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There are 6 ways to get from Kraków to Bratislava by train, bus, car, plane or shuttle

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Train  •  6h 12m

  1. Take the train from Krakow Glowny to Breclav Ic
  2. Take the train from Breclav to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica Ic / ...

€13 - €39

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Bus  •  6h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Krakow to Bratislava central bus station N1283 / ...

€23 - €29

Train via Katowice  •  7h 11m

  1. Take the train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Katowice to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica Ic

€14 - €39

Drive  •  4h 16m

  1. Drive from Kraków to Bratislava 454 km

€45 - €70

Fly, bus  •  4h 16m

  1. Fly from Krakow (KRK) to Vienna (VIE) KRK - VIE
  2. Take the bus from Vienna, Schwechat Airport Bbf. to Bratislava, Most SNP

€16 - €178

Bus, shuttle  •  8h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Jubilat to Zakopane ZDA
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Zakopane to Bratislava Eurobusways

€53 - €91

Kraków to Bratislava by train

The train journey time between Kraków and Bratislava is around 5h 45m and covers a distance of around 429 km. The fastest train normally takes 5h 45m. Operated by PKP Intercity, RegioJet, Czech Railways (ČD) and others, the Kraków to Bratislava train service departs from Krakow Glowny and arrives in Bratislava Hlavna Stanica. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 45m
Fastest train time:
5h 45m
Train distance:
429 km
Trains per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€15
Carbon emissions:
22 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
14:05
Last train departs at:
14:05

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Kraków to Bratislava train schedules

Poland → Slovakia
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International entry into Slovakia from Poland

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Poland
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Slovakia, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions

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Conditions of entry into Slovakia from Poland

  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 1 in quarantine
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from Poland
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  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United States and Vatican
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 1 in quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Vatican
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area

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Rules to follow in Slovakia

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Considerations leaving from Poland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Slovakia is currently allowed from Poland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Bratislava is 917 222 682.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Bratislava is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Bratislava is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 917 222 682.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Poland from Slovakia.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 25 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kraków to Bratislava is to train which costs 55 zł - 180 zł and takes 6h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Kraków to Bratislava is to drive which costs 220 zł - 320 zł and takes 4h 16m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Krakow and arriving at Bratislava central bus station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kraków to Bratislava. However, there are services departing from Krakow Glowny and arriving at Bratislava Hlavna Stanica via Breclav. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 12m.

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The distance between Kraków and Bratislava is 296 km. The road distance is 454 km.

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The best way to get from Kraków to Bratislava without a car is to train which takes 6h 12m and costs 55 zł - 180 zł.

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It takes approximately 6h 12m to get from Kraków to Bratislava, including transfers.

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Kraków to Bratislava bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Krakow station.

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Kraków to Bratislava train services, operated by PKP Intercity, depart from Krakow Glowny station.

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The best way to get from Kraków to Bratislava is to train which takes 6h 12m and costs 55 zł - 180 zł. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 100 zł - 130 zł and takes 6h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Kraków to Bratislava.
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  • Distance: 296.1 km
  • Duration: 6h 12m

What companies run services between Kraków, Poland and Bratislava, Slovakia?

You can take a train from Kraków to Bratislava via Breclav in around 6h 12m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Krakow to Bratislava central bus station once daily. Tickets cost €23 - €29 and the journey takes 6h 45m.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Krakow to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€110 - €400
Train operators
PKP Intercity

The rail network in Poland is conveniently organised, with many connections between cities, making it an effective method of travelling around the country. Tickets for regional and express trains are affordable, with children, students, pensioners, people with disability and large families entitled to discounts. Trains have standard 1st and 2nd class reserved seating, and many overnight trains also offer sleepers and couchettes.

Contact Details
Phone
703 200 200
Website
intercity.pl
Train from Krakow Glowny to Breclav
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€11 - €20
Website
PKP Intercity
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Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
€11 - €14
1st Class
€15 - €20
Train from Breclav to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€8 - €14
Website
PKP Intercity
Book at
Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
€8 - €11
1st Class
€11 - €14
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €14
Website
PKP Intercity
Book at
Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
€8 - €11
1st Class
€11 - €14
Train from Katowice to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €20
Website
PKP Intercity
Book at
Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
€11 - €14
1st Class
€15 - €20
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Train from Breclav to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€3 - €9
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
€3 - €6
1st Class
€5 - €9
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Breclav to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€4 - €7
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
€4 - €6
Business
€5 - €7
1st Class
€5 - €7
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Breclav to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€13 - €19
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
LEO Express
Phone
+420 220 311 700
Email
info@le.cz
Website
leoexpress.com
Train from Breclav to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€2 - €9
Website
LEO Express
Economy
€2 - €4
Economy Plus
€4 - €7
Business
€4 - €7
Premium
€6 - €9
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€2 - €9
Website
LEO Express
Economy
€2 - €4
Economy Plus
€4 - €6
Business
€4 - €6
Premium
€6 - €9
Polregio
Phone
(+48) 22 439 6052
Email
info@p-r.com.pl
Website
polregio.pl
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€2 - €4
Website
Polregio
Koleje Śląskie
Phone
+48 32 428 88 88
Email
bok@kolejeslaskie.com
Website
kolejeslaskie.com
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
Kolśląsk
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Krakow to Bratislava central bus station
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€23 - €29
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Vienna International Airport to Bratislava,,Most SNP
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€6 - €8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Vienna, Schwechat Airport Bbf. to Bratislava, Most SNP
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€3 - €5
Website
RegioJet
Slovak Lines Express a.s.
Website
bustickets.distribusion.com
Bus from Vienna Airport to Bratislava Most SNP
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€7 - €25
Schedules at
bustickets.distribusion.com
Slovak Lines
Phone
+421 2 55422734
Email
info@slovaklines.sk
Website
slovaklines.sk
Bus from Vienna Airport to Bratislava, Most SNP
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€3 - €5
Website
Slovak Lines
MajerBus
Phone
669 060 060
Email
biuro@majerbus.pl
Website
majerbus.pl
Bus from Jubilat to Zakopane ZDA
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3 - €6
Schedules at
majerbus.pl
Eurobusways
Phone
+36 70 282 1827
Email
info@eurobusways.com
Website
eurobusways.com
Shuttle from Zakopane to Bratislava
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
€50 - €85
Schedules at
eurobusways.com

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The quickest flight from Krakow Airport to Vienna Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Kraków to Bratislava bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Bratislava central bus station.

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Kraków to Bratislava train services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at Bratislava Hlavna Stanica station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kraków to Bratislava is 454 km. It takes approximately 4h 16m to drive from Kraków to Bratislava.

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Austrian Airlines offers flights from Krakow Airport to Vienna Airport.

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