Is Krakow Cheap and Worth to Visit? (Things to Do, Accommodations on a Budget and Useful Tips)

If you are wondering is Krakow cheap and worth to visit, Libellule brings you the answer as well as useful tips and accommodations on a budget.

Let’s talk about this beautiful city and you come to the conclusion whether it is really worth it!

Is Krakow Worth to Visit?

Despite the mass misconception that Krakow is a small town with a nice old-fashioned look, that is not true.

After Warsaw, Krakow is the largest city in Poland, located in its southern part on the banks of the Wisla River.

Krakow leaves the impression of a forgotten town from the past. That medieval charisma that has one of the oldest cities in Poland is exactly what attracts the largest number of tourists.

We single out what makes it worth visiting.

The Main Square

Rynek Glówny or the main square is visited by every tourist who comes to Krakow. This is one of the largest squares in Europe and certainly one of the most beautiful medieval squares. 

Its dominant feature is St. Mary’s Basilica in a typical reddish color. Entrance to the Basilica will cost you less than $3.

The atmosphere in the square is fairytale and there are pigeons everywhere. You will want to take pictures with many fancy and colorful horse and-buggy carriages.

Is Krakow Cheap and Worth to Visit? (Things to Do, Accommodations on a Budget and Useful Tips)

The central place is occupied by the monument to the poet Adam Mickiewicz, in the hinterland of which is the famous Sukienica Hall, one of the symbols of Krakow.

In the alley of Sukienica, there is a market where you can find a variety of goods and souvenirs that are much cheaper here than souvenir shops.

Is Krakow Cheap and Worth to Visit? (Things to Do, Accommodations on a Budget and Useful Tips)

Wawel Royal Castle

Wawel is another location in Krakow that should not be missed. This hill on which the castle of the same name is located is one of the most representative symbols of the city.

The legend of the dragon is probably the most famous of the many legends associated with this city. According to that legend, in the time of King Krakus, a dragon appeared that settled in a cave below the Wawel Hill.

Today, a cave remains a legend, and a monument to the dragon that occasionally spits fire has been erected.


At the top of the hill is Wawel Castle. Entrance to the castle circle is free, but entry to individual buildings – museums, royal rooms, etc. charges (as well as the entrance to the aforementioned cave, which is entered from the castle courtyard, and exits at the dragon statue). See the prices here.

In addition to the castle, tourists are advised to see the Cathedral of St. Wenceslas and St. Stanislaw Biskup.

The terrible history of Auschwitz

A sad and terrible history awaits you 70 kilometers from Krakow. After all, Auschwitz it is undoubtedly one of the strongest experiences and indeed worth a visit.

Today, these camps function as a historical museum with many well-preserved artifacts that remind us of the atrocities that took place during World War II.

The entrance to Auschwitz costs about $10.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

If you have enough time, be sure to visit the old Wieliczka salt mine. It offers you a walk around the impressive salt lakes and an adventurous miner’s journey. Are the mine walls really salty? See for yourself. They are allowed to lick there.
You will need $20 for this pleasure.

The Best Time to Visit Krakow

Best time of year is early summer or early autumn, when you can sit outside and watch the world go by. Winter is nice but in Krakow we have severe air pollution, which makes spending time outside an issue.

Things to Do

Depending on what you like Krakow offers something for everyone.

Are you a nightlife lover? Then Kazimierz is where you go – it’s a place with a lot of bars and restaurants and generally preferred by the crowd.

Are you into history or medieval architecture? Then no place better than Wawel. There are a lot of cathedrals, museums and a royal palace too!

Do you want to spend some active time? Go kayaking. There’re kayaks for rent on the Wisla river. Also, there are bikes for rent for a nice and easy ride along the river.

Is it food tourism that you are after? There’s a lot of restaurants catering to every cuisine and every taste. See the best restaurants offer here.

Find more things to do in Krakow.

Is Krakow Cheap?

Well, it all depends on what you want. If you stay in hostels and avoid luxury restaurants Krakow with quite affordable. Especially in comparison to Western Europe.
See a detailed price list of everything you are interested in.
To save money and spend more quality time, read our useful tips.

Useful Tips

1. Every day there are some museums with free admission. So check out the exact days and keep that in mind while planning your stay in the city.

2. By the way, the zloty is the national value of Poland and is approximately 0.25 euro or 0.21 dollars. Payment is exclusively in euros, so exchange money on time to buy tickets, souvenirs, etc.

3. What you have to prepare for if you go by car, is a traffic jam – a crazy traffic jam. So, we advise you to use public transport to get to the center.

4. From the airport, there are 2 buses during the day and 1 bus during the night that have a good connection between the airport and the train station in the city center. 

It takes 30-40 minutes to get to the train station and it costs 4 zł/$1 (it’s 89 zł/$22 if you go by taxi). Make sure you have exact coins to pay the fare in the bus.

5. Every hostel or tour agency offers tours to Auschwitz and Birkenau. But if you go by public transport it’s much cheaper and more flexible.

6. When you walk around Krakow you’ll see plenty of golf carts racing around with the typical tourist in them. But Krakow is small enough to explore on foot. So save yourself the money and experience more of the city.

