Car Hire at Krakow Airport
This information is correct as of October 2015
Whether you want to sample beer in the Czech Republic, enjoy summer festivals in Katowice or immerse yourself in European history in Krakow, you can find the best car hire at Krakow Airport with Skyscanner. Why not check out our guide on things to do in Krakow.
Where to hire a car at Krakow Airport
There are nine car hire companies with desks at Krakow Airport: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europecar, Express, Hertz, Enterprise, Panek and Sixt. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Krakow Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a BP garage located just 9 minutes drive from Krakow Airport. Simply get on the A4/DK7 in Krakow and take the Mirowski exit off the A4. Drive towards Mirowska and the petrol station will be on the left hand side.
Driving around Krakow Airport
Krakow Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. The A4 motorway has meets the Autobahn in Germany making travel from the west easy. There is a PLN18 toll each way between Kraków and Katowice and also a PLN16 toll is on the A4 between Wroclaw and Katowice. The easiest way from Krakow to Warsaw is via the Route 7/E77 road, which takes less than five hours.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Krakow Airport.
Once an industrial powerhouse, sprawling Ostrava, on the Moravian/Silesian border in the Czech Republic is now a thriving, exciting city overflowing with museums, theatres and stadiums where you can do everything from shop until you drop in local stores or giant shopping centres to winter skiing and summer hiking in the stunning surrounding Jeseniky and Beskydy mountain ranges. Take a trip down the Landek Park mine or take a ride on the mining train. Michal Mine offers the most authentic experience. The Silesian Ostrava Castle provides the best views in the city while music festivals, beer halls and hundreds of classic Czech restaurants dish up all the nightlife you could wish for.
Ostrava is an hour and forty minutes drive from Krakow Airport. Get on the A4 toll road from the airport and take the exit for the A1 toll road towards Slovenska/Moravska and the Czech Republic and get on the D1. Take exit 361 and follow signs for Ostrava.
Katowice is rather like an understated Krakow. Perhaps not as showy, it still boasts plenty of museums, galleries, theatres and a wonderful choice of festivals and concerts held throughout the year. The Silesian Museum and the History of Katowice Museum will be of particular interest to history buffs. Katowice is a patchwork of beautiful green parks and gardens, a zoo and other hidden spots perfect for picnicking and relaxing in the summer sun. A pedestrian promenade promises shopping and cafe culture while at night, cool jazz clubs and basement bars add a touch of glamour.
Katowice is an hour and twenty minutes by car from Krakow Airport. Get on the A4 toll road taking exit 77 towards Warsaw. Get on the DK94, exiting towards Poznan and Katowice. Merge with the DK79 and follow signs to Katowice.
Stunning Krakow is said to have been founded on the defeat of a dragon. True or not, there is certainly a mythical quality to this magical city. While the beautiful UNESCO protected old town square, completely and faithfully rebuilt after WWII, with its pastel facades, glassware shops and elegant cafes, is the main draw for tourists, getting out and about into the wonderful Jewish Quarter and beyond reveals a lively city with a fabulous nightlife of bars, clubs and live music as well as culture, art, history and mystery and fabulous restaurants to boot. A soaring castle adds to the picturesque quality of Krakow while the narrow backstreets are a chance for peaceful time to contemplate the city’s past.
It takes just half an hour to reach Krakow from the airport. Take the A4 toll road exiting at junction E77 for Krakow then following the DK79 for the city centre.
The historic centre of Krakow (Zone A and B) is completely off limits to cars apart from diplomats and emergency vehicles. Zone C on the outer edges of the centre is metered parking from 10am to 8pm on weekdays. The cost of parking is PLN 1 for 20 minutes, PLN 3 for one hour, PLN 6.5 for two hours and PLN 10 for three hours. Exact change is required for the machines. Some hotels in Krakow also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change