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Flights to Krakow in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 3% potential price rise
Cheapest inSeptemberBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price$1,028Average for round-trip flights in June 2021
Round-trip from$871From Las Vegas McCarran to Krakow J. Paul II Balice
One-way from$10One-way flight from Las Vegas to Krakow

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to Krakow right now?

There are currently restrictions on flights to Krakow along with the rest of Poland. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Entry restrictions

Poland has resumed flights into the country from countries in the EU, Norway and Switzerland, as well as Georgia, Japan, Canada, Thailand, New Zealand, South Korea, Tunisia, and Australia. Flights from Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo (Rep.), North Macedonia (Rep.), Montenegro, Serbia, the UK or USA (except airports in Illinois and New York) are suspended. From January 1, UK nationals are no longer classified as EU/EEA nationals and will not be allowed entry to Poland for non-essential purposes. Essential travel is still permitted and a list of exemptions for entering Poland can be found here on the Polish Government website. These restrictions do not apply to UK nationals who are legally resident Poland. They will be allowed to re-enter the country, but will need to present proof of residency. All other flights remain suspended, except humanitarian and medical flights, flights to protect public order, emergency flights, flights at the order of the Prime Minister, and repatriation flights performed by foreign air carriers at the order of foreign states. The list of countries whose residents may enter Poland is subject to review by the Polish government and is updated frequently on this page (in Polish).

Quarantine requirements

Nationals of the EU/EEA are no longer required to enter quarantine upon arrival. Travelers entering Poland from any other country outside of the EU/EEA may be required to self-isolate for 10 days. There are exceptions, including for individuals vaccinated against Covid-19 and produce a certificate of vaccination, freight drivers, work permit holders, airline cabin crew, spouse and children of Polish citizens, train workers, agriculture workers, students and school pupils studying in Poland and members of diplomatic missions, Consulates or International Organizations and their families.

If you are looking to book a trip to Krakow and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.
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Cheapest Prices for Krakow flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Krakow found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January is currently the cheapest month to fly to Krakow. At this moment in time June is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

When is the best time to fly to Krakow?

Average Krakow J. Paul II Balice flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
$617 - $1,104
35.6 - 77 °F
0.94 - 2.72 inches

Peak Season:  The best time to book Krakow flights and accommodations is during the summer months, when the sun is shining and people flock the city streets enjoying the summer warmth.  The busiest time of year to visit the spiritual heart of Poland is between the months of May and September, though Holy Week, which falls anywhere between the last weeks of March and mid-April, sees a swell in tourists looking to participate in the Easter holiday festivities.

Off Season: The chilly lull that sets in after the winter holidays discourages visitors from checking out Krakow in the cold. However, this means Krakow cheap flights are plentiful in the months of February and March. If you’re after snow then you’ll find it in Krakow, usually snow-clad from mid-December to mid-March. It is a popular destination for skiers as it is within a short drive to several ski resorts. Autumn is an excellent time to find cheap flights to Krakow and discount accommodations, with the added bonus of seeing the turning leaves transform the city.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Krakow?

At the moment, Saturday is the most economical day to take a flight to Krakow. Sunday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Krakow?

To get the best value, try booking a flight at noon when visiting Krakow. Generally the prices will increase for flights in the afternoon as these tend to have higher demand.

Krakow Travel Guide

From the sidewalk cafes and the cobblestone squares, to the dozens of churches and the historic Jewish quarter; everywhere you visit in Krakow has a story to be told. From the moment the flight to Krakow lands, it’s clear you’ve arrived in one of Europe’s most historical cities. If there’s one thing Krakow has, it’s a lot of soul. Marked by tragedy during the Nazi regime and rebuilt to become Poland’s fourth largest city, Krakow oozes character from the cracks of its war-torn walls to the tops of its church spires.

Krakow has become a major European tourist destination and it’s no wonder – travelers booking flights to Krakow have the option of touring some of the world’s oldest churches and museums or visiting one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Krakow was made even more appealing to tourists after the 1993 movie “Schindler’s List”, which depicted the plight of Polish Jews from Krakow to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Today, travelers of many religions board flights to Krakow to tour world-famous art museums, eat at kosher restaurants and partake in Poland’s cultural events. 

What’s the weather like in Krakow?

 Krakow experiences distinct seasons with transitional, temperate periods between fiercely cold winters and comfortable summers. Temperatures between the months of December and March can sink as low as 23 degrees, while the summer heat peaks at 75 degrees.  Booking cheap flights to Krakow in the spring or fall will land you in a dry, continental climate with very little precipitation and average temperatures that hover around 57 degrees. 

How long is the flight to Krakow?

Flying to Krakow from the United States requires that you make at least one stop, as no airlines offer direct flights. If you’re flying from New York, plan to spend a minimum of 9-10 hours in transit; from Miami, the trip takes between 11 and 12 hours. Flights from the West Coast take longer, so you can expect at least 13-14 hours of travel time from either L.A. or Seattle.

Which airlines fly to Krakow?

Krakow is home to one airport, the John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice. A limited number of carriers fly into Krakow, but a regular schedule of flights make it easy to get in any day of the week. Several major international carriers, including British Airways, KLM, and Lufthansa operate frequent flights into Krakow. Other airlines that serve the airport are Air Berlin, Austrian, Swiss, and Norwegian. The budget carriers Easyjet and Ryanair also serve Krakow.

