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There are 7 ways to get from Warsaw to Kraków by train, bus, night bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 26m

  1. Take the train from Warszawa Centralna to Krakow Glowny Eip / ...

45 zł - 85 zł

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Rideshare  •  5h 4m

  1. Take the rideshare from Warsaw to Krakow 294.6 km

30 zł - 45 zł

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Bus  •  3h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Warszawa to Kraków N6

65 zł - 95 zł

Night bus  •  5h 53m

  1. Take the night bus from Warszawa, Lotnisko Chopina to Krakow N1261

78 zł - 146 zł

Drive  •  3h 21m

  1. Drive from Warsaw to Kraków 294.3 km

110 zł - 170 zł

Fly from Warsaw Chopin  •  3h 6m

  1. Fly from Warsaw Chopin (WAW) to Krakow (KRK) WAW - KRK

108 zł - 559 zł

Fly from Szczytno  •  2h 22m

  1. Fly from Szczytno (SZY) to Krakow (KRK) SZY - KRK

181 zł - 670 zł

Warsaw to Kraków by train

The train journey time between Warsaw and Kraków is around 3h 1m and covers a distance of around 292 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 24m. Operated by PKP Intercity, the Warsaw to Kraków train service departs from Warszawa Centralna and arrives in Krakow Glowny. Typically 120 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 1m
Fastest train time:
2h 24m
Trains per week:
120
Cheapest price:
45 zł
Carbon emissions:
15 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:43
Last train departs at:
23:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Warsaw to Kraków train schedules

Warsaw → Kraków
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If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 800 190 590

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, travel within Poland is currently allowed.

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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 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Kraków is 800 190 590.

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

The social distance requirement in Kraków is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 190 590.

Last updated: 14 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Warsaw to Kraków is to rideshare which costs 30 zł - 45 zł and takes 5h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Warsaw to Kraków is to fly which costs 180 zł - 700 zł and takes 2h 22m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Warszawa and arriving at Kraków. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Warszawa Centralna and arriving at Krakow Glowny. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 26m.

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The distance between Warsaw and Kraków is 252 km. The road distance is 294.3 km.

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The best way to get from Warsaw to Kraków without a car is to train which takes 2h 26m and costs 45 zł - 85 zł.

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The train from Warszawa Centralna to Krakow Glowny takes 2h 26m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Warsaw to Kraków bus services, operated by Neo Bus, depart from Warszawa station.

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Warsaw to Kraków train services, operated by PKP Intercity, depart from Warszawa Centralna station.

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The best way to get from Warsaw to Kraków is to train which takes 2h 26m and costs 45 zł - 85 zł. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 65 zł - 95 zł and takes 3h 55m, you could also fly, which costs 100 zł - 600 zł and takes 3h 6m.

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Map of how to get from Warsaw to Kraków.
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  • Distance: 252.5 km
  • Duration: 2h 26m

What companies run services between Warsaw, Poland and Kraków, Poland?

PKP Intercity operates a train from Warszawa Centralna to Krakow Glowny hourly. Tickets cost 45 zł - 85 zł and the journey takes 2h 26m. Alternatively, Neo Bus operates a bus from Warszawa to Kraków twice daily. Tickets cost 65 zł - 95 zł and the journey takes 3h 55m.

Airlines
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Krakow
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
100 zł - 550 zł
Flights from Szczytno to Krakow
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
80 zł - 230 zł
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 Warszawa Centralna to Krakow Glowny
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45 zł - 85 zł
Website
PKP Intercity
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Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
45 zł - 60 zł
1st Class
65 zł - 85 zł
Bus operators
Neo Bus
Phone
+48 17 277 30 95
Email
kontakt@neobus.pl
Website
neobus.pl
Bus from Warszawa to Kraków
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
65 zł - 95 zł
Schedules at
neobus.pl
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
Night bus from Warszawa, Lotnisko Chopina to Krakow
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
75 zł - 90 zł
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Warsaw to Krakow
Ave. Duration
5h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
30 zł - 45 zł
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Krakow Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Warsaw to Kraków bus services, operated by Neo Bus, arrive at Kraków station.

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Warsaw to Kraków train services, operated by PKP Intercity, arrive at Krakow Glowny station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Warsaw to Kraków is 294 km. It takes approximately 3h 21m to drive from Warsaw to Kraków.

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LOT offers flights from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Krakow Airport.

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Book your Warsaw to Kraków bus tickets online with Omio.

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There are 554+ hotels available in Kraków. Prices start at 500 zł per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Warsaw and Kraków. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Warsaw to Warsaw Chopin Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs 8 zł - 10 zł.

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