Poland's second largest city happens to be more charming, historically significant and better preserved than the country's capital. It also enjoys excellent, fast rail links with trains arriving from Warsaw, as well as from Wroclaw and Lodz. InterCity trains depart Warsaw every hour and take around 2.5 hours. There are several services from Wroclaw each day which take around 3.5 hours. Visitors can also reach Krakow from neighbouring countries by taking an overnight train. These depart each evening from Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin.
Krakow Central Railway Station (Dworzec Główny PKP) is the city's main train station. The station is conveniently located near to the Old Town in the heart of Krakow, just a couple of minutes walk to the main square, sites and shops. This ultra-modern station is the hub for urban and suburban trains as well as for national and international train services.
Most national rail services and some international services in Poland are operated by Polish State Railways (Polskie Koleje Państwowe SA), especially the intercity services. Regional services are operated by Przewozy Regionalne. Some of the rail services from international cities are operated by other state providers, including Ö BB Nightjet for services from Austria and Deutsche Bahn for trains from Germany.
With excellent frequent links from other major cities, both national and international, rail is the most efficient way to reach Krakow. The central location of the city's modern railway station also makes life easy for visitors. Rail travel in Poland is also affordable, especially when compared to many other European countries.
Most attractions and significant sites are found in the city's UNESCO listed medieval old town, but it's worth venturing just a little further. Lying to the south of the centre is the UNESCO-protected Kazimierz district, a historic Jewish Quarter where visitors can find out more about the story of Polish Jewish culture, both past and present. Krakow is not just a celebration of Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture. Take a visit to the Nowa Huta region to take in the Brutalist Soviet-era architecture, and be sure to stop for an ice cream in Plac Centralny.