Passport and Visa
Poland is a member state of the European Union and a member of Schengen Area. All international visitors from non-EU countries must present a valid passport when entering and may be required for Visa.
Relevant information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, www.msz.gov.pl/en/travel_to_poland.
A letter of invitation can be provided upon request - see Registration section.
Currency and payments
The Polish currency is zloty (zl). Its international code is PLN.
1 PLN (zl) = 100 groszy (gr).
There are banknotes: 500 zl, 200 zl, 100 zl, 50 zl, 20 zl, 10 zl and coins: 5 zl, 2 zl, 1 zl, 50 gr, 20 gr, 10 gr, 5 gr, 2 gr and 1 gr (see Banknotes and coins).
Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airports, hotel receptions, banks and in small exchange offices called kantor. Please be aware that the rates at some exchange offices may be unfavorable, especially in tourist areas or at the airports. A list of rates at some exchange offices in Krakow can be found on the Quantor website.
Coarse exchange rates of PLN are:
- 1 € ≈ 4.30 PLN
- 1 $ ≈ 3.80 PLN
Current average exchange rates can be found on the National Bank of Poland website.
International credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Eurocard) are accepted in a majority of hotels, shops and restaurants, and can be used in most ATMs (called bankomat).
Public transport in Krakow
Detailed information about public transport in Krakow can be found on the Municipal Transport Services in Krakow website.
You can plan your trip using Krakow route planner.
The complete ticket tarrif can be found in Ticket Tariff of Municipal Transport Services in Krakow.
Private car in Krakow
Most of the city centre is the paid parking zone. You must pay for parking from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 8 pm using parking meters. Most of the parking meters accepts only coins, only a small amount of them allows you to use your credit card. A map of paid parking zone can be found here. Interactive map is available on the bottom of website (website itself is available in Polish only).
For participants of the meeting there will be possibility to enter the parking lot at the Faculty of Physics without charge.
- Krakow Tourist Card
- Magical Krakow
- Krakow - Local Life
- InYourPocket - Krakow
- StayPoland - Krakow
- Krakow free city guide or
- The general emergency telephone number in Poland is 112.
- Police: 997
- Ambulance: 999
- Fire brigade: 998
- City guards: 986
- Medical information: +48 12 661 22 40