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Duration of the tours and visits of the Wieliczka Salt Mines

Seeing the Wieliczka Salt Mines in person is an amazing experience. But how long are the sightseeing tours and how long does it take to get there? Let's take a look!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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Duration of the tours and visits of the Wieliczka Salt Mines

©Dennis Jarvis

You are going on a trip to Krakow and for some time now you have had on your agenda a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Surely you have had some doubts about how long the tours to this tourist attraction last, how to make the most of the excursion, how long it takes to get there...

In this post you will find some tips to make your excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mines a piece of cake. Read on!

1. How long does a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow take?

The Wieliczka Salt Mines are located just 14 kilometers from Krakow, so it won't take you long to get there, either on your own or as part of an organized tour to this monument.

Once there, the sightseeing tour inside the Wieliczka Salt Mines takes about 2 hours but can be extended to 3 hours if you include a visit to the subway exhibition at the Krakow Salt Mine Museum.

The tour is exciting, after all, it is not every day that you have the opportunity to enter a real mine as artistic and unique as this one. During the excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine there is no time for boredom.

Passing through the various subway galleries you'll see amazing things! From curious rock formations like stalactites and stalagmites to beautiful lakes and huge chambers with statues carved in salt. In addition, the guide will tell you a lot of curiosities and legends that will make the experience unforgettable.

Taking into account how long the excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mines lasts, my advice is to go early in the morning so that at the end of the visit you can return to Krakow to do other activities and make the most of the day.

In this sense, to better prepare your visit I recommend you to check the opening hours of the monument in the post Opening hours of the Wieliczka Salt Mines: and don't forget to take a look at the post What to see and do in Krakow: to know other great places in the city.

2. Discover Wieliczka Salt Mines and other attractions in one day.

The duration of the Wieliczka Salt Mines excursion from Krakow is perfect for combining it with other visits in or around Krakow in a single day.

For example, there are travelers who choose to go to the mines next to the Auschwitz concentration camp as they are two of the most popular visits in the city. The package usually costs around 100 euros and includes entrance fees to both attractions, the two guided tours as well as the round-trip transfer between the city, the Salt Mines and Auschwitz. The total activity lasts from 9 to 11 hours, the whole day.

If you are interested in both tours, I recommend you to read the article Excursions to Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow: where you will find more information about it.

However, this is not the only excursion you can combine with a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Another interesting option is to take a [half-day tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine and Oskar Schindler's Factory from Krakow](https://www.hellotickets. en/poland/cracow/half-day-tour-of-the-wieliczka-salt-mine-and-oskar-schindler-factory-from-cracow/p/pr-38720): for 79 euros where in addition to seeing this magnificent monument declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO you will also visit the Oskar Schindler's factory, a museum dedicated to the businessman who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II and to whom the famous filmmaker Steven Spielberg dedicated the movie "Schindler's List". This activity lasts 6 hours.

On the other hand, if your trip to Krakow coincides with the Christmas time, a very fun plan is to make a visit to the Salt Mines of Wieliczka and a tour of the city and the Christmas market: for about 200 euros. You will have the opportunity not only to enjoy the city and the beautiful Market Square in a very special way, decorated with Christmas lights and decorations, but also the iconic salt mines. This excursion lasts from 4 to 8 hours.

If you are spending only a few days in Krakow, with these packages you can get the most out of your trip to the city and also save time (by not having to queue at the ticket offices of each of the attractions) and money (by not having to buy tickets separately). Sounds great, doesn't it?

3. An organized tour is always better than a visit on your own.

Although you can go to the Wieliczka Salt Mines on your own, an organized tour that includes the round trip will in my opinion simplify the logistics much more and help you enjoy the experience much more by not having to worry about finding transportation, getting tickets to the mines or hiring the services of a guide. They come in different lengths!

If you like the idea of taking an organized excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, then I recommend you to read the article Excursions to the Salt Mines from Krakow: where you will find several proposals and more information about it.

4. Book your tickets or tour in advance

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most popular sights in Krakow, in fact it is the second most visited tourist attraction in Poland.

Whether you want to go there on your own or join an organized tour to see the Wieliczka Salt Mines, my advice is to book your tickets as far in advance as possible.

Almost 2 million people visit the salt mines every year, so if you don't want to run out of tickets after having gone there and don't want to queue forever at the ticket office to get a place on the tours in Polish or English, the best thing to do is to book them online.

In this way you will be able to compare schedules, rates, tour availability and types of routes. At Hellotickets: you will have many options with different durations to choose the one that best suits your vacation!

How long does it take to get to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow?

Being such a touristy place, the Wieliczka Salt Mines are very well connected to Krakow and there are fortunately within reach several transportation options to get to the monument, whether you visit it on your own or on an organized tour.

If you are staying in a hotel in Krakow and want to calculate how long it will take you to get to the Wieliczka Salt Mines.... take note!

  • By train: they depart from the main station of the city called Kraków Główny with a frequency of 1 or 2 trains every hour.

  • By bus**: you will have to take line 304 from the stop next to the Krakowska Gallery on Kurniki Street. It takes about 30 minutes from Krakow.

  • By car: the road conditions are good and from the center of Krakow it only takes about 30 minutes to drive to the mines.

In the post :How to get to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow: I tell you more details about this topic!