"Train from Balice airport to Krakow's main station" Airplane Tip by Deaks760
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The recently-opened (May 2006) light rail link between Balice Airport and Krakow's Dworzec Glowny (main railway station) seems to represent a good balance of economy and convenience. After landing at Balice, the arrivals hall has copious copies of the timetable of the rail link, although there is nowhere obvious to buy a ticket before boading. When exiting the terminal, you can either board the free shuttle bus (a blue one, right outside the exit, signed 'PKP rail link' or similar) for the 200m trip to Balice's railway halt, or walk yourself. Turn right out of the terminal; the way is clearly signposted. The bus departs from the terminal a few minutes before the train is due.
You can buy tickets from the train's conductor, but bear in mind they don't generally speak much (if any) English - and don't seem to take kindly to tourists offering large denomination notes to cover the 3.80zl fare. It might be better to break a large note in one of the shops in the airport first.
The train ride to the main station takes around 15 minutes and it runs through some surprisingly rural farmland before entering the city. Don't expect Poland's most advanced train; the service is operated with elderly stock. It runs from very early until very late, although it's not as frequent as airport trains found in many other cities. At 3.80zl you can't really complain, though.
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