Planning a Football Trip to Krakow? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Football Trip to Krakow – How to get to Krakow & How to get around
Football Trip to Krakow – Fly to Krakow
Cheapest flights to Krakow from United Kingdom
• London to Krakow from £28
• Manchester to Krakow from £45
• Edinburgh to Krakow from £43
• Bristol to Krakow from £41
• Liverpool to Krakow from £38
• Leeds to Krakow from £42
• Belfast to Krakow from £36
• Birmingham to Krakow from £25
• Glasgow to Krakow from £50
• Nottingham to Krakow from £38
• Newcastle to Krakow from £113
• Bournemouth to Krakow from £45
Airports near Krakow
• Katowice – 42 miles from Krakow
• Warsaw Chopin – 154 miles from Krakow
• Budapest -185 miles from Krakow
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Directions from the Airport
The new Kraków Airport train station is located near the passenger terminal, at the rear of the multi-storey car park. The connection is operated by Koleje Małopolskie (regional railways company operating in Małopolska Region). Trains are equipped with air conditioning, power outlets, Wi-Fi and ticket machines. All trains also have spaces for disabled passengers and persons with reduced mobility (PRM).
Note: Starting on September, 3rd 2017 due to PKP PLK S.A. (Polish Railways) railway modernizaton plans – railway timetable will be limited on the route to and from Kraków Airport. Additional bus communication is introduced between train courses.
TICKETS AND FARES:
• Kraków Airport – Kraków Main Train Station: PLN 9,00
• Kraków Airport – Wieliczka Salt Mine: PLN 12,50
• luggage: free of charge
• dogs: PLN 3,00
Krakow Airport is served by three regular bus lines: 208 and 252 and 308 and one night line: 902. These are AGGLOMERATION BUS LINES. Current departures of the city buses are presented on the screen located near information desk in the main hall.
Taxis from the Airport
Krakow airport taxi rides on average will cost around 22€ (90PLN) and take 30 minutes for the trip.
Football Trip to Krakow – Travel By Train
Train tickets from London to Krakow Central start at €176.90 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance. The average journey time by train between London and Krakow Central is 22 hours and 38 minutes, with around 15 trains per day. There are no direct train services from London to Krakow Central. Travelling from London to Krakow Central by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.
Football Trip to Krakow – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 13 and 14 hours to drive to Krakow from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways
Football Trip to Krakow – Travel Around Krakow
Though there’s no underground metro in Kraków (yet), the city boasts a comprehensive and easy-to-use public transportation system, which some visitors won’t even find necessary thanks to most attractions being within easy walking distance of one another (not to mention walking being one of the best ways to enjoy Kraków). integrated bus and tram system which runs from 05:00 – 23:00, with night trams and buses continuing less frequently after that. Check timetables and network maps online at mpk.krakow.pl (which has English functionality) Transport tickets can be purchased from the handy ticket machines (also in English) at major stops, and on-board most trams and buses. Note that not all ticket machines take bills and bank cards, so it’s wise to have some change handy.
Football Trip to Krakow – How to Get to the Match
The two stadiums are very close to each other.
Football Trip to Krakow – The Stadium
Marszałek Piłsudski Stadium – Originally, the first Cracovia stadium was built in 1912. It was demolished in mid-2009. From then until late 2010 entirely new construction was raised in roughly the same location where the old stadium stood. After reconstruction the stadium holds 15,016 people.
Stadion Miejski im. Henryka Reymana has a capacity of 33,268 spectators, who are all seated, and is fully roofed. Wisła Stadium is the fourth largest arena in Ekstraklasa. Stadium was originally built in 1953. From 2003 – 2011 the stadium was completely reconstructed with four new stands and a media pavilion being built. Reconstruction was finally completed in October 2011.
