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Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow

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Kraków, Poland

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Explore the underground world of the Wieliczka Salt Mine on a half-day tour from Krakow. Follow an expert guide through the mine’s tunnels and chambers and discover the Chapel of the Blessed Kinga, an exhibition on the history of Poland’s salt-mining, figures carved from salt and more. See why this 700-year-old complex has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your Krakow hotel.
  • Morning or afternoon trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow
  • Guided walk through the salt mine
  • Chapel of the Blessed Kinga
  • Underground salt-mining exhibition
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from selected Krakow hotels
Air-conditioned vehicle.
Tour escort/host.
Elevator ride to the ground level on exit.
Local live guide.
Headsets to hear the guide clearly.
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
The tour does not include the lift that takes you down.

Departure Point

Powiśle 7, 33-332 Kraków, Poland

Traveler pickup is offered
DEPARTURE TIME
You are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the time of departure.
DEPARTURE POINT
Choice of pickup from our main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow, or selected hotels all over Krakow.
If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, you must make your own way to the main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
PICKUP SERVICE
Our pickup service is available from selected hotels all over Krakow. Depending on the location of the hotel, the pickup service will be between 30–50 minutes before the tour departure time. Please enquire at your hotel reception desk regarding the pickup time and the possibility of a pickup. Please note: pickups can only be guaranteed if you book 24-hours in advance.
RETURN DETAILS
Original departure point.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour begins in Krakow, where you’re picked up directly from your hotel. Journey to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and, upon arriving, make the descent 440 feet (135 meters) below ground, passing through tunnels and chambers on three levels.

Travel through each unique chamber with your guide, learning the history behind the centuries-old salt mine. Hear the legend of the Hungarian princess, Kinga, whose dowry included the salt mines when she married Boleslaw the Shy over 700 years ago. Explore the ornate Chapel of the Blessed Kinga, with altarpieces and chandeliers made from natural salt deposits, and visit an underground salt-mining exhibition.

The last stop on your visit to the mine is the souvenir shop and snack bar. From here, shoot back up to the surface in a high-speed lift, where you will be returned to your Krakow hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Magnificent chambers chiselled out in rock salt. Amazing underground saline lakes, majestic timber constructions and unique statues sculpted in salt. Almost 3 kilometres of meandering corridors, 800 steps to climb of which 350 have to be descended to reach the depth of 135 meters underground. Thus it is no surprise that till now, the Tourist Route, the main visiting route of the mine has been visited by 43,026,898 tourists from around the whole world in search of adventures.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • DEPARTURE TIME You are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the pickup time and pickup point on
  • DEPARTURE POINT Choice of pickup from our main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow, or selected hotels all over Krakow. If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, you must make your own way to the main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
  • PICKUP SERVICE Our pickup service is available from selected hotels all over Krakow. Depending on the location of the hotel, the pickup service will be between 30–50 minutes before the tour departure time. Please enquire at your hotel reception desk regarding the pickup time and the possibility of a pickup. Please note: pickups can only be guaranteed if you book 24-hours in advance.
  • RETURN DETAILS Original departure point.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION • All customers are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the time of departure. • The tour does not include the lift that takes you down. • Wieliczka Salt Mine tour is not recommended for participants with walking disabilities (there are 800 steps on the way, including 380 right at the start) and for participants with claustrophobia. • The guided walk through Wieliczka Salt Mine consists of 20 monumental chambers joined by 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) of pathways. Visitors entering the Wieliczka Salt Mine descend a 380-step staircase to Level 1 (64 meters below ground level). This walk is not strenuous and can be undertaken in ordinary footwear, however we ask you consider the walk and 380-step staircase when booking this tour. The return to the surface will be by lift up the Danilowicz Shaft, from Level 3 (135 meters below ground level). • The temperature in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, though constant is low (14C or 57F). That is why even in summer, warm clothes should be worn. • The maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the main cannot exceed dimensions: 35x20x20 cm. • Children must be accompanied by an adult. • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intercrac

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Make sure to put on some comfortable shoes as you will be walking a lot." See review
  • "It’s a must to go in a small group tour as more facts are heard and more time to look at everything!" See review
  • "If you have mobility problems it is quite a long walk." See review

