Krakow Airport, also known as John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice is the second most important airport in Poland. In this airport guide, we’ll explain what you need to know about departing or arriving at the airport!
Even though Warsaw Airport is the only real international hub in Poland, Krakow Airport is gaining more and more importance. In the beginning of 2018, Krakow got its first long haul route. The Polish national carrier LOT Polish Airlines now offers direct flights to Chicago. Flydubai started services to Dubai in April 2018, too. As of now, the most important airline at the quickly growing airport is Ryanair.
Most important airlines at Krakow Airport:
Krakow Airport is one of the most modern transportation hubs in Europe and offers a seamless experience from arrival to boarding. While no important shopping airport, you’ll find all the typical shops in the passenger terminal. The offerings of the shops at the airport include cosmetic, books, press, accessories, souvenirs etc. Most of the shops are located behind security control. You can also find plenty of snack shops, cafés and bistros before and after security control. There are a few proper restaurants located airside, too.
According to sleepinginairports.com, it’s possible to spend the night at the airport. There are no sleeping areas or such at the Krakow Airport, but you can sleep on the various seating options.
If you want to get a proper night’s sleep, I’d recommend choosing an airport hotel. The Hilton Garden Inn Cracow Airport is right next to the terminal, but there are a couple more options close to the airport, too. Those are usually a little bit cheaper, too.
Krakow Airport comes with two airport lounges, both operated by the airport. Both lounges are just called Business Lounge and are located in the two different areas of the terminal. The one Business Lounge is to be found in the Schengen Area, while the other one is in the Non-Schengen Area.
Both lounges have the same access criteria: You can get in with Priority Pass, by paying 120 PLN (~ 28,50 Euro / 35 US-Dollar), holding one of various Polish premium credit cards or when flying Business Class with any airline allowing lounge access as well as when holding an according airline status when flying Economy Class with an airline allowing the same.
Lounges at Krakow Airport:
You might not expect that, but Krakow Airport is actually connected to the city by a train, which makes it very easy and quick to get into the city center. The frequently operating train takes only 17 minutes to the city center and tickets are very cheap with just 9 PLN (~ 2.15 Euro / 2.50 US-Dollar) per way.
Alternatives include local buses and taxis, which aren’t expensive, but at least four times more than the train. You may also use Uber to get to the city center. When taking a taxi, be aware that drivers often try to rip off tourists by quoting prices, which are at least double what they should be.