Cookies help us to deliver our services. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more.

How to get to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow

If you are planning a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines you will need to know how to get there. I tell you all the ways to get to the monument below

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

5 min read

How to get to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow

Shoring of salt mines | ©Alexander Johmann

If you want to know how to get to the Wieliczka Salt Mines quickly to visit this iconic monument located just 9 miles from Krakow, I recommend you to read this little guide I have prepared.

And when planning your visit don't forget to check the opening hours and book online in advance your tickets to the Wieliczka Salt Mines to avoid long queues at the ticket office.

It is a very popular tourist attraction and seating are limited each day, so if you try to get them at the last minute you could run the risk of running out.

1. Wieliczka Salt Mine Tours from Krakow

Relief carved in salt | ©puffin11k
Relief carved in salt | ©puffin11k

There are multiple transportation options to go to the Wieliczka Salt Mines but, in my opinion, the most convenient way to do it is to book your place on an excursion to the Salt Mines from Krakow.

If you do not want to complicate things when visiting this beautiful monument looking for a rental car or public transport tickets, calculating the routes or transfers needed to go from Krakow or because you do not know the language or the terrain and you could get lost, the best solution is to make a tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow already organized.

This type of tour usually includes travel to the mines in a private vehicle, pick-up from your hotel or a meeting point in the city, entrance fees to the monument or the services of a professional guide, and headphones that you can use to listen clearly to the guide's commentary during the tour. Sounds good, doesn't it? In the organized tours, everything is thought out so that you don't have to worry about anything, just enjoy yourself.

At Hellotickets you can compare types of tours, prices, and ticket availability, and you are sure to find the one that best suits you! You will save time by buying your tickets online in advance and avoiding having to queue endlessly at the Wieliczka Salt Mine ticket office and risk running out of tickets as they are highly sought after.

Book your tour to the Salt Mines

2. By train, fast and punctual

Train at sunset at Wieliczka station | ©Torsten Maue
Train at sunset at Wieliczka station | ©Torsten Maue

The train is a good option to visit the salt mines on your own, as it is a fast, accessible, safe, comfortable and quite punctual transport.

The trains from Kraków to Wieliczka depart from the main station of the city called Kraków Główny with a frequency of 1 or 2 trains every hour, stopping at other secondary stations in Kraków and the end of the line is the station Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia.

Train tickets can be purchased at the station or online.

3. By bus, comfortable and cheap

Bus to the mines through the streets of Krakow | ©Janusz Jakubowski
Bus to the mines through the streets of Krakow | ©Janusz Jakubowski

To go to the Wieliczka Salt Mines by bus you will have to take line 304 from the stop next to the Krakowska Gallery, on Kurniki Street.

It is very cheap (the ticket costs about 1 dollar) and it takes about 30 minutes from Krakow to get to the Wieliczka Kosciól stop.

As you can see, the journey is fast but to avoid unforeseen traffic problems I advise you to go with some time in advance to arrive on time at the salt mines.

Once you get off at the Wieliczka Kosciól stop you only have to walk about 5 minutes to the entrance of the monument.

4. By minibus, another economic option

Minibus through the streets of Krakow | ©Janusz Jakubowski
Minibus through the streets of Krakow | ©Janusz Jakubowski

Another means of transportation you can use to go to the Wieliczka Salt Mines are the minibus, which departs near the Dworzec Główny train station.

Once there you will have to board a minibus bound for Wieliczka Rynek (lines 204 and 244) although you will have to get off before reaching the village. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Wieliczka Kopalnie Soli stop, at the intersection of Dembowskiego and Danilowicza streets, which is the closest to the mines.

5. By rental car, for more independence

Cars parked in the vicinity of the Wieliczka mine | ©Brian Snelson
Cars parked in the vicinity of the Wieliczka mine | ©Brian Snelson

This is an interesting alternative to get to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow if you are doing a road trip around Poland or if you want to combine the visit to the mines with Auschwitz on the same day. If you need to rent a car, on the RentalCars website you can find options at good prices.

The condition of the roads is good and from the center of Krakow, it only takes about 30 minutes by car to get to the mines. If you don't know the way, it is best to put "Wieliczka Salt Mines" in your GPS or Google Maps.

When you get there you have several parking lots where you can leave the car whose prices are around 2 dollars per hour. You will have no parking problems in the Wieliczka Salt Mines.

6. By cab or Uber, if you are traveling in group

Interior of an uber cab on the streets of Krakow | ©G. Weston
Interior of an uber cab on the streets of Krakow | ©G. Weston

Taking a cab or a Uber can be another good option to go to the Wieliczka Salt Mines if there are several of you in the group and you don't have a rental car to take you there.

Being so close to Krakow, the trip can cost you between 12 to 17 dollars. They are fast, comfortable, and have the advantage of a "door to door" service with no extra stops along the way so you will arrive in time to start the visit to the "Polish Salt Cathedral".

Book your Salt Mine tour

7. Other tips to see the Wieliczka Salt Mines

Salt Mines Gallery | ©Elroy Serrao
Salt Mines Gallery | ©Elroy Serrao

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

In case you are planning to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines, besides how to get there, the opening hours or how to book tickets, there are other things you should know to enjoy the experience to the fullest.

You will find some useful tips in the post Tips for visiting the salt mines from Krakow. Don't miss it, it will help you for sure!