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Climate of Krakòw

Kraków has a temperate climate. Average temperatures in summer range from 17 °C (63 °F) to 19 °C (66 °F) and in winter from 0 °C (32 °F) to 5 °C (41 °F). The average annual temperature fluctuates between 6 °C (43 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F). Kraków usually sees between 23 and 58 days per year with below-freezing temperatures. Predominantly western winds, conducive to rainfall, are typical of summer months, whereas eastern winds, decreasing the amount of precipitation, blow mostly in winter.

Tourism Office of Krakòw

31-005 Cracovie, ul. Szpitalna 25
Tel. (4812) 432-01-10, 432-00-60 - fax: (4812) 432-00-62 


By plane:
Balice Airport (KRK) is the main airport, about 12km to the west of the centre. It is the second biggest airport in Poland, with frequent domestic and international charter and scheduled flights. There are several direct arrivals every day from all over Europe, including London, Paris, Glasgow, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Belfast, Milan, Cologne, Berlin, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Rome, Vienna, and Zürich. Services also fly from Chicago and New York in the USA and there are summer flights to more destinations, including Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey. The main flight companies operating in the airport include Aer Lingus, British Airways, LOT (the Polish national airline), Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, and Lufthansa. There are also lots of budget airlines operating here, including Central Wings, easyJet, German Wings, Jet 2, Ryanair, Sterling, and SkyEurope. Alternatively, you can fly to Warsaw for a connecting flight.

Trains run from the airport to 'Dworzec Glowny PKP' (the central station) approximately every 30 minutes, starting from 4:24AM, until 12:15AM. You can walk to the station, as it is only 250m, or take a free shuttle-bus service runs from the front of the airport. Given the price and speed of the train, this is the best choice.

During the night, you can catch night line 902 which goes from the airport to the city centre at 11:40PM, 12:30AM, and 1:30AM. Tickets cost 6PLN.

By train:
Dworzec Glowny PKP [6] is the central station in Krakow, and is located just outside of the Old Town. It is connected to other cities in Poland and the rest of Europe.

Every hour between 6 AM and 8 PM there is either Express (EX) or Intercity (IC) train between Krakow and Warsaw that do not stop on the way and journey takes less than 3 hours. It is by far the most convenient way of traveling between Warsaw and Krakow. To or from Warsaw, IC trains cost 89-95 PLN per adult, 65-72 for students and anyone under 26 years. First class tickets are about 25% more expensive, and offer greater leg room. EX trains cost roughly 80 PLN per adult, with a 25 PLN compulsory reservation, i.e. 105 PLN in total.

International trains arrive daily from Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Bratislava, Kosice, Lviv, Kiev, and Odessa with connections to the rest of Europe.

The station has a left-luggage service, waiting room, small cafes and shops. However, the food is not the best, and you would be better advised going out of the station to buy from the shops nearby. There's an enormous shopping mall connected to the station with some restaurants.

By car:
The Polish government has completed the Autostrada A4 from the German border (Where it meets the Autobahn A4) to Kraków. This makes travel from the west fairly easy. The speed limit is generally 130 km/h. Driving to or from Warsaw (300 km) is more difficult as the A1 has not yet been completed. The easiest route is the S7 express road, which should take about five hours.

By bus:
There are Europe-wide coach services operating into Krakow. However, it is cheaper and much quicker to fly, providing you book at least six weeks in advance. The journey time by coach from London, for example, is around 24 hours. It's pretty uncomfortable, and not recommended for anybody other than the desperate or enviornmentally conscious.

Rail connections from the Baltic countries into Poland are non-existent, making bus travel a more serious alternative for travelers arriving from the north.


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