Travel and Accommodation – get comfortable

The October edition of JDD will take place in Galaxy Hotel in Krakow. Below you can find information on getting to Krakow, finding Hotel Galaxy, and where you can stay for the duration of the conference. It's easier than you think!

 

Getting to Krakow

By plane

Krakow can be reached by plane through the John Paul II International Airport in Balice. About 20 airlines fly to and from Krakow including British Airways, Alitalia, Germanwings, LOT, Lufthansa, and cheap airlines such as SkyEurope, Ryanair, easyJet, and centralwings.

When choosing a flight, please consider that you can get to Krakow either from Balice airport as a destination or from Pyrzowice airport (near Katowice, 80km from Krakow) or Warsaw (Chopin Airport). If you decide to land in Pyrzowice, there is a special bus that will get you to Krakow and back. If you land in Warsaw, you will have to go by train, which takes about three hours to Krakow.

You can go from the airport to the city center by:

  • Bus
    The 292 bus stop is located directly at the roundabout, in front of the passenger terminal. The trip to the Main Station takes app. 35 minutes. A ticket can be purchased from the ticket machine at the bus stop for 3,80 PLN (less than €1)
  • Taxi
    There are always taxis waiting for passengers in front of the airport. The average price for a ride to the city centre is 70 PLN (around €20)
  • Train
    The train stop is located app. 200 m from the passenger terminal (5 minute walk). It would take you 20 minutes and cost 12 PLN (less than €4) to get to the Krakow Main Station. Unfortunately, the train infrastructure is currently being renovated and as a result this train is currently suspended.

Find out more on the John Paul II International Airport web page.

By train

You can also travel to Krakow by train from major Polish cities such as Warsaw, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk and most cities in Europe. There is a direct connection from Berlin, Vienna, Prague, etc.

Search for your connection here (your destination is Krakow Główny).

 

How do I get to the Galaxy Hotel?

Next to Galaxy Hotel, on the Kotlarska Street there is a bus and tram stop called Rondo Grzegórzeckie. Following lines are available there:

  • Trams: 1, 9, 14, 20, 22, 50, 62
  • Buses: 125, 184, 605, 609, 662

All the information and Call Search are available at: click here.

Visa issues

After a successful registration, you can request an invitation letter, which will ease your visa acquiring process. We can fax it to you or an appropriate embassy, which in most cases speeds up the process and often leads to obtaining a free of charge visa. If you’d like to receive an invitation letter, please mark it in the application form on the web site in a “notes” field and after registering send an e-mail to Zuzanna Rec with additional info about the visa issuing process in your country including description of the invitation letter you need, data about the embassy (including phone and fax numbers, location, etc. We will not charge you for the invitation letter.

Accommodation

Galaxy Hotel

Gęsia street no 22
31-335 Krakow

Other hotels and hostels:

There are a lot of places where you can stay at during the conference. These are just few of them:

 

Prices in Poland

Official currency in Poland is called “zloty”. Exchange rates:
1 Euro = 4,20 Zloty 
1 USD = 3,80 Zloty

Prices of some random stuff:

  1. Chocolate: 2,5 – 3,5zl (0,6 – 0.8 EUR)
  2. Mineral water (1,5 liter): 1,5 – 2,5zl (0,3 – 0.6 EUR)
  3. Bread: 2,5zl (0.6 EUR)
  4. Beer in a pub: 7 – 9zl (1,7 – 2,3 EUR)
  5. Whisky + coke in pub: 10 – 15zl (2,5 – 3,8 EUR)
  6. Fast food/Kebab: 10zl (2,5 EUR)
  7. Cigarettes – 10 – 15zl (2,4 – 3,6 EUR)
  8. Taxi in Cracow. From Main Market to the Conference venue: about 20zl (5EUR)
  9. Renting a flat in the city centre: 2000zł (500 EUR)/month

In most pubs, restaurants and in shops/shopping malls you can pay using a debit or a credit card. There is also plenty of exchange offices near the Main Market and in the old town.

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