Nano and Giga Challenges in Microelectronics
Symposium and Summer School
Research and Development Opportunities
Cracow, September 13-17, 2004
Getting to Cracow by Air, Train, Bus or Car
Please fill out our Itinerary Form so we can better plan to assist our participants.
Balice Airport should be your preferred way of
getting to Cracow. The following
direct flights are currently
available to/from Cracow Airport:
Budapest, Chicago, Frankfurt/M, London, Paris, Rome, Tel Aviv, Vienna, and
Warsaw. Polish Airlines LOT carrier is a member of
Star Alliance (a group of 15 airlines providing
joint booking and pricing) and you can get to Cracow
via Warsaw Okecie Airport, which provides
a large number of flights
to all corners of the world. If you are coming via Warsaw, you can
also take a train (see below) from Warsaw to Krakow, however, it is more
convenient to get to Krakow by air. At Krakow Balice Airport
there is always a taxi waiting for you. You can get to the center
of the city for about 10 USD. You could also
take a city bus (208 or 192) -- the tickets can be purchased from
the driver for less than
There are a number of convenient trains coming
to Krakow from major European cities and communication hubs:
Berlin, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Dresden, Frankfurt/M,
Frankfurt/O, Hamburg, Kiev, Kosice, Lviv, Odessa, Ostrava, Petrovice,
Praha, Wien, and many others, especially during the tourist season.
Use the Connection Search to find the suitable
route. Use "Krakow" spelling as destination. You may also try
the Die Bahn connection search.
As a major tourist attraction, Krakow has many convenient and inexpensive bus connections to/from many European cities. While traveling by bus on a longer route is usually less convenient than plane or train, this may be, however, the best compromise for you. You may want to consult the Euro Lines Search.
While getting to Krakow by car is easy, driving within Krakow is discouraged. It is an old city, with narrow streets, and driving in many areas of Cracow's old town is by special permits only. Also cars left on the street are not safe. Public transportation is excellent and inexpensive, and taxis are easily available. We suggest that you park your car on arrival to the hotel and use other means to move around the town. Parking in the city center is very expensive, restricted to special categories of cars and difficult to find. Moreover, your car will be safer in the hotel parking than on the street. Check the information in the next paragraph.
Currency used in Poland is called Polish Zloty (PLN). Currently, 1 USD is equal to 3.6 PLN. You may check the Currency Converter for the latest update. To change your currency in Zlotych, you need to go to a Kantor (Exchange Kiosk). The exchange rate you get at the Airport or Railway station is usually lower (less favorable). However, you can get pretty good deal in Kantors closer to the center of the City. Do your currency exchange earlier in the day. In the evening, the exchange rate is usually lower, since the Kantor proprietors are stocked with foreign currency, especially during tourist season. If we are at the money, we'd like to remind you about some general safety precautions in the crowed places such as airports, railway stations and public transportation particularly if you pass through the big cities on your way to Krakow. New York, Rome, Paris, Moscow, Warsaw and other big cities have some problems with pick-pockets. Be careful and keep your money, credit cards and passports well protected, and do not leave your luggage unattended. Krakow has a low crime rate compared to other cities, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. While Krakow hotels pride themselves to be safe, you are well advised to put your valuables in a vault/safe at the hotel -- they offer this service for free in many hotels.
Other Sources of Information
For participants who know Russian, there
is an excellent site: http://www.krakow.ru. The travel tips in:
are very good -- we wish that there was Polish or English edition of
this valuable information.
For more information check Google Search Engine and search for Krakow Travel. You may also consult the following pages: http://www.krakow-info.com/travel.htm, http://www.itisnet.com/english/e-ce/e-poland/e-krakow/e-t-krak.htm and http://www.visit.pl/guide.php.