Unfortunately, when we travel, time is not infinite and your days in Krakow will surely fly by. To organize your schedule well and not to lose time, you should know that the visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp will have to spend between half a day and a full day.
Take note, I explain how long the visits last, how much time you will need if you want to visit it at your own pace and how long the trip from Krakow takes.
How long are the Auschwitz tours from Krakow?
If you choose to join one of the all-inclusive day trips to Auschwitz from Krakow, estimate the total duration (including transfers and guided tour) to be about 7 hours, so you will have spent more than half a day on this tour.
Depending on the language in which you choose to do the tour, you can leave at one time or another. The good thing? In Hellotickets you will find availability to do it in English at different times of the day, so the flexibility you will have to organize your day is maximum.
The journey time is just over an hour and the guided tour lasts about three hours in total, so if we add the outward journey, return journey, access to the camp, and the guided tour, it adds up to the 7 hours that lasts the total excursion approximately.
The first excursion departs from Krakow at 6:30 in the morning, to be in Auschwitz during the opening of the camp (this option is of course only suitable for the most impatient or early risers). From this time, you will have departures available every 30 minutes, with the last departure at noon. Calculate that seven hours after departure you will be back in Krakow.
How long is the tour to Auschwitz concentration camp on your own?
There is no time limit to stay inside the camp. When you purchase the entries to Auschwitz you will have to choose a date and time slot when you want to enter the camp, as all accesses are registered.
Once inside, you can expect to spend about three hours visiting the two Auschwitz-Birkenau camps. The idea is that you watch the initial documentary of the visitor's center (15 minutes) and from there you will discover the first camp with the exhibition rooms of objects and belongings of the victims and you can stop to appreciate the details.
With the purchase of the tickets, you will have free access to an audio guide that will explain everything you see through headphones as you go through the different areas of the camp.
When you finish the visit, remember that you must add the time to return to Krakow, so you will have needed a total of more than 7 hours. (Add the waiting time at the ticket office if you have not purchased tickets online in advance).
How long does it take to get to Auschwitz from Krakow?
Auschwitz is located in the Polish town of Oświęcim, about 70 kilometers from the capital. In total and if you go by road, it shouldn't take much more than one hour and a quarter, always depending on traffic. In my article on how to get to Auschwitz from Krakow I tell you in detail.
If you travel on an organized tour, the trip will be direct and without intermediate stops. The trip will be a little longer if you decide to use the public transport bus. With departures starting at 6:20 am, you will have the whole day to get to and from Auschwitz without any problems.
If you travel by train, you will have to change tracks, so the journey will take up to almost two hours. Add to that the two kilometers from the train station to the concentration camp entrance (walking can take you an additional half an hour).
How long does the combined Auschwitz and Salt Mines tour last?
The combination of the excursion to Auschwitz and the Salt Mines is a popular choice for travelers to Krakow who want to make the most of their time as you can do both visits in one full day.
First, you will visit the concentration camp and then the bus will take you to the access to the Salt Mines, where you can take a guided tour inside.
The total duration of this excursion is estimated at 12 hours, so don't plan to do anything else that day. However, for the rest of your trip, you will have free time to organize your day in Krakow at your leisure.