How to Visit the Salt Mines – Krakow

Want to know the top tips for visiting the salt mines near krakow? How to get the bus from Krakow to the salt mines? What is the Krakow salt mines tour price and times?

The Wieliczka salt mine near Krakow is a must for any visit to the Polish city. It’s a fantastic day trip from Krakow. It’s an important part of the history of Krakow and brought a lot of wealth, which in turn paid for all of those beautiful places to see  in Krakow old town. But how far are the salt mines from Krakow center? How do you get to the Wieliczka salt mines via public transport and how much does it cost to do a day trip to the salt mines? Read on to find top tips on how to visit the Wieliczka salt mines near Krakow.

Salt mine Krakow

How to get to the Wieliczka salt mines in Krakow

You can take a taxi or Uber to the salt mines, which will take about 25 mins and cost around 30zl. There is also a train direct to the city of Wieliczka which takes around 30 mins. The bus is more frequent though running every 20 mins from a stop opposite the main station. The 304 bus to the salt mine costs just 4zl, one way, and drops you off practically outside the tourist trail. You can buy tickets for the bus to the salt mines on board. Just make sure to validate your ticket when you travel as there are often checks.

Salt chandelier
One of many chandeliers made from salt

Should I take the Tourist Route or the Miners Route into the salt mines?

Salt mine Krakow

The tourist route is the one most popular trail in Wieliczka. It’s a 2km trail with around 800 steps in total and a lift back up to the surface. It generally takes 2-3 hours taking in the main chambers complete with chapels, chandeliers and boating lakes. It’s easy going and there are special disabled routes (made when the pope was set to visit). Tours are available in various languages and run every half hour or so. You can book the salt mine tour online here to avoid waiting in line.

Shaft Regis Miners route Salt mine Krakow

The miners route at the Shaft Regis is a lesser known attraction. Here you don a hard hat and harness and explore as the original miners once did. It’s a different part of the cave system and is much less accessible but more of an adventure.

How much does it cost to visit the Krakow salt mine

It costs 65 zloty to go down into the mines. There are restaurants and gift shops down below the surface on the tourist route. Can you use card in the salt mines? Yes, somehow they have managed to make car payments work underground.

Pope John Paul II in salt

Things to know before you visit the Wieliczka salt mine

It’s pretty warm down there. The mines are kept dry and warm to stop the salt sculptures from dissolving. Even if it’s a chilly zero degrees outside the mine remains at around 15 degrees centigrade. So leave your coat in the car!

How to get to the salt mines from Krakow 2020

What is there to do near the salt mines?

The town is beautiful. If you have time explore the area surrounding the Wieliczka salt mines. There are some beautiful buildings and great restaurants with authentic local Polish food for very good prices.

Wieliczka Church

Do you have to be fit to visit the salt mines?

How many stairs are there in the salt mine? A lot! The Tourist Route kicks off with a descent down 30 flights of wooden stairs. If you have any problems with mobility booking an accessible tour might be the best option.

So there we have it. One of the top things to do when visiting Krakow. Make sure not to miss it! Check out these 10 weird facts about Krakow you might not know.

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