7. Sukienica is the market where you can find a variety of goods and souvenirs that are much cheaper here than souvenir shops in bars along the perimeter of the square.

8. “Restaurant” is the Polish word for “restaurant”, so if you are looking for a place for lunch, do not hesitate to enter the building with such an inscription.

9. Krakow is said to have more bars per capita than any other European city. What you need to know is that consuming alcohol in a public place in Poland is forbidden and you must be moderate in drinking.

10. While many hostels say in their descriptions that they are not “party hostels” check in any case. While they might not have a bar or club, most hostels organize hours of drinking games before taking guests on nightly pub crawls to the aforementioned tourist-ridden nightclubs.

11. Just avoid sushi because isn’t very good in Poland, but the rest is very tasty!

Accommodations on a Budget?

Krakow has become a top destination for budget travelers. Furthermore, Krakow has some of the best hostels in Europe and they are cheap.

Krakow has around 50 hostels. A bed in a highly-rated hostel will cost anywhere from about $11- $16 a night.

The cheapest hostel you’ll find will cost around $7 a night but the quality probably won’t be great.

While it is commonplace in many hostels to offer a basic breakfast with your dorm bed, the majority of Krakow hostels add in a free dinner.

We suggest only the best for you.

Mosquito Old Town Apartments

“Great location, lovely apartment, great communication with the owner.”Pamela from Ireland

Mosquito Hostel is an excellent award-winning hostel with a very lively and welcoming atmosphere. The staff is super friendly and they offer nightly social activities as well as free breakfast and nightly dinners.

A walk to the Main Square takes only 3 minutes and the Wawel Castle can be reached in 5 minutes on foot.

Price starts around $17-$20 per night on Agoda. For more details and booking click on the image!

Ginger ApartHostel

“A super comfy bed! It is one of the comfiest beds I have ever slept on in a hostel!” – Océane from Belgium

Another superb hostel is Ginger ApartHostel. Situated in the best-rated area in Kraków, this property has an excellent location score of 9.5!

As the name suggests, it is a place to stay when you want to party and is a great choice if you like the crowd.

The property is located 1.2 mi from Wawel Royal Castle, 1.3 mi from Wisla Krakow Stadium, and 2.1 mi from St. Mary’s Basilica.

The cheapest price for one adult is only $10 per night on Agoda. For more details and booking click on the image!


“Nice, clean and quiet place in a short walking distance to the historical center of Krakow“ – Pavel from Czech Republic

Situated in the real heart of Krakow, Libroom features city views and free WiFi, 800 m from Cloth Hall and less than 1 km from St. Mary’s Basilica.

The property is clean, comfortable, well equipped, and quiet. The Staff is really kind and polite and the price-quality ratio is outstanding.

The price for the night is as low as $18 on Agoda. For more details and booking click on the image!

Find more deals on HotelsCombined.

Final Thoughts

Please note that rates vary depending on the date of booking.

Also, before traveling to Krakow, find out about the conditions of entry into Poland by contacting the consulate in your country.

So as you can see from everything we have presented to you Krakow is cheap and worth a visit.

We hope that the tips for saving money and time will help you and that you are satisfied with the offer of accommodation on a budget.

If you like the text leave a comment below or if you have already visited Krakow, send us a story.

You may also be interested in one more beautiful destination on a budget Why You Would Fall in Love With Montenegro (The Best Places to Visit While Saving Money).

Stay safe and cheers!

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4 thoughts on “Is Krakow Cheap and Worth to Visit? (Things to Do, Accommodations on a Budget and Useful Tips)”

  1. Another wonderful article regarding a magnificent tourist destination! I am always in awe at how concise and inclusive your posts are. You always offer ranges of places to stay, transportation ideas, sites to see, and even tips if you’re traveling to a particular destination!

    Krakow looks lovely. I can’t wait to get back to traveling abroad this year. You have definitely piqued my interest in Poland. One of my friends is from Poland and she speaks highly of the country. Next time I see her I’ll be sure to ask her about Krakow.

    I also like how you added Auschwitz as a destination to visit. We all need to believe and remember what atrocities happened during WWII so we do not repeat them.

    Thank you for such a remarkable post. I’m definitely filing this in my bookmarks of possible places to visit!


    • Thank you so much Nina, so glad you like the article! You can never go wrong with Krakow and you will surely be delighted. Keep following for more amazing destinations and travel ideas. All the best!

  2. What an interesting, open looking, old city. There seems to be plenty of wide old streets with no cars on them. I love this. It makes it very relaxing and easy to walk around and take in the local culture.

    I think If I was given the opportunity to lick the salt mines that i would probably pass it up…. $20 to lick a wall that maybe many others have already licked?????? hmm, but thanks for the suggestion :-)

    Krakow is another place I will have to add to my bucket list….. although I am a bit put off by the thought of lots of traffic jams and pollution.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Andrew, thanks for sharing your opinion about Krakow. Your minute about licking is funny. That is truth, it is a part for too curious folks definitely lol! Don’t worry about traffic jams, it refers to a part of Krakow, the old town and what is really remarkable in this city you can see relaxed and in peace. Keep following!


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