Reviews

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Great half day visit
Elaine_M
, Oct 2020
Pickup was on time and was by car instead of bus due to current covid restrictions and low number of visitors. Our driver was Jack and during the 30 minute drive to the Salt Mines, he shared information about Krakow and the mines. He was a breath of fresh air, informative, knowledgeable and he really enhanced our trip. Fabulous guide. Entry to the salt mines was smooth after hand sanitation and temperature check and Jack had the tickets organised. Trip inside the mine lasted around 2 hours, a few unexpected sights inside, worth the visit. Lots of walking and lots of stairs going down so need to be relatively mobile. Not claustrophobic in any way, some low ceiling heights but not an issue unless very tall and walkways were wide. Amazingly we could still access 4G on our phones despite being so far underground. Cafe and gift shop underground and also gift shop on surface level at exit point. Cash machine and toilet facilities on entry and more toilet facilities at 2 points underground. Driver Jack was waiting for us on exit as promised. Would definitely recommend as half day trip out of the city. Picked up at 8.30 and back in Krakow for 1.00pm.
star-5
Great Experience not to be missed
Emma_B
, Sep 2020
This is definitely one the best attractions I have ever visited. Tour guide was excellent and the the mine is beautiful - a real must if you travel to Kraków.
star-5
Something different
Jackie_N
, Aug 2020
This tour is well organised and interesting. It’s nice to be snow to walk through the mine and to imagine what the conditions the actual miners worked in. Our tour guide was a little direct at times to to the point I felt like I was on a school trip. What made out tour more interesting was the facts given to us by our driver Jacek, he was very informative but delivered his facts in a friendly manner.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Jackie, thank you very much!
star-5
Never expected it to so good
Jill_P
, Aug 2020
Very good. Very informative guide. Enjoyed every minute of it. Great value for money. Pick up and return on time.
star-4
The guide in the mine was extremely good. Funny and friendly and very informative 👏
Lone_R
, Aug 2020
The Tour in the mine was brilliant 😊 The transfer Was not so good. It Was a very small car and there Was not enough space for 6 grown-ups.
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Not happy!!!!!
Michaela_S
, Mar 2020
We booked for this tour but the morning on making on way to the meeting point we got lost so we rang them to let them know and they said the bus had left without us! We then offered to get a taxi to the salt mines to meet the guide and group and we were also told this would not be possible!!!! So we lost our money that we had paid Viatour!!!! We also had to pay for a taxi to the salt mines and purchase 2 more tickets and then pay for a taxi home!!!! So not impressed at all Also I am not sure why you are asking me for a review as you didn’t take us!!!!!!
star-5
Saltmine
Dward
, Feb 2020
Picked up on time , nice comfortable bus , good guide, everything explained about the trip, Great trip in all , salt mine was absolutely amazing, highly recommended
star-5
Fantastic, unique, brilliant.
bob_M
, Feb 2020
A breathtaking tour of almost unbelievable engineering, artistic and of course mining skills over several hundred years. If you ever visit Krakow you HAVE to do this tour. There is much talk of required fitness levels etc There are about 800 steps virtually all downwards with a lift to bring you out at the end, it's not that taxing but you need to be able bodied for sure. Wear sensible shoes,/trainers? and be prepared for warmer temperatures when down the mine. I wore a lightweight puffer jacket on the surface and a thin cotton shirt for the walk below and was comfortable throughout. Claustrophobic? If this is a problem for you the worst of the tour would be the initial descent down the wooden staircase at the start. So if this became an issue you could back track quickly and get out if needed. But it's not bad, really it's not. However the staff have seen it all before and there are contingency plans for everything. The statues, the carvings, the structures and sheer brilliance of those that worked down there has to be seen to be believed. To add to that the courage of the miners can only be admired when you see what they've done and hear from the guides the hazards they faced every day. And to think the works you'll see were completed several hundred years ago without heavy mechanical tools or electricity/lighting. You will only see a tiny percentage of the mine on your tour. One percent for the normal route and a further one percent for the miners experience route. The mine is huge! Go and visit, you will not be disappointed, guaranteed.
star-5
Excelent
Evelyn
, Feb 2020
Thank you all concerned in the tour. A must see. Excellent. I highly recommended the salt mines tour. Wear comfortable footwear.
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Cool
Mia
, Feb 2020
It was a really cool place. Make sure to put on some comfortable shoes as you will be walking a lot.

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