Visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mines and going underground more than 100 meters deep is a unique experience that you have to live at least once in your life. What better time than during your getaway to Krakow? This was one of the first monuments declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In this post you will find very useful information about the price of tickets to the Wieliczka Salt Mines and how to buy them. Don't miss it!
Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines on an excursion with transfers included from Krakow.
The best way to tour the impressive salt mines of Poland without waiting in line thanks to the tickets included in this package with a professional guide.
Visiting the Salt Mines is one of the essential plans that you should write down for your trip to Krakow. The best way to avoid the hassle of finding transportation, tickets and more is to take an excursion that includes transfers from Krakow, entrance to the complex and also a 4-hour guided tour to learn the stories of this unique subway city in the world.
Enjoy this experience 135 meters underground, where you will see subway lakes, galleries, decorated rooms and even a giant chapel. A World Heritage Site since 1978, these mines have been in operation since the Middle Ages and are perfectly preserved. So if you have the chance, visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mines can change your experience of sightseeing in Poland.
Recommended if... You want to avoid the long queues at the ticket office in the Mines and get to them in the most comfortable and economical way possible.
Tour the Wieliczka Salt Mines and Auschwitz in one day
Visit both emblematic points of Polish history, in the same excursion from Krakow. Get to know in depth the characteristics of each place, with a professional guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.
This tour will take you almost the whole day, but it is worth it if you want to take advantage of your stay in Krakow to visit two of the most important places that Poland offers to its visitors.
Your first stop will be the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, where you can see what was the most famous concentration camp in history. There you can visit all the corners that marked the history of the Jewish people during the Nazi era, as well as pay tribute to those who lost their lives there. Please note that you will need to bring identification and in general you can take pictures, with some exceptions.
Then the tour will take you to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, where you can see statues, chapels and carved works, which make this subway complex, a true wonder.
The great thing about this combined tour is that it also includes transfers between the sites as well as to and from Krakow. You will always be accompanied by an expert guide and you will also have the entrance fees to both sites included.
Recommended if... you have a free day to get out of the city and visit these impressive, exciting and full of history sites. You won't have to worry about the logistics of anything and you will be able to live the experience more deeply.
How to buy tickets to see the Wieliczka Salt Mines?
The Wieliczka Salt Mines are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Krakow, in fact it is the second most visited in Poland.
There are several ways to get tickets to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. If you want to visit them on your own you can buy tickets at the monument's ticket office for tours in Polish and English but if you want to avoid the huge queues and take a guided tour in your language, then you can book online this Wieliczka Salt Mines tour from Krakow.
Whichever place you choose to buy tickets to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, make sure you take a look at the opening times and book well in advance of your travel date as it is a very popular attraction and tours in other languages are small but in high demand - tickets are flying!
Wieliczka Salt Mines ticket prices
You can book tickets to the Wieliczka Salt Mine on your own if you want to save as much as possible on your visit. The price of tickets to the monument at the ticket office for tours in languages other than Polish is as follows:
- Standard single ticket: 100 PLN (21.59 euros).
- Discounted single ticket for children and youth: 80 PLN (17.27 euros)
- Discounted single ticket for students and seniors: 90 PLN (19.43 euros)
- Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children between 4 and 16 years old): 280 PLN ('60.45)
- Children up to 4 years old: free
However, if you buy the tickets at the ticket office, you will have the inconvenience of having to wait in long lines at the entrance. So it does not always pay to save some money if you prefer to take advantage of the maximum possible time on your trip to Krakow.
The price of the activity is a fundamental factor in planning the budget that we will allocate to an activity during a trip. If you want to know more details about it, I recommend you to read also the post How much does it cost to visit the Salt Mines.
Is it possible to access the Wieliczka Salt Mines for free or with discounts?
No, in general it is not possible to enter the Wieliczka Salt Mines for free, only children up to 4 years of age can enter. All other visitors must purchase a ticket to see the entire monument.
However, to go to the mass that is celebrated every Sunday at 7:30 in the magnificent Chapel of St. Kinga you can enter for free but only on this occasion and on the occasion of attending the Eucharist.
As for discounts or promotions, there are no discounts or promotions as such but there are reduced rates at the box office for certain groups such as children, students, youth and retirees.
How much does the Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour cost?
If you are one of those people who when you go on a trip prefer not to complicate things dealing with a foreign language, looking for transportation, tickets or the services of a guide, my advice is to opt for an organized tour to the Salt Mines of Wieliczka from Krakow to discover this beautiful monument declared World Heritage Site.
If you book it in Hellotickets there are several alternatives for an organized tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mines depending on whether you are interested in a private excursion (126 €), an all inclusive tour (44 €) or just the transfer with guided tour (43 €) although in this last option the entrance fees are on your own and are not included in the price of the tour.
That is why when booking your tickets I advise you to read carefully what the tour includes and what is not included so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs and tastes.
What is usually included in the organized excursions
- Round trip transportation in an air-conditioned bus.
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees to Wieliczka Salt Mines
What the excursions do not usually include
- Food and beverages
- The tour does not include the elevator to the bottom of the mine.
Do children pay admission to the Wieliczka Salt Mine?
At first glance, a mine may not seem like the ideal place for a trip with children. But being such an atypical and different place, a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine is something they will remember forever. It is not every day that you have the opportunity to go deep into the depths of the Earth!
Moreover, the tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine is open to children of any age and admission is free for children up to the age of 4 years. All other children must have their own ticket.
They will have a great time exploring the interior of a very old medieval mine and listening to all the legends that circulate around it. They will see lots of subway chambers and galleries, curious rock formations, beautiful salt lakes, amazing sculptures and learn about the hard work of the miners.
If you want to know more about the family visit to this special monument I recommend you to read the post Visiting the Salt Mines with children.
What is the price of transportation to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow?
Being such a touristic place close to Krakow, the Wieliczka Salt Mines are very well connected to the city and there are several means of transportation available to go there on your own if you discard the option of taking an organized tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mines with transportation included.
When planning the budget to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines, transportation is also something we have to pay particular attention to.
Fortunately, transportation in Krakow is not very expensive and you will be able to find inexpensive ways to get to the monument without spending a lot of money. In this sense, the best options are the train and the bus, two fast and cheap means that in about 30 minutes will take you to the monument.
The price of the bus ticket to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow costs about 4 PLN each way (about 1 €) while the price of the train ticket you should check online or at the ticket window of the station.
However, in the post How to get to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow I tell you more details on this topic.