How to get from Krakow to Auschwitz?

How to get from Krakow to Auschwitz?

Do you want to visit the former German camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, and are you starting your journey in Krakow? Then find out our guide on the subject. Getting there is an experience that everyone should have the chance to experience. Get some tips about the trip before you go there.

The best ways to get from Krakow to Auschwitz

Find out now what are the best ways to get there from Krakow to Auschwitz. You can take a day trip from Krakow to visit the former German camp Auschwitz. Many companies offer tours, but it is definitely more expensive than getting there on your own. The best way would be to use public transport or a car.

Getting there by car

To get there from Krakow, you can take one of three roads by car. The A4 road with an exit in Chrzanów and continuing through Libiaz or Alwernia will take about an hour and is 60 kilometres long. If you instead continue along the Spytkowice-Zator road, it will be about 70 kilometres and take 1 hour and 20 minutes, but the advantage is that the route is more scenic.

Getting to Auschwitz by bus

To get from Krakow to Auschwitz, you can take the bus. If you're already in the city centre, just go to 18 Bosacka Street and buy a ticket for the next departure, which goes down near the National Castle Museum in Auschwitz - it will be quite easy to find as they have signs everywhere advertising their services. Buses also run very frequently on weekdays. The price of a bus or minibus ticket from Krakow to Oswiecim can be as low as 13 PLN depending on which carrier you choose. The journey takes about 1h 25-30 minutes.

Getting to Auschwitz by train

A good way to get from Krakow to the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum is by train. You can go on your own or opt for one of the popular excursions offered by travel agencies.

Trains are a convenient way to get to Auschwitz station, but if you are short of time, it is better to opt for the bus due to the shorter journey time. The train journey takes around 2 hours with a choice of using public transport or walking 20 minutes outside the town before reaching your destination. Trains cost approx. PLN 3 each way.

Getting between Auschwitz and Birkenau

If you have an extra hour to spend at the museum, I recommend taking a drive or walk between Auschwitz and Birkenau. The two camps are only 3 kilometres apart, but it's about a 40-minute walk, so if possible, take public transport or check out their free bus service, which usually runs every 10 minutes in high season (April to September) and every 30 minutes in low season.

Which commuting option is most worthwhile?

The journey from Oswiecim to Krakow is best made by car, but buses should also help. These inexpensive vehicles run frequently throughout each day and offer an easy way to get around the city. This will make the trip a little cheaper.