General Information


John Paul II Krakow-Balice Airport is modern and easy to navigate. There is 24hr currency exchange office as well as ATM's (bankomat) provided by PKO bank and tourist information. There is also Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport at a distance around 100km from Kraków city centre.

John Paul II Krakow-Balice Airport
Medweckiego Street 1, 32-083 Balice
phone +48 12 295 58 00


How to get to the City Centre from the Krakow-Balice Airport? 

JORDAN Congress Bureau provides transport services (passenger cars with an English speaking driver, minibuses and coaches) for individual guest and groups from /to the airport or railway station to hotels. Our professional guides or and English speaking drivers take care about the conference participants arriving to Kraków. If you wish to order such transfer, please read more.

The new Kraków Airport train station is located near the passenger terminal, at the rear of the multi-storey car park. Travelling by train is the fastest way to get from the airport to the city center (the journey takes about 18 minutes). Trains are equipped with air conditioning, power outlets, Wi-Fi and ticket machines. All trains also have spaces for disabled passengers and persons with reduced mobility (PRM). Train operates 7 days a week. Full timetable available here. One way ticket price: 9,- PLN. Tickets to buy: passenger terminal, train station (ticket machine), train.

Starting point: bus stop Kraków Airport
Bus lines: 252, 208
The buses terminates at the main railway station EAST (Dworzec Główny Wschód) which is located in the city centre. The journey takes around 40-45 minutes. Krakow-Balice Airport is located in zone I+II Agglomeration (one way ticket price in zone I+II Agglomeration: 4,- PLN). We recommend to use bus connection browser.



The Main Railway Station (Dworzec Główny) is conveniently situated in the very center of the city. There is a good train connection between Warszawa and Kraków (express or Inter City trains go every hour during day, journey lasts less than 3hr). Kraków has direct connections with: Berlin, Bucharest, Budapest, Kiev, Odessa, Prague, Vienna. Taxi stand you will find outside the main entrance as well as at the top floor car park. Local train connections available here


KRAKOW GLOWNY Main Railway Station
Pawia Street 5a, 31-154 Krakow
mobile +48 12 393 12 34




The Regional Bus Station (MDA - Malopolski Dworzec Autobusowy) is located in the city centre, and it neighbors the Central Railway Station. The buses of the national and regional transport depart from the stations at Wita Stwosza Square or Cystersow Street 15, while the regular international buses depart from Wita Stwosza Square. The detailed schedule of departures is available here.


Krakow Main Bus station (MDA)
Wita Stwosza Street / Bosacka Street 18
Road tunnel under the Main Railway Station
mobile +48 703 403 340





Kraków is located 300 km south of Warsaw. The A4 motorway, via Wroclaw and Katowice, leads to Kraków from Western Europe. The speed limit in Poland is generally 50km/hr in cities (60km/hr between 23:00 and 05:00), 90km/hr outside urban areas, 120km/hr on dual carriageways and 140km/hr on motorways. All cars must have their headlights switched on at all times and carry a red warning triangle, first aid kit, replacement bulbs, a national identity sticker and proper registration and insurance documents.

Traffic restriction zones (P1 - P6) are obligatory in the city from Monday till Friday, 10.00 am - 8.00 pm. The conference venue is located in the city center, outside parking paid zones. It is necessary to pay parking fees within paid zones (first hour: 3,- PLN; second hour: 3,50 PLN; third hour: 4,10 PLN; every next hour: 3,- PLN). Parking cars in these zones without payment of parking fees is prohibited, except in the case of vehicles belonging to persons or organizations granted free access and parking public transportation vehicles in designated area. Parking is permitted only in designed areas. Absolute priority is given to pedestrians and the maximum driving speed should not exceed 20km/h. More details here. We strongly suggest leaving your car on the hotel parking and use the public transportation or walk. 



ICE Kraków Congress Centre (17, Marii Konopnickiej Street, Krakow) has very good bus and tram connections. There are a lot of stops located c.a. 1 minute walk from the venue. 

