Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps & Auschwitz Museum
Visit the most well-known former concentration camp and the place of the biggest and most tragic genocide in the world history – The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum that has witnessed death of around 1.5 million people committed by the Nazis. During your trip, you will visit Auschwitz I, which was the first and main part of the camp but also served as administrative headquarters for the whole complex and to Auschwitz II – Birkenau, which was initially designed as a concentration camp and quickly turned into the main place of the genocide with gas chambers and crematoria. Birkenau was also the place where women’s camp was located. It definitely is a must-see place in Poland, but also in Europe altogether. You can find more information about the Auschwitz Museum under this link.
Tours of Auschwitz – Tickets, Transfer and Guide
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Please note that all times are approximate and depend on traffic and guide availability.
It is a long day so You can also order a lunch box which will be served on the way back. Just let us know whether you have any special requests (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or lactose free)! Our lunches are freshly prepared with the best Polish ingredients and your driver will make sure it will be delivered to you.
Please note that you must bring your ID or passport to enter Museum’s grounds.
Krakow to Auschwitz – KrakowShuttle vs. Bus
You can visit Auschwitz from Krakow, as it is located only 50 kilometers (around 30 miles) from Krakow City Center. It will be more comfortable and less expensive to join our organized tour rather than take a bus from Krakow to Auschwitz by yourself. Why? KrakowShuttle offers a door-to-door service so you won’t need to search for Krakow-Auschwitz Bus at the bus station, as well as transportation from Auschwitz to Krakow. You will be picked up directly from your hotel and our driver will take care of you for the entire duration of the trip. English-speaking guide in Auschwitz is included to the tour — you won’t need to buy any tickets on your own, or stand in the line as we book tickets beforehand. Finally, our Auschwitz Tour includes also English-speaking driver assistance so you won’t need to worry about anything and you can ask him anything you want to know. Groups are small and the tour is operated by comfortable Mercedes Sprinter Mini Bus or Mercedes Vito equipped with AC and video screens.
The nearest airport to Auschwitz is Krakow Balice Airport and we can pick you up for the trip from there as well! Although our pickup time is usually in the morning, if you are arriving later just let us know! We will try our best to find a solution for you, including the possibility of a private car.
- To book please select the date and number of people.
- You will be redirected to our secure reservation system.
- After completing the reservation you will receive verified voucher.
- 12 hour before the tour you will receive text message about exact pickup time.
Auschwitz day trip from Krakow
If you are wondering how to plan an Auschwitz day trip from Krakow during your stay, you can find some practical tips here:
- For your day trip try not to plan any other special activities as most probably you will be tired after coming back to Krakow
- Eat your breakfast early, you will be picked up for the Auschwitz Tour between 6:00 and 8 a.m., we will inform you about the exact pickup time 12 hours before the tour with a text message and email.
- You can carry your umbrella, extra jumper or backpack with you, but bear in mind that the maximum size of bags and backpacks allowed to carry on the Museum grounds is 30 x 20 x 10 cm — in case you won’t need it you can always leave it in the car, the driver will be waiting for you the entire time.
- Wear comfortable shoes, it is a walking tour!
- The weather in Poland can be really tricky so if it is cloudy and chilly bring extra jacket as it might be windy.
You will be back in Krakow around 4 p.m., book KrakowShuttle packed lunch box if you would like to eat something on the way back.
Krakow Tours Auschwitz and Salt Mines
If you short on time during your stay in Krakow, you can always book our Auschwitz and Salt Mine Krakow Tour bundle which will take one full day but you will manage to see both places! In the morning, you will be picked up for Auschwitz Tour directly from your accommodation and you will visit both camps with an English speaking guide. In the afternoon, our bus will take you from Auschwitz to Salt Mine in Wieliczka, where, once again, you will join the tour with museum’s English speaking guide. You will be driven back to your hotel around 6 or 7 p.m. It will be a long day but we promise you will have enough time to visit both Auschwitz and Salt Mine (both tours aren’t shortened in any way, you will manage to see exactly the same things as you would on the regular tour) and we will make it as comfortable as we can.
