Kraków is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and arguably in Central Europe as a whole, with rich and exciting historical structures, squares and neighborhoods, and excellent Polish restaurants (take the example of the E. Wedel Chocolate Lounge, which offers visitors luxurious hot chocolate in a beautiful location)! Make the most of your visit by exploring the city and its surroundings thoroughly with a rental car. Book today!
May and June are particularly beautiful months of the year to visit Kraków, when trees and flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer. The warmest and busiest tourist months of the year in the city are July and August.
Polish is the official language of Poland, and all street and tourist signs will be in Polish, though you may find explanations in English at the busiest tourist attractions. Some familiarity with Polish is recommended for longer self-drive tours. Younger generations will likely have some training in English. Older generations are more likely to speak French, German, or Russian.
Kraków is in the Central European Time Zone, UTC+1.
The currency is the Polish złoty and while most restaurants, shops, and even buses in larger cities like Kraków will accept major credit cards, it’s a good idea to have some cash on hand to purchase food or goods in small towns, post offices and some smaller businesses. ATMs are typically very easy to find, and exchange offices are frequent in larger cities.
Car hire is available in 11 locations throughout Kraków, including at John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice (KRK), the bus and railway stations, and downtown Kraków.
As a signing member of the Schengen Agreement, Poland accepts visitors visa-free from countries such as the EU, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Australia. Citizens of other countries will be required to apply for a visa before they arrive and are permitted to stay for up to three months.
You’ll want to avoid driving in the city center, but otherwise Kraków is fairly navigable via car. If you’re planning on staying for a number of days in the city center, consider renting a car only for when you plan to drive outside the city to avoid the stress of parking, particularly as long-term rentals don’t promise significant daily rate discounts.
Car hire in Kraków typically starts at around $10 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Kraków:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
The rental company Comfort Car Rental offers cars for just under $17 a day at their locations throughout the city all year round, including at the airport, the bus and railway stations, and downtown Kraków. This is typically the lowest price throughout the city regardless of how far in advance you book your car.
However, if you book from John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice (KRK) within 1 to 6 months before your arrival, the companies Right Cars and Green Motion can often offer rental cars at around $12 a day and sometimes as low $9 a day!
Usually you only save about $0.10 when you extend your rental period to over a week, particularly when renting from Comfort Car Rental.