The German capital city lies nearly 600km away from Krakow. So, going from Berlin to Krakow won’t be the shortest journey by land, but it can still be easily done in a single day. Since Germany is a neighbouring country to Poland, a trip from Berlin to Krakow is a frequent choice for travellers of all stripes – particularly backpackers. There are currently no direct flight routes from any of Berlin’s airports to Krakow. That means it’s largely down to the either the train the bus or the car. Let’s see your options.
Although it’s not the cheapest option, many people will agree that there is no better way to travel around this part of Europe than by train. This particular journey is still quite affordable and probably the most comfortable way to go.
The only direct train from Berlin to Krakow is a sleeper train. On that, you’ll either travel in sleeping berth compartments or seating compartments. You can purchase tickets online up to two months in advance. We’d definitely recommend doing that, because early-bought fares are usually around just €39 euro for a sleeping berth and €19 euro for a seat. The train leaves Berlin Hauptbahnhof at 6.43pm and arrives in Krakow’s central station at a very early time of 4.31am.
If you’d rather avoid travelling by night, there are connection options via Warsaw. You can travel to Warsaw on a comfy EuroCity train that takes about 5h40 and later change to one of the many direct high-speed Pendolino trains down to Krakow. There’s not too much in the way of views, apart from the crossing through rural east Germany and then the farmlands of south Poland.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly (and, surprisingly, slightly faster option), you can choose one of the bus companies operating between Berlin and Krakow. One warning: It’s probably not the most comfortable way to travel. The bus journey is long and there is not much legroom on most coaches, although the modern vehicles do have good air con and recline.
The upside? You can travel by bus for as little as €14. Flixbus runs many times a day, leaving from either Berlin central bus station, Berlin Südkreuz or SXF airport, it takes about 8-8.30h.
As I mentioned before, there are currently no direct flights from Berlin to Krakow. However, there are many connecting routes available which would still make flying the fastest way of travelling. The quickest option is flying with LOT Polish Airlines via Warsaw with the shortest journey of around 3h25m.
There are also plenty of other airlines offering connecting flights from Berlin to Krakow. The cheapest seem to be easyJet (but they tend to be with long layovers and inconvenient detours in hubs like Milan or Brussels). Then there are the bargains with Eurowings, which offer quicker connections via Stuttgart or Düsseldorf.
Prices on flights from Berlin to Krakow vary immensely, but the cheapest start at around €60. Even though flying can technically seem like the quickest way to travel, you should still take into account the time it takes to get to and from the airports.
If you have access to a car, you could always opt to drive from Berlin to Krakow. We’re not going to lie – it’s a bit of a drive! Even though Google Maps says it takes about 6 hours, you should expect it to be more like 7 or 8 in total.
There is a motorway all the way, but not all of it is in pristine condition. Since Germany is known for its road quality, that side of the border is not a problem. It’s on the Polish side of the line that the ride gets a bit bumpy. However, the highway improves considerably after passing Wroclaw (where we’d definitely recommend a pitstop!).
There are lots of ways to get from Berlin to Krakow, and despite there being no direct flights, it doesn’t have to be a long and uncomfortable journey. If you have anything to add to this guide, please feel free to write a comment below.