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Transportation from the airport to my hotel and other questions

Hello everyone.In October, I will be visiting Krakow. I would like to ask you a few questions ( I know that they are a lot of questions but I didn't want to post three different topics.)
1) I will be staying at Eden Hotel ( 15 Ciemna Street). I was wondering if there is a way to get to the hotel from the airport by public means of transport and if so, how? I know I can get a taxi or something like that but I believe it would be more expensive.
2) I love parks and in general green spaces and I would like to ask if there are such places near at my hotel and how I can get there.
3) I would like definitely to visit Auschwitz. I know that there are guided tours but I don't know how to "book" a place.Finally, I would like to ask if there is a possibility for them to pick me up from my hotel or should I meet them in a different "meeting point" to get there?
I would like to thank you in advance for your time and answer.
I hope I'm not bothering you so much.

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Vannosgeorge, you need to move this to the Destinations Q & A section. You'll get a lot more feedback there.

Have a wonderful time in Poland. Kraków is a beautiful. I haven't been there in many years.

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1) I dont know, but the Rick Steves guidebook and/or Lonely Planet guide for Poland are good sources for logistical information like this. As I recall, the taxis were not that expensive anywhere in Poland - just make sure you ask how much it will be before you commit.

2) go to google maps and locate your hotel and you will be able to see if there are parks nearby. Note that the entire old town area is ringed by a park (the Planty) which is where the old city walls were. You can also look at the maps on TripAdvisor for this.

3) your hotel can arrange this for you. Its a big business so there are lots of options for a tour.

I recommend that you download the Krakow guidebook from the InYourPocket website, which will give you tons of information on restaurants, shops sights, etc. Its a handy guide, and the website has interactive maps that can also help orient you.

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I was curious so I took a quick look on TripAdvisor (the map section). Looks like the Eden Hotel is in the Kazimierz area (the old Jewish Quarter) so you are right around the corner from the Szeroka Square area which is full of restaurants - Polish, Israeli and Yiddish, etc. So you have that open space to visit. Note the old synagogue museum which I believe was in some scenes of Schindler's List. All near your hotel. The old town is about a 20 minute walk from there.

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Clear answers to all your questions are in the Rick Steves book, you should get it. It's incredibly foolish to try and "save money" by not buying the guide book. Books are dirt cheap - you'll save the cost of the book many times over if you are armed with the information it contains.

That said, you can take a train to the central station, then grab a taxi (this would save a little but is more hassle with bags), or just get a cab at the airport all the way to your destination. Cabs are not expensive in Poland. When I land in a foreign country and need to get from the airport to my hotel, I'm generally not obsessed with saving a few cents (depends on the country and the airport, though - but cabs in Krakow are not spendy). You should know about how much to pay before you agree to a cab in Poland, we encountered more than one cab that tried to cheat us (asking for 10X the actual fare). Details on avoiding cab ripoffs are in Rick's book and are spot-on.

There's a good bit of green space in Krakow. Check out the green-belt parks around the perimeter of the old town, they're great places to take a break from the intense bustle of the old center (which is crazy busy and very touristy!).

All details on booking Auschwitz are in Rick's book. It's critically important that you book your entry far, far ahead of your planned visit - do not wait until you show up in Krakow to make arrangements, if you do that you will probably find that no tickets are available.

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Our hotel in Krakow offered to arrange airport pick up and drop off and a day tour to Auschwitz for us. It was all very very reasonable. Why don’t you see if your hotel offers these services. These offers were on our hotel’s website.

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Thank you very much Stan, David, Jane and Suki for your answers!! I really appreciate it!I read them carefully!!

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Vannosgeorge, I was in Krakow this summer. You can get to your hotel by public transportation, but in my opinion a taxi is the least complicated. It's only about a 60 dollar cab ride. and takes 20-30 minutes. Public transport can take anywhere from 1:20 to 2:00 hours depending on timing. The airport is quite a distance from the city center.

As someone else wrote there is nice green space circling the Old Town center.

Most tour operators will have you meet at a central point. I used Cracow City Tours. Very nice tour. Nice transportation. https://cracowcitytours.com/en/tour/auschwitz-birkenau-memorial About 40 dollars. You should book soon.

You will very much enjoy Krakow. One of my favorites. Also, I had dinner at this restaurant near your hotel. Outstanding and prices so low you will feel guilty. Kuchnia u Doroty. Have a nice trip.

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Everybody and his brother seems to offer tours to Auschwitz, but it is easy and inexpensive to take a public bus to Auschwitz and buy a separate ticket to the camp rather than paying for a tour. You'll be assigned to a tour group at the camp (also referred to as a museum) itself, and the group will cover both Auschwitz and Birkenau. October may well be somewhat quieter than July when I was there, but tickets to the camp at Auschwitz often sell out a week or more in advance. You can buy the ticket online if you decide on the do-it-yourself approach. I took the bus from the bus station, which is behind Krakow Glowny train station. I don't know whether there is another stop in Krakow that might be more convenient for you.

The Schindler Factory is also very interesting, and tickets sell out early there as well. The factory is southeast of your hotel, across the river, but it would be walkable for me.

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You should time your arrival at Auschwitz to connect to an English speaking tour if going independently.

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Absolutely. The Auschwitz website shows the times of the English tours, and when you buy a ticket you must specify the time-language combination.

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Thank you very much once again Acraven, Suki and Threadwear for your detailed information. I will check the restaurant Kuchnia u Doroty and I will probably eat there.

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Also add Pod Aniolami to your Krakow dining list. Grilled meats are featured, as well as Polish specialities. Beautiful dining rooms in an historic building. Attentive service, Everything served was delicious.

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Thank Suki for your suggest.I checked Pod Aniolami and it seems really nice so I will visit it!Thanks! :)

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Thank you 228peter.johnson! I returned yesterday from Poland and I really enjoyed it.It was really amazing!

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The guys at http://ironflats.pl were quite helpful to me - while they did not provide transportation, I received detailed instructions as well as ongoing support with getting a taxi (not really a taxi, much cheaper than one!) tothe apartaments.

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Thank you very much Jackielauda for your answer!I returned from Krakow!When I arrived at Krakow I took the bus and the tram but at my return I took a taxi.It's true that it wasn't so expensive.Thank you once again for your suggestions!

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This past September, I took a taxi from the train station to my Krakow hotel, just a block or so from yours and paid 25 PLN (less than $7). Then I paid 37 PLN for a taxi from the hotel to the train station. I paid a bit more on leaving because the meter starts when the taxi leaves for the pick-up. There's a tram line on Starowislna, the nearest main street; I don't think it goes to the station, so you'd have to change.

The restaurants in Seroka Square are strictly for tourists. Those I found that were very good: Vidok Restaurant in the Jubilat Building - great views of the city; Klimaty Poludnia ($32 for 3 courses and 3 glasses of wine, incl tip); Warsztat Cafe which is near your hotel.

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Thank you veyr much Chani for your time and answer! I returned from my trip to Krakow and it was really amazing.I tried some of the restaurants/caffes that you mentioned and they were really good.I paid 90 PLN for the taxi to get me to the airport.