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Krakow Balice Airport - timetable, carriers, how to get there

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If you fly to Poland, you will likely land at Okecie Airport (Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport), the biggest and most modern Poland’s airport, which is located in the south-western part of Warsaw, 10 km of the city centre.

Second busiest airport is Krakow Airport, also known as The John Paul II International Airport (http://www.lotnisko-balice.pl/strona_en.html) or Krakow-Balice, situated on the outskirts of the city (in Balice village), just 11 km west from its centre. It is not as large as most international airports. Some people compare its size to the size of a bathroom at Chicago O'Hare. Well, it is tiny and has got only one terminal. Nevertheless, there are some advantages too: you simply can't get lost and it is easy to navigate through.
 
Airport facilities include a bar, a restaurant and a coffee shop, shops, duty-free shop, foreign exchange offices, BPH-PBK S.A. bank branch, ATM, post office, travel agency, 24-hour first aid, 24-hour parking lot, car rentals agency (National, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz).



  How to get there

  • Direct between the airport and the city centre run three municipal bus lines: 192, 208 and the night bus 602 (the timetables available at www.mpk.krakow.pl). Travelling time is about 35-40 minutes. You may purchase a ticket at newspaper stands in the passenger terminal (PLN 2.50/PLN 5.00 at night) or from the driver (with excess fare PLN 0.50). If your luggage is larger than 60*40*20 cm, you will also need a separate single ticket). Travelling time is about 35-40 minutes. You may purchase a ticket at newspaper stands in the passenger terminal (PLN 2.50/PLN 5.00 at night) or from the driver (with excess fare PLN 0.50). If your luggage is larger than 60*40*20 cm, you will also need a separate single ticket. The bus stop is located directly at the roundabout, in front of the passenger terminal.

  • Alternatively, shuttle train service links the airport with the Krakow Glowny – main rail station in the city centre (the timetables available at www.pkp.pl). On average, trains run every 30 min. between 4 a.m. and midnight. The 15-kilometre journey takes about 15 min. A single ticket costs PLN 3.80, you can purchase it on board. The Krakow-Balice Station is located app. 200 m from the passenger terminal, you can get there by foot (about 5 min. walk) or take a free shuttle bus service which operates to and from Krakow-Balice Station, this is a 3 minute trip from the airport terminal building.

  • Getting to the centre by taxi should cost PLN 40-60, depending on the distance and the honesty of the driver. Taxi stand is situated by the passenger terminal. You may also phone one of Krakow's taxi calling centers and they will send the nearest cab available.

  • You can also easily get the airport by car. It is 20-30 minutes' drive from the city centre; the airport possesses as well its own exit ramp from the A4 motorway. Opposite the passenger terminal there is a parking lot, which can accommodate above 750 vehicles. 

    Pricelist:
    PLN 5.00 per hour
    PLN 40.00 per 1st day
    PLN 40.00 per 2nd day
    PLN 20.00 per next day
 

  Carriers

 
Austrian Airlines (http://www.austrian.com)
El-Al Israel Airlines (http://www.elal.co.il)
Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT (http://www.lot.com)
Styrian Spirit (http://www.styrianspirit.com)
Swiss International Airlines (http://www.swiss.com)

Most of the directions are operated by LOT Polish Airlines (www.lot.com) – the national carrier, with services to some 40 countries and domestic flights to other Polish cities. LOT's hub is in ) – the national carrier, with services to some 40 countries and domestic flights to other Polish cities. LOT's hub is in Warsaw, so some flights require changing a plane in the capital city. LOT is a member of Star Alliance.
 
For updated information on flights and connections see the Krakow-Balice Airport’s website: http://www.lotnisko-balice.pl/eng/

Currently it offers regular, direct connections with 33 cities:
 
City (country)
Airline(s)
Average flight time
Athens (Greece)
LOT
2hrs 30min
Alicante (Spain)
Ryanair (from spring 2010)
2hrs 45min
Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Easyjet
2hrs 55min
Bergen (Norway)
Norwegian
2hrs 30min
Berlin (Germany)
Air Berlin
1hr 25min
Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Ryanair
2hrs 35min
Bristol (United Kingdom)
Easyjet
2hrs 40min
Brussels (Belgium)
Brussels Airline, Ryanair (from spring 2010)
2hrs 10min
Chicago (USA)
LOT
10hrs 40min
Copenhagen (Denmark
Norwegian
1hr 30min
Cologne/Bonn (Germany)
Germanwings
1hr 45min
Dortmund (Germany)
Easyjet
1hr 40min
Dublin (Ireland)
Aerlingus, Ryanair
3hrs
Dusseldorf (Germany)
Air Berlin, Ryanair
1hr 40min
East Midlands (United Kingdom)
Ryanair
2hrs 35min
Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Easyjet, Ryanair
2hrs 40min
Frankfurt (Germany)
LOT
1hr 40min
Gdansk (Poland)
Jetair
1hr 30min
Leeds (United Kingdom)
Ryanair (from spring 2010)
2hrs 0min
Liverpool (United Kingdom)
Easyjet, Ryanair
2hrs 40min
London (United Kingdom)
British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair
2hrs 35min
Malaga (Spain)
Ryanair (from spring 2010)
3hrs 15min
Milan (Italy)
Ryanair
1hr 50min
Oslo (Norway)
Norwegian, Ryanair
2hrs 15min
Paris (France)
LOT, Easyjet, Transavia
2hrs 10min
 
Pisa (Italy)
Ryanair (from spring 2010)
2hrs 5min
Poznan (Poland)
Jetair
1hr 10min
Prague (Czech Republic)
CSA
1hr 20min
Reykjavik (Iceland)
Iceland Express
4hr 05min
Rome (Italy)
Ryanair, LOT
1hr 55min
Shannon (Ireland)
Ryanair
2hrs 55min
Stavanger (Norway)
Norwegian
2hrs 25 min
Stockholm (Sweden)
Ryanair
2hrs
Stuttgart (Germany)
Germanwings
1hr 40min
Szczecin (Poland)
Jetair
2hr 10min
Trapani (Italy)
Ryanair (from spring 2010)
2hrs 45min
Vienna (Austria)
LOT
1hr 10min
Warsaw (Poland)
LOT
45min
Krakow Airport contact phone: +48 12 295 58 00