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Duration of the Auschwitz Tours and Visits

If you are one of those who when traveling want to have everything organized "to the detail", I help you to calculate the time you need to visit Auschwitz and get there from Krakow.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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Duration of the Auschwitz Tours and Visits

During the visit to the concentration camp | Darshan Gajara

Unfortunately, when we travel, time is not infinite and your days in Krakow will surely fly by. In order to organize your schedule well and not to run out of time, you should know that the visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp you 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 excursions from Krakow?

How to get to Auschwitz| ©smartpic M
How to get to Auschwitz| ©smartpic M

If you choose to join one of the all-inclusive tours to Auschwitz from Krakow, calculate that the total duration (including transfers and guided tour) will 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 Spanish at different times of the day, so the flexibility you will have to organize your day is maximum.

The duration of the trip is just over an hour and the guided tour lasts about three hours in total, so if we add the round trip , the access to the field and the guided tour, we have the 7 hours that the total excursion lasts 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, departures are available every 30 minutes, with the last departure at noon. Calculate that seven hours after departure you will be back in Krakow.

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How long is the tour to Auschwitz concentration camp on your own?

Visit the Auschwitz camp| ©Jim McDougall
Visit the Auschwitz camp| ©Jim McDougall

There is no time limit to stay inside the camp. When you purchase tickets for Auschwitz you will have to choose the date and time slot when you want to enter the camp, as all entrances 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 visitors' center (15 minutes) and then go on to 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 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).

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How long does it take to get to Auschwitz from Krakow?

Watchtower| ©bipolars polaroids
Watchtower| ©bipolars polaroids

Auschwitz is located in the Polish town of Oświęcim, about 70 kilometers from the capital. In total and if you go by road, you should not take much more than an hour and a quarter, always depending on traffic. In my article on how to get to Auschwitz from Krakow I tell you in detail.

By bus

If you travel on an organized tour, the trip will be direct and without intermediate stops. It will be a bit longer if you decide to use the public transport bus. With departures from 6:00 a.m. and 20:00 a.m., you will have the whole day to get to and from Auschwitz without any problems.

By train

If you travel by train, you will have to change tracks, so the trip will take almost two hours. Add to that the two kilometers that separate the train station from the entrance to the concentration camp (walking can take you an additional half hour ).

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How long does the combined tour to Auschwitz and the Salt Mines last?

Inside the salt mines| ©Alexander Johmann
Inside the salt mines| ©Alexander Johmann

The combination of the Auschwitz and Salt Mines tour is a popular choice for travelers to Krakow who want to make the most of their time as you can do both tours in one full day.

First you will visit the concentration camp and then the bus will take you to the entrance to the Salt Mines, where you can take a guided tour inside.

The total duration of this excursion can take up to 12 hours, so don't plan to do anything else that day. However, the rest of your trip you will have free time to organize your day in Krakow at your leisure.

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