Fly To Krakow, Poland
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Also known as Cracow or Kraków, this city lies on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region. Don’t think that ‘lesser’ means less in the usual sense however – the city has way more than you could ever imagine. It’s one of the oldest cities in Poland, and is also the second largest after the capital of Warsaw.
You will most likely arrive at John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice, which is about 11km west of the city centre in Balice. This is where Krakow flights bring visitors in rather large numbers, all in search of mystery, history and a fair bit of travel magic.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South Africans need a Tourist Visa to visit Poland, which typically lasts for up to 90 days. Applications and queries can be organised via the Polish Embassy in Pretoria (telephone: 012 430 2631). You will need to provide various documents along with your applications, including but not limited to your valid passport, copies of ID, travel plan confirmation, ticket purchase and so on.
- The South African Embassy to Poland is situated at the following address: IPC Business Centre, 6th Floor, UL. Koszykowa 54, 00-675 Warsaw (about four hours from Krakow). Telephone: +48 22 622 1031.
See and do
Highlights include the must-see points of interest of Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wawel, Wawel Castle, Main Market Square, Tatra Mountains, Church of the Virgin Mary (Kosciol Mariacki), Barbican, St. Peter and Paul Church, Collegium Maius and many others. With a history dating back to the 7th Century, the city of Krakow has even more hidden gems to explore. There’s a booming nightlife as well, with lots to see after once the sun has set.
Shopping is fairly interesting – in addition to large centres, there are many unusual little shops worth checking out. Try Renata Hat Shop to get some one of a kind Polish headgear, Polish Poster Art Gallery for beautiful posters, Pasaz 13 for modern shopping and Galeria Krakowska for late night shopping. Look out for the Smok (dragon type creature) trinkets near the Wawel for take-home goodies, delicious spicy chocolate biscuits at any bakery, salt from the Salt Mine or amber jewellery from the markets.
Getting around is very easy, with an excellent public transport system of trams and buses managed by MPK (Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne) as well as a private taxi system. Walking is also a good way to take in the sights, giving you the chance to stop here and there (which you are certain to want to do). There are also night time buses to get you around for dinner or other evening activities.
Krakow Airport – KRK
Food and beverage: there are quite a few coffee stands, including Coffee Express and Coffee Minute, as well as bistros and restaurants and even bars.
Currency Exchange: there are currency exchange services in the airport, and even a special service where you can order before your arrival and collect from the airport (done via www.ice-forex.com).
Lost Luggage: if you can’t find your bags, head on over to the Lost Luggage stand to fill out an application – the claims area is in Terminal 1.
Airport Hotels: hotels nearby include Neohotel Airport, which is the closest one, as well as others such as Sheraton Krakow Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow.
Car Hire: rental companies available include Europcar, Sixt, Avis, Dollar, Hertz and Budget among others.
Airport Hub: Krakow Airport (code KRK) is a hub for euroLOT, LOT Polish Airlines and Ryanair.