Are you trying to get from Copenhagen to Krakow but struggling to find the best way? This guide I here to help. Whether you’re one that wants to spend as little as possible on travelling from the Danish capital to Poland’s most popular city or looking for the quickest routes, you’ll find your answer here.
We’ve looked at all the possible transport options from Copenhagen to Krakow, including the train and bus connections. Flying might seem like the obvious choice, but it’s not necessarily the most convenient way to travel. Let’s take a closer look…
What’s in this guide to Copenhagen to Krakow
Copenhagen to Krakow by plane
Cost: From €15
Airlines: Ryanair & Norwegian
Getting from Copenhagen to Krakow doesn’t have to be complicated. You can easily get from the bustling Danish capital down south to Poland’s most popular city without having to spend long hours in transit. Yup, there are direct flights from Copenhagen to Krakow, which only take around one and a half hours. There are two airlines that offer inexpensive, flights between the cities. Those are Ryanair and Norwegian.
Ryanair flies this route two/three times a week, and their prices, which don’t include extra baggage start at around €15. When it comes to Norwegian, they offer flights from Copenhagen to Krakow starting at around €30. They go twice and four times a week, with more flights during the warmer months.
Although there is no doubt that flying is your quickest way to travel from Copenhagen to Krakow, you need to add the time you need to get to and from the airports on both sides. That will also add some costs to your journey, so let’s take a look at what it means.
The good news is that Krakow and Copenhagen hubs are easily and cheaply accessible from the respective city centres. It only takes 20 minutes and costs less than €5 to reach the airport from the Danish capital and even less (17 minutes/less than €3) when it comes to Krakow.
Copenhagen to Krakow by train
Cost: From €49.90
If like us, you’re a fan of train European train travel, getting from Copenhagen to Krakow by rail could be your favourite option. It is ours! The good news is that even though it’s not the most popular route on the continent, it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to travel between the cities. There is one catch, though – you can’t do it in a single day.
There are no direct trains from Copenhagen to Krakow, but you only have to change trains twice. That said, you will have to stay a night in Berlin since there is no longer a sleeper train from the German capital to Krakow. However, you can find some cheap accommodation close to the train station, so this journey shouldn’t break the bank.
Here’s how to do it step by step:
- Get a train from Copenhagen to Berlin with a short changeover in Hamburg. To make the trip as short as possible get the train that leaves the Danish capital at 3.26 pm and arrives at Hamburg’s main station at 8.02 pm (some days it leaves a couple of minutes earlier). Then change for a train to Berlin HBf, which leaves at 8.34 pm and arrives at 10.23 pm.
- Stay overnight in Berlin. Unfortunately, there is no other option, since the overnight train to Krakow no longer runs. That said you can find good value accommodation close to the station. Ibis Berlin Hauptbahnhof is a good pick if you want to be within a walking distance. Three Little Pigs Hostel – Your Berlin Castle is cheaper, but you must catch a metro to get the train.
- You can get a direct train to Krakow the next morning. It leaves the German capital at 10.52 am and arrives at 6.01 pm.
You can book the journey via the easily navigable DB website no earlier than 60 days before the departure. To get the most optimal trains, choose a ten-hour stopover in Berlin in the advanced options. The tickets start at €49.90 for the second class but tend to go up closer to the date.
Copenhagen to Krakow by bus
Cost: From €34.99
If you’re looking for direct overland ways to travel from Copenhagen to Krakow, then getting a coach is your only option. We will warn you, though, you will have to spend at least 16h40m in a tight bus seat if you go with this alternative. You might have already guessed that this is not our favourite way to travel around Europe, but there are some pluses to coach journeys.
Getting a bus from Copenhagen to Krakow can be the cheapest way to travel if the flights are expensive. That’s especially true during the most popular times to travel, such as Christmas or summer holidays. Bus prices don’t fluctuate much, and the starting rates are lower than trains. You are also not restricted on the amount of luggage (although, we wouldn’t recommend taking more than you can carry).
You can travel directly from Copenhagen to Krakow with Flixbus or Sindbad. The former offers one such connection a day, which takes 16h40m. The latter goes once a week, overnight on Saturdays. The journey takes around 19 hours, and the tickets cost €93 per person.
Copenhagen to Krakow by car
Driving from Copenhagen to Krakow is never going to be a short journey because you have to cover over 1,000 km, even if you shorten your trip by catching a ferry. Yup, the quickest way to reach Krakow from the Danish capital is by hopping on board a marine vessel from a Swedish port town, Ystad to Sassnitz in Northern Germany. It will save you nearly three hours and provide a well-deserved break from driving. That said, it will add some cost.
We would say that driving is also rarely the most comfortable or cost-effective way to get from the Danish capital to southern Poland, so unless you have a lot of baggage to transport, we wouldn’t bother.
How do I get from Poland to Copenhagen?
The fastest and often the cheapest way to travel from Poland to Copenhagen is by plane. Ryanair and Norwegian offer plenty of direct connections from many Polish cities, including Krakow all the way to the Danish capital at very affordable rates.
Is there a direct train from Copenhagen to Stockholm?
Yes, there are direct connections from Copenhagen to Stockholm on comfortable x2000 trains. We recommend booking your tickets in advance, though because seats sell out quickly.