Prices & packages
Our prices may change every day depending on many factors, including availability or date, and you can always check them on our website by choosing a specific date or ask one of our staff members to do it. We try to make special deals for our trips as often as possible so you can always find the best price for you!
Apart from our regular Auschwitz Guided Tour and Auschwitz & Salt Mine Tour mentioned earlier, we offer many more special packages that will adhere to anyone’s special needs: whether they concern the price, places you want to visit or the comfort of your service.
If you value privacy and don’t want to depend on the rest of your group during your trip, you can always book our Private Auschwitz Tour. We offer two options: a trip with shared or private guide. In case of shared guide, we offer a private transportation both on your way to Auschwitz and back – there will be no one else bothering you and your group in the car. After arriving, you will join the rest of the group and carry the tour with them and the English speaking guide. The latter means that both your transfer and the tour itself will be for you only – if you value the highest quality of your services, it is the right choice for you. In case of private tours, please contact KrakowShuttle staff directly – these trips need to be prepared in advance as we need to find the guide for the time slot that’s the best for you.
For the ones that care about their independence during the trip and don’t have time to visit both parts of the camp, we prepared Auschwitz II – Birkenau Concentration Camp Tour. This is a self-guided tour, during which you will visit just Birkenau, without Auschwitz I. It is also a cheaper option than our regular tour, so if you’re looking for the most economic option, this is something right up your alley.
In case you don’t want to end your trip on Auschwitz only, but for some reason you don’t want to go to Salt Mine, we can also offer our Auschwitz-Birkenau Premium Tour or Auschwitz & Schindler’s Factory Tour. Both trips look exactly the same during your visit in the museum, but after it we will drive you either to Kosciuszko Mound (Premium Tour) from which you can see the most beautiful panoramic view of the city or Schindler’s Factory Museum, where you can see the exhibition about Nazi occupation in Krakow during World War II.
Auschwitz-Birkenau is the most well-known Nazi concentration camp, somehow a “point zero” for the history of other camps. Operating in 1940-1945, it ended up being the place of a massive extermination, not known to human history before. 1 million Jewish people were exterminated there, which also makes it the main place where Holocaust took place.
Auschwitz consisted of around 40 subcamps, but the most tragic events happened in Auschwitz I (administrative headquarters) with Crematorium I and Birkenau (Auschwitz II) with crematoria II-V. The inmates in the first mass transport in June 1940 were political prisoners – Poles, there were around 700 of them. Ever since 1942 and Wannsee Conference, a massive transportation of Jews from all over Europe has started. Initially, Auschwitz was not a death camp and the first gassing was in September 1941 – it included Soviet soldiers and some of the most sick prisoners. The situation quickly changed, though.
Due to the great location of Oswiecim – the city where the camp was located – where railroad tracks from many places in Europe crossed their paths, it was possible to organise transports of Jews, Roma, Russians and various other nationalities. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the only Nazi concentration camp with such an organised number and tattooing system, which later allowed to estimate almost the exact number of prisoners/murdered there. There were around 1.3 million of inmates in Auschwitz-Birkenau during the 5 years of its existence, with approximately 1.1 million (mostly Jews) of them being killed.
Please note that this tour is not available on: 25th of December, 1st of January, Liberation Anniversary, Easter Saturday afternoon, Easter Sunday and March of the Living Day.
We use a fleet of new Mercedes-Benz Vans and Minibuses. Our drivers are well trained and fully licesned for travel ground transportation. Our door to door service means that you will be pickup directly form your hotel and delivered to the same spot after the tour, for free.
On the way, we will serve you our delicious packed lunch set freshly prepared everyday including: chicken & pasta salad, cheese sandwich, chocolate wafer and bottle of water. We also offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options so if you need one, please remember to add a remark in your booking form.
Please note that the maximum size of bags and backpacks allowed to carry on the Museum grounds is 30 x 20 x 10 cm. You can always leave your belongings inside the bus which will be parked nearby. Your whole tour is operated by the same driver so you don’t need to worry about your bag being left behind.
Please note that this tour is not available on: 25th of December, 1st of January, Liberation Anniversary, Easter Saturday afternoon, Easter Sunday and March of the Living Day. If you have any doubts about availability of the tour on any particular day, please do not hesitate to ask our staff about it!