The best way to get to Zakopane in Poland from abroad with a mini-guide to Zakopane

Zakopane holidaysThere are various ways of getting to Zakopane:

The nearest airports to Zakopane are at Cracow (Krakow) in Poland, which is about 100 km north of Zakopane, or at Poprad in Slovakia, at about 70km south.

The best way to get to Zakopane from Cracow is by bus from the main bus station. We travelled from Cracow (Krakow) bus station on the bus run by a private company. Tickets cost about 23 zlotys each, the journey was comfortable and fast, taking just under 2 hours. There was ample room for luggage. The bus stop in Zakopane is near the town centre. We suggest that you phone for a taxi on your arrival (Tel: 142 32) to transfer you easily to your accommodation.

Alternatively, there are taxi services with fees by negotiation.

There is also a train service between Cracow and Zakopane. The journey by train can take up to four hours on trains that look like something out of Doctor Zhivago and are an interesting experience. You do get a good opportunity to see the lovely countryside between Cracow and Zakopane.

Transfers from Cracow (Krakow) airport to the main bus or train station in Cracow from which you can catch buses or trains to Zakopane are either by taxi (most expensive), by train (best method which takes about 20 minutes and you can pay on the train) or by the local buses which can be caught at the right hand corner of the square on exit from the terminal. The bus fare is low - journey time about 30-40 minutes to the central bus station. Tickets are purchased on the bus and have to be stamped immediately.

If you drive to Poland with either your own or a hire car, be sensible about safety considerations. Guarded car parks are to be found in all parts of Poland, frequently attached to hotels. It is generally recommended that you leave your car in one of these because of the scale of car theft but to be honest, on the several  occasions that we visited Poland we did wonder how extensive the car theft problem really is. On the other hand, certain car hire firms will not allow you to take their cars into Poland and green card insurance for your own car is more expensive than for other European countries.

One point to note; should you wish to travel via the Czech Republic you must purchase their road tax certificate to display on your windscreen or you are very likely to incur an on-the-spot fine and be forced to purchase it anyway.

Self-catering house to rent in Rabka, 25 miles from Zakopane - sleeps 4 to 10 max + cot

holiday house poland to let
Spacious good quality 5 bedroom self-catering house to rent in small town of Rabka-Zdroj, 35 minutes drive from Zakopane.

The holiday home has 5 bedrooms (3 with en-suite bathrooms), jacuzzi bath, 3 living areas, small kitchen, 2 additional WCs. Own driveway. Safe walled garden. Balcony with table and chairs plus BBQ.

Full gas central heating. Open fire in one living area.

Rabka is a spa town with ski slopes during winter months. There is an outdoor ice rink in the winter.

The town is very popular with walkers during the summer and offers a variety of way-marked trails and a circular woodland walk. The bus fare into Krakow is just 12 zl each way (takes just over an hour) so that you can visit Krakow, see the Old Town and sights.  

Click on the photograph of this holiday let in Poland for details and prices or Telephone +44 (0) 1245 325 273 for bookings and information.



Related Zakopane pages:

Hiking and hill walking in Zakopane

Holidays near Zakopane and eating out

Skiing holidays in and around Zakopane, Rabka and nearby towns

The Bus Stop in Cracow Journey time to Zakopane is about 2 hours, cost about 23 zloty



Travel Links


LOT Airlines

British Airways

Zakopane Radio Taxis, telephone:

142 32

120 87

125 60

139 66

For train, bus & hotel bookings:
Orbis, ul. Krupowki 22
PTTK, ul. Krupowki 12