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How to Get from Krakow to Wroclaw

If you've already enjoyed historic Krakow, perhaps it's time to do the same with magical Wroclaw (Wroclaw in Polish). Located on the Oder River in western Poland, it is a little-known treasure of this country that is well worth a visit. I tell you all about how to get there.

Carolina Morales

Carolina Morales

7 min read

How to Get from Krakow to Wroclaw

Wroclaw, Poland | ©Loris Silvio Zecchinato

Undoubtedly Poland is consolidated as one of the European countries that must be visited at least once. Its historic cities hold architectural gems, art and culture. I have already talked about what to see and do in Krakow, and if you decide to follow the route, I highly recommend Wroclaw, a city where science and modernity converge and landscapes that as a curious fact, served as a location for the film The Chronicles of Narnia.

If you have your mind made up, take note because in this article I will tell you what are your options to go from Krakow to Wroclaw and which one I consider the most recommendable.

1. The best way to get to Wroclaw: an organized tour

Streets of Wroclaw| ©Loris Silvio Zecchinato
Streets of Wroclaw| ©Loris Silvio Zecchinato

You will find a variety of options for an organized tour to Wroclaw from Krakow. This type of tour includes, in most cases, transportation to and from the accommodation or central meeting point, as well as a private guide and a meal, usually lunch.

Interesting details

  • Price: approximately between 100€ and 120€ per person.
  • Duration: it can take half a day, approximately 14 hours.
  • Advantages: you have transportation and logistics assured, so you only have to worry about being on time and enjoying the activity. You avoid searching and booking times, since everything is already included. In addition, the organized excursion also offers you expert guides who offer relevant and useful information so that you can get to know the place in depth. In many cases you will have access to audio guides in your native language, so you will not miss anything.
  • Disadvantages: less autonomy to see the destination, as you are very tight with the timing, according to the logistics of each tour operated. Although most organized tours include transportation and entrance fees, you should keep in mind that many of them do not include food expenses, so before booking your tour, be sure to ask what is included and what is not so you can adjust your budget. If you are traveling with pets or children, it is also important to be aware of any restrictions before booking your tour.

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2. How to get there by plane

Aircraft landing| ©ERIC SALARD
Aircraft landing| ©ERIC SALARD

If you are in Krakow and you have been able to enjoy all that this city has to offer, but you want to taste more of the magical Poland, you can also take a plane from John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport, from where flights to Wroclaw depart.
Something very important to take into account when choosing the air option is that from Krakow to Wroclaw you do not have direct flights, and you will always have to make a stopover in the city of Warsaw, at the Warsaw-Chopin Airport.

Interesting details

  • Price: you can find available flights from 90€. Remember to check travel and baggage policies for any additional charges. In this case I recommend you to check low cost options through LOT airline.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Advantages: traveling by plane will always be a comfortable and practical option to connect with a nearby destination. You have in-flight service and can sit back and take a break from the busy travel itinerary, while preparing to enjoy a new place.
  • Disadvantages: in this case, you will have to make a connection, as there are no direct flights to Wroclaw from Krakow, so the agility of the air flight loses strength compared to other options, which have the same duration.
    Wroclaw airport is approximately 12 kilometers west of the city, and by car you can be in the city center in 20 minutes.

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3. How to get there by car

Car Tour| ©Thibault Penin
Car Tour| ©Thibault Penin

For lovers of driving, traveling by car is a movie experience. Feel like a road movie and enjoy a relaxed journey, at your own pace and with the possibility of stopping at any time to eat, rest and explore the road. An opportunity that can be a perfect complement to this travel adventure in Poland.
The driving distance between Krakow and Wroclaw is approximately 270 kilometers. You will drive for about 3 hours and whether you travel in your own car or a rental car.

