tourist info: centre.

I do have a polish phrase book gifted by my previous work mates from London. I wish i meet someone here to show me around.

Profession wise i am an IT Functional consultant working for Philip Morris. I think i would be here for long. Thanks again
20 Apr 2008 /  #4
Hey Matt...
I'd take 'tramwaj' number 10... it takes you from Grodzka/Wawel stop to Al. JP II...
You have fun and let us know how you are doing there... :)
OP matt128 1 | 6  
21 Apr 2008 /  #5
Hi Polishgirl

Thanks for that and the link was helpful. I hope i'll enjoy here and leave London for ever.

mike1980 1 | 2  
22 Aug 2009 /  #6
Merged: Tips for first trip to Krakow


I will be visiting Krakow for my first time this October along with a friend who is also learning Polish. I have searched through this site and gotten lots of great information on what to do and see whilst there. Just wondering if anyone who either lives there or visited has any tips on best places they found to eat/ drink/ visit off the beaten track so to speak.

I visited Prague last year and found the best places to be on the outskirts rather than in the centre like little hidden gems that tell the true city story and was hoping to find some places like that in Krakow ( that will accept my poor polish ;)

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated

SeanBM 35 | 5,793  
23 Aug 2009 /  #7
Hello Mike,

You will have a great time in Krakow, I am sure.

You can find Recommendations for Krakow. You also might want to check out Zakopane, about 100km south of Krakow, buses and trains go daily.

And feel free to add anything you think relevant to those threads and let us know how you get on.

Best of luck.
Michallikes 10 | 34  
23 Aug 2009 /  #8
that will accept my poor polish

Krakow isn't the best place to practice your Polish I think unless you avoid the tourist trail and only talk to older people.

In tourist areas Polish people speak English extremely well.
Young people also learn English in school from a young age so they will be able to communicate with you no problem.
mike1980 1 | 2  
23 Aug 2009 /  #9
Thanks for your replies guys. I'll let you know how we get on and if we find anything worthwhile of adding to your help. Think off the beaten track will be the way forward ;)

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