The road to Zakopane is very known and almost everybody in Poland know how to get to Zakopane by car. But what when you don’t go by car? Or it’s high touristic season right know and you don’t want to spend many hours in traffics? What if our hotel or pension is outside the city center or even outside Zakopane? How organize all those things, to have a nice and fast way to Zakopane? We give you some advices how to get to Zakopane!
Getting to Zakopane by car
Nowdays almost every driver have a navigation or GPS in your mobile phone. So, there’s no problem with finding a proper way from point A to point B.
But getting to Zakopane is often the problem, because of big tourist trafiics, not very good roads, traffic jams and roads’ renovations. In these situations it’s good to use below advices:
1. Check the route before going
Even if you already have been in Zakopane and you know the way, check in the Internet, if there’s no roads’ renovations right now and how big is car traffic. Do it just before you go – one or two days before. You can use Google maps to do this, which can show you intensity of car traffic and roads’ renovations. It’s good to check the news on our website and Facebook – we always inform about difficulties on the roads 🙂
2. Prepare for traffic jams
Unfrtunatelly, many tourists, that come to Podhale Region don’t think about the fact, that thousands or hundreds of thousands other people had the same thought as they: let’s go to Zakopane for a weekend/summer holidays/winter holidays! So, if you’re planning to come to Zakopane in summer time, weekend, Christmas, New Year or winter holidays, you should be aware that for 100% there will be traffics on the road to Zakopane. More and more tourists come to Zakopane also for a weekend in low touristic season – if there’s a nice weather in October, November or April, many people come to Podhale Region. But you can prepare for traffics and find a way to skip them.
3. Don’t be afraid of detours
If you’ve read two points above and you know, that there are goingo to be traffics on you way, don’t be afraid of detours, even if you drive this road for the first time. Of course, you should prepare first. Check, which way you can go to skip traffics.
Now, many parts of the road from Cracow to Zakopane are renovated (road No. 47) and it can last even until 2020, because there are plans to renovate the whole Cracow-Zakopane road .
Usually, the biggest traffics are in Lubień, Chabówka, Kilkuszowa, Biały Dunajec and Poronin.
- if there are really big traffics, you can go from Cracow through Wadowice, Czarny Dunajec and Nowe Bystre – the way is little bit longer, but you’ll skip all the traffics. From Czarny Dunajec you can go through Chochołów (green line on the map), but now in Chochołów and Kościelisko there are also roads’ renovations, so there may be traffics. Better option is to go through Nowe Bystre (red line on the map)
- to skip the most jammed part of the Cracow-Zakopane road, which is the part Nowy Targ-Zakopane, it’s a good idea to go through Białka Tatrzańska and Murzasichle (red line on the map). But it’s important, that in winter time there may be traffics in Białka Tatrzańska as well (there are really good ski slopes there), but you can skip them, when in Gronków you’ll turn right to Groń and Leśnica (green line on the map) and then you’ll go through Bukowina Tatrzańska and Murzasichle to Zakopane.
- to skip the traffics in the part of the Zakopane-Cracow road, you can also go through Mszana Dolna and Rabka Zdrój.
It’s always good to note the screens located along the road – there’s always information about roads’ renovations and estimated time of travel.
Getting to Zakopane from Cracow
If you’re planning to go from Cracow to Zakopane and you don’t want to or cannot go by car, there’s some fast and cheap ways to do this:
1. Polski Bus
It’s the Polish bus line, that goes not only in Poland, but also abroad. If you know the time of departure and buy ticket in advance, it can happen, that you’ll pay only 1 PLN! If you are less lucky, you’ll pay 8, 9, 10 or 14 PLN. It’s still not much, because the standard price is 20 PLN.
This opption has one disadvantage – the buses to Zakopane always start their route from the other town, e.g. form Warsaw and the Cracow is on their way. Sometimes happens, that the bus come to Cracow delayed. But it’s still a really good option to get to Zakopane 🙂
These buses departure from the second floor of the main bus station in Cracow (18, Bosacka Street)
You can check the timetable and prices HERE.
2. Szwagropol and Majer Bus
They’re the most popular bus lines on the route Cracow-Zakopane. They go almost every hour, so there’s no problem to plan everythink well. One way ticket for an adult costs 19 PLN. These buses go from the second floor of the main bus station in Cracow (18, Bosacka Street). If you’re buying an online ticket , you have to be on the bus station at the latest 10 minutes before departure.
Going by Szwagropol or Majer Bus it’s probably the best option – even if there are big traffics, the drivers know very well how to skip them 🙂 Additional advance – they go everyday, besides 25th December, Easter (only the first day) Corpus Christi and the 1st November.
Train usually goes longer than bus (about 3 hours), but it has an essential advantage – it doesn’t stuck in traffic jams. Getting to Zakopane by train can be a really good idea during winter holidays (especially at the weekends), Christmas, New Year and summer. You’ll go 3 hours, that’s true, but by bus or car sometimes it can be the same or even longer. It happens, that there’s already no seats avaliable in the bus and you’ll have to stand all way – and there’s alwaysenough space in train 🙂
A train ticket for an adult costs from 14 to 25 PLN. Timetables and prices you can find HERE.
Getting to Zakopane from Warsaw
There are not so many ways to get to Zakopane from Warsaw, but they still are 🙂
1. Polski Bus
If you didn’t read previous paragraph, we inform, that Polski Bus is a bus line, going in Poland but also abroad. The bus goes directly to Zakopane and stays only in Radom, Kielce and Cracow on the way. Prices are different: sometimes you can buy a ticket for 1 PLN only, but usually it’s 20, 30 or 40 PLN.
Prices and timetables are HERE.
There is only one direct train connection between Warsaw and Zakopane. But good way is to go from Warsaw to Cracow by train, and then go from Cracow to Zakopane by bus. Trains from Warsaw to Cracow go really often and buses from Cracow to Zakopane go almost every hour, sometimes even every half an hour. We’re sure you’ll find a good connection for yourself.
Timetable for train you can check HERE.
More details about getting from Cracow to Zakopane, you’ll find in the paragraph above Getting to Zakopane from Cracow.
Bla Bla Car
It’s a really good option for one person or two people – it’s a bad idea to use Bla Bla Car when you travel with a whole family. Bla Bla Car is a website, that connects drivers and passenger. Describing it really shortly: when someone goes by car, e.g.. from Warsaw to Zakopane, he register this drive on Bla Bla Car website and determine the price for passengers. Someone else is looking for a transport on the same route, he finds a driver on Bla Bla Car website and they go together. The driver pays less for the petrol and the passenger has fast and cheap connection.
Now, by Bla Bla Car website you can find a transport even to the other part of the Europe. Registration is free, so you can always try this option.
Getting outside the Zakopane and surrounding villages
If you hotel or pension is located outside the Zakopane center or even outside the Zakopane, you don’t always have to go to the center first.
If your hotel or pension is located in one of below villages, going to the city center won’t be necessairy:
1. Szaflary, Biały Dunajec, Bańska Niżna, Poronin
If you go from Cracow by Szwagropol or Majer Bus buses, you can tell the driver, that you want to get out of the bus on a bus stop in one of above villages. They’re all located along the road Cracow-Zakopane, so it won’t be a problem. But if you go by Polski Bus, it’s not possible, because it doesn’t stop on the bus stops on the way, so you have to go to the bus station in the Zakopane center.
If you travel by train, there are also train stations in Szaflary, Biały Dunajec and Poronin, so you can get out of the train there.
2. Białka Tatrzańska i Bukowina Tatrzańska
To these villages you can go directly from Cracow – there’s special bus line of Szwagropol company, that goes from Cracow to Bukowina Tatrzańska, through Białka Tatrzańska. It goes several times a day and thanks to that you can save much time (especially in high season!) instead of going to Zakopane and then to Białka or Bukowina Tatrzańska.
Timetable you can fing HERE.
3. Zakopane: Ustup and Harenda
They’re Zakopane’s disctricts, located on the way of bus from Cracow to Zakopane. If you travel by Szwagropol or Majer Bus buses, you should ask the driver to stop on a Ustup bus stop. Harenda is located nearby, on your right.
If your hotel or pension is located in other parts of Zakopane or in other villages, the best idea is going to the bus station in the Zakopane center, and taking a proper bus from there. More information about that you can read in the article below:
We hope, that you’ll use those advices and go to Zakopane fast, safely and comfortable! Let us know, if that kind of advises are useful for you and what whould you like to read about!