Energylandia is a thrill-filled, rollercoaster-packed theme park that’s within easy reach of Krakow. It promises to be the perfect family day out, not to mention a great way to break up all that UNESCO history and castle touring.
You can be there in under an hour’s drive from the city, so it’s not a chore to plan. What awaits is a quintessential bout of make-believe fairy-tale castles, carousels, and adrenaline-pumping rides that’ll have you screaming from start to finish.
This guide runs through everything you need to know about Energylandia, Krakow. We’ve taken care of the boring stuff – how to get there, opening times. But we also focus on some of the heart-thumping rollercoasters and describe the various theme park zones that are just waiting to be discovered. Let’s go…
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Where is Energylandia, exactly?
Energylandia is located in Zator, Poland. Zator is a small town just to the southwest of Krakow itself, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of the city center, roughly midway between Krakow and Oświęcim. More generally speaking, Energylandia is in southern Poland, right where the mountains begin and the plains of Central Poland begin to roll to the north. The theme park is situated on the northwest side of Zator town itself along the 44 highway.
How to get to Energylandia?
The proximity and fame of Energylandia – it’s the biggest theme park in Poland, or did we mention that already? – means that it should be pretty easy to get to from Krakow. Yep, you can pick between trains and buses, or rent your own car and drive there in less than an hour. Here are your options:
- Train – We think the train is the comfiest and way to travel to Energylandia. It leaves Krakow Glowny (the main train station) every three hours, which means you’ll probably have to be there early to catch the 7.26 service if you want to spend all day at the park. The train takes 57 minutes and drops you at Zator station.
- Bus – There are
- Car – Rent a car and drive west out of Krakow on the A4 motorway. You’ll want to take the junction at Grojec and then travel south towards Zator. In all, the trip should take no more than 50 minutes, but there can be bad delays during rush hours (8am-9am and then again at 4pm-5pm)
Then there’s the easiest option of all: Private tour. Simply pre-book a transfer and ticket combo for Energylandia and all the legwork will be done for you. We’ll take a look at the best packages a little later on. For now, suffice to say that doing it this way means you’ll get a pick up at the door of your hotel in the morning and a drop off back there at night. Check out this transfer-only package (offered via Viator) and this package (offered by GetYourGuide), which also includes admission to the park.
The various zones in Energylandia
There are now five individual zones in Energylandia. It used to be three, but the Dragon Zone (Smoczy Gród) and Aqualantis were added recently to take it to a full handful of areas to explore.
Let’s take a look at each in turn:
- Fairytale Land (Bajkolandia) – Mainly for the little ones. This one’s got the mellowest rides and attractions based on famous fairy tale stories.
- Family Zone – More historic and hands-on attractions that are meant for all ages.
- Extreme Zone (Strefa Ekstremalna) – The one you probably came for. This is the zone with the hardcore rollercoasters; attractions like the Mayan and Hyperion.
- Dragon Zone (Smoczy Gród) – A sort of offshoot of the fairy-tale zone that’s got dragon-themed rides that match up with the mythology of Krakow itself.
- Aqualantis – The all-new waterpark area of Energylandia that was opened in 2021. It’s modelled on the lost city under the seas and is headed up by the amazing Abyssus rollercoaster (more on that below).
Rides and rollercoasters in Energylandia
Everyone comes to Energylandia for the rides. That’s not a secret. The theme park boasts the fastest and highest rollercoasters in the whole of Poland. Here’s a look at just a few of the heart-thumping, adrenaline-pumping things you can whiz down and loop-de-loop on during your day out…
- Hyperion – This is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Poland, reaching speeds of up to 87 mph and standing at over 250 feet tall. It features multiple inversions and a steep drop that will take your breath away.
- Zadra – This is a wooden roller coaster that has been dubbed one of the best in the world. It features a unique, twisted layout with multiple inversions, steep drops, and airtime hills that will leave you screaming for more.
- Formula – This is a high-speed roller coaster that takes you on a simulated ride through a Formula 1 race. The ride features sharp turns, steep drops, and high speeds that will make you feel like you’re behind the wheel of a race car.
- Speed Water Coaster – This is a unique water ride that combines a traditional roller coaster with a water slide. The ride features steep drops, tight turns, and water splashes that will leave you soaked and exhilarated.
- Viking Roller Coaster – This is a family-friendly roller coaster that takes you on a journey through a Viking village. The ride features a series of dips, turns, and small drops that are perfect for kids and adults alike.
- Space Booster – This is a thrilling ride that takes you high into the sky and then drops you back down at high speeds. It’s a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the park and the surrounding area.
- Tower of Power – This is a drop tower that takes you up 260 feet in the air before dropping you back down at a speed of 55 mph. It’s a great way to get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping.
We’ve breezed through some of the most impressive rides in the theme park just above. However, there’s one that surely deserves a whole section on its own here: The Abyssus Energylandia. It’s the headline act in the Aqualantis zone and it was first opened to the public back in 2021, making it one of the newest and most cutting-edge coasters in the whole of Europe, let alone just Poland.
It’s a pretty gnarly ride. The opening section is a neck-jerking 180-degree bend that’s followed by a series of turns so close to the ground that you’ll be able to see your mates screaming as you whiz by! After that, there’s a point at which the Abyssus reaches a whopping 99.9km/h and hits a single helix loop. It’s not for nothing that it was named the best new park in Europe by a leading mag!
Energylandia opening times
The opening times of Energylandia theme park in Krakow vary depending on the time of year. During the peak summer season, the park is typically open daily from 10am to 8pm, while in the off-season the park may have reduced hours or be closed on certain days of the week.
It’s always a good idea to check the park’s official website or social media pages for the most up-to-date information on opening times and any changes to the schedule. Additionally, the park may have extended hours or special events during holidays and school break – around Easter, Christmas, and Halloweed. That’s why it’s worth checking ahead if you’re planning to visit during these times.
There are quite a few different ticket types at Energylandia. So many, in fact, that things can get a touch confusing, which is just one of the reasons that we often recommend taking a planned tour (they’ll sort all the admission and it’s included in the cost you pay for the day).
If you are planning on going to the park with your own transport, here’s the lowdown on the various admission options…
- Regular ticket: 179 PLN ($41) – This includes all adults and any children over 140cm tall.
- Discount ticket: 129 PLN ($29) – This is for people over 65 and kids under 139cm.
- Standard two-day pass: 319 PLN ($73) – This is for adults and kids over 140cm for two full days.
- Kids under 3: 1 PLN (>$0.05) – Kids under three basically go free.
All these prices are correct at the time of writing but admission costs to Energylandia do change most seasons. For that reason, we’d always recommend checking the official ticketing page over on their site.
Private tours to Energylandia
You can take all the stress out of a visit to Energylandia from Krakow by opting for a guided tour. These aren’t much more than the price of a ticket anyhow but promise to save you loads of time and hassle.
Basically, they include a convenient pick up right at the door of your hotel, no matter where it is in the city, plus a drop off there at the end of the day. Packages also sort out tickets to the theme park itself, so you won’t have to queue and whatnot when you do arrive. All transfers are in air-conditioned minibuses and are limited to just 12 people at a time. AKA very comfy.
Expect to pay around $80-100 for the added simplicity of a trip like this, which isn’t too much of a premium to keep it super easy going. Who wants to be checking train timetables during their vacations, eh?
Sounds good? Check out the recommended options below:
- Krakow: Energylandia Theme Park Full Day with Hotel Transfer– Everything you need. Tickets booked in advance and transfers from the city.
- Krakow: Energylandia Theme Park Full Day with Transfer – Pretty much the same only via GetYourGuide with cancellation up to 24 hours in advance.