Travel Budget for Krakow

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How much does it cost to travel to Krakow?

How much money will you need for your trip to Krakow? You should plan to spend around zł272 ($68) per day on your vacation in Krakow, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, zł35 ($8.90) on meals for one day and zł21 ($5.38) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Krakow for a couple is zł406 ($102). So, a trip to Krakow for two people for one week costs on average zł3,812 ($957). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
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A vacation to Krakow for one week usually costs around zł1,906 for one person. So, a trip to Krakow for two people costs around zł3,812 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs zł7,624 in Krakow. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price 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 can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Krakow?

How much does a trip to Krakow cost? Is Krakow expensive? The average Krakow trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Krakow prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Krakow can vary, the average cost of food in Krakow is zł35 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Krakow should cost around zł14 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Krakow is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent zł21 per person, per day, on local transportation in Krakow.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Oct 6, 2019
Flights to Krakow

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How much money do I need for Krakow?

Typical travel prices in Krakow are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Krakow. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Krakow can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

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Typical tour prices for Krakow

How much do tours to Krakow cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Baltic Tours Regional experts, low prices
    7 days
    $ 600
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    13 days
    $ 1900
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    15 days
    $ 1750
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    14 days
    $ 1840
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    15 days
    $ 1775
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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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2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
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