General Information about Poland

Time zone:
Poland and Kraków are located in the Central European Standard time zone CET (GMT + 1 hour)

 

Language:
The official language is Polish.

 

Passport and Visa:
Foreign visitors to Poland are required to bring a valid passport/travel document. Some of participants may need visa. Please, check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland website (http://www.msz.gov.pl/en/), to see if you need the visa. Or send an e-mail to the meeting organizers and we will check  for you.

 

Climate:
Climate in Poland is moderate continental with four seasons. The climate at the beginning of June is warmwith average daily temperatures ranging from 23 – 28ºC and chances of rain. Evenings are usually cooler and a light overcoat is desirable.

 

Currency:
The official Polish currency is the “zloty” (PLN). Money may be exchanged at all banks as well as at authorized exchange offices. Złoty current exchange rate may be checked on the website of the National Bank of Poland (http://www.nbp.pl/homen.aspx?f=/srodeken.htm).

Banks are openes approx. from 8:00 until 18:00 Monday through Friday.

 

Credit cards:
ATMs are located throughout the city and accept most major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Maestro, American Express, Diners, Cirrus etc.). Major credit cards are accepted at almost all restaurants and businesses in Poland.

 

Telephone calls:
The country code for Poland is +48 and the Kraków code is (12). For international calls, please dial the International Access Code 00. Mobile operators in Poland: T-mobile (http://www.t-mobile.pl/), Orange (http://www.orange.pl/start.phtml) and Play (http://www.play.pl/), Plus (https://www.plus.pl/).

 

Transportation:

  • Air travel to Krakow.

Krakow’s John Paul II International Airport of Balice is situated conveniently on the outskirts of the city, just 15 km (about ten miles) from its center, by the A4 expressway to Silesia province (Slask) en route to Germany. One can easily get there by a shuttle train, car (the multilevel car park accommodates 1243 vehicles), taxi, or municipal bus lines 292, 208, and nightly 902 plus erratic other bus services.

The Krakow international airport is Poland’s second busiest after Warsaw and may receive nearly eight million passengers a year. Krakow’s John Paul II International Airport has regular direct air connections from and to major European hubs such Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, and Vienna, as well as Barcelona, Belfast, Bergen, Bologna, Cork, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eidhoven, Leeds, Lyon, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, and Trodheim. Transit connections via Warsaw link Krakow with New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami in the USA, and with Bangkok, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Istanbul, Kiev, Larnaca, Lyon, Minsk, Moscow, Nice, Beijing, Riga, St. Petersburg, Vilnius and many other destinations.

There are also domestic flights to and from Poland’s capital city Warsaw. Such carriers as Air Berlin, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Finnair, Germanwings, Jet2.com, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair, and Swiss fly passengers to Krakow besides the Polish national carrier LOT.

Airports’ websites: http://www.krakowairport.pl/en/ and https://www.lotnisko-chopina.pl/en/index.html

Another international airport, i.e. Katowice Airport, is situated in Pyrzowice, 105 kilometers northwest of Krakow.

 

  • Journey to Krakow by road.  

Most people arrive to Krakow and leave it by car or coach thanks to the city’s abundant road connections. And no other major city in Poland can boast better accessibility from abroad. Krakow lies at one of key European crossroads, en route from the West via Germany to the East via Ukraine and from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean via Austria. The city’s main road connections include the A4 expressway to Germany, the no. 7 highway northwards to the Baltic Sea and south to the Mediterranean via Slovakia and Austria, the no. 4 highway to Ukraine, and the no. 52 highway to the Czech Republic.

There are many permanent coach lines between Krakow and Western as well as Central Europe. Within Poland bus companies compete fiercely on the most popular routes. And in the Krakow region minibus services have become the chief means of commuting apart from car. Central bus depot is situated close to the Krakow Glowny main rail station that abuts the Old Town historic districts at northeast.

 

  • Travel to Krakow by rail.

Krakow is one of Poland’s main railroad junctions. Five trunk lines connect the city with the world. Its central Krakow Glowny station is situated most conveniently in the very city center, close to the Old Town historic district. Every day there arrive expresses from Germany’s Berlin, Austria’s Vienna, the Czech Republic’s Prague, and Hungary’s Budapest.
Expresses run also to all major cities in Poland. Notably, most convenient is the shuttle express service to and from capital Warsaw where the 300-km trip takes 2h28 (Pendolino trains), no stops in between. At the same time there are abundant local rail connections.

The website of Koleje Małopolskie: https://malopolskiekoleje.pl/index.php/pierwsza-strona

The website for bus communication via Kraków http://www.mpk.krakow.pl/en/

 

  • TAXI:

Some recomended taxi operators are:

 

Electricity:
Electricity in Pland is 220V. Electrical outlets are standard European. For 110V appliances you will need a converter and adapter plug.