Kraków

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Kraków?

Do you need a car in Krakow > Should you rent a car in Krakow Poland > Krakow ( KRK )
Our general advice is that this part of Poland has excellent public transport if you are just planning on travelling within and between the major cities, including Katowice and the world heritage site that is the centre of Kraków itself.

Many visitors to Kraków will also want to visit the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, and this can also be done (perhaps rather chillingly) by train. From Krakow direct, it’s quicker by bus – either way, you will need to go to the town of Oswiecim first, and then take a short walk from the rail / bus station.

Do you need a car in Krakow? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Looking further south and into the Tatra mountains, then this is where getting a hire car in Kraków starts to become useful, but it’s also still possible, for example, to travel to a destination such as Zakopane by utilising local train services, even if they might take twice as long as driving yourself. Kraków is also a good starting point for a road trip into neighbouring Slovakia, a country which only has a limited number of inward flights via the capital Bratislava.

For anyone considering a multicity tour of Poland, it’s also easy enough to continue onwards by train from Kraków to either Lodz or the Polish capital Warsaw, although if your aim is to travel around smaller towns to the south or to the west and to focus more on rural areas rather than big cities, then a hire car might still be useful.

When compared with Western European countries, Polish rail services are generally very cheap, with first-class tickets available for a small supplement, although the rail network as a whole is generally lacking in investment. Some visitors might prefer to make inter-city journeys by coach.

Why should you rent a car in Krakow?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Krakow?

Krakow Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

60%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€95

 #97/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €105

38/300

 

Free parking score

Total 592 - of which 65 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

11%

#273/300

 
  • Kraków car hire makes sense for driving around small towns.
  • Ideal for visiting the Tatra mountains – and faster than taking trains here.
  • Rail network is slow and out-dated in many places.
 

Why not? Visiting Krakow without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Krakow public transport quick facts

Train score

 

50%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

60%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Krakow. 

80%

  • No need to travel around major cities in the region, including to Katowice.
  • City of Kraków has wealth of cultural attractions – no need to leave city at all on a shorter break!
  • Excellent public transport within Kraków.
  • Historical industrial attractions are within easy reach by public transport.
  • Tatra mountains by train – slower than driving and indirect, but still workable.
  • Trains are ideal for multi-city itineraries – see also Warsaw and Poznan car hire advice.
  • Wieliczka salt mine – an easy excursion by train or bus from Krakow http://www.wieliczka-saltmine.com/.

Verdict

Should you rent a car in Kraków? On balance, our Kraków car hire advice is that there is certainly no need to get one here for the most popular urban attractions, but that a rental car might be useful for some visitors.

Ratings

Car rental in - Krakow Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Krakow?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Krakow?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Krakow?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Krakow if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Krakow if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Krakow if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Krakow on the Carornocar scale?

6

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Krakow?

Have you driven in Krakow? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Krakow?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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