Travel Guide Europe Poland Zakopane



Entrance to Tatra National Park

Entrance to Tatra National Park

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Zakopane is a town in the southern tip of Poland and is the gateway to the Polish side of the High Tatra mountains. It has around 28,000 inhabitants and is a popular place for outdoor activities like hiking, skiing and (mountain)biking.



Getting There

By Plane

Krakow Airport in the area.

By Train

There are around five trains every day from Kraków. It takes three and a half hours, costs around 25 PLN and stops at many small towns along the way. Sleepers go to Warsaw and Wrocław every night as well. The Railway Station is located about 500 metres east of the centre.

By Car

From Kraków take the 2-lane 'Zakopianka' highway: road number 7 to Rabka and then 47 to Zakopane. It takes about one and a half hours, but depends on traffic. Traffic jams on summer weekends are legendary.

By Bus

Several companies ply the route between Kraków and Zakopane. The two biggest are Trans-frej and Szwagropol. A ticket costs 20 PLN and discounts apply.

By Foot

Through Łysa Polana border crossing from Slovakia.



Getting Around

PKS buses according to schedule.

There is a large number of privately owned vans (called mini bus). Most have fixed routes and rates, no schedule. Often there is the possibility of negotiation (route, price, time). Note a driver's telephone number if you think you may need transport later.

Taxi's are another option.




Oscypek, local specialty, smoked sheep's milk cheese.




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Keep Connected


In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.


See also: International Telephone Calls

To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.

Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.

Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.


Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.


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