Airport location, terminals and transportation
John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice is located 10 km from Krakow, in the small city of Balice. The airport is the second in the passenger traffic among air hubs in Poland. It was built as a military airfield but it started to serve the civil aviation in 1964. When the airport stopped serving the military aviation in 1972, the passenger terminal was built here. Then, other terminals were built. The airport was repeatedly rebuilt and restored. In 1995, it was renamed after Pope John Paul II who had long been a Krakowian Archbishop.
The airport is actively used by low-cost hauliers. KRK accepts airplanes in two air-strips. Every year, it services about 7 million passengers.
From the airport, you can travel to the city by through train, bus (#252, 208, 902, the bus stop is located near the terminal), transfer, taxi (the taxi rank is near the terminal) or rented car. The airport has the long haul and international bus service.
Rental offices, how to find them, where to return car
At the airport, you can rent a car from several international dealers: Avis, Budget, Enterprise rent a car, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, National, Sixt, Fox rent a car. In the terminal, the following regional companies provide car rental services: 99rent, Car Free rent a car, Car Net, Express Rent a Car, Global rent a car, Panek, Right-car, Movi, Carsson.
Offices of car rental companies are located in the passenger terminal at the departure level: companies’ stands are at the first level, near the air crossing that links the terminal with the garage the hotel and the station.
Rented cars are received and returned to the territory of the garage. It is recommended to book the car model you prefer in advance. In this case, companies guarantee that you will get exactly this car model.
Long-term and short-term parking, hotels nearby
There are several parking areas in front of the passenger terminal: the outdoor lot for different vehicles, including buses and taxis, P2; the multi-level garage P1; the parking area for hotel guests P3. You can park your car in the special area for the loading and unloading of passengers in front of the terminal for no more than 10 minutes. Parking lots have two tariffs (long-term and short-term) depending on the duration of stay.
There is Hilton Garden Inn in the territory of John Paul II Airport. The hotel is located within walking distance from the terminal. There are many hotels with different service qualities 9-10 km from the airport: Krowoderska Apartments, Angel City Wawel, Zulian Aparthotel by Artery Hotels, Hotel Europejski, In Point Centrum Apartments, Concordia Apartments, PURO Kraków Kazimierz, Apartment Prestige.