a VirtualTourist member from Machesney Park asked on Sep 28, 2004
Hello All! I will be in Krakow in November and I am interested in visiting Oswiecim. Can anyone tell me where to go to catch the bus in Krakow. How often does it run and what is the cost? Looking forward to Poland Cheers Steve
Hi. I have not traveled in Oswiecim, but i know it is very known place and there are buses going from Krakow to Oswiecim. You have to visit bus station of Krakow. The cost should not be expensive becouse Oswiecim is not far from Krakow. :)
Osweicim is well worth visiting. It's stark reality. The proofs of the crime are undeniable. You can catch a train directly into Oswiecim. In fact, the train station is less than 2 km from Birkenau and maybe 3 km from Auschwitz I. Both are easy walks. I would guess cost to be in the15/each way range. Frequency is unknown, however, if you look up "rail Poland" or try Eurail you should be able to obtain a schedule (and fares). Last week I took a 4 hours English speaking tour of both camp locations. Cost was about8... well worth it. Make sure you see the stand-up torture booths... you will see the worst torture one can imagine. And the massive collection of empty cans of Zyklon-B gas... that's all the proof a skeptic needs to absolutely know 1.5 millions died there. I do not recommend driving in Poland as the names of the towns are difficult to understand and few people speak enough English to help you if you get into trouble. Chris
Excursion from Cracow to Oswiecim making Tourist Office "CRACOW TOURS" Please - see the link in english: cracow-tours.com/auschwitz_b... Pawel
Thanks for all the help. You guys rock! Cheers Steve
Hi Steve Going from Krakow to Auschwitz by bus is better than the train. The bus will drop you right at the gate to the museum, so you don't have to walk 2-3 kms to get there from the train station. The best bus to catch is the PKS 09:00. The journey takes about 100 minutes and Its arrival dovetails with the showing of the English language version of the film taken by the Russians of the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January 1945. This is immediately followed by an English language guided tour, but you don't have to take this. You can do it yourself, but I suggest you buy a guidebook (3zl). There is no entrance charge to Auschwitz, but there is a donations box if you wish to make a contribution to its maitenance. The PKS (national) bus station was knocked down a few months ago in preparation for redevelopment. So there is now a temporary bus station right in front of the Old Railway Station building. It's rather chaotic, but this is where you catch the 09:00 bus. You can pay the driver as you board - the cost is 10zl (US$3) one way. Best wishes Marisha
Marisha, can I check the bus schedule using this website? rozklad.pkpik.pl/bin/query.e...? Also, do I need to book in advance or just show up at the bus station at 9am to catch the bus to Oswiecim? How about the bus returning back to Krakow? Thanks.
Hi Steve The timetable link you have shown is for trains, not buses. PKP is the national railways and PKS is national buses. I don't have a link for the bus timetable. But I'm sure the 9am bus still runs and no, you don't have to book anything in advance. You can just pay the driver as your board. Returning to Krakow is easy. Go to the PKS bus stop at the back of Auschwitz I. As well as PKS buses, lots of private minibuses going to Krakow stop here. So you won't have to wait more than 15-20 minutes, and probably a lot less. Again, pay the driver as you board. However, you don't mention when you are now planning to visit. 27th January is the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and many major Polish and international commemorative events are being planned on and around this date. Some will be private and the museum will close on those days to the public. So if you have planned a specific date either side of the 27th, let me know and I'll check out if anything is planned on that day. Marisha
Marisha, Thanks for your prompt reply. My plan is to go there around Mid-May to June. And I think I've found the site for buses. http://pks.krakow.pl/search.php?l=2 Since Oswiecim isn't the last stop of the route, I don't know which route to choose in order to go to Oswiecim.
Hi Thanks for the link to the bus schedule. PKP & PKS have recently changed their websites and I have to say they are very impressive now. If you copy and paste this: www.pks.krakow.pl/search.php?id_od=303&l=2&id_do=691 (all one line - no breaks) you should bring up the Krakow - Oswiecim Muzeum timetable. 5th on the list, Service No. 954, looks your best bet as it's direct to the Museum and runs every day throughout the year. It departs at 09:30 and arrives at 10:48, which is perfect. Marisha