One of Poland’s most famous cities, Gdańsk is a port on the Baltic coast. Great for fresh seafood, and one of the country’s biggest tourist destinations.
On the Baltic coast, on the opposite side of Poland to Kraków, Gdańsk (pronounced “guh-dehnsk”) is very much defined by its seafaring history, including the Solidarność movement of the local shipyards, from which contemporary Poland was arguably born. In fact, though Kraków and Gdańsk are 600km apart, both cities share the same river. Gdańsk is a pretty city, with a very different mood to Kraków, and makes a relaxing destination to round off a tour of the country. It’s friendly and great for food. The charming hodgepodge of architectural styles, with waterfront buildings and portside cranes, has made it one of Poland’s biggest tourist destinations.
It’s usually cheaper to fly to Gdańsk from Kraków, and can end up saving you half the time. But there’s something to be said for taking the train and seeing more of Poland’s countryside.
How To Get From Kraków To Gdańsk By Train
The direct train from Kraków to Gdańsk takes at least five hours, but both stations are near the centre of town. You’ll want the faster Express Intercity Premium trains, which are likely to cost around 125zł (27€), depending on how far in advance you book. You might also break the trip up with a couple of days in Warsaw, which lies midway on the route.
Get tickets at the train station or in advance from the easy-to-use PKP train portal, with full timetable, platform, and departure information. Search for Kraków Główny to Gdańsk Główny. Once you’ve chosen a route, click BUY A TICKET and you’ll be taken through to the Intercity booking site.
How To Get From Kraków To Gdańsk By Coach
FlixBus runs direct services from Kraków’s Dworzec Autobusowy, which take 9-10 hours. These may not run daily, so check with a service like 12go. A one-way ticket costs, at time of writing, approximately 100zł (22€). The bus terminal at both ends is attached to the main train station, close to the centre of town.
How To Fly To Gdańsk From Kraków
Both LOT and Ryanair run daily services from John Paul II International in Kraków to Gdańsk, although the Ryanair flights are likely to be much cheaper – as little as 65zł (14€) one-way, at time of writing, compared to at least twice the amount for LOT. Check 12go for availability. Flight times are roughly 1h 15m, although you also have to factor in getting to and from the airport, and pre-departure times. Assume this is 4.5 hours in total.
It takes about 45 minutes from Lech Wałęsa Airport to Gdańsk city centre by public transport, but you can halve that by booking a private transfer to get you to the airport in Kraków and also when you arrive in Gdańsk.
Other Polish Cities You Can Visit From Kraków
You will find a general overview of the transport network on our page How To Travel From Kraków To Other Polish Cities. This gives information on how to use trains, coaches, planes, and private vehicles in Poland, and where each type of service departs in Kraków.
- Kraków To Białystok: In the north east of Poland, Białystok has a lively cultural scene and a handful of tourist attractions, and is close to the UNESCO-listed Białowieski National Park and the oldest forests in Europe.
- Kraków To Gdynia: Gdynia is also a port city with some lovely sandy beaches, and also makes a great day trip from neighbouring Gdańsk.
- Kraków To Katowice: For something a bit different, Katowice is very post-industrial. It’s airport and proximity to Kraków make it worth consideration for travellers who want a future-facing (and very green) Poland, with dramatic, modern architecture.
- Kraków To Łódź: Set in the very heart of Poland, Łódź is coming into its own as a creative city. The city is alive with murals and street art. There’s a great food scene and a nice mix of architectural styles. Right now, Łódź has that exciting feel of the future.
- Kraków To Lublin: On the eastern side of Poland, Lublin is best known as a cultural and academic city. It has a rich Jewish heritage and was apparently referred to as the ‘Jewish Oxford’ in the Jagiellonian era. There is a nice mix of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque, with some atmospheric cobbled streets.
- Kraków To Olsztyn: Up in the north, Olsztyn is often overlooked by tourists keen to reach the more famous Gdańsk. It does, however, have a pretty Old Town and ranks very highly for quality of life. What’s more, the city provides a gateway to some gorgeous wild countryside of lakes and forests.
- Kraków To Poznań: 300km to the west of Warsaw, youthful Poznań has a lively, friendly nightlife, with plenty of restaurants and bars. The Old Town is brightly coloured and quirkily decorated with bold styles similar to Southern Germany. There’s plenty here to keep you occupied for a long weekend, with a museums, a cathedral, and historical buildings, but the city also makes a great base for exploring Poland’s countryside.
- Kraków To Sopot: Another seaside resort, between Gdynia and Gdańsk, Sopot is a playground for the rich. With sandy beaches and a pier, as well as the shops, bars, and clubs of Bohaterów Monte Cassino, it can be very busy at the height of the season. Even more than Gdynia, Sopot might be best sampled first as an afternoon out, rounded off with a meal in one of the excellent fish restaurants.
- Kraków To Szczecin: Close to the border with Germany, Szczecin is off the beaten track for most tourists. The Old Town is pretty and there are a handful of attractions to see. But, mainly, visiting Szczecin is a great opportunity to get to know Polish food and to engage with the culture – there is a fine Philharmonic building and the grand Ducal Castle is now an arts centre.
- Kraków To Toruń: Largely untouched by the Second World War, Toruń is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Vistula River to the north west of Warsaw. The architectural highlights are dominated by the huge Gothic cathedral and the city feels less hectic than more famous tourist destinations.
- Kraków To Warsaw: Poland’s capital city is easy to reach from Kraków and makes a good weekend destination. Much of Warsaw was built after 1945. Even the pretty Old Town is mostly reconstruction. But there are excellent museums and places to eat. It’s also one of Europe’s great cities to go out drinking!
- Kraków To Wrocław: Wrocław is a charming city in the western part of Poland, with islands and bridges criss-crossing the water and a strong Gothic flavour to the architecture. Built out from the 10th century Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island), Wrocław also has a stunning market square, much of which is listed within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Kraków To Zakopane: 110km from Kraków, Poland’s outdoor capital and winter resort, Zakopane is nestled at the root of the High Tatra mountains. The area is excellent for hiking, skiing, and a range of other activities. However, there is also unique folk architecture and plenty of more spectacular attractions.