Where to stay in Krakow to visit this pretty Polish city? Among the best areas to stay in Krakow on a first trip are Stare Miasto, Kazimierz and Podgorze. Find out more about each of these neighborhoods, as well as the best Airbnb hotels and apartments to stay in Krakow, in this blog post.
- Best neighborhoods 🛌
- Nice hotels to stay in Krakow 💫
- Best apartments ✨
- How to get from Krakow airport to the city center? ✈️
- What to do in Krakow: TOP 10 must-sees 🤩
1. Best areas to stay in Krakow
Stare Miasto, Kazimierz and Podgorze are the best areas to stay in Krakow on a first trip.
Stare Miasto, or Krakow’s Old Town. This area is a perfect place to stay in Krakow. The main attractions of Krakow are located in this district. Here are some good addresses for hotels and apartments where to stay in the Stare Miasto district of Krakow.
- Hotel Jan: an excellent location, spacious rooms, a very good breakfast and a view of the city!
- Academia Apartments: studios, but also larger apartments tastefully decorated. Ideal if you want to visit Krakow as a couple and have accommodation with a kitchen.
Kazimierz. This district is the home of Jewish culture in Krakow. Here, there are 7 synagogues and kosher restaurants and you can listen to klezmer music concerts. The Golden Tulip Krakow Kazimierz hotel is a very good place to stay in Krakow in the Kazimierz district.
Podgorze. It is here, in this district, that the Jewish ghetto of Krakow was created during the Second World War. The Plaza Boutique Hotel is a good place to stay in Krakow on the other side of the Vistula river.
2. Best hotels to stay in Krakow
Accommodation prices in Krakow, and in Poland in general, are more affordable than in France or Western Europe.
Hotel Polski Pod Białym Orłem: located in a quiet street, a 4-minute walk from Krakow’s main square, this hotel offers spacious double rooms. The decoration of the rooms recall the history of Poland. A very nice place to stay in Krakow during a couple trip.
Delta Boutique Aparthotel: located in the Kazimierz district of Krakow, this aparthotel offers several rooms, one of which, on the top floor, has a private balcony. In the same area, there is also the Golden Tulip Krakow Kazimierz hotel that we mentioned above.
Hotel Jan: excellent location, spacious rooms, and very good breakfast and a view of the city!
3. Best apartments to stay in while visiting Krakow
Krakow For You Main Square Apartments: if you are looking for accommodation with a kitchen, this is a very good address where you can book studios for two people, but also apartments with one or two bedrooms. The location is really central, and therefore a perfect place to stay when visiting Krakow.
Academia Apartments: studios, but also larger apartments tastefully decorated. Ideal if you want to visit Krakow as a couple and have accommodation with a kitchen.
4. How to get from the airport to the city center?
In order to reach the city center of Krakow from John Paul II airport, you can take the train, bus, taxi or book an airport transfer in advance.
- We need at least 1 hour to get from the airport to Krakow city center by bus or train, and 30 minutes by taxi.
- The airport transfer booked in advance (reception with a sign in the arrivals hall) costs less than 25 euros: book an airport transfer.
- When choosing the hotel or airbnb to stay in Krakow, also take into account the location in relation to the Krakow train station, if you want to arrive from the airport by train.
Find more information in our blog post: Getting from the airport to the city center of Krakow.
5. What to do in Krakow?
- Seeing Krakow Main Market Square: the largest medieval square in Europe
- Discovering St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow
- Visiting the Auschwitz concentration camps (see more about guided tour in English or another language)
- Tasting Polish cuisine
- Visiting Wawel Cathedral and Wawel Castle
- Descend into the Wieliczka salt mines, also called “the underground salt cathedral of Poland” (prices for the guided tour including transport)
- Admiring the stunning view from the ramparts of Krakow
- Visiting Oskar Schindler’s Factory
- Taking a walk in the Planty park
- Taking a boat trip along the Vistula
Find out more about the TOP 10 must-sees in Krakow in our blog post: Visiting Krakow in 2, 3 or 4 days.
Krakow is a relatively small city. However, before choosing your accommodation in Krakow, it is important to understand where the historical center of the city is located. If we take the Stare Miasto district as a reference point for research, it is very good.