Buses

The modern bus terminal is behind the city’s main train station, Cracow Glowny, just northeast of the Old Town. There are several options to reach Cracow by bus. But, 24 hours on a bus, is not everyone’s idea of luxury travel but it’s cheap, just £60 return from London to Cracow and you get to see the countryside as a bonus.

Within Poland, coach travel is not that much cheaper than going by train. However, it is much more uncomfortable, and not recommended for traveling between cities. During the Summer, there are often services without air conditioning.

Express bus service to Cracow operates regularly to and from most Polish cities. Most buses arrive at the main PKS station, located just to the east of the railway station. From here you can transfer to buses headed for other destinations in the region.

Travel by bus is particularly advisable to places like Zakopane as it is considerably shorter and faster than by train, and fast PKS buses go there roughly every half-hour.

Hungarian company Orange Ways provides direct connection to Cracow from Budapest – option also convenient for participants from Balkan countries.

Polish PolskiBus operates direct connections from Berlin to Poznan, Prague to Wroclaw and Bratislava to Katowice, and has a well developed network in Poland just in case that you are arriving in Warsaw first.

Estonian Simple Express operates connections to Warsaw from St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Kaunas and Vilnius. Many of these tickets can be bought for just a few Euros if you book them on time.