The best day tours from Krakow to Auschwitz

The city of Krakow is well known for its rich history and architecture. Its stunning market Square is used in many an Instagram picture for the perfect European backdrop scene. But around an hour away west of Krakow is Auschwitz, one of the most famous WW2 sites in Poland and possibly the world.

In 1940, the Nazis took over the town of Oświęcim and established Auschwitz as the largest death camp in Europe for Jews, political prisoners and undesirables. Approximately 1 million people were killed at Auschwitz, including thousands of Jews from Krakow. Today, the site is a memorial and museum.

A sunrise picture of the Market Square in Krakow old town from under the arches of the Market building.
Travel from Krakow to Auschwitz by tour is easy.

While you are visiting Krakow, you can easily get from Kraków to Auschwitz, on any number of guided tours that run daily to the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz—Birkenau.

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Why should you visit Auschwitz from Krakow?

Many people, visiting Karkow and many parts of Poland, want to visit Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Auschwitz Memorial lies much closer to Kraków than it does to any other major city in Poland. This makes Krakow, one of the best Polish cities, an ideal base to take a tour of Auschwitz from Krakow.

Auschwitz – Birkenau is a destination that will rock you to the core. So much history, sadness and crazy ideology all converge in this one location. In 1940, on the outskirts of Oswiecim Poland, a prison camp was established. The continued mass detainment of the Jews, political prisoners and the Polish people meant that a bigger solution was required.

On June 14, 1940, the first prisoners arrived. By 1942 Auschwitz had turned from a prison camp into a death camp, a systemic killing machine controlled by the Third Reich. For over a million people the Auschwitz arrivals platform was the end of the line for them, as they were marched straight to the gas chamber.

The front gate of Auschwitz Concentration Camp Barracks. The red brick buildings in the background shine bright on a sunny day with the green trees slightly hiding the barbed wire fences. This is one of the first places you will go on your Krakow to Auschwitz tour
Day trips from Krakow to Auschwitz will show you the famous sites

What was once a Polish Army barracks is now one of the most well-known museums in the world. It is a place of pure sadness and will create memories that will not be forgotten.

How to get from Krakow to Auschwitz

An organised tour day trips from Krakow Poland to Auschwitz take all the hassle of organising it yourself. Tours from Krakow to Auschwitz are convenient and easy, most are planned so that you can relax and have little to worry about other than taking in the experience.

Tour companies and operators take care of all the details for your tour from Krakow to Auschwitz, from transport to tickets to guide services. This leaves you free to focus on what matters – gaining an understanding of one of history’s darkest moments.

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How far is Auschwitz from Kraków

The Auschwitz—Birkenau Memorial Camp is just 67 kilometres away from Kraków and can be accessed via, train, bus, car, and tour. Krakow is the nearest and easiest major city in Poland to access Auschwitz from.

Questions about visiting Auschwitz

In this section, we hope to answer some frequently asked questions about Auschwitz.

How far is Auschwitz from Kraków?

The trip from Kraków to Auschwitz is 67 Kilometres. It is possible to do an Auschwitz half day tour or a full day to the Auschwitz camp complex

How to get from Oswiecim to Auschwitz?

Auschwitz lies on the edge of the town of Oswiecim. It is only a few kilometres from the town centre to go to Auschwitz.

What is the difference between Auschwitz and Birkenau?

Auschwitz and Birkenau are both a part of the same complex, located a few kilometres apart. At Auschwitz, you will find plenty of buildings used by the SS while Birkenau housed most of the prisoners’ accommodation.

What to wear to Auschwitz?

Dress respectfully, as Auschwitz really is a giant cemetery. No skimpy, dirty or ripped clothes, please.

Where to stay in Poland to visit Auschwitz?

You can stay in Oswiecim, Krakow, Katowice or any town in Southern Poland for an easy look around Auschwitz

Is Auschwitz free to visit?

Auschwitz’s Concentration camp tickets are free if you do not want to take any type of guided tour.

Why should I go on an organised Krakow day trip to Auschwitz

  • You don’t have to get to Kraków Główny or MDA station
  • You don’t have to take public transport from Krakow to Auschwitz concentration camp
  • You can usually organise a pickup and drop off at your accommodation
  • You will have a guide that will keep you informed on the journey out to the Auschwitz site
  • Entry tickets to the sights are usually included
  • One price for everything
  • An organised tour of the sights
  • If you have children, you may be able to take some extras for them and then have somewhere to keep the extra bags, so you don’t have to carry them around.

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Best day tours from Kraków to Auschwitz

Let’s explore some great tours to Auschwitz, Poland from Kraków to make your trip easy. Which Auschwitz tour is best? There are no shortage of Krakow and Auschwitz packages available.

Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial Tour from Krakow

This day tour to the Auschwitz extermination camp gives you two options, you can either go on a guided tour of Auschwitz or you can explore the site by yourself. You have the option of being picked up at 8 central locations around Kraków where you will be transferred to Auschwitz in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.

Auschwitz fences
An Auschwitz day trip from Krakow

The tour to Auschwitz from Krakow from start to finish in Kraków lasts around 5 hours, incorporating 1 hour to Auschwitz—Birkenau, then 3 hours at the site doing an official guided tour or your own paced tour and then return to Kraków.

Kraków Concentration Camp tour includes:

  • Pickup from 8 different meeting points all over Krakow
  • Certificated Museum Guide (if option selected)
  • 3-hour visit to Auschwitz & Birkenau Museum

For more information and bookings

Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine full-day trip with pickup

This is an amazing tour with the opportunity to visit two of the best sites near Krakow in one day.

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial site in Oswiecim. Then travel to Wieliczka Salt Mine and travel 135 meters underground.

Birkenua Gate
Auschwitz II-Birkenau

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the oldest salt mines in Europe. The mine was first mentioned in written documents in the early 13th century. The mine was in operation until 2007. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the best things to see in Krakow and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day tour from Krakow includes:

  • Duration 11 hours
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine entry ticket
  • Live tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau entry ticket
  • Rated 4.8 out of 5

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Auschwitz-Birkenau full day tour with lunch

On this visit to Auschwitz, you will learn about the history of the Holocaust on this day trip to Auschwitz from Krakow. The trip will visit both the Auschwitz I Museum and the Birkenau Camp.

An Official licensed Auschwitz guide will lead you through the largest concentration camp complex in Europe and explain its role in the Holocaust. The site still has original roads, fences, watchtowers and gas chambers from the 1940s. You will pay respect to the camp’s victims as you walk through the site and learn the horrendous details of what happened at this site.

Your itinerary will involve pick-up and drop-off from a choice of meeting points in Kraków, entrance to the Auschwitz I Museum and exhibits, a 15-minute break, and a visit to Birkenau, before returning to Krakow to Auschwitz

Day tour to Auschwitz includes:

  • Pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Krakow
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned bus
  • English-speaking driver
  • Local licensed guide
  • Headset to hear the guide
  • Fresh-made lunch box: meat, vegetarian, and vegan options available. Each consists of 2 x sandwiches, apple, banana, dark chocolate wafer, orbit gum, still mineral water 0,5 l, tissue, and paper bag. Specific diet requirements to be confirmed.

Secure your spot on this tour!

Essential information for Krakow

There are many other things you need to consider when planning a vacation to Krakow not just where are the best areas to stay in Krakow. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from travellers to Krakow for your 2 days in Krakow itinerary.

How to get to Krakow

  • Krakow airport is known as John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice. It is located 11.6km from the city centre. Full-service carriers such as Finn air, LOT, and British Airways fly into John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice. Budget airlines Ryanair, EasyJet, Germanwings and Vueling service Krakow Airport. Check the prices of international flights to Kraków with Cheap O’air.
    • If your flights have a long stopover, or you just want to relax before your trip you should consider getting a lounge pass with Priority Pass. Priority Pass have access to airport lounges all over the world. Search now for your lounge pass
  • You can catch trains to Krakow from all over Europe and Poland. High-speed trains run frequently between Warsaw and Kraków in around 2 hours. You can book your Poland train travel with trainline.
  • Flix Bus has buses running daily to Krakow from destinations inside Poland and International destinations. Search your bus tickets to Krakow.
  • Poland has some great Highways for driving, The newer Highways built with E.U assistants are levied with what we would say are heavy tolls. Some local roads do leave a lot to be desired. You can hire a car at any international airport in Poland and Europe. Search your Rental Car today!

Booking Flights: To score flight deals, search on Aviasales or Kiwi Flights. Money-saving tips: fly mid-week or on the weekend, fly carry-on only on a budget airline, and take a late night or early morning flights

Accommodation in Poland

You can stay in budget-friendly vacation rentals, boutique hotels, and private rooms in hostels or luxury locations. We recommend using to book hotels (we love their flexible cancellation policy) and Hostelworld to book hostels (low deposit, easy change/cancellation, and excellent reviews). For apartments and rentals, we book using VRBO. VRBO has lower fees and better customer service than Airbnb. if you’re looking for something a bit fancier with a view or a pool then Plum Guide will help you find the perfect apartment in Krakow.

How to get around Krakow

There is no underground transport system in Krakow, An integrated bus and tram system runs in Krakow from 05:00 – 23:00. Check timetables and network maps online for Krakow at Tickets are the integrated bus and tram system are timed. This allows you the freedom to change between tram or bus lines within the allocated time of your ticket life. You can get 20min 40min,1-hour, 24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour, and unlimited weekend family pass tickets.

Taxi and UBER are available in the city.

What currency do I need for my trip to Poland?

The official currency you need to use in Poland is the Polish Zloty, We recommend that you get a Revolut travel money cardthat can be loaded with multiple currencies and has nearly non-existent withdrawal fees to save you money.

Travel insurance for Poland

Poland has a high quality of healthcare but in saying that travel insurance is still recommended for all travellers entering the country. The last thing you want is a huge bill for medical expenses should you require care on your holiday in Krakow.

We recommend using Travel Insurance Master, their website will compare the best deals from a number of providers and present you with the best value for money policy on the market. Click through to Insurance Masters to get a free quote.

Using your phone in Krakow

Relying on Wi-Fi when you are travelling and sightseeing in Krakow on vacation can be hard. Making calls and staying in contact when you travel to Europe is a top priority. Plan your trip out and order your sim before you leave home or buy a voucher for the new E-sims. This will reduce any stress about travelling, data and calls on your epic vacation in Poland.

Use a VPN Service on your travels 

A VPN keeps your digital information (like website login details, bank info, etc) safe, even when you’re connected to an unsecured network while travelling. When overseas, we access a lot of different Wi-Fi networks along the journey. A VPN allows you to stream Netflix & other streaming sites from your home country! We use Express VPN when travelling.

Day trips from Kraków to Auschwitz are ideal, a visit to Auschwitz is something you will remember forever. You will not be disappointed by the experience if you’re in Krakow visit Auschwitz.

We hope this article from Poland Travel Expert has helped you choose the best way to get to Auschwitz from Kraków. We know there are already plenty of things to do on a Kraków itinerary. A Kraków to Auschwitz tour can be done comfortably with a number of options we outline above. Visit our Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial page for more ideas and information.

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