Cracow, Poland
D e c e m b e r  11 - 14, 2002

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How to get to the Kraków
How to get to the Institute of Nuclear Physics - the workshop place
Weather in Kraków (from CNN)
Currency exchange
About Poland

How to get to Kraków

You can reach Kraków by:

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There is an international airport Balice in Kraków. Balice has direct connections to Chicago, Frankfurt, London, New York, Paris, Rome, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Vienna, Warszawa and Zurich. (Polish airlines LOT flight schedule).

The airport is located about 16 km from the city. To get to the Novotel Hotel from the airport, you can take a taxi (approx. 40 polish zloty) or public bus number 208 (to the Main Railway Station via Novotel Hotel). It takes about 35 minutes to go from the airport to the hotel by bus. The ticket price is 2.6 zloty, i.e. well below 1 EURO. Tickets are available in trafika kiosks at the airport. Remember to punch an extra ticket per each big piece of your luggage (exceeding 60 cm length).

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It is also possible to reach Kraków by an international train or bus. There is a lot of connections from different European cities.

The main Railway Station and Bus Station is located about 5 km from the Wanda and Krakowiak Hotels. To get to hotels you can take a taxi (about 20 zloty i.e. about 5 EURO) or a public bus number 208 or 228 or 501 or 511. The ticket price inside a city is 2.2 zloty, i.e. about 0.5 EURO. Tickets are available in trafika kiosks at the strain station and all around the city. Remember to punch an extra ticket per each big piece of your luggage (exceeding 60 cm length).

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There is an international airport Okecie in Warszawa. Okecie has a direct connections to Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Chicago, Cologne / Bonn, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Minsk, Moscow, New York, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Riga, Rome, Sofia, St.Petersburg, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Vienna, Vilnius, Zurich, as well to some others airports. (Polish airlines LOT flight schedule).

To reach Kraków from the ariport OKECIE you can: There are many trains (Inter City and Express) from Warszawa to Kraków daily in the train summer timetable (please choose Rozklad jazdy pociagow, i.e. polish train table, and then English version of it). It takes about three hours (nonstop) to get to Kraków from Warszawa.

The Central Railway Station in Warszawa is located about 10 km from the airport Okecie. We recommend you to take Airport City bus (avoid taxis in Warszawa - they are very expensive for foreigner!)

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How to get to IFJ

From the main Railway Station and Bus Station the Institute of Nuclear Phisics (IFJ) can be easily reached by public transport:
  • you can take a bus number 130 and get off at the final stop. Then take a bus number 173 (at the same stop) and get off at «Motel Krak» (two stops) - see bus lines map

  • you can take a tram number 4 and change from tram to bus number 173 at the «Balicka Wiadukt» stop (under the viaduct) and get off at «Motel Krak» (one bus stop) - see tram lines map
From the airport Balice:
  • you can take a bus number 208 (ticket price - 2.60 pln) and get off at the «Bronowice Wiadukt» on request stop.
Please note that while using public transport special tickets should be validated by one of the vending machines placed inside the vehicle. Public transport tickets (the same for buses and trams) can be purchased at most of the newspapers stands as well as from the bus- or tram-driver (at some additional cost). There are several types of tickets:
  • 2.20 pln fare for a single trip
  • 2.80 pln fare for a 60 minute trip

City map I (INP & ICS environs)
City map II
Map of Poland

Currency exchange

The currency of Poland is zloty (abbreviation - zl). It's international code is PLN. 1 zloty = 100 groszy (abbreviation - gr). Coins are: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 gr, and 1, 2, 5 zl. There are also 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 banknotes. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airports, hotel receptions and banks and in many small exchange offices called "kantor" located all around the city centre (these usually offer the best exchange rates).
Here are current average exchange rates from National Bank of Poland.
International credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Eurocard) are accepted in a majority of hotels, in many shops & restaurants, and can be used in most cash machines ("bankomat").