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Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow Old Town

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Kraków, Poland

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 5 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Overview

Discover for yourself why the Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of Poland’s most visited attractions and an original UNESCO World Heritage site with this half-day guided tour from Krakow. Descend deep underground to explore the captivating tunnels, chapels, and chambers carved into the salt rock over eight centuries. Learn the fascinating history behind one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines thanks to commentary from an English-speaking guide, and enjoy convenient pickup from select Kraków hotels.
  • Visit one of the original UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a top Poland attraction
  • Descend deep underground to explore a vast labyrinth of tunnels and chambers
  • Hear the fascinating history of the mine from an English-speaking guide
  • Headsets provided to clearly hear the guide's commentary

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Bypass the crowds with skip-the-line admission, and enjoy round-trip transport and a guided tour.
Professional English-speaking driver or tour pilot
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide, museum employee
Round-trip private transfer in the Door to Door by Private Car Option
Hotel Pick-up or 8 Meeting Points
Bottled water
WiFi on board
Food and drinks
Hotel drop-off not offered, we finish at the 4 droop off points
Entrance ticket (it's reserved for you but not included in the price)

Departure Point

1: Plac Bohaterów Getta, 30-548 Kraków, Poland
2: Starowiślna 65, 31-052 Kraków, Poland
3: Wielopole 2, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