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There are 4 ways to get from Kraków to Považská Bystrica by bus, train, night bus or car

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Bus  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Kraków, Kraków MDA to Ružomberok, Ružomberok bus station 1260 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Ružomberok, Ružomberok bus station to Považská Bystrica 915

18€ - 23€

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Night bus  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the night bus from Kraków, Kraków MDA to Žilina N1291

16€ - 19€

2 alternative options

Train  •  7h 53m

  1. Take the train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice R / ...
  2. Take the train from Katowice to Bohumin Ic / ...
  3. Take the train from Bohumin to Zilina 141 / ...

17€ - 39€

Drive  •  3h 4m

  1. Drive from Kraków to Považská Bystrica 258.1 km

28€ - 45€

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The COVID-19 helpline number in Považská Bystrica is 917 222 682.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Považská Bystrica is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Považská Bystrica is 2 metres.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kraków to Považská Bystrica is to night bus which costs 70 zł - 90 zł and takes 5h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Kraków to Považská Bystrica is to drive which costs 120 zł - 190 zł and takes 3h 4m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kraków to Považská Bystrica. However, there are services departing from Kraków, Kraków MDA and arriving at Považská Bystrica via Ružomberok, Ružomberok bus station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kraków to Považská Bystrica. However, there are services departing from Krakow Glowny and arriving at Povazska Bystrica via Katowice, Bohumin and Zilina. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 53m.

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The distance between Kraków and Považská Bystrica is 151 km. The road distance is 258.1 km.

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The best way to get from Kraków to Považská Bystrica without a car is to bus which takes 5h 45m and costs 80 zł - 110 zł.

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It takes approximately 5h 45m to get from Kraków to Považská Bystrica, including transfers.

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Kraków to Považská Bystrica bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Kraków, Kraków MDA station.

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Kraków to Považská Bystrica train services, operated by Polregio, depart from Krakow Glowny station.

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The best way to get from Kraków to Považská Bystrica is to bus which takes 5h 45m and costs 80 zł - 110 zł. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 75 zł - 180 zł and takes 7h 53m.

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  • Distance: 151.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 45m

What companies run services between Kraków, Poland and Považská Bystrica, Slovakia?

You can take a bus from Kraków to Považská Bystrica via Ružomberok, Ružomberok bus station in around 5h 45m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kraków to Považská Bystrica via Katowice, Bohumin, and Zilina in around 7h 53m.

Train operators
Polregio
Phone
(+48) 22 439 6052
Email
info@p-r.com.pl
Website
polregio.pl
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Website
Polregio
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 Katowice
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 14€
Website
PKP Intercity
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Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
8€ - 11€
1st Class
11€ - 14€
Train from Katowice to Bohumin
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 14€
Website
PKP Intercity
Book at
Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
8€ - 11€
1st Class
11€ - 14€
Koleje Śląskie
Phone
+48 32 428 88 88
Email
bok@kolejeslaskie.com
Website
kolejeslaskie.com
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
Kolśląsk
Train from Katowice to Bohumin
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
Kolśląsk
LEO Express
Phone
+420 220 311 700
Email
info@le.cz
Website
leoexpress.com
Train from Kraków Główny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
3€ - 11€
Website
LEO Express
Economy
3€ - 5€
Business
5€ - 7€
Premium
8€ - 11€
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22€ - 30€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Bohumin to Zilina
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
4€ - 8€
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
4€ - 6€
Business
6€ - 8€
1st Class
6€ - 8€
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 Kraków, Kraków MDA to Ružomberok, Ružomberok bus station
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
10€ - 13€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Ružomberok, Ružomberok bus station to Považská Bystrica
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Kraków, Kraków MDA to Žilina
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
13€ - 17€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Kraków to Považská Bystrica bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Považská Bystrica station.

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Kraków to Považská Bystrica train services, operated by Czech Railways (ČD), arrive at Zilina station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kraków to Považská Bystrica is 258 km. It takes approximately 3h 4m to drive from Kraków to Považská Bystrica.

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Book your Kraków to Považská Bystrica bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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