The issue of transport from Krakow to Zakopane have become almost legendary in Poland. How much time will you need to travel 100 kilometers by train in the middle of Europe at the beginning of the 21st century? And why does it take so long? Why are there almost 8-hour traffic jams on the route from Zakopane to Krakow? Fortunately, the situation is getting better every year and these obstacles are becoming a thing of the past. Just pack your backpack or suitcase and come to Zakopane! However, we would still advise that you avoid Christmas Time and national holidays :)
Coming from Krakow to Zakopane you can choose between many transportation options:
Carpooling - low budget trip with the famous BlaBlaCar app. There are plenty of people driving daily from Krakow to Zakopane. Finding one is easy with BlaBlaCar. Duration: depending on the traffic, usualy 2 - 2,5 hrs.
Regular coach bus - there are a few companies providing regular transfers from Krakow bus station. Duration: depending on the traffic, usualy 2,5 - 3 hrs.
Train - recommended only for fans and connoisseurs of trains. Trains stop at many small stations on the way. Duration: 3 hrs or more.
Private Krakow to Zakopane taxi transfer - The most comfortable and convenient way to travel. A bit more expensive than the options mentioned above, but it gives you full flexibility and comfort. It will be the best and most convenient option for people coming to Zakopane from Krakow airport directly.
If you do not want to stay overnight in Zakopane, you can also try one of Krakow to Zakopane day trips with door to door service and licensed english speaking guide.