Travel & Accommodation

How to get to the JDD 2012 conference

By plane

Krakow can be reached by commercial aviation through the John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice. About 20 airlines fly to and from Krakow including British Airways, Alitalia, Germanwings, LOT, Lufthansa and cheap airlines such as SkyEurope, Ryanair, easyJet and centralwings.

When choosing a flight, please consider, that you can get to Krakow either using Balice airport as a destination or a Pyrzowice airport (near a Katowice city, 80kms from Krakow) or Warsaw (Chopin airport). If you decide to land in Pyrzowice, you can use a special bus to Krakow afterwards. If you land in Warsaw, you will have to switch to train, which takes about 3 hours to get to Krakow with.

You can go from the airport to the city centre by:

  • Train

    The train stop is located app. 200 m from the passenger terminal ( 5 minute walk)

    It will take you 20 minutes and cost 6 PLN (less than 2EU) to get to the Krakow Main Station

  • Bus

    The 292 bus stop is located directly at the roundabout, in front of the passenger terminal. The trip to the Main Station takes app. 35 minutes. The ticket can be purchased at the ticket machine on the bus stop for 2,5 PLN (less than 1EU)

  • Taxi

    There are always taxis waiting for the passengers in front of the airport. The average price for a ride to the city centre is 50 PLN (around 15EU)

    Find out more on John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice web page.

By train

You can also travel to Krakow by train from main Polish cities such as Warsow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk and several cities in Europe. There is direct connection from Berlin, Wien, Prague etc.

Search for your connection here (your destination is Krakow Glowny).

How to get to the venue?

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Next to Galaxy Hotel, on the Kotlarska Street there is a bus and tram stop called Rondo Grzegórzeckie. Following lines are available there:

  • Trams: 1, 9, 11, 14, 20, 22, 50, 51

  • Buses: 115, 125, 128, 184, 182, 605, 609

  • All the information and Call Search are available at: click here.

    Visa issues

    After a successful registration, you can request an invitation letter, which will ease your visa acquiring process. We can fax it to you or an appropriate embassy, which in most cases speeds up the process and often leads to obtaining a free of charge visa. If you’d like to receive an invitation letter, please mark it in the application form on the web site in a “notes” field and after registering send an e-mail to Sławek Jabs with additional info about the visa issuing process in your country including description of the invitation letter you need, data about the embassy (including phone and fax numbers, location, etc. We will not charge you for the invitation letter.


    Galaxy Hotel

    ul. Gęsia 22
    31-335 Krakow

    Other hotels and hostels:

    There are a lot of places where you can stay at during the conference. These are just few of them:

  • Hotel Kazimierz II
    ul. Miodowa 16
    31-055 Krakow

  • Columbus Hotel
    ul. Starowiślna 57
    31-038 Krakow

  • Kazimierz Apartments
    ul. Bożego Ciała 22
    31-059 Krakow

  • Green Hostel
    ul. Krakowska 1
    31-062 Krakow

  • Atlantis Hostel
    ul. Dietla 58
    31-039 Krakow

  • Honey Hostel
    ul. Miodowa 2/10
    31-055 Krakow

  • Prices in Poland

    Official currency in Poland is called “zloty”. Exchange rates:
    1 Euro = 4 Zloty
    1 USD = 3 Zloty

    Prices of some random stuff:

    1. Chocolate: 2,5 – 3,5zl (0,6 – 0.8 EUR)
    2. Mineral water (1,5 liter): 1,5 – 2,5zl (0,3 – 0.6 EUR)
    3. Bread: 2,5zl (0.6 EUR)
    4. Beer in a pub: 7 – 9zl (1,7 – 2,3 EUR)
    5. Whisky + coke in pub: 10 – 15zl (2,5 – 3,8 EUR)
    6. Fast food/Kebab: 10zl (2,5 EUR)
    7. Cigarettes – 7 – 11zl (1,6 – 2,6 EUR)
    8. Taxi in Cracow. From Main Market to the Conference venue: about 20zl (5EUR)
    9. Renting a flat in the city centre: 2000 zł (500 EUR)/month

    In most pubs, restaurants and in shops/shopping malls you can pay using a debit or a credit card. There is also plenty of exchange offices near the Main Market and in the old town.

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