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Wieliczka Salt Mines Tickets: how to buy, prices and discounts

To see the Wieliczka Salt Mines in person you will need a ticket. In this post I tell you how much they cost and how to buy them.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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Wieliczka Salt Mines Tickets: how to buy, prices and discounts

Tunnel of mines | ©Lars Plougmann

Visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mines and going more than 100 meters underground 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 a 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!

How to buy tickets to see the Wieliczka Salt Mines?

Detail of St. Kinga's Chapel| ©puffin11k
Detail of St. Kinga's Chapel| ©puffin11k

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 the tickets at the ticket offices of the monument for the tours in Polish and English but if you want to avoid the huge queues and do this tour in your language, then you will have to buy them online at their official website or get the tickets with a guided tour without booking transport from Krakow for 39 euros with Hellotickets.

Whichever place you choose to buy tickets to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, make sure you check the opening hours and book them 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!

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Wieliczka Salt Mine entrance fees

Stairs leading down to the mine| ©Aleksandr Zykov
Stairs leading down to the mine| ©Aleksandr Zykov

You can get 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 euro)
  • 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: free

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 the post How much does it cost to visit the Salt Mines.

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Is there free or discounted access to the Wieliczka Salt Mines?

Tunnel of mines| ©James Antrobus
Tunnel of mines| ©James Antrobus

No, in general it is not possible to enter the Wieliczka Salt Mines free of charge, 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 am 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, they do not exist as such but there are reduced rates at the box office for certain groups such as children, students, young people and retirees.

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How much does the Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour cost?

Salt statues of miners| ©Davis Staedtler
Salt statues of miners| ©Davis Staedtler

If you are one of those people who when you go on a trip prefer not to complicate things by 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 Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow to discover this beautiful monument declared a 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 do organized tours usually include

  • Round-trip transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees to Wieliczka Salt Mines

What the excursions do not usually include

  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages
  • The tour does not include the elevator to the bottom of the mine.

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Do children pay admission to the Wieliczka Salt Mines?

Children visiting the mines| ©Lars Plougmann
Children visiting the mines| ©Lars Plougmann

When we think of activities to do with the family, we usually imagine an outdoor place where children can play, run and jump. Maybe at first, a mine doesn't seem like the ideal place to take a trip with children, but nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, being such an atypical and different place, a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine is something they will always remember - it's not every day that you get the chance to go deep into the earth!

In addition, the Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour is open to children of any age and admission is free for children up to 4 years old. All other children must have their own ticket.

Believe me, they will have a great time feeling like Tadeo Jones for a day exploring inside a very old medieval mine and listening to all the legends that circulate around it. You will see a lot of subway chambers and galleries, curious rock formations, beautiful salt lakes, amazing sculptures and you will learn about the hard work of the miners. You will love it!

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.

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What is the price of transportation to Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow?

Sukiennice, Krakow| ©Jorge Láscar
Sukiennice, Krakow| ©Jorge Láscar

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 to which we have to devote particular attention.

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.

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