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Jac

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Poland, Tatras. advice please
« on: 11:10:11, 14/07/17 »
Hi All
We're off to walk in the Polish Tatras in a couple of weeks staying in the huts. These we have booked.

We fly into Krakow then need to get to Zakopane, where we've a hotel booked for the first and last nights.
Coming back we need one night accomodation in Krakow so we can get to the airport for our earlyish flight home.

Any advice/information/suggestions gratefully received re travel, what to pack or not to take, suggestions on accomodation in Krakow in fact on absolutely anything that might be helpful.

Thank you
Most walks start by finding the way out of the car park

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Re: Poland, Tatras. advice please
« Reply #1 on: 18:27:19, 14/07/17 »

Hi Jac,

When you arrive into Krakow airport there are three options for getting into Krakow itself.

1. The airport train shuttle - cheap as chips

Turn right out of the airport and there is usually a small bus that will take you to the station.  If not don't panic as it's only a 5minute walk anyway.  After having turned right, just keep walking and you will see the station on your right after about 200m or so.  Once on the train find the guard/ ticket collector and ask for a ticket.

2. The bus - even cheaper than chips a mere 4zloty last time I did it if my memory serves me right

The bus leaves from right outside the airport front (exit airport and turn right, walk about 50 steps and bingo).  You need to purchase a ticket before you travel at the machine, at the bus stop.  Someone will help you, if you ask, with getting the right ticket - most people in Krakow will happily speak English too.  Once on the bus and ONLY when the bus sets off, make sure you validate your ticket in one of the ticket punching machines.  The reason I say this is because your ticket will be valid for 40mins from the time you punch it.  Guess how I know about this  :D

3. Taxi - not as expensive as UK but still in comparison to bus or train, expensive. It really will only cost about 10GBP to get into Krakow.  It isn't expensive in Poland... as you will discover.

Getting to Zakopane:

1. Bus (coach) - preferred option and cost me 21 Zloty (3GBP) return!  Buses go very regularly from the bus station which is located just behind the railway station (Cracow Glowny).  Buy a ticket before you travel in the bus station concourse.  Once in Zakopane (about 1.5hrs travel time) the bus station is outside the main town but it is not a long walk and it is very picturesque!

2. Train - this takes an absolute age to get to Zakopane and although not an arm and a leg for the ticket, it is much more than the bus.  I can't remember the frequency of the trains but I think every other hour and on your return you need to head for the Bialystok trains, but I would advise the bus option personally.

Can't help with accommodation other than Trip Advisor or Booking.com that's who I have used before. The only place I stayed was the Radison Blu on the edge of the Planty (Park which runs all the way around the town center).  Very nice hotel but geared for tourists and charges accordingly  :(

As for eating in Krakow, there are so many places it is untrue.  I tend to walk to the south of the town and head for Kazimierz.  There are lots of small restaurants and places to eat.  You can get a pretty good impression from Trip Advisor.  I have eaten here:


https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g274772-d1749958-Reviews-Restauracja_Starka-Krakow_Lesser_Poland_Province_Southern_Poland.html


The food and service was excellent.... Ooooo and I got a free Polish Hazelnut Vodka... gorgeous!!


Many of the eateries around the main square in Krakow are a little more expensive, but it still won't break the bank!

These websites may help:

https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/krakow-airport_36403v
http://www.krakow-info.com/transpor.htm

Zakopane is much smaller and I was only there for a day, but you won't struggle to find what you need there.

I'm sure you will have an amazing time in Poland.  I have been numerous times and I love it.  It is cheap to eat, drink and travel (if you know how) and the people can't do enough for you.  [/size]If you have any questions then PM me and I will try to help more if I can.

Hope this helps
Cheers
Lee
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Jac

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Re: Poland, Tatras. advice please
« Reply #2 on: 23:43:07, 14/07/17 »
Thanks, Lee. That is hugely helpful.
Have you walked in the Tatras when you've been there?
Most walks start by finding the way out of the car park

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Re: Poland, Tatras. advice please
« Reply #3 on: 00:49:18, 15/07/17 »

As for eating in Krakow, there are so many places it is untrue.  I tend to walk to the south of the town and head for Kazimierz.  There are lots of small restaurants and places to eat.  You can get a pretty good impression from Trip Advisor.  I have eaten here:


https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g274772-d1749958-Reviews-Restauracja_Starka-Krakow_Lesser_Poland_Province_Southern_Poland.html


The food and service was excellent.... Ooooo and I got a free Polish Hazelnut Vodka... gorgeous!!



And if anyone wants to try this in this country - my recommendation is the 'Barbikan' in York. Polish & Eastern European food, freshly cooked and good helpings.... and they have also been known to throw in the occasional free Polish vodka (hazelnut was my favourite)  O0
Because of our experiences there it has made us think that Krakow could very well be a great place to go. Hope you enjoy Poland and looking forward to your TR.
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Re: Poland, Tatras. advice please
« Reply #4 on: 18:51:06, 15/07/17 »
Thanks, Lee. That is hugely helpful.
Have you walked in the Tatras when you've been there?

Hi Jac,

No I didn't do any walking in Poland at all, in fact it was a February when I visited Zakopane and knee deep in snow everywhere.  Very nice to look at the mountains though.

Cheers
Lee

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Re: Poland, Tatras. advice please
« Reply #5 on: 13:42:11, 16/07/17 »

1. The airport train shuttle - cheap as chips

Turn right out of the airport and there is usually a small bus that will take you to the station.  If not don't panic as it's only a 5minute walk anyway.  After having turned right, just keep walking and you will see the station on your right after about 200m or so.  Once on the train find the guard/ ticket collector and ask for a ticket.

Getting to Zakopane:

1. Bus (coach) - preferred option and cost me 21 Zloty (3GBP) return!  Buses go very regularly from the bus station which is located just behind the railway station (Cracow Glowny).  Buy a ticket before you travel in the bus station concourse.  Once in Zakopane (about 1.5hrs travel time) the bus station is outside the main town but it is not a long walk and it is very picturesque!



Lee's advice, especially those quoted above, is good - best options in my opinion, and I've done it half a dozen times myself!  O0


As for walking from Zakopane, there are lots of options. A system of minibuses runs to all the main areas (Morskie Oko, Chokolowska Valley, Kuznice, etc) and cost a few zloty - these go from assorted stops on the roads out to the destination - someone in town will be able to help if you can't find the one you are after, and once you get used to it, it's dead easy!


The walking is good, and all abilities are catered for. If you are walking for a week and using huts, then I imagine that you are on higher mountain paths. If you need any more specific advice, I'll do what I can to help. Otherwise, the Cicerone guide to the Tatras is a useful companion.


https://www.cicerone.co.uk/product/detail.cfm/book/887/title/the-high-tatras#.WWteDITyvIU


Whatever you do, have a great time. It's a wonderful area!  :)