Taking a trip to Poland on a tight budget is possible, and visiting Auschwitz will not make your stay too expensive.
I tell you what to expect from the costs of this excursion, the prices of tours, tickets and transportation there, and how to save if you want to cut costs as much as possible.
How much does an excursion to Auschwitz from Krakow cost?
The all inclusive tour to Auschwitz from Krakow has a price of 25€ if you book it with Hellotickets. With this tour you will be accompanied by an expert guide and you will arrive at the gate of the concentration camp in just over an hour, without unnecessary waiting and without queuing at the Auschwitz ticket office. In addition, in case of unforeseen circumstances, you can cancel the tour free of charge.
What does this tour include?
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Skip-the-line entrance to the entire Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex
- Transportation by private bus from Krakow (you can be picked up at your hotel)
- Return to the center of Krakow or to your hotel by the same private bus
Why do I recommend this option?
This is undoubtedly the best value for money option you will find to visit Auschwitz. Doing the tour with an expert guide (especially in English) will help you get a deeper understanding of the history and the visit and will also allow you to forget about the logistics of making your own way back and forth.
Auschwitz ticket prices
If you want to save as much as possible on the visit, you can always buy the tickets for Auschwitz on your own, not including the guided tour, and tour the concentration camp at your own pace.
The rates are updated, but approximately, this is the cost of the individual tickets:
- Standard adult rate: 23€.
- Standard rate for children under 21: 17€.
- Senior citizen rate: 18€.
- Group visits (more than ten people): about 15€. These visits must be scheduled in advance and accredited as a group by sending an email to [email protected].
How to buy tickets
You can get them at the ticket office or you can buy them online, but you will have to choose the date and time when you are going to visit, as all access to Auschwitz is scheduled.
How much does it cost to take a tour to Auschwitz without a guide?
An option to consider if you are concerned about the transport between Krakow and Auschwitz but you prefer to do the visit on your own and not join a guided tour, is to book an excursion without a guide for 20€ in Hellotickets.
For the small difference in price, in my opinion it is 100% recommendable to choose the excursion that includes the guided tour, but if you think you will enjoy more doing the route inside the concentration camp on your own, this is a good option.
How much does it cost to visit Auschwitz and the Salt Mines?
Being the two most popular excursions in Krakow and its surroundings, there is the opportunity to get the guided tours to both attractions in a combined way for about 100€. With this option you save time (as you will not have to queue at the ticket office) and money (avoiding having to buy them separately).
The visit is done on the same day and a private bus will take you from the center of Krakow to Auschwitz and then to the Salt Mines. At the end of both visits, you will return to the point of return.
If you want to have more detailed information on how to organize this visit, please refer to my article on excursions to Auschwitz and the Salt Mines.
Price of transport from Krakow to Auschwitz
If you discard the option of joining a guided tour with transportation included, you will have to use public transportation. For this, the best options are bus and train. A round-trip bus ticket to Auschwitz from Krakow costs about €5 at the exchange rate (approximately €2.5 each way).
If you choose the train, on the other hand, the price is a bit higher: 8€ each way, about 16€ round trip. In general, I recommend that you use the bus, as it takes you closer to the concentration camp (the train station is 2km from the entrance to Auschwitz).
For more details on schedules, duration and price of transport, I recommend my article on how to get to Auschwitz from Krakow.
Can I visit Auschwitz for free?
No. If you want to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp you will have to buy a ticket or book a tour (see above for rates) but there is no way to enter the camp for free.
If you want, you can visit the Auschwitz Museum for free (without a guide and before 10 am) or take a virtual tour on their website, but to go to the extermination camp in person, you will have to bear the cost of the entrance fee or the guided tour.
Are there any discounts to visit Auschwitz?
There are no discounts, promotions or discount codes as such, but there are reduced rates for groups, retirees and young people under 21 years of age. .