Welcome in Kraków!
Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs. Indeed, it was the former capital of Poland from 1038 to 1569.
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe thanks to the excellent preservation of its buildings and its rich artistic cultural heritage. The medieval Old Town, the Renaissance Royal Wawel Castle and the enchanting district of Kazimierz with its synagogues were added to the original UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. For all Polish people Kraków is a symbol of Polish national identity, but at the same time it is open to foreign influences which were imported here over the past centuries, and creatively transformed.
Kraków is a lovely and ancient city to explore.
Getting to Kraków ?
Reaching Kraków is relatively straightforward and the city is well served by air, rail, and road, both domestically and from other European destinations.
Kraków Airport is the city's international airport in the village of Balice, just 11km from the city center, served by major European airlines and has frequent direct flights from and to major European hubs (at least 3 flights a day) such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, as well as Warsaw (at least 5 flights a day) and several direct flights to other cities. One can easily get from Kraków Airport to the conference venue by a shuttle train, a taxi, or public bus lines. Taking a taxi from the airport is the fastest (approx. 20 min) and most comfortable way of getting to the conference venue. It is also convenient to fly to Warsaw and then catch an express train to Kraków (details can be found below).
Kraków's main railway station Kraków Główny is situated most conveniently in the very city center. Every day express trains arrive from Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. Express trains run also to all major cities in Poland. If you arrive to Warsaw first then you may want to take the fastest train service to Kraków where the nearly 300-km trip takes just under 2 h 30 min, no stops in between. The train connections to and from Kraków Główny station can be checked here. Kraków's main bus station is located next to the main railway station. There are many regular coach lines between Kraków and Western Europe as well as Central Europe with Flixbus running a large network and RegioJet also present.
Participants from Scandinavia can reach Poland by ferry (to Gdynia, Gdańsk or Świnoujście) and then come to Kraków by train or bus.
How to get to and from Kraków Airport - Balice
This airport is located not far from the centre of Kraków, around 17 km away. In order to get to/from Kraków Balice, all you need to do is to take a bus or a train. Both will take you right into the city centre and to the train station.
There are plenty of tram and bus lines in service in Kraków that help you get around the city and go beyond its limits (e.g. to Wieliczka).
Free public transportation will be available to EAS 2023 participants when presenting their EAS2023 badge that will have a small hologram sticker. The hologram is effective only on the days of the congress, it entitles you to travel by tram, bus throughout the city, to the airport, to Wieliczka, all day.
Maps of city transport lines are available on the website of the Municipal Transport Facility (Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne, MPK), and the timetables can be found on its website and at individual stops.
Information of interest
European Astronomical Society