We will be updating these pages as we gather more practical information on the venues, accommodation options, and social activities during the OpenLivingLab Days 2017 in Kraków.
You can already find information on
- Venues of the OpenLivingLab Days
- List of suggested hotels (with preferential rates that were negotiated for OpenLivingLab Days participants)
- General information about Kraków
- Visa Information
About the city
- Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. It is located in the southern part of Poland
- Kraków is one of Poland’s most important economic centres and the economic hub of the Lesser Poland (Małopolska) region.
- The bulk of the city’s historic area has been turned into a pedestrian zone with rickshaws and horse buggies; however, the tramlines run within a three-block radius
- You can fly to Kraków’s John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice which is located 11 km west of the city. Direct trains cover the route between Kraków Główny (the central train station) train station and the airport in 20 minutes
- You can also reach Kraków through the Katowice International Airport which is located 80 kilometres from Kraków and can be reached in 75 minutes
- Kraków has been internationally recognised in different areas. In 2000, it was named European Capital of Culture. In 2013 Kraków was officially approved as a UNESCO City of Literature. The city hosted the World Youth Day in July 2016
Travel from the Krakow airport
The best way to get from the Krakow Balice Airport to Kraków’s Old Town is by train. The Balice train station is connected directly to the terminal. Trains run every 30mins between 04:00 and 24:00 (for exact departure times visit the official website). It takes about 18 minutes to reach the main train station in the city centre. Tickets cost 8zł (1,89 EUR), and can be bought from ticket machines on the platform, or on the train.
Public bus 208 runs once an hour, while bus 252 runs between the airport and ‘Os. Podwawelskie’ every 30mins with central stops at Cracovia Błonia, Jubilat and ICE. Night bus 902 departs hourly from 23h25. The journey takes 35-45mins depending on traffic. Tickets cost 4/2zł (0,94 EUR) single journey fare from the ticket machine at the bus-stop or on the bus. Upon leaving Terminal 1, you will find the bus stop to your right. Exact bus times and routes can be checked online
The airport has its own ‘Krakow Airport Taxi’ service with vehicles waiting outside the terminal entrances. Journey to the city center costs about 22 EUR (cca 89zł). For other taxi you can check Taxi listings. It is advised to confirm the fare for the 25-35min journey (which can be longer at rush hour) beforehand
Alternative taxi service: Uber
Travel to the OpenLivingLabs Days venue
Number 52 (from the centre direction Czerwone Maki P+R). Get off at the last stop: Czerwone Maki from which you have to continue for 10 minutes on foot to the Krakow Technology Park
There are also other trams going to Czerwone Maki: tram number 11, 18 or 23.
Tickets can be purchased at ticketing machines, on the tram or in ‘kiosks’ (price: 3,80 zł or 0,90 EUR ). For navigation you can use a free “jakdojade” mobility app. Tickets can be also bought on the “skycash” app, where your first ticket will be free of charge.
Bus number 424 (direction Os.Podwawelskie)
Bus number 194 (direction Czerwone Maki)
List of taxi companies operating in Krakow (fare cost from the city center is between 20-30 zł or 5-7 EUR)
Bicycle parking spaces are located in front of the Jagiellonian University and the Kraków Technology Park. Use a bike sharing system of Kraków – Wavelo
More information on transport connection
Since December 21, 2007, Poland is part of the Schengen Area of the European Union, a zone without controls on internal borders which comprises of 28 member states. Third-country nationals may enter Poland if they are in possession of a valid travel document and a visa (if required). Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 includes the lists of third countries whose nationals must possess valid visas to cross external borders, and of countries whose nationals are exempt from this obligation.
The list of countries whose nations may enter Poland without visas can be found here.
There is a mandatory visa requirement to enter the Schengen Zone for some non-EU countries. The countries whose citizens are required to obtain a Schengen visa in order to enter one of its member countries can be found on this link.
All of the necessary information can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.