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There are 8 ways to get from Zürich to Kraków by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly Zurich to Krakow  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Krakow (KRK) ZRH - KRK

$104 - $295

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Bus  •  20 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Krakow

$60 - $85

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Train to Basel, fly to Krakow  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Krakow (KRK) BSL - KRK

$84 - $340

Fly Zurich to Katowice, bus  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Katowice (KTW) ZRH - KTW
  2. Take the bus from Katowice Flughafen to Krakau Zob Mda

$102 - $417

Train  •  16 h

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Wien Hbf Rj
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Katowice Eic / ...
  3. Take the train from Katowice to Krakow Glowny R

$144 - $232

Train, bus  •  23 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Rapperswil to St. Gallen 1-Y / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sankt Gallen to Kraków

Train, night train  •  16 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Wien Hbf Rj
  2. Take the night train from Wien Hbf to Krakow Glowny Eic

$141 - $228

Drive  •  11 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Kraków 772.3 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Kraków is to bus which costs SFr 60 - SFr 85 and takes 20 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Kraków is to fly which costs SFr 100 - SFr 300 and takes 4 h 32 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Krakow. Services depart five times a week, and operate Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 20 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Kraków. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Krakow Glowny via Wien Hbf and Katowice. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h.

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The distance between Zürich and Kraków is 886 km. The road distance is 1235.6 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Kraków without a car is to train which takes 16 h and costs SFr 140 - SFr 240.

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It takes approximately 4 h 32 min to get from Zürich to Kraków, including transfers.

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Zürich to Kraków bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Kraków train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Kraków is to fly which takes 4 h 32 min and costs SFr 100 - SFr 300. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 140 - SFr 240 and takes 16 h, you could also bus, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 85 and takes 20 h 43 min.

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  • Distance: 554 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 32 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Kraków, Poland?

Swiss, Lufthansa and four other airlines fly from Zürich to Kraków every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Kraków via Wien Hbf and Katowice in around 16 h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Krakow via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Krakow via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Krakow via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,200
Flights from Basel to Krakow via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Basel to Krakow via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Basel to Krakow via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $1,100
Flights from Zurich to Katowice via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Katowice via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Katowice via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Zurich to Krakow
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,300
Flights from Zurich to Krakow via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Katowice via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Krakow
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,300
Flights from Zurich to Krakow via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Krakow via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Krakow via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,200
Flights from Basel to Krakow via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $1,100
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Krakow via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Krakow
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $600
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Katowice
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Night train from Wien Hbf to Krakow Glowny
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Polish Railways (PKP)

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 being entitled to discounts. Polish Railways offer a pre-booking service for travellers living outside of Poland - tickets and reservations can be booked in advance for trips inside Poland (up to 30 days in advance for domestic trains), and to/from other countries in the region (up to 60 days in advance).

Contact Details
Phone
703 200 200
Website
intercity.pl
Train from Katowice to Krakow Glowny
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Intercity.pl
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class
$5 - $8
1st Class
$7 - $11
LEO Express
Phone
+420 220 311 700
Email
info@le.cz
Website
leoexpress.com
Train from Katowice to Kraków Główny
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$4 - $13
Schedules at
leoexpress.com
Economy
$4 - $5
Business
$6 - $8
Premium
$10 - $13
Südostbahn
Website
sob.ch
Train from Rapperswil to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
sob.ch
Bus operators
Eksprestransfer
Phone
+48 603 966 598
Email
rezerwacja@eksprestransfer.pl
Website
pyrzowiceekspres.pl
Bus from Katowice Flughafen to Krakau Zob Mda
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
pyrzowiceekspres.pl
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Katowice Airport, Katowice Lotnisko to Kraków, Kraków MDA
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Zurich to Krakow
Ave. Duration
20 h 43 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Krakow Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 40 min.

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Zürich to Kraków bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, arrive at Krakow station.

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Zürich to Kraków train services, operated by Polish Railways (PKP), arrive at Krakow Glowny station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Kraków is 1236 km. It takes approximately 11 h 5 min to drive from Zürich to Kraków.

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Swiss, Eurowings, Austrian Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Krakow Airport.

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There are 2778+ hotels available in Kraków. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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