Everything you need to know about Krakow Card A.K.A Krakow City Pass in 2020

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First time in a new place. You just arrived at your hotel. You’ve got a few days to spend but you probably want to make them as efficient as possible in terms of seeing things. Been there done that.

There are many approaches for exploring a new place. Some of us like to wander around the city and have a closer look at whatever grabs our attention.

I personally practise a funny little game called “let-the-city-suck-you-in-and-let-the-google-maps-save-your-butt-later-on”. Yeah I know it’s a little bit too long but you got the point ;).

It’s good to go with your traveler’s guts, but let me tell you something - when you want to explore a city really deep and meaningfully, you might need a little helping hand to draw a picture for you, to make things a little more clear and organized.

Also, this approach may really help you not to overlook anything, that you would later on regret not seeing.

One way of doing this is to buy a ready-to-consume tour with a local tour operator, in which everything is planned minute by minute and you have to stick to the plan and tempo of a very informative and charming guide.

In exchange you know you are very well informed about the thing you just took part in (if you like that, we got you covered right here).

Another way is to use a city pass that is available in any major city in the world, including Krakow.

That’s a perfect marriage of flexibility (doing things your own way whenever you want) and being covered when it comes to nuances like public transportation, discounts and having all the best city attractions bundled together so you know you don’t miss a thing.

Some of real world situations in which Krakow Card may turn out to be handy (apart from seeing museums)

CASE #1

Almost always that first transaction you make after arriving to the airport in new city is paying for shuttle bus (maybe second if you ordered that long awaited latte macchiato) but while having all city public transportation being there in your hands

you already saved yourself some hassle buying tickets and fighting with those hefty luggage bags.

CASE #2

Having unlimited bus and trams options is also pretty cool, because hey, mistakes are happening, sitting in the wrong tram/bus and quickly changing to another, without the stress of buying a ticket over and over again.

CASE #3

When you feel more adventurous, wanting to relax from big crowds, you can use your card to explore places that are situated, off the beaten track. Krakow has got beautiful parks, mounds, lakes and even national park! Those are perfect for outside recreation. You can read about it in articles here, here and here.

CASE #4

Did you know that Wieliczka Salt Mine (one of the most popular attractions near Krakow) is reachable by Krakow public bus 304? Although a Salt Mine tour ticket is not included in Krakow Card attractions list, you can still have a ride back and forth covered by your Krakow Card.

Process of buying Krakow Card

As shown below, you can basically purchase the Krakow Card in two ways:

  • Purchasing it directly in one of the points presented below:

Krakow Card Variants

  Krakow Tourist Card (3 days) Krakow Tourist Card (2 days) Museum & Attraction Pass for Adult (3 days) Museum & Attraction Pass for Students (3 days)
 
Admission to more than 40 museums and attractions
Discounts: Restaurants, Avis car rent, Cinema
Unlimited public transport
Transport from & to airport
Transport to & from Wieliczka Salt Mine
Number of days the card is valid for 3 2 3 3

 

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