Airport Guide to Balice (KRK)

Airport Name
John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice

Airport Location
The airport is situated in Balice, a village 6.8 miles west of Krakow.


+48 801 055 000

Airport Overview

Formerly known as Krakow-Balice, the airport’s name was changed to John Paul II International Airport (KRK) in 1995 in honor of Pope John Paul II, who lived in the city for many years. Located in the village of Balice, approximately 6.8 miles west of Krakow, the airport is Poland’s second-busiest hub.

Flights to John Paul II International Airport arrive from major European cities such London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Prague, Berlin, Munich, Warsaw, Vienna, Helsinki, Alicante and Paris.

In spite of recent expansions, John Paul II struggles to handle the number of passengers transiting the facility each year. Lines are often extremely long and operations tend to be chaotic. Child care facilities, restaurants and shops are minimal. Don’t let this dissuade you from traveling to Krakow, though, as the city itself is full of charm and fascinating historical attractions.

Terminal Transfer

A free shuttle service transports passengers between the two terminals and to the railway station.

Getting into Town

Train: The Balice Ekspres departs from the Krakow Glowny railway station (located less than a mile from the terminal). Journey time to the city center is approximately 18 minutes.

Taxi: Taxis offer transport to the city 24 hours per day. A trip to the city center takes approximately 25-30 minutes.

Bus: Bus lines 280 and 192 run from the airport to central city bus station Krakow Glowny RDA. The duration of the journey is 35 minutes.

Car Parking

Seventy short-term parking bays are available for quick visits. Field parking is also on offer.

Information Desks

Information desks are situated in both Terminals 1 and 2.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs, currency exchange and a post office.

Luggage: There are left-luggage and baggage-wrapping facilities.

Conference and business: Business lounges are equipped with workstations, laptop stands, Internet facilities, printers and fax machines. A VIP lounge also serves as a meeting room and is available for hire.

Other facilities: Facilities include a first-aid center and observation deck.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is available.

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