How far is Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow?
What is Wieliczka, anyway?
Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most famous landmarks around Krakow. It is not a surprise that we receive many questions from tourists and visitors about it. Is it possible to visit it? How far is it? Do you need to dedicate a whole day to the trip? Why would you even want to do it?
Cool! Can I reach it from Krakow?
Let’s start with the most basic question. It is absolutely possible to visit Wieliczka when staying in Krakow, and with some good planning, you can fit it into your schedule without much problem. Wieliczka is located 16 km south-east of Krakow. Pretty close, right? It takes about 20 minutes by train, and slightly longer (around 30-40ty minutes total) by car. However, don’t be fooled. It might sound tempting to just spontaneously jump into the train and go straight to the mines on a whim, but it is not exactly a good idea.
Wieliczka sounds popular.
Will it be hard to visit it when it is not crowded?
Wieliczka is a very popular tourist destination, one of the most popular in Poland. In fact, it is possibly the most famous salt mine in Europe. And most definitely, without a contest, it is the oldest and the longest operating one. The rich history, amazing views and great location near the international travel hub of Krakow mean that every day, it is flooded by visitors both from Poland and abroad alike. Many spontaneous trips came to an early halt when excited tourists realized that there are no parking spots available.
Don’t disappoint yourself by arriving at the salt mines just to hear that all the tickets are sold out and that you cannot book a tour with a guide. And trust us, you want to take a tour with a guide. While mines are appealing on their own, they become a thousand times more interesting when you are provided appropriate historical context, technical explanations and all other fascinating information a good guide will share with you.
What is the best way to visit Wieliczka, then?
If you are staying in Krakow or considering a visit, we sincerely recommend trying to work a tour of Wieliczka Salt Mines into your schedule. While you can try to arrange everything yourself, you could also try to book a Wieliczka Trip with KrakowShuttle. This way, you leave logistics to us and do not have to bother about concerns like lack of parking space or unavailability of guides to enhance your stay. If you are interested, you can find more here. No hassle means more time to enjoy yourself, and we hope that however you decide to spend your time, you will have a blast!