BACKPACKER INDEX: US$28.78
Krakow hotel prices
Krakow hotels and hostels experience their high season during summer, especially July and August. Prices have been rising as newer and better hotels have opened, but good deals are still possible, particularly from November through March. Krakow has several highly regarded hostels, most of which have private rooms, so that’s a good option for those on a budget.
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Kraków is by far the most interesting city in Poland for tourists, and it’s also easy to reach for most people. It may not be quite as beautiful as Prague, but it’s usually far less crowded and it’s quite a bit cheaper in most respects. Kraków is truly one of Europe’s great travel bargains, though that might not be true years from now.
Hotels in Kraków are quite cheap by European standards, and good deals are often available in the 3- and 4-star range, so don’t automatically look for a 1-star hotel or a hostel. There are cheaper hotels that are well away from the city center, but standards at those can be low, and the area is often inconvenient.
The main attractions plus general transportation in Kraków are quite reasonable, so even backpackers on limited budgets will be able to see the museums and palaces from the inside instead of just the outside.
Food is also quite cheap by European standards, as long as you like the hearty local food. If you require something else it’s not quite as cheap, but still prices are reasonable. Drinks are also quite inexpensive by European standards.
Krakow attraction prices
|Wawel Castle||This former royal castle is now a popular museum. Free admission is offered at times.||adults||5.94|
|Bunker of Modern Art||A well regarded modern art museum near the center of Krakow.||adults||3.30|
|Free walking tour||There are several very good free walking tours (tips appreciated) that leave daily from the main square.||everyone||0.00|
Krakow Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||16.50 - 23.10|
|Airport Express train to city center||3.96|
|Public bus from airport to city center||1.32|
|3km taxi ride in Krakow||4.95 - 8.25|
|Tram/bus ride in Krakow||0.92 - 1.25|
|All-day tram/bus pass||4.95|
Krakow food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||If your hotel or hostel doesn't include breakfast you'll have many cheap options nearby.||1.65 - 2.64|
|Budget lunch||Staying with the filling local cuisine, and looking for milk bars or cafeterias, you can stuff yourself for very little in Krakow.||2.31 - 3.96|
|Budget dinner||Avoiding very touristy places with English menus will allow you to eat well, even at sit-down places, for very little.||2.97 - 4.95|
|Beer (pint)||Finding cheap local lager will be easy. Imports will cost more, as usual.||1.65 - 2.64|
|McDonald's Big Mac||A Big Mac is not a great deal in Krakow, unless you hate the local food.||2.61|
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|Airports||John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice (KRK)|
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Krakow has a climate that is typical for its region, with warm summers that rarely get too steamy, although the summer is also the wettest time of the year so rain is a possibility. Spring and autumn can be okay, with usually very little rain, while winter is usually cold and sometimes frozen.
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