Day trip

From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

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79 reviews

Activity provider: Walking & talking

From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

Activity provider: Walking & talking
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From US$ 37.90 per person

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Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine on a day trip from Krakow and immerse yourself in over 700 years of history and architecture. Explore the underground corridors, rooms, and chapels with a local guide.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 - 10 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German, Italian, French, Spanish
Pickup optional
The driver will pick you up your hotel. Please be ready about 10 minutes before the scheduled pick up time.
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit one of the most beautiful and original Museums in the world
  • Discover the grand St. Kinga’s Chapel carved in salt
  • See the world’s largest mining UNESCO heritage
  • Go down through 800 stairs and descend 135 meters underground
  • Take a deep breath and enjoy the benefits for your health
Full description

Visit the most famous salt mine in Europe. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO monuments and has been gathering salt for over 700 years. It’s one of the most beautiful facilities of this type in the world. An English-speaking driver will pick you up from the city center or from the hotel if private transport is selected. With an air-conditioned, comfortable bus/van, reach Wieliczka town in about 25 minutes. Meet your guide, and walk down the wooden stairs to a depth of 65 meters. The guide will explain the rules of the salt mine as well as various legends and stories about mine’s past. The tour takes place in the underground corridors and chambers, well prepared for visitors. Certain points on your way are dedicated to famous people who decided to visit Salt Mine in the past, for example, Chopin or Goethe.

Hear many stories about mining and the progress of the works over the years. After a while, encounter a huge chapel carved underground. It’s considered one of the most beautiful chapels in the world – St. Kinga Chapel, where the artists carved a church in salt. It’s time to get some photos and have a quick rest before proceeding with the tour. After a short break, proceed to a huge area with an underground lake, where the world’s first underground balloon flight took place. There will be a few places to buy souvenirs as well. Don’t worry, there is no need to climb these hundreds of steps again to go to the surface. There is a mining elevator that helps you get out of the mine. It’s time to meet your driver at the parking lot, and have a safe journey back to Krakow.

Includes
  • Transfers from Krakow to Wieliczka Salt Mine and back
  • Skip the line ticket
  • Professional local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (unless the private option is selected)
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Baby carriages
  • Flashlight

Know before you go

  • There are about 800 steps on the route, including 320 steps at the start (Way down)
  • Please put on comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the conditions on the route
  • The temperature underground is about 17-18ºC
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 79 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5

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Much better than I expected. An absolute MUST when visiting Krakow! Even the gift shop wasn’t terribly over priced and our guide was excellent! The whole experience relies on a well informed and enthusiastic guide and ours had this in bucket loads. He vanished at the end of the tour which is a shame because I was looking to tip him for being soo good.

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November 17, 2022

Have to descend more than 60 flights of stairs so good to wear comfortable shoes. Also take a toilet break before the tour cos the next bio-break is 1.5hr after the tour starts. Will be good for the museum to have more English descriptions of the exhibits in case the guide isn’t audible

November 10, 2022

Pick up location was easy to find, although lots of people are there as a popular pick up point. We were ccollected in a comfy clean minibus and driven to the mine. There was a short amount of waiting what things were sorted and then met up with our guide. We were taken around the mine by a great guide. The mines are stunning and we were talked to about their creation and their sculptures and had time to admire by ourselves as well. It was a great day and we were returned to our start point.

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November 1, 2022

Product ID: 405310