Ticket prices available here. We recommend to use bus connections browser.

Miejske Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne S.A. w Krakowie (MPK) provides public transport services in Krakow.




Wavelo is an mode of transportation that allows users to make trips using publicly available bikes. It consists of a fleet of specially designed, sturdy and durable bikes that are locked into a network of stations throughout the service area. The bikes can be unlocked from one station and returned to any other station in the system - ideal for short, one-way trips.

For check the pricing, map and rules of using please click here.




The Polish currency unit is zloty (PLN), divided into 100 groszy. Current exchange rate on:
1 EUR = c.a 4,20 PLN  (July 2017) 
1 USD = c.a 3,90 PLN  (July 2017)
Most foreign currencies can be easily exchanged either in banks or in private exchange offices (“kantor”). Foreign currency (cash) is not acceptable in shops.


The common opening hours are 10.00 am  – 7.00 pm Monday to Friday.
On Saturdays shops are mostly closed at 2 pm and are closed on Sundays except for big shopping centres which are opened 10.00 am - 8.00 pm.
Payment in shops: by cash (Polish money, some accept €) or credit cards.


Emergency calls from phone boxes are free of charge.

997 Police
998 Fire brigade
999 Ambulance
986 Municipal police
112 European emergency number for mobile phones

Credit cards accepted in Poland: Visa, MasterCard, American Express. Cash withdrawal machines, restaurants, car rental agencies and most shops accept all major credit cards.

Post offices are open Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Post boxes are red and post is usually collected twice daily. Stamps can be bought only at post offices.

Banks are open Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 6.00 pm and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.



The ancient, royal city of Krakow is a unique symbol of Polish national identity. Enchantingly picturesque, rich in relics of all epochs, it represents the thousand-year-long history of the Polish nation. In Krakow you can admire many different styles of architecture, unique Romanesque objects, monumental Gothic edifices, and masterpieces by some of the most outstanding architects of the Renaissance and Baroque period. Krakow has always been a center of Polish culture and science. Damaged by fires, wars and foreign occupation, it has always revived and continued to fascinate with its beauty.

As long ago as the 11th century Krakow became the capital city of Poland. The Royal Castle and cathedral on Wawel Hill was the coronation and burial place of Polish monarchs. In the 13th century the layout of the city, which has been preserved till today, was established with what is still one of the biggest market squares in Europe (200 m x 200 m), a Gothic-Renaissance Cloth-hall (Sukiennice) and the Town-hall tower.


The city fortification system was built in the 13-15th centuries, parts of the wall, four turrets and a barbican have survived to this day. The site of former walls has been replaced by a green belt called Planty. In the 14th century the Academy of Krakow (later the Jagiellonian University) one of the oldest universities in Europe was founded.

Nicolaus Copernicus (Mikolaj Kopernik) was one of its students. Krakow is renowned for its numerous old churches, including the Gothic St. Mary's Church famous for its magnificent altar carved by Wit Stwosz. Probably the most famous landmark in Krakow is Wawel Castle situated on Wawel Hill overlooking the river Vistula. This Renaissance castle boasts a beautiful arcaded courtyard, magnificent interiors and the famous the Flemish tapestries. 

As well as the Renaissance castle Krakow also has a number of beautiful palaces of the same period. These belonged to the rich citizens of the city. One example is the Pod Baranami Palace. After the partition of Poland (by the end of the 18th century), Wawel became a necropolis for national heroes (Prince Józef Poniatowski, Tadeusz Kościuszko) and poets (Adam Mickiewicz, Juliusz Słowacki). Later this role was taken over by the church vault of the Paulite Fathers in Skalka. In this period many museum collections were founded, such as the art collection of the Czartoryski Family (with Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine").

Krakow is also the city of Karol Wojtyła (the Pope John Paul II), the composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and many other famous people. Krakow is one of the greatest centers of science and Krakow University of Technology is one of its universities. In 1978 Krakow was entered in the UNESCO World Heritage Register.

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