There are mainly two ways to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp: either by buying tickets to Auschwitz and doing the tour on your own or by booking one of the Auschwitz tours from Krakow.
Either way, you'll need to know the opening hours in order to organize your visit. I'll tell you all about it below:
When Auschwitz opens
The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is open every day of the week, from Monday to Sunday. Opening hours may vary according to the summer-winter season, in order to adapt the visits to the daylight hours in each season.
The last access to the camp must be made no later than 90 minutes before closing. Please note:
- December: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- January and November: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
- February: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- March and October: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- May and September: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
- Summer (June, July and August): 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
When Auschwitz is closed
The concentration camp is open every day of the year except Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday. If you are traveling to Poland at Christmas or Easter, keep these dates in mind so as not to organize your visit during these days.
Schedules of organized tours to Auschwitz from Krakow
If you decide to book an organized tour with guided visit from Krakow, in Hellotickets you have several schedules to choose from (the tour lasts 7 hours in total). This is the departure time of the tours in English:
- First departure in the morning: 6:30 AM.
- 8:00 AM
- 8:30 AM
- 9:00 AM
- 9:30 AM
- 10:00 AM
- 10:30 AM
- 11:00 AM
- 11:30 AM
- Last available time of day: 12:00 PM
How long are the tours to Auschwitz?
You can estimate that inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp you will spend between two and three hours. The distances between one camp and another are long and there are several exhibition halls full of details where you will inevitably stop.