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Flights from John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice, Kraków, Poland

Established in 1964, Kraków-Balice airport was officially renamed to John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice in 2007 to honour Pope John Paul II. The airport has two terminals, with Terminal 1 being the international terminal and Terminal 2 being the domestic terminal. Over 3.5 million passengers visited Kraków in 2013.

Kraków is one of the oldest cities in Poland. Attractions in the city include the stunning 13th century Market Square located in Old Town Kraków, where many local festivals take place. Other historical places in the city include the Wieliczka Salt Mine and the famous Auschwitz Concentration camp.

The airport is situated 11km away from the city centre. The airport can be connected via the Kraków-Balice railway line. However, it has since undergone reconstruction in 2014 and will only reopen in 1 to 1.5 years. While buses no. 208, 202, 292 bring you to the airport, taxis might be the faster alternative.

Where to go

Warsaw, Poland

One of the best ways to explore Warsaw is through a visit to the Old Quarter, with attractions like Royal Castle and King Zygmunt's Column. Another must-visit place is the splendid Łazienki Królewskie Museum Palace-Garden complex. Carroll Porczyński Collection Museum contains numerous artworks from renowned artists like Cornelis van Haarlem and Van Gogh.

Gdańsk, Poland

Just an hour's flight away is Gdańsk. The city is often known by its English name, Danzig. The best way to explore Danzig is to take a walk through Royal Way and the historical centre, home to sights like the Main Town Hall, Long Market, Long Street and Abbot's Palace and many churches.

Katowice, Poland

While there are no flights from Kraków to Katowice, the charming city is located just an hour's drive away. There are many churches concentrated in the city, with the largest being Christ the King Cathedral. Drop by Katowice Historical Museum, one of Poland's finest museums.

London, United Kingdom

Just 2 hours by flight is the vibrant city of London. The city alone has four world heritage sites: the Tower of London, Kew Garden, the area consisting Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret's Church as well as the historical town of Greenwich. Other attractions that have sprung up in recent years include the London Eye, Olympic Park and the impressive Shard skyscraper. Take the cable car across the splendid Thames River.

Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt is the largest city in the German state of Hesse. The flight time takes 1.5 hours. Touted as one of the most international cities in Germany, historical attractions that line the city include Römerberg, Imperial Cathedral, Saal Lane and St. Paul's Church. If you love the outdoors and nature, be sure to drop by the beautiful Palm Garden and Frankfurt Zoological Gardens.

Oslo, Norway

Norway's most populous city was established in 1000AD. You can island hop at the picturesque Oslofjord. Join a guided tour or even charter a yacht to sail around the inlet. Many museums in the city such as the Film Museum and Natural History museum not only enable you to delve into the history of different aspects of local lives, but have children-friendly exhibitions. Head to the Vigeland Sculpture Park and stroll along Akerselva River.

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