What should you pack for a flight to Krakow?

Krakow experiences cool temperatures and frequent rainstorms for much of the year, so it’s important to pack a jacket or warm layers. During the summer months, which are most popular with tourists, temperatures often rise to the low 70s. Rainstorms are possible any time of year, so an umbrella or rain jacket is a must. No matter when you’re traveling, walking shoes are essential for navigating Krakow’s historic cobblestone streets. When it comes to the dress code, anything goes — Krakow teems with backpackers and international visitors, so you can expect to see a wide variety of clothing styles. Many bars and restaurants are casual, so formal evening wear is usually not necessary.

Getting to and around the city of Krakow

Flights to Krakow land at John Paul II International Airport (KRK) 7 miles west of the city center. The fastest way to get from the airport to the city center is to take the train located near the passenger terminal. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes. The airport is served by two regular bus lines and a night line; they take 35 minutes to reach the city. Taxis are also available outside the arrivals hall.
If you want to take a taxi from the airport after your flight to Krakow lands, save some money by phoning and reserving a cab ahead of time. If you forget, you can still catch one at the arrivals gate. Public transportation is very easy to manage, and cheap and efficient too. Trams and buses go all the way to the outskirts of city without draining your wallet. Don’t forget to validate your ticket by punching it at the orange validation boxes. Plain-clothed metro officials are known to charge hefty fines for unvalidated tickets.

What are some things to do in Krakow?

Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland, with a vibrant history that dates back more than 1,000 years. Start your trip with a visit to the city’s expansive main square, or Rynek Glowny in Polish, which dates back to 1257.  Voted the best public square in Europe by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) the square can keep you busy for hours with its many outdoor cafes, street performers and shops. Wander around the stunning Cloth Hall, climb the Town Hall tower, or tour St. Mary’s Basilica. Make sure your camera or phone batteries are fully charged — the main square is packed with photo opportunities.

Wawel Castle is another Krakow must-see. This picturesque castle sits atop Wawel hill, overlooking a bend in the Vistula River. Visit the castle’s many exhibitions, explore the ornate Wawel Cathedral, or simply enjoy the views of the city from the grounds. To avoid the crowds, book tickets in advance and try to get to the castle as soon as the gates open.

One of the best ways to explore Krakow is by bike. Book a guided tour, or rent a bike to explore on your own. Take a break from the cobblestone streets with a ride by the river, or pedal out beyond the Old Town borders to see how locals live. When you work up an appetite, stop by a bar mleczny, or milk bar, for a hearty traditional meal, or stop by any local bakery to try a slice of sernik babci, a classic Polish cheescake.

Krakow is a popular starting point for day trips to the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camps. These sobering sites provide an education and a firsthand look at the atrocities of World War II; for the full experience, hire a guide. To make the two-hour journey, take a train or bus from Krakow. 

Tips for your stay in Krakow

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the famous Austrian composer, was born in Salzburg and his birthplace is one of the most heavily frequented tourist attractions in town.
  • The Salzburg Music Festival and the Salzburg Easter Festival also produce musical excellence, with classical, orchestral concerts held in the spring and summer.
  • The savings don’t have to stop once you’ve found a cheap flight to Salzburg: The Salzburg Card is a staple for any Salzburg visitor, and is available at smoke shops around the downtown area and several hotels. In addition to discounted fares on Salzburg’s busses and trains, the Salzburg Card will gain you free entry into several attractions, such as Mozart’s birthplace, the Baroque Museum and the Hellbrun Zoo.
  • Public toilets in Poland don’t normally use the pictures of men and women. A triangle, or the words “dla panow” means gentlemen; a circle, or the words “dla pan” is the ladies.
  • Need something to watch while you’re packing for your Salzburg cheap flight?  See“The Sound of Music”,the award winning musical starring Julie Andrews. Scenes from the movie were filmed in downtown Salzburg, and tours are available for avid fans looking to visit the locations where their favorite songs were shot.
  • Constructed in 1077 and still overlooking the city of Salzburg today, Hohensalzburg Castle is one of the largest and most well preserved fortresses in Europe.  The castle was never conquered by impending enemy troops, and the Fortress Museum chronicles its steadfast history.
  • Take a tour of St Peter’s cemetery and visit the grave with seven crosses. According to legend, Sebastian Stumpfegger is buried here and is said to have murdered his seven wives by tickling them to death.

Finding Flights from Krakow

 When your visit to Krakow comes to an end, you can choose from multiple airport transportation options. The easiest is the 17-minute train ride from the city center. Neobus and Tiger Express offer inexpensive shuttle rides, or you can hop on public bus lines 208, 252, or 902. Taxis also make the 7-mile journey, but traffic can cause significant delays.

Although the Krakow airport is small, it is well-connected by air to other cities in Europe. Cheapflights makes it easy to book flights to the U.S. on British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss, LOT, and Airberlin. Norwegian and Brussels Airlines connect you to cities around Europe, and EL AL Israel Airlines provides direct flights to Tel Aviv in Israel. If you’re looking for cheap flights, look to Jet2, Ryanair, and Easyjet.


What airport do you fly into for flights to Krakow?

Krakow J. Paul II Balice (KRK), located 6.5 mi from the city center, is the airport you fly into when you book flights to Krakow.

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