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.
On the eastern side of Poland, in the same Małopolska district as Kraków, but somewhat closer to the Ukrainian and Belarusian borders, Lublin (pronounced “loo-blin”) 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. However, Lublin endured a particularly grim 20th century and it is only in recent years that the historic Rynek has started to regain some of its former glory. There is a nice mix of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque, with some atmospheric cobbled streets. The city hosts a lot of festivals and nearby Zamość is worth a day trip.
There are currently no direct flights between Kraków and Lublin. The coach makes the most sense, as it is cheaper, direct, and takes the same amount of time. You’ll need to change in Warsaw if you want to catch the train. However, this may be a bonus if you want to break the journey and spend a couple of days in the capital.
Get Your Guide provides suggestions of what there is to do in Lublin.
How To Get From Kraków To Lublin By Train
There is no direct train to Lublin from Kraków, so you will need to change in Warsaw or Rzeszów. Journey times depend on route and how long you need to stopover but it is possible in just under 5.5 hours. If you go via Warsaw, you could stop off there for a couple of days, although this will affect how much you end up paying for the train.
Kraków Główny is right in the heart of the city centre and arriving in Lublin Główny takes you just south of the Old Town. Use the PKP portal for a full timetable, as well as platform departure and arrival information. Once you’ve chosen a route, click BUY A TICKET and you’ll be taken through to the Intercity booking site. Tickets will vary according to which route you take and how far in advance you book, but expect to pay around 80zł (18€) each way.
How To Get From Kraków To Lublin By Coach
FlixBus runs direct services from Kraków’s Dworzec Autobusowy, which take 5.5 hours and drop you off at the Dworzec Główny Autobusowy in the heart of Lublin. However, there is not a daily service so check with a service like 12go for when the latest times. A one-way ticket costs, at time of writing, approximately 46zł (9€).
How To Fly To Lublin From Kraków
There are currently no flights between Kraków and Lublin Airport. You could change in Warsaw but the cost and time involved are likely to vastly outweigh any other benefits.
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 Gdańsk: On the Baltic coast, Gdańsk is friendly and great for food, and one of Poland’s biggest tourist destinations.
- 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 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.