Airfare to Krakow, Poland
The cultural center of Poland, Krakow suffered under both the Germans and the Soviets. However, in the past 20 years it has retained its emphasis on education and enlightenment. Top attractions in the city include the Royal Castle and Cathedral, almost 30 museums and nearby Auschwitz.
Airfare to Krakow will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Prague, Czech Republic or Warsaw, Poland. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Germanwings, easyJet and Ryanair fly to Krakow. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. LOT Polish Airlines is the national airline. However, El Al, Alitalia, Swiss and other airlines also stop in Krakow.
The most expensive air tickets to Krakow are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Prague, Czech Republic or Warsaw, Poland and traveling overland to Krakow via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Krakow, check out BootsnAll’s Krakow Travel Guide.