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It's possible to do both in one day, but I wouldn't recommend it - it's a lot to take in, and makes for a very long day. There's so much to see in Krakow old town, that it's worth spreading them out and spending your down time on a city tour or just walking around trying random foods in old restaurants or seeing the performers in the main square, or just ...


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The cheapest way is obviously to hitchhike, especially if time is not an issue. You can check out Hitchwiki for suggestions on how to do that. To fly might be cheap, but remember that the cheap airlines (RyanAir, for example) often take you to airports well outside the city, and then you have to get a bus/train in. Also, asking which is the cheapest is ...


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If you have got luck you can find a cheap ticket for buses (but not direct). For example www.polskibus.com (available in english). There is a bus from Berlin to Warsaw (around 9h) and from Warsaw to Krakow (around 4h30). But sometimes this ticket are not cheap and it may be necessary to spend a night in Warsaw.


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Assuming your trip is very soon, Turkish Airlines flight 1889 departs Istanbul at 8:00 PM and arrives Vienna at 9:20 PM. From Vienna, you could rent a car and drive to Krakow (4.5 hours). Or, if you can get to Wien Westbahnhof by 10:12 pm, there is an overnight train (D 406) arriving Krakow at 6:36 AM.


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You can also try with mitfahrgelengenheit.de or mitfahrzentrale.de. The prices are between 25 and 40 EUR. Unfortunately there are only few rides in a month.


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After somebody mentioned Rome2Rio.com on another question, I've gotten a lot of great use out of it. It doesn't demand a date from you, and it's not limited to air. It will combine all sorts of transportation to give you different options and different prices. http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Krakow/Prague


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In general in Poland specialized currency exchange offices (kantor) are much better than banks. I would guess that in bigger cities you will get a better deal, you should shop around and compare rates in different offices (so probably Wroclaw or Krakow). Google shows the average exchange rate at a given moment, so you are pretty much guaranteed that you ...


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A quick Google search got me to Orange Smile's website with Krakow city guide. The map is pretty detailed and is in image form already so you can print it easily. Since I've already been to Krakow, I can tell you that this map is quite adequate if you plan on visiting major attractions and explore the city center.


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I have been looking for all possible options and luckily I could find something. Please double check but I notice this site: http://speciale-aanbiedingen.nl.voyages-sncf.com/nl/start-verkoop?prex=T_AFF_520B5C23D5C9A&ectrans=1 You can book your ticket and it should cost 72.40 euros and 8 hours+ travel time. From Kwakow to Prague. On this site you can ...


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Absolutely. It's just a short ride, 5½-6 hours. As for quality of the roads, in both in Germany as well as in Poland you'll be riding top quality freeway practically all the way. They are basically equivalent to US Interstate Highways. In Germany it's Bundesautobahn 15 (Federal Freeway 15), in Poland short part A18, then A4. All of which are recently ...


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I'd say take the train, from this site: There is only 1 direct train between Krakow (Poland) and Prague (Czech rep.) and it goes overnight. It is also possible to go to Katowice (PL) or to Bohumín and there change to the train to Prague. TLK 402 Silesia, dep 22:03, Arr: 07:37. 45€ seat, 55€ couchette / bed. Schedule valid from 2013-12-15 to ...


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Very good map of Poland is a free UMP Map. It's something like Open Street Map, but in Poland UMP is usually more detailed than OSM. Here is Kraków on UMP. Just make a screenshot and print it. There is also a commercial solution: map of Kraków made by Compass. It's a Polish company from Kraków, you can buy their map of Kraków in both paper and digital ...


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It's not easy and not recommended to do both in one day! The best is either to have the private car or to choose the rush tour starting very early morning: The tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine takes at least 3 hours. The location of the mine is half an hour drive by car from the center of Krakow. The town of Oswiecim (in German: Auschwitz) is about at least 1 ...


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There are really dozens of tour operators that offers tours to the Salt Mines. I would recommend to use collect some flyers and compare the conditions. I personally can recommend the tour that is provided by the Mosquito Hostel in Krakow. They have an agreement with a tour operator that picks you up directly in front of the hostel and then drives you there ...


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Wroclaw: Crossroad Swidnicka and Olawska street in the old town. kantor: CENT Olawska street 50 m from the main square: GANT The best way to find good echange rate is to look at the difference between the sales and buy rate. If it is higher than 7 groszy on one unit price eg 1 Dollar look for another place.


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At many exchange shops (kantor) you even can negotiate exchange rate, if you sell or buy larger amount of dollars/euro. Watch out for those "kantors", that are in very touristic places, like in Old Town of Kraków (Cracov). They often have very bad exchange rate. The rate when selling is always lower than average and for buying is always higher. There is ...


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I been to kantors all over Wrocław and looked at the exchange rates all over the city the exchange was 3.45 at most places, where as the best exchange price was 3.497 at the Alior bank near the city center (rynek). The exchange prices change every day but I suggest checking this location before exchanging somewhere else.


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In my (recent) experience, better than change money is to find any cashier and get money from it. That's when you need cash, because almost any restaurant, hotel, shop, etc will accept paying by card, that gives even better exchange. Note: My credit card is an Euro based VISA, I don't know if that's important.


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Having spent about an hour looking at many possible combinations, the only way I found for you to make it in time is to fly to Berlin (there's Pegasus Airline flight 7854, leaving Istanbul at 22:55 and arriving to Berlin at 00:45 local time). Then hire a car at the airport and drive straight to Krakow. The drive is about 6 hours and through the night you ...


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Define "reasonable". The distance isn't a problem, road conditions shouldn't be either (but don't expect US style superhighways) except some parts maybe in winter (snow and icing). It's possible that there could be rental agencies disallowing entry in their vehicle into Poland due to some reports of car theft gangs operating out of there, but I seriously ...


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Passenger transport between the Kraków bus station and the John Paul II Airport in Balice runs via a dedicated railway line on the route Balice Airport - Main Station (departures approximately every half-hour, travel time 15 min) or by bus line no. 292 (travel time approx. 40 min) http://www.mda.malopolska.pl/en.port_lotniczy_balice.html This ...



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