From the Cracow airport you can reach the town by:
A one-way ticket from Kraków Airport to Kraków Main Railway Station costs 8 PLN, i.e. about 2 EUR (see train time table).
Train tickets can be purchased:
- passenger terminal - level 0 (ticket machine);
- train station (ticket machine);
- train (ticket machine or train conductor on board).
Payment in cash or with credit/debit card.
Warning: due to the many works related to modification the existing infrastructure at certain time (hours) exist rail replacement bus service from Kraków Airport to Kraków Main Railway Station (Kraków Główny). These hours are: 6:05,8:05,10:05,11:05,13:05,14:05,15:05,16:05,18:05,19:05,21:05,23:05
Kraków Airport Taxi service is the official partner of John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice - the fare for a ride from the airport to The Florianska Gate (in the city center) or to the Rondo Ofiar Katynia (close to the Institute and Q Hotel Kraków) is approximately 70 PLN (i.e. about 16 EUR) and you can pay by cash or by electronic card.
There are several taxi companies operating in Kraków (e.g. Megataxi +48 12 19 625 -> 33 PLN cash i.e. about 8EUR). They can be identified by the company names or phone numbers (such as +48 12 19*** for mobile phones) marked on the vehicles. You can pay by credit card and, in most of the taxies, also by electronic card. So to be sure, ask about the payment methods while calling or entering a taxi.
There is also another options you can chose - iCar, and then the fare approximately is 36 PLN (i.e. about 9 EUR) but you can pay only by cash.
- bus - get #208, #252 or #902 to the city centre (check time table). A one-way ticket costs 4 PLN, i.e. about 1 EUR;
How to reach the IFJ PAN from the city centre
A detailed description is presented below. One can also use online help via jakdojade app (english language can be switched on using the upper-right menu) or Android app Jakdojade. The app requires only to input start/end points and calculates the whole route using public transport along with a travel time.
The simplest and fastest option is to team up for a taxi. It costs around 20 PLN and takes some 20 minutes to reach the IFJ PAN. The taxi can be called at the reception desk.
Alternatively one can take a tram 4 or 24 from the stop "Stary Kleparz" in the direction "Bronowice Male". The stop is located 5 minutes on foot from the hotels. You should get off the tram at the stop "Balicka Wiadukt". To reach the IFJ PAN one should either walk (slightly uphill) 10 minutes or take one of the buses: 120, 172, 173, 210, 230, 238, 248, 258, 268, 278, 501 or 572 from the stop "Bronowice Wiaduct" and get off at the next stop “Rondo Ofiar Katynia”. The typical duration of such journey is 45 minutes (including walking).
The time table can be found under this link. The tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine at the bus stop (payment in cash or with credit/debit card) or the authorized ticket machines found in a tram/bus (payment in cash – coins only) with the cost of 3,80 PLN.