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    The remarkable Polish city of Krakow has a rich history, dating back from the 7th century, when it was first mentioned by a Jewish merchant from Cordoba, Spain. From 1038 to 1569, it was named the capital of Poland due to its importance as the trade center of northern Europe.

    Currently, Krakow is known as Poland's tourist mecca, with over seven million visitors every year. Our team at Auto Europe offers a large selection of vehicles at competitive prices and helps clients stay mobile on a car hire in Krakow, the country's second largest city.

    This Polish gem was proclaimed City of Literature in 2013 by UNESCO, as it is residency for acclaimed national artists, writers, painters and musicians. Culture is also celebrated on the impressive National Museum and Czartoryskis Museum, the Opera House, and the numerous art galleries and theatrical performances.

    The largest square of medieval European cities is located in Krakow, and it's a beautiful blend of landmarks, extraordinary monuments, restaurants, clubs, cafes and a plethora of open air events. During summertime, the Grand Square bustles with bystanders soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a lovely and busy atmosphere. After tasting the flavourful local delicacies such as baranina, bigos and golabki, tourists can take a short walk leading to the Cloth Hall, the world's oldest shopping mall. Other nearby attractions includes rides on decorated carriages, guided tours and pub crawls. Check out what other Auto Europe customers had to say about the quality of our services in the city and other parts of the country by visiting our Krakow car hire reviews and Poland car hire reviews pages.

    With over 2034.78 miles of roads, why not enjoy your time driving around Poland and visit Warsaw or Gdansk?


    Driving your car hire in Krakow is fairly easy. Poland has right-hand traffic, and most road signs and rules are in accordance with the continental part of the European Union. It is mandatory to fasten your seatbelts and always maintain the headlights on. The speed limit Krakow is generally 50km/h between 5am to 11pm and 60km/h after that. Motorways allow for more speed. Drivers must keep in mind that, like any other major city, Krakow has denser traffic during busy hours of the day. More information about driving in Poland can be found in this useful guide.


    Drivers that wish to park close to Krakow's old centre will find an underground car park in the beneath Plac Na Groblach square. An hour of parking there costs a little less than one pound. Another option is the subterranean parking garage in front of the main hall of the Krakow National Museum. This facility is slightly cheaper, and it's located at the Aleja Mickiewicza avenue. Both parking lots tend to fill up rather quickly, especially during tourist season. Although it may be difficult to find available parking spots in downtown Krakow, drivers are able to park on the streets surround the Grand Square. At least one parking meter is located on each street or block, working between 10am and 8pm on weekdays. One zloty (£0.21) is the equivalent of twenty minutes, while, one hour tickets are PLN3.00. There are other options available, but be sure to use the exact amount of coins and bills, considering that these machines don't give back the change.

    Geographic Information

    Krakow is the capital of Malopolska Wojewodztwo Province, lying in the heart of continental Europe. That is because, interestingly, Krakow is located in the middle of the most eastern part of Europe, the Urals, and the westernmost city of Lisbon, also being halfway between the Mediterranean and the arctic Barents Sea. Krakow is spread on both banks of the beautiful Vistula River, which comes to live around spring and summertime. From May to August, daytime temperatures average 20°C, while during winter; they fall below 0°C, transforming the end of the year in a white wonderland. This is the perfect combination of European marine west coast and the severe Eastern Europe weather. The average sunshine time in Krakow is 7h30min in May, drastically falling to 30 minutes in December.

    Krakow Airport

    Krakow Airport is located just about 8 miles from downtown Krakow, and it's easily accessible from a number of Polish cities by regional roads, as well as the 4 motorway.

    John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice (KRK)
    Address: kapitana Mieczysława Medweckiego 1, 32-083 Balice, Poland
    Website: Krakow Airport
    Telephone: +48 12 295 58 00

    Public Transportation

    MPK provides a dense system of public transport services consisting of bus lines and tramways. Tickets are available at machines located around the town and newsstands, as well as from the drivers. The prices for unlimited travel passes vary from 15 zloty for a 24-hour ticket, to a seven-day pack costing 48 zlotys, among other options. Independently run minibuses also offer transportation at a PLN2.00 fare. Additionally, there are numerous taxis circulating the city charging affordable fares. Tourists are advised to know exactly their destination, as English speaking drivers are not usual in Krakow. Nevertheless, getting around the Old Center by foot is easy, as it is entirely dedicated for pedestrians. Most landmarks are closely located in this area located. The official website of Krakow's city warns tourists to beware of pickpockets in buses and streets.

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