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I travelled the opposite direction by train (fast train) recently and while I did spend part of the journey sleeping, I can say that I don't recall seeing anything spectacular outside the windows while I was awake. It's flat land and a you will see rural landscapes plus the odd look in someone's backyard every once in a while. Personally I would make my ...


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Traveled this route both by bus and by train, no big difference for me. Consider required level of comfort and the time/money you're ready to spend. Mostly you'll see flat land, villages. If you're interested in local people life then bus is preferable: you'll cross many villages and towns.


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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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I'm Polish and that route is not scenic. But train ride should be faster. If its direct connection than it should take 2.5-3h. Which train ride exactly you were looking at? Koleje Mazowieckie? If you would take a bus - then probably you should take Polski Bus which was mentioned here. It's kinda nice - it has WiFi and usually they'll give you small ...


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Via the webiste of the German Railways (bahn.de), it is possible to book a bus from Berlin to Krakow for 29 EUR, even for a departure on a (very) short notice (read: tomorrow). The price for a regular train ticket is 61 EUR. Eurolines will charge you about the same. The travel time by bus or train is 9 - 10 hours. By train you have to change once. The ...


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I have taken polski bus from Krakow to Warsaw. It was somewhere between 5 to 6 hours. I took that bus early in the morning and I think just in the beginning there were some scenic areas. After that mostly it was just plain fields nothing exciting but you will be passing few villages on your way to Warsaw. I was coming to Krakow from zakopane which is I ...


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I am from Poland and i use to travel on this route. The best way to go from Krakow to Warsaw will be a high speed train called Express Intercity Premium. It goes up to 200 km/h (125 mph) - bus goes up to only 100 km/h (62.5 mph). Travelling between both cities by theese high speed trains will take only 2:15 h. You can exit the train on stations: Warszawa ...


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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 However, sometimes it tells me I can go from A to B for ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 (re-)...


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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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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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Well, I would like to present some different, than Mark's & Piotr's, point of view. tl;dr Is it possible to visit both places the same day? Yes, it is possible to do the single trip with Auschwitz and Wieliczka in one day! Hiring a car or taking an organized trip would be my recommendation. Public transportation would be cheaper but yet more ...


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The Jewish Quarter of Kraków is a major destination in and of itself, including a restored synagogue and a museum. It's also a center of nightlife. There are probably more Jewish-themed restaurants than resident Jews in the city. I also recommend the city for non-Judaism-related tourism. The central square is one of the best I've seen, for sitting out and ...


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TL;DR Both Auschwitz camps are open for individual tourists. No reservations can be made, and buildings are closed and routes shortened. It is still worth visiting the camps. Due to the excellent answer by Andrew, I took the gamble and travelled to Oswiecim (Auschwitz). I was actually able to enter both Auschwitz I (the smaller camp near the city) and ...


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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 is no direct train. You have to change in Warsaw or Poznan. However, via the webiste of the German Railways (bahn.de), it is possible to book a bus from Berlin to Krakow for 29 EUR. There are also other operatoirs on that route (e.g. Eurolines). The following thread may be relevant too What is the cheapest way of traveling from Berlin to Krakow?


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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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There are three types of trains on this route - REG (regional) and TLK ("Tanie Linie Kolejowe" - "Cheap Railways"), IC (InterCity, much more expensive usually). REG takes 2:13-2:48 hours, TLK 2:45 hours, IC 2:21 hours. You can find all the connections on Polish railways website, on this particular day REG leaves at 03:12, 07:58, 16:30 and 20:26, the one at ...


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Distance between the Balice Airport and the Małopolski Dworzec Autobusowy (also known as Dworzec Główny) is from 17 to 20 km (~10 to 12 mi), depending on the road you will choose. With moderate traffic, it takes about 30 mins. to get to Dworzec Główny. The shortest and fastest path is via "A4" highway. However, it is sometimes problematic because of ...


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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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You don't need any stickers in Poland, but you do need them in Slovakia, you can buy them at gas stations in SK. http://www.slovakia.com/travel/car/


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The train route from Krakow to Warsaw goes along previous cargo train route to be fast. This is the reason it is not scenic nor interesting in any way. Travelling by bus may be much more interesting and cheaper - but it takes nearly 2 times longer.


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I've never been to Wieliczka, but I've seen photos my parents took, and I've been to Bochnia myself. I guess both are worth visiting, but if you have to choose, I would suggest Wieliczka - it's better known and has more interesting things to see (halls, sculptures, etc.) while Bochnia is not that much decorated


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I've not been to Bochnia, but I can certainly recommend Wieliczka. It's very easy to get to (about half an hour on the train from Kraków Główny), and they offer two tours - the 'tourist' and the 'miners' - if you have the time, do both as they are very different experiences, and you get a discount on the tickets for the second tour if you can show tickets ...


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