Krakow, or Cracow, is one of the largest cities in Poland and the second largest in the country. Holding its old-world aura and charm, Krakow is the most beautiful of Poland's main cities, in spite of ruins from WWII bombings. It has been recognized as one of the most important centers of academia, economy, culture, and art. The old town area has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site while the city has been widely called one of Europe's most beautiful cities. The city is also home to several acclaimed universities and art centers, including one of the world's oldest universities, the Jagiellonian University. The city has some of the most beautiful and ornate buildings in Europe in the traditional Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architectures. It has the largest medieval market square in Europe, Rynek Główny. The city has received high praise from several bodies that led it to be named the European Capital of Culture in 2000 and has been called a UNESCO City of Literature since 2013.
Krakow does not have an underground metro but has a world-class public transportation system that is convenient to use. While most attractions within the city are easily walkable, using the comprehensive public transport system is one of the best ways to see the sights.TramsThe best way to get around the city is by using the tram services that are integrated with the bus services. It runs from 05:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. after which its frequency drops. You can check the timings at mpk.krakow.pl or visit krakow. jakdojade.pl where vital navigation information is provided.Tickets can be bought at ticket machines at major stops. Or you could buy it on board trams and buses or from the driver upon boarding. You can use a credit/debit card at the ticket machines but onboard tickets can be purchased only with cash.Important points1. You could buy a Krakow Tourist card that includes unlimited free travel on buses and trams2. Get your ticket stamped as soon as you board a bus or tram failing which you could be fined3. People over 70 years old, disabled people, and children under 4 years of age ride for freeCar RentalTourist can also hire cars to travel in groups in the city. The minimum age for renting a car is 18 years. A valid ID, a credit card and a valid international driver’s license are also mandatory. Be aware that you cannot leave the country on road in a rented car. TaxiMost taxis that operate in Krakow are reliable and have meters. Make sure that you take a taxi that is marked by a company name and phone number. Taxis also have the rates printed on it and will hand you a bill at the end of the ride. While tipping a taxi driver is not required, drivers will expect a tip from tourists of around 10% of the fare. Alternative;y, Uber can also be used to travel around. Beware that due to restrictions on Uber, they may not be able to take you to your exact location. It is best to confirm before engaging a Uber.
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|Water Bottle||USD 0.51|
|Cup of Coffee||USD 2.06|
|Milk Carton Pack||USD 0.77|
|White Bread||USD 0.77|
|Eggs (12)||USD 1.80|
|Combo Meal||USD 5.14|
|Fine Dining||USD 5.91|
|Bottle of Coke or Pepsi||USD 1.03|
|Domestic Beer||USD 0.77|
|Imported Beer||USD 1.29|
|Bottle of Wine||USD 6.43|
|Cigarettes (20 Pack)||USD 4.11|
|Taxi ( 1 km )||USD 0.51|
|Ticket in local transport (Single way).||USD 1.03|
|Rent ( One Bed Room)||USD 539.40|
Krakow’s nightlife is legendary and should definitely be a part of your to-do list while visiting the city. It is intense and vibrant and every type of entertainment is available, whether a bar with live music or a party with an energetic DJ. Or you could visit one of the pubs and karaoke bars to enjoy an evening. Most parties take place within Krakow’s old town. Some of the world’s best producers and DJs perform in some clubs, keeping the party going until sunrise. A walk on Florianska or Szewska Street will give you a chance to experience Krakow’s nightlife and mingle with other tourists and locals alike. The clubs in the centre of the town at the main square known for its patronage of R’n’B, Hip-Hop, and dance music that gets the crowd moving and makes them a great location to party. Krakow has special bars with old-worldly charm, classic furniture, and several interesting and quirky delights that make visiting the bars an unforgettable experience. There is a special bar named "Beer Zone" that offers a wide range of craft beer that can satiate any thirst. For the adventurous singers, Krakow has its share of karaoke bars with the Coyote Bar the most famous. The bar has a great ambiance and the encouraging staff urges visitors to have a go at singing their favourite songs. If you want to have a conversation, the bar has a cozy garden that helps you enjoy a pleasant afternoon or evening. Come and get lost in night charm of the city.
Krakow has several traditional industries that make for amazing gifts and souvenirs to take back.
John Paul II International Airport - KRK
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