Interesting details

  • Price: if you consider the car option and need to rent a car for this trip, you can find different rental companies with costs ranging from 45€. Don't forget to include in your budget the cost of fuel.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Advantages: you have more autonomy to manage the time, making the stops you consider and need to eat and rest, besides being able to enjoy the road more calmly.
  • Disadvantages: if you travel alone, it can be an exhausting and somewhat boring trip. In addition, you will have to take into account aspects such as a technical review of the vehicle, the necessary fuel, and be aware of any restrictions or changes in the route that may affect your travel plan.
    In case traveling by car is your choice, here are some car rental companies that you can consider in your travel plan:
  • Sixt, a company that offers you vehicles starting at around 45€ and that you can pick up at Krakow Central Station.
  • Europcar, which has rental cars available with costs starting at 55€ and that you can pick up either at the airport or in some specific locations in the center of Krakow.
  • Rentalcars, a search engine that helps you compare options from different rental companies so you can choose the one that best suits your budget and needs.


I like to include this option because many times we travel alone, we decide to rent a car but something is needed to fully enjoy the trip, yes, a co-driver! Besides, I think it's a good idea to have a help while driving, to share travel experiences and an alternative to save money and enjoy the Polish roads.

Details of interest

Apps like Blablacar can be of help to find travel companions for this getaway in Poland.

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4. How to get there by bus

Krakow bus| ©Chido-Fajny
Krakow bus| ©Chido-Fajny

An economical option that offers you a variety of schedules to fit your budget and travel plan. Krakow's bus station is known as the Regionalny Dworzec Autobusowy w Krakowie (RDA, Regionalny Dworzec Autobusowy w Krakowie), and is no more than a 20 minute walk from the city center.
From this station you can take a bus to Wroclaw and other destinations in Poland, as well as international connections to Berlin, Cologne and Munich in Germany, Rome, Naples and Milan in Italy and many other European countries.

Interesting details

  • Price: you can find tickets from 7€, depending on the day and time you decide to travel.
  • Duration: the duration of the bus trip from Krakow to Wroclaw is 3 hours and 40 minutes.
  • Advantages: undoubtedly the most economical option, with which you can find many alternatives that fit your travel plan, as the timetables are varied throughout the year.
  • Disadvantages: it can be an economical alternative but it can be exhausting. If you are traveling with small children or a lot of luggage, you will have to take more things into account, which can bring unnecessary stress.
    My recommendation when you decide to take a bus is to travel very early in the morning or in the evening if the trip is very long. By traveling early, you can get to your destination faster to make the most of your time. When the distance is longer, it is best to travel at night, to avoid spending extra money on accommodation.

5. How to arrive by train

Krakow train| ©Melinda van den Brink
Krakow train| ©Melinda van den Brink

I like this option because you will be able to meet Krakow Glowny, the largest railroad station in Krakow. From there you can take a train with direction to Wrocław Główny in Wroclaw, with economic costs and with varied frequencies. The railroad connecting these two Polish cities is about 300 kilometers long.
Undoubtedly, a train trip has magic and can be a good idea when exploring Poland. Keep in mind that trains are very punctual, so you will have to check your itinerary very well in order not to have any setback in your getaway to Wroclaw.

Interesting details

  • Price: starting at 16€.
  • Duration: the train journey takes from 3 to 4 hours.
  • Advantages: an economical and very comfortable option. In addition, you can enjoy beautiful views during the journey.
  • Disadvantages: connections and frequencies are usually very punctual, so any change in your plans that affects your punctual arrival at the station will cause you to miss your train.

6. Comparison of the different options to get from Krakow to Wroclaw

  • Excursions
  • Starting at 115€.
  • Advantages: Transport and entrance fees included.
  • Disadvantages: Less autonomy to organize the itinerary.
  • Airplane
  • From 90€.
  • Advantages: Convenient travel.
  • Disadvantages: There are no direct flights and it is not the cheapest option.
  • Car
  • From 45€.
  • Advantages: Autonomy to make stops and enjoy other places along the way.
  • Disadvantages: The trip can be tiring.
  • Bus
  • From 7€.
  • Advantages: Variety of schedules, and very economical option.
  • DisadvantagesDependingon the traveler it may not be a comfortable option.
  • Train
  • From 16€.
  • Advantages: Comfortable and with nice views of the road between both destinations.
  • Disadvantages: May have strict schedules that do not fit the itinerary.

Now that you know the options you have, don't miss the opportunity to make your getaway to Wroclaw and continue exploring all that Poland has to offer. Have a good trip!