Frequently asked questions

Does the school help in getting a visa?

In all visa matters, please turn to one of the Polish diplomatic offices whose addresses are provided on the website of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For the students who enrolled in the Polish language course the school issues documents confirming their enrolment in the course and payment of a relevant deposit. These documents usually help in obtaining visas.
We do not issue invitations.

Which documents do I need while crossing the Polish border?

An ID card or a passport are sufficient documents to cross the Polish border for residents of the EU member states. The residents of other countries mostly need to have a visa.

How much do I have to pay for a dinner?

For example:

Food
pierogi ruskie (dumplings with traditional filling made of cottage cheese, onion and ...): 10 zl
kotlet schabowy z frytkami: (kotlet in crunchy layer with fries): 17 zl
bigos (traditional Polish dish made of, among others, cabbage, mushrooms, meat): 8 zl
kebab: 10 zl
pizza margherita: 17 zl

Drinks
beer 0,5: 7 zl
orange juice: 5 zl
tea: 5 zl
coffee: 7 zl

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Can I pay with euro in Poland?

Unfortunately no. Poland's official currency is still złoty (zł or PLN), 1 złoty is 100 groszy

1 zł = ~0,25 €

You can change money in banks, most larger hotels and bureaus de change. You will find the best exchange rate in the city centre, but not at the railway station. Most shops accept credit cards. You can cash traveller's cheques in larger banks, in general, however, cheques are not very popular here.

Which phone numbers and adresses do I need to know?

Poland dialing code: +48 (0048)
Kraków dialing code: 12 (eg. +48 12 422 60 91)

Tourist Information: ul. Pawia 8, tel. 12 422 60 91
Cultural Information Center: Św. Jana 2, tel. 12 421 77 87
PTTK: Ul. Westerplatte 5, tel. 12 422 26 76
 
997 Police
99 Ambulance
998 Fire brigade
986 City guards
112 Emergency number (to dial from mobile telephones)

Medical information: +48 12 661 22 40

Road assistance:
- Auto Hol PEK: +48 501 187 877
- Road assistance Jerzy Piasecki: +48 501 069 357, +48 501 449 291, +48 12 658 00 33
- Auto Hol: +48 601 510 381
- Road assistance Andrzej Papież: +48 601 534 333, +48 12 657 95 78

How to get to Kraków?

By train or by bus:
The Main Railway Station and the Main Bus Station are situated next to each other in the city centre.  At the stations there are also stops for private bus lines to Wieliczka, Oświęcim, Zakopane, Częstochowa, Pieskowa Skała and other places.

By plane:
You can also fly to Kraków with one of the cheap airlines, but to do so you should book your ticket as early as possible.
The International Airport Kraków-Balice is about 15 km from Kraków. You can get to the city centre by taxi or by bus.

By bus: With the busses: 208, 292 (Airport - Nowy Kleparz, Krakow Main Station, Rondo Mogilskie), night bus 902 (Airport - Krakow Main Station), Travel time: 35 min.

If you want to take a taxi from the airport, it would be best to call one of the taxi corporations. When using your mobile phone, first dial +4812 (dialling code). 

      Ikar (the cheapest one) 653 55 55
      Mega 19625
      Ekspres Taxi 9629
      Lajkonik 267 35 35
      Barbakan Taxi 9661

A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs about 70 zl (20 €).

By car:
When driving from the western border, the most convenient way to get to Kraków is the A4 toll motorway.
The city centre has three parking zones (A, B, and C). The A and B zones are only available for the local residents or holders of special permits. If you want to get near the centre by car, find a public car park (in zone C) or a manned car park and leave your car there. You can buy a parking ticket for zone C from special car park machines called "parkomaty", which can be found in parking areas (1h costs 3 PLN)

Public transport - MPK:
You can buy tram and bus tickets at any newsagent's and shop with the label "Sprzedaż biletów MPK" (public transport tickets available here), from ticket machines at bus/tram stops or from the tram/bus driver.
 
Important: only students with valid Euro 26 card or ISIC Card are entitled to discounts on public transportation.