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Krakow to Zakopane - public transport

tim_in_Krakow 5 | 6
26 Nov 2007 #1

I'll be living in Krakow for amonth in feb 2008. How easy is it to get to Zakopane (or other ski resorts) for a skkiing weekend? Can you recommend any other resorts too as I know Zak gets pretty busy, especially at weekends?

In fact anyone down there who wants to go for a weekend in feb, let me know! YOu can laugh at my skiing and poor polish... ;-)

andy b
26 Nov 2007 #2
It is really easy to get to Zakopane by bus. There are two private companies with regular bus services leaving the bus station in Krakow (Trans Frej and Szwagropol) as well as the state run buses, PKS. It should take about 2 hours, except at peak times.

Normally, you can just show up, find the departure gate for the bus on the electronic board and pay the driver as you get on. It may be worth booking ahead only for peak departure times (e.g Friday evening), as those with pre-booked tickets will get on first and buses can fill up quickly. If you are planning to return from Zakopane at a peak time as well, it's a good idea to buy your return ticket when you arrive so you won't be stuck.

The website for the bus station in Krakow has a list of all departures throughout the day, Odjazdy meaning departures - click on "wczesniej" for earlier departures or "pozniej" for later departures.
16 Mar 2010 #3
does anyone tells me at what time the buses starts in the morning from krakow to zakopane please
Polish Tutor - | 80
16 Mar 2010 #4
you will find times here

there are also other bus companies
30 May 2010 #5
hi, do you know what is the price of ticket from Krakow to Zakopane. Also, what is the charge for a child of 3 years old? Thanks a lot!
plg 17 | 263
30 May 2010 #6
You would be far better getting the train.

I use the train from krakow Glowny

I google pkp which is the train service operating from there (i think)

if you google 'pkp' it will tell you everything

you can click on the union jack at the top of the page to change it to english

well you just need to know a little polish

you just put in leaving from krakow of course to zakopane

it will tell you when the trains leave

how many stops

the price

the different trains you can get

plus this is very cheap and fast and convenient

hope this helpes
BLS 65 | 188
31 May 2010 #7
I took the trip yesterday - it was 18 PLN each way by bus. I have no idea if there is a children's discount...
6 Mar 2013 #8
Trying to go from Zakopane to Krakow Airport on Sunday, April 21 2013. Any ideas on cost and how often the bus runs?
phtoa 9 | 236
6 Mar 2013 #9
The bus runs like every half and our to the main bus station in Krakow, from there you can take a train directly to the airport, runs also every half an hour or more.

The cost is like 19ZL for bus from ZAK to KRK, and like 6 ZL for train ticket to the airport.
6 Mar 2013 #10
Thanks! The prices I was seeing for the private charter companies was like 400 ZL!
MIPK - | 69
6 Mar 2013 #11
you can find timetables of all buses, trains etc. here
phtoa 9 | 236
7 Mar 2013 #12
Thanks! The prices I was seeing for the private charter companies was like 400 ZL!

Yes I know its ridiculous.
There are also small buses running to Zakopane from Krakow for as low as 10ZL.

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