Football Trip to Krakow – Getting to the Stadium
Stadion Cracovii is located just west outside the city walls of Krakow’s historic city centre. The stadium lies in the same area as Wisła’s Stadion Miejski, and only a few hundred metres away from the Wisła river. The walk from the central Rynek square takes less than 15 minutes, as does the walk from the Wawel area. The central railway station, which lies on the other side of the centre, is about a 30-minute walk away. Bus 52 can also bring you from the railway station to the stadium. Take the bus in the direction of Olszanica and get off, after about 8 minutes, at stop Cracovia. Bus 124 to Rondo Grunwaldzkie is an equal alternative, as is tram 15 to Cichy Kącik. Get off at stop Cracovia (bus 124) or Oleandry (tram 15).
Wisla Stadium – Get the number 15 team from outside the station, after about 13 minutes get off at stop Reymana. The tram leaves about every 20 minutes.
Football Trip to Krakow – Getting Tickets
Football Trip to Krakow – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in Poland can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Poland page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Krakow – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Krakow – Where to stay
Krakow may look large and sprawling on a map, but many of the main tourist sites are located in and around the old town. The old town is the most popular area to stay in Krakow, simply because it is close to almost everything and a beautiful place to start and end your days. However, you can also stay in Kazimierz or a less touristic neighborhood.
Football Trip to Krakow – What else to see & do
Market Square – The buzzing, bar-packed, café-spotted heart of the UNESCO-attested Krakow Old Town, the Market Square, is where all the action has played out since the Middle Ages. Come here for people watching, history, beautiful architecture and Wawel Castle – The medley of Gothic, Renaissance, Rococo and Romanesque architecture that is the great Wawel Castle can be seen towering over the whole city. It was once the home of the Polish kings and queens, and still has great museums and court rooms as a testimony to its former glory. There are also top views from the bulwarks!
The Barbikan is the only remaining gatehouse of the medieval fortifications that once encircled the whole city. It’s redbrick bulwarks and formidable turrets helped to fend off the Mongol hordes during the 13th century. Today there are occasional theatre productions and other art shows hosted inside.
Built in the image of the primeval Pagan mounds that surround the city at various points, the soaring hill of Kościuszko was raised in 1823 to honour its namesake national hero Tadeusz Kościuszko. From the top, travelers enjoy sweeping panoramas of the city, while clear days even reveal the Tatra peaks to the south
St Mary’s Basilica have become veritable symbols of the city of Krakow. Looming high over the Market Square, they were first raised in the 14th century, have weathered Mongol invasions, and still host the hourly trumpet call – the Hejnał Mariacki.
Jewish Quarter of Krakow was once a separate city in its own right. Today, it’s totally subsumed into the fabric of the town, but still retains a unique culture and vibe with its crumbling tenement blocks, great synagogues and oodles of cool bohemian beer joints.
St Francis’ Basilica is a stunning Art Nouveau church built in the 13th century, it was the only brick building in Krakow when it was erected, and is steeped in history. The famous stained glass windows are the work of Polish artist Stanisław Wyspiański, and standing before them is a spiritual experience no matter what your religious beliefs.
Football Trip to Krakow – Where to Drink
Florianska Street hosts everything from craft beer bars to souvenir emporiums to vodka tasting joints. It’s one of the beating nerves of Krakow, and fills to bursting with visitors during the high season.
BroPub (ul. Stradomska 11) The flagship bar of Brokreacja – a mad decent microbrewery in Szczyrzyc, about 45km away. At the moment they offer 16 taps, almost exclusively of their own.
House of Beer (ul. Św. Tomasza 35, entrance from ul. Św. Krzyża 13) – With over 200 bottles and 21 draught beers over two bars, this high-ceilinged pub full of dark wooden furnishings and large leather sofas
Omerta (ul. Warszauera, entrance from ul. Kupa) – A cult hangout for local beer connoisseurs
Wezze Krafta (ul. Dolnych Młynów 10/3) Located at the heart of the hip Tytano complex, Weźże is Kraków’s largest multitap bar, offering 25 craft beers in rotation on draught, plus more in bottles.
Multi Qlri Tap Bar (ul. Szewska 21, 1st floor) If you enjoy good beer, bring yourself here. With 20 draughts, hundreds of bottles and knowledgeable bar staff,
T.E.A Time (ul. Dietla 1) The name is an acronym for Traditional English Ale, which they brew in the basement and dispense from six draughts (two of which are hand-pumped) upstairs.
Ursa Major (Pl. Wolnica 10) Ursa Maior is a small Polish microbrewery from the Bieszczady Mountains
Viva La Pinta (ul. Floriańska 13) A new phenomenon in Krakow – a craft beer pub tied to a single brewery. The brewery in question is Browar Pinta, arguably the best and most successful of the new beer makers that have both ridden and driven the craft beer wave in Poland.
Tap House Pracownia Piwa i Przyjaciele (ul. Św. Jana 30). The Tap House is primarily an outlet for one brewery – Pracownia Piwa (Beer Workshop)
Chmiel – Concealed beneath a forecourt, below the looming spires of Krakow’s mighty Wawel Castle, off-the-beaten-track basement bar Chmiel (meaning ‘Hops’) remains a great pick for craft connoisseurs travelling through town. Inside, the place is tight-knit and cozy, with a small bar area occupying the drooping apses of the basement and rickety shelves displaying a kaleidoscopic array of both local Polish brews and worldly crafts.
Football Trip to Krakow – Where to Eat
There are three main meals in Poland: the morning sniadanie (a breakfast), the early afternoon obiad (a dinner/lunch), and the early evening kolacja (a supper). In between they may be supplemented with a lighter drugie sniadanie (the second breakfast) and a podwieczorek (tea).
Traditional Polish cuisine flows from the melting pot of diverse influences as befits country at the world crossroads, inhabited by traveled and novelty-happy entrepreneurs, merchants, soldiers and worldly gentry. In the metropolitan Krakow considerable contingents of immigrant Germans, Italians, Jews, Hungarians, Scotsmen, Czechs, Austrians, etc. also left their mark on the city’s menu over ages.
“Bar Mleczny” (Milk Bar). Here in the Old Town of Kraków, amid the hustle and bustle, you can find the extremely well-priced Milkbar Tomasza. From the outside it looks quite basic, and that’s the beauty of it. Once inside, delicious fresh Polish food is served in style, or at least in the style to which every Milk Bar should aspire.
Starka continues to churn out hearty Polish dishes and fresh salads, meat platters, and filling vegetarian camembert bakes until midnight. This makes it a fine place to drop in for a late-night eat in the heart of Kazimierz district.
Sąsiedzi – a rustic design and traditional Polish theme make this one extraordinary restaurant. The brick interior and the wooden furniture covered with handmade tablecloths bring out the earthy, simple customs of the Polish country, while the menu is abundant in meat dishes.
Kogel Mogel touts perhaps the finest Slavic cuisine in the entire city. The menu is packed with goose legs and guinea fowl, aged tenderloins and bubbling broths, while a few ubiquitous regional staples also make an appearance: zurek soup; pierogi dumplings; blood-red barszcz.
Gąska is a quite new restaurant in the centre of Krakow’s Podgórze. Its speciality is a goose, potato pancakes and other Polish dishes. This restaurant should not be missed. Word “delicious” does not even begin to describe their food – true Polish food at it’s finest. The restaurant itself is very cosy with fast and friendly service and reasonable prices. ( Limanowskiego 1)
U Stasi (At Stasia’s) located in a building on Mikołajska Street, fills the space that once housed a train station. Many feel that U Stasi is the place to go if you want to get knedle (plum dumplings), a hearty cut of meat in horseradish sauce or buckwheat for just 5 zł. The eatery has been a popular lunch spot for students, lecturers, professionals, families and seniors for decades.
U Doroty (At Dorota’s) has been delighting diners at 4 Augustiańska Street, for the last few years. The restaurant serves a mix of traditional Polish dishes and modern takes on old favourites. At U Doroty you can get a two-course lunch – soup and a main course – for less than 20zł
Polakowski – a self-service restaurant with three locations across Old Town and Kazimierz – also offers traditional Polish cuisine at an affordable price. With its somewhat kitschy interior and heavy cuisine, it’s sort of a sophisticated milk bar.