Car Hire at Katowice Airport
This information is correct as of October 2015
Whether you’ve always dreamed of seeing magical Krakow, skiing in the mountains of beautiful Ostrava or soaking up the culture in Katowice, you can find the best car hire at Katowice Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Katowice Airport
There are seventeen car hire companies with desks at Katowice Airport: GTL, Jolcar, Silvercar, INcar, iCar, GT Cars, Joka, Budget, AWOS24, Vector, Express, Panek, Solid Car, Jam, RentCar, MiRent and Odkryj. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Katowice 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 5 minutes by car from Katowice Airport. Take the DW913 for 450m then take a left turn. The petrol station will be on the right hand side.
Driving around Katowice Airport
Katowice is well-connected to Poland's highway network. Katowice lies on the main A4 motorway (E40), one of the main routes for all of southern Poland. The motorway links city with Opole and Wrocław from the west and Kraków, Tarnów and Rzeszów to the east. The city is also connected from the south by the A1 motorway, to the Czech Republic.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Katowice Airport.
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 approximately an hour and 30 minutes to reach Krakow by car from Katowice Airport. Get on to the DW913 then take the exit for the S1, exit on to the DK94 for Krakow and follow the signs to the city centre.
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 just over an hour’s drive from Katowice Airport. Get on the DW913 then take the exit for theS1. From here, merge on to the S1 and keep left for Ostrava. Continue on to the A1 which takes you over the Czech/Polish border and get on to the D1. Take exit 361 for Route 56 to Ostrava and follow signs to the city centre.
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.
It takes just 30 minutes to reach Katowice from the airport. Simply get on the DW813 and follow the signs to the centre of Katowice.
Parking in Katowice is both on street and in car parks. There is both short stay and long term parking available. The sign ‘Parking Platny’ indicated the pay parking zone and applies from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. The cost of parking is 1.50 PLN for the first hour, 1.80 for the second hour, 2.00 PLN for the third and 1.50 PLN for the fourth hour and more. There are many car parks in the city centre which are 24 hour if you require longer term parking. Some hotels in Katowice also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change