International School of Polish Language and Culture

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Useful links and travel tips

Websites containing interesting information about Poland, Krakow and surroundings:

krakow.pl - official website of the city of Kraków
krakow4u.pl - website about local tourist attractions
karnet.krakow.pl - current and accurate information about cultural events in Kraków
krakowcard.com - city pass authorizing the owner to use the public transport for free and enter 40 museums, only up to 3 days
expatfocus.com/destinations/poland - a very detailed guide about Polish culture and lifestyle
quantor.pl/kantory/krakow.html – Krakow exchange rate comparison website


Health insurance

As the course fee does not include health insurance, you are respon-sible for buying your own health/travel insurance for your stay in Krakow if your regular health insurance does not cover medical expenses in-curred in Poland.

If you are an EU citizen: if you unexpectedly fall ill during a temporary stay in another EU country - whether on holiday, a business trip or studying abroad - you are entitled to any medical treatment that can't wait until you get home. You should always take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you on all trips abroad. This card is the proof that you are insured in an EU country.


Money

The official Polish currency is Polish Zloty (PLN). 1 zloty equals 100 groszy. You can check the current exchange rates e.g. at www.nbp.pl. Money can be exchanged at banks or numerous exchange bureaus (Polish: "Kantor"). The exchange bureaus closer to the city center usually offer better rates than or those situated at the airport or railway station. The difference between buy and sell rate should not exceed 2%.Of course you can also pay with credit card almost everywhere, but be careful for high bank fees.


Transport

As the railway and bus stations are situated in the city center, you can easily take a bus or tram to your lodgings. For planning public transport routeswe recommend jakdojade.pl website. You can purchase a 7-day ticket for all tram and bus lines using a KKM ticket machine in the city center. Students up to 26 y.o. are entitled to a half-rate ticket, provided that they show an international students’ card.

Uber and Bolt applications are also very popular in Krakow, the rates are cheap and there are usually many cars available.

The city airport is 10 km from the city center and there are three possible ways to get there. You can take a suburban railway that goes directly to the main station, use city buses no. 208 and 308 or take a taxi. Krakow Airport Taxi is the most expensive one, so you can try to spot a car from any other company. When using a taxi in Krakow, always ask the driver about the overall cost before you start the ride!

Polish railway timetables and connections can be found here: rozklad-pkp.pl/en. Timetables of buses departing from and arriving to Krakow can be found here: rozklady.mda.malopolska.pl.