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Krakow, Wojewodztwo Malopolskie, Poland

How much does it cost to travel to Krakow?

You should plan to spend around $64 (zł259) per day on your vacation in Krakow. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $13 (zł52) on meals
  • $6.43 (zł26) on local transportation
  • $84 (zł336) on hotels

A one week trip to Krakow for two people costs, on average, $902 (zł3,620). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Krakow cost?

A one week trip to Krakow usually costs around $451 (zł1,810) for one person and $902 (zł3,620) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Krakow on average costs around $902 (zł3,620) for one person and $1,805 (zł7,239) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Krakow will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Krakow on average costs around $1,934 (zł7,756) for one person and $3,867 (zł15,512) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Krakow has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Krakow expensive to visit?

Krakow is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Poland, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its overall travel expenses. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Krakow is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Europe for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Novi Sad, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Avignon.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Krakow Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Krakow?

The average Krakow trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Krakow travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 336 ($84)
Local Transportation 1 26 ($6)
Food 2 52 ($13)
Entertainment 1 80 ($20)
Tips and Handouts 1 3 - 8 ($1 - 2)
Alcohol 2 11 - 34 ($3 - 9)
Accommodation Budget in Krakow
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Krakow is $42 (zł168). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Krakow is $84 (zł336). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Krakow

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Krakow based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $45. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Krakow
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Krakow is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $6.43 (zł26) per person, per day, on local transportation in Krakow.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Krakow
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  • While meal prices in Krakow can vary, the average cost of food in Krakow is $13 (zł52) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Krakow should cost around $5.20 (zł21) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Krakow is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Krakow
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  • Entertainment and activities in Krakow typically cost an average of $20 (zł80) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Krakow
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Krakow is $1.35 (zł5.40) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Krakow is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Krakow
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  • The average person spends about $5.73 (zł23) on alcoholic beverages in Krakow per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


What did other people spend on Alcohol in Krakow?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Krakow are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Krakow, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Vodka

Water Budget in Krakow
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  • On average, people spend $1.00 (zł4.03) on bottled water in Krakow per day. The public water in Krakow is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2024
Krakow On a Budget
Krakow Krakow, Poland
Krakow is Poland's second largest city. It sits on both sides of the Wisla River at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. There are more than 1.4 million residents in the metropolitan area. Krakow is known as a historical and beautiful city that is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Tourism makes up a large part of the city's economy, but there is also a university and several local colleges which are major employers as well. Technology has grown in recent years and the city has some notable employees including Google, IBM and Motorola. Other important industries include steel, pharmaceuticals and tobacco.

Krakow's year is divided into four distinct seasons. Summer is hot and humid and temperatures range from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius. Snow is very common during the winter months and the temperature is very cold, between -5 and -20 degrees Celsius.
You'll find most of Krakow's sights in the Old Town. These include Wawel Castle, Sukiennice, Town Hall Tower, Barbakan and Florian Gate. Interesting squares include Rynek Glowny, Maly Rynek, Plac Mariacki, Plac Wszystkich Swietych amoung others.

The district of Kazimierz is interesting for its Jewish heritage and the district of Nowa Huta has some socialist style architecture. A Nazi concentration camp is located in Podgorze where you will also find Schindler's Factory.
As of 1991, Krakow was officially divided into 18 different dzielnica or boroughs. There are four main districts that tourists usually visit. These are Podgorze, Nowa Huta, Kazimierz and the historic town center of Krakow, Stare Miasto. Stare Miasto is the Old Town and technically includes a district called Kazimierz but most people are referring to the area within the old walls. At the center of this neighborhood you'll find the Main Market Square. Kazimierz was once an independent town but in recent years has become a favorite neighborhood for locals and tourists alike. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed with many cafes and restaurants. Podgorze has the Podgorze Market as well as a beautiful neo-gothic church. This neighborhoods was the ghetto for the Jewish community during World War II. Nowa Huta has a lot of socialist and communist style architecture. The main area is the Central Square but a popular place to visit is also the Steel Works Factory of Sendzimir.

Popular activities in Krakow include walking tours such as the Royal Way, cruises down the river, shopping at flea markets, and taking a dorozka horse carriage. Events and festivals include the Jewish Culture Festival during the summer, Bajit Chadasz in November, the Krakow Film Festival, and Coke Live Festival among others.

It's also quite easy to get to Auschwitz, the infamous World War II concentration camp. If you're interested, read How to get to Auschwitz from Krakow.
Food and Dining
Meal time in Poland includes a large breakfast, a large meal between 3pm and 4 pm that is considered dinner, and a small supper between 7pm and 8pm. Lunch is available, but less common. Dishes are heavily influenced by the cultures around central Europe. One of the most common dishes is the obwarzanek, or bagel. It's available in street stalls around town and is a great snack. A good budget option for a filling meal at a cheap price is to go to a "Bar Mleczny" or milk bar. This is similar to a cafeteria and was established during the Communist period. They sell typical Polish food including "kroketka". The decor is basic and the service is decent, although you likely won't find much English.

Street food is common and affordable in Krakow. One of the most popular options is zapiekanka, which is a large open faced baguette that is served hot with toppings such as cheese, mushrooms, or garlic sauce. Another affordable option is to try one of the several Chinese-Vietnamese restaurants. They are cheap, but far from authentic, and usually not very good. Other international options include Italian, Greek, French, Argentinian or Georgian. Fast food restaurants are common as well.

It's possible to walk around the entire city center of Krakow, but if you're short on time or energy, it may be helpful to take some public transit. There are some nice walking routes such as the Royal Way or the Planty Park that is outside of the old city between Florian's Gate and Wawel Castle. The public transportation system in Krakow includes both buses and trams. It's an affordable system that offers decent coverage of the city. Taxis in the city are best organized in advance to ensure that you get a fair price. All taxis are marked with a "taxi" sign on the roof and a sticker on the rear passenger window that shows prices.

In 2008 Krakow established its municipal bike system. There are 15 stations where you can rent a bike and return it to a different station. The stations are spread throughout the city center. You must register for the system in advance.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.