If you wonder where is Auschwitz nearest city, in which you can spend some time, the answer is Krakow. This city is extremely attractive city for visitors from around the world. It’s the most popular town in Southern Poland and it attracts millions of tourists every year.
By Train. There are direct trains that connect Krakow to Oswiecim , the city that is located 2 km from the Auschwitz concentration camp. It takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours to get to Oswiecim from Krakow. You also have to factor in travel time to the Krakow train station and from the Oswiecim station to Auschwitz .
The train distance from Prague to Kraków is around 243 miles (392 km). What is the Prague to Kraków train travel time? On average the Prague to Kraków train travel time is 6 h for the 243 miles (392 km) long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
In order to take in the grounds and exhibitions in a suitable way, visitors should set aside a minimum of about 90 minutes for the Auschwitz site and the same amount of time for Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
Everyone who visits Auschwitz goes to Krakow. We stayed in the HOME Hotel in Krakow. Home H is ideally suited for easy walks around Krakow which is beautiful. Good base to stay if you want to go to the salt mines also.
Private Taxi to Auschwitz $$ The taxi cost roughly 198 PLN each ($52 or £41).
I’ve seen people wear all manner of clothes there (shorts, tracksuits) and misbehave in all manner of ways. As long as you don’t go in your speedos it’s not a problem.
Fear not! Krakow is quite affordable for most types of travelers. Since it is one of Polands biggest cities, prices in Poland Krakow such as living and travel are slightly higher than in the rest of the country. However, this is more noticeable for those moving to Krakow rather than if your are just visiting .
The old town of Krakow is a minimum 1.5-2 day thing to see the basics, and get a feel for the place. You need to add in at least one-half to three-fourths of a day for Auschwitz. That probably won’t leave you much time for the salt mines.
Every night a direct sleeper train links Prague with Krakow & Warsaw. There is one (or at peak periods, two) air-conditioned Czech sleeping-cars en route to or from Warsaw, numbered car 349 & at peak periods also car 347.
Krakow Central to Prague by train
|Journey time||From 6h 21m|
|Price||€5.40 – €76.10|
|Distance||244 miles (392 km)|
|Frequency||12 trains per day|
|Departure station||Krakow Central|
FlixBus operates a bus from Kraków , Kraków MDA to Prague , Prague ÚAN Florenc twice daily. Tickets cost 650 Kč – 850 Kč and the journey takes 7h. AGAT also services this route once a week. Alternatively, PKP Intercity operates a train from Krakow Glowny to Praha Hlavni Nadrazi once daily.
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Auschwitz is not recommended for those under 14 years old. An individual ticket for a foreign language guided tour of both camps costs 60/55zł. Admission without a guide (when possible) to either camp is free. The film at Auschwitz I costs 6/3zł.
First off, Auschwitz is located in Oświęcim which is 66 kilometers west of Krakow or around 2 hours from Krakow.