Auschwitz Tours from Krakow: Day Trips and Best Prices

If you are ready to take a journey into the darkest past of Europe's recent history, you will learn all about this fateful episode in Auschwitz.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Auschwitz Tours from Krakow: Day Trips and Best Prices

The concentration camp | ©Fadjar Djulizar

Unfortunately, a place like this needs no introduction. What decades ago was a torture camp is today a historical museum that seeks to explain to new generations the errors of the past, preventing the memory of the victims from being lost.

When we talk about Auschwitz we refer to not one but three different camps: an administrative centre (Auschwitz I), an extermination camp (Auschwitz-Birkenau) and a labour camp (Auschwitz III). They are about an hour and a quarter from Kraków and there are different excursions to visit them from Kraków.

  • Auschwitz Day Trip from Krakow
  • From AED 119
  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Includes skip-the-line entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • Transfer by air-conditioned bus
  • Expert guide
  • Book now
  • Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine Day Trip from Krakow
  • From AED 427
  • 11h
  • Includes entrance to Auschwitz Concentration Camp and Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Air-conditioned minibus with WiFi
  • Expert guide
  • Book now

How much does it cost to visit Auschwitz: entrance fees and guided tours

Take your time to visit| ©Jean Carlo Emer
Take your time to visit| ©Jean Carlo Emer

If you're wondering how much it costs to visit Auschwitz, you should know that prices can vary depending on which option you choose: a standard ticket without guide and audio guide costs €10 per adult at the ticket office, while if you join an organised tour with guide and transport from Krakow you will pay €25 at Hellotickets.

For me, this is the most convenient option, as for the small difference in price you can get to the gate of the concentration camp by private bus and after the visit you will be dropped off back in the centre of Krakow, without worrying about waiting times and most importantly, accompanied by an expert guide. Here is an article with all the information about tickets to Auschwitz.

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Buy a combined ticket or tour to Auschwitz and the Salt Mines

Guide telling the story to a group| ©Signe Brockman
Guide telling the story to a group| ©Signe Brockman

The Salt Mine tours from Krakow are, along with the Auschwitz tour, the most popular attractions in the country. If you know that you don't want to leave Krakow without visiting both, there is a very convenient option, which is to buy the Auschwitz and Salt Mines tour together.

With this option you will save money and time, as you won't have to queue at either site, and you will be accompanied at all times by a guide who will explain everything you see, both in the concentration camp and in the salt mines.

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How to get to Auschwitz

Visit Auschwitz camp| ©Jim McDougall
Visit Auschwitz camp| ©Jim McDougall

It is most convenient to get to Auschwitz concentration camp on a guided tour from Krakow, so you don't have to worry about finding your own method of transport. The tours usually use a private bus or minivan to take you to and from Auschwitz-Birkenau from the centre of Krakow.

But if you prefer, you can also go by train, bus or even by car, if you have decided to rent a car during your trip. Full details on each option can be found here: how to get to Auschwitz from Krakow.

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Auschwitz opening hours

Watchtower| ©bipolars polaroids
Watchtower| ©bipolars polaroids

The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is open every day of the week, every day of the year (except Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday).

In general, Auschwitz opening hours vary depending on the season from winter to summer, but usually open between 8am and 3pm in winter and until 5 or 6pm in summer.

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Duration of tours and visits to Auschwitz

Entrance to Auschwitz| ©steve_w
Entrance to Auschwitz| ©steve_w

Depending on the option you choose (whether you take a guided tour or go on your own) you will need more or less time, but you should expect to need between half a day and a full day to organise the return trip from Krakow and the tour inside the complex.

For example, the tour to Auschwitz from Krakow offered by Hellotickets takes about 7 hours and you can choose to go early in the morning or leave later in the afternoon, the latter option being at midday. 6-7 hours later you will be back at your hotel. About 6 or 7 hours later you will be back at your hotel.

If you opt for the combined visit to Auschtwitz and the Salt Mines, the excursion time will inevitably be longer, but it will allow you to do both visits in one day. Expect the total duration to be between 11 and 12 hours.

See my article on Auschwitz tour duration and Auschwitz tours to help you organise your day.

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What to see in Auschwitz

The barbed wire fences surround the entire camp| ©Tomas Forgac
The barbed wire fences surround the entire camp| ©Tomas Forgac

During your visit to Auschwitz you will see:

  • Iron Gate of Auschwitz I: On this gate you can read in German the macabre phrase "Work will set you free".
  • Auschwitz I: The visit begins at this concentration camp built in 1940 by the Nazi regime to house between 15,000 and 20,000 prisoners.
  • Auschwitz II: Auschwitz II Birkenause was built later, raising the number of prisoners to 90,000. The latter is where the gas chambers were located, which were destroyed at the end of the war by Nazi officials in an attempt to hide their crimes.
  • Auschwitz Birkenauwatchtowers.
  • Documentary: 15 minutes long, it is shown in the visitor centre and will give you a contextual orientation to the history associated with the site.
  • Firing Wall.
  • Main building leading to the gas chambers.
  • Chimneys.
  • Barbed wire fences.

If you want to know more about what to expect on your visit, here is my article on what to see in Auschwitz.

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Practical tips for your visit to Auschwitz

Luggage taken from prisoners| ©Fred Romero
Luggage taken from prisoners| ©Fred Romero

In any other excursion, the recommendations that can be given before leaving are usually more practical: what to take in your backpack, what kind of shoes you need, where to eat, where to take the best photos... In this case, however, I think the first recommendation should be of an emotional nature. I'll leave you here a step ahead, but you can also consult this article with 10 tips for visiting Auschwitz from Krakow.

The emotional part

Many people question a visit to the Auschwitz camps as morbid. However, if done with due respect, it is a valuable history lesson in preserving the memory and remembrance of the victims.

By this I want you to bear in mind that Auschwitz is not an amusement park or a place to take pictures; always try to conduct yourself with the utmost respect. Also, the Auschwitz tour may be difficult for the more sensitive and is not recommended for children.

Printed guidebook

The printed guidebook, which you can buy at the entrance in different languages for less than 3 euros, is essential for orientation during your visit. As for how to get there, if you don't have a private transfer, you can take a train from Krakow's main train station, which takes about two and a half hours.

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