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Krakow Budget Tips
We always suggest that visitors stop by a local tourist office as soon as possible. In Krakow, there are several tourist offices to choose from. The main Tourist Information Centre is located at Áw. Jana 2 and is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The tourism office in the Town Hall Tower is open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. in high season, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in October and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at all other times. The office located at Józefa 7 is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, and the one at Os. Słoneczne 16 is open fron 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
There is also an office at the Krakow-Balice Airport (open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Sundays) and one next to the main train station at Szpitalna 25 (open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. in high season and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at every other time). The office at Wyspianski Pavilion is open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. in high season and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at all other times.
Museums in Krakow are generally a very good value. Note that many of the museums sell family passes, a discounted rate for groups of adults and children. The definition of “family” ranges from museum to museum, but generally includes some combination of adults and children (aged 16 and under), and up to five people.
Rynek Underground: PLN13 (adults); PLN10 (reduced); PLN30 (family); free (children under five)
Princes Czartoryski Museum: PLN6 (adults); PLN3 (reduced); PLN12 (family)
Ethnographic Museum: PLN9 (adults); PLN5 (reduced); PLN12 (family)
Jewish Museum: PLN15 (adults); PLN8 (reduced)
Wawel Castle: PLN15-PLN24 (adults); PLN7-PLN18 (reduced); Note that prices vary by exhibit and time of year, and that some exhibits are free on Sundays.
Wawel Cathedral Museum: PLN12 (adults); PLN7 (reduced)
Sitting on the horizon above central Krakow is Wawel Hill. Likely the largest tourist attraction in Krakow, Wawel Hill boasts Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral within its walls. Admission to the Hill itself is free.
On Sundays between November 1 and March 31, admission to the Wawel Castle Staterooms is free. Admission to Krakow's Dominican Church and Franciscan Church is always free. In Kazimierz, neither St. Catherine's Church nor Remuh Cemetary charge admission.
Senior discounts exist in Krakow. To obtain some discounts, however, membership in a particular association may be required. Members of the AARP get discounts on hotels, airfares and car rentals. They can be reached by telephone at 1-888-687-2277 and online.
The International Student Identity Card, ISIC, the most widely accepted form of student ID, provides discounts on sights, accommodations, food and transportation. Some places offer admission discounts of between 20% and 50% to ISIC members. All cardholders have access to a 24-hour emergency helpline. In the US call 1-800-223-7986 or click onto www.isiccard.com. Applicants must be degree seekers of a secondary or post-secondary school and must be at least 12 years of age. The card costs US$22 and is valid until the end of the year issued.
For non-students 25 years or younger, the International Youth card, IYTC, also offers many of the same benefits as the ISIC. The card costs US$22 and is valid for one year from the date issue.
For non-students 25 years or younger, the International Youth card, IYTC, also offers many of the same benefits as the ISIC. The card costs US$22 and is valid for one year from the date issue. Travelers with student cards, such as ISIC and IYTC qualify for big discounts from travel agencies. Most flights from budget agencies are on major airlines, but in peak season some may sell seats on less reliable chartered aircraft. Some travel agencies dedicated to helping students out are STA Travel, Travel CUTS and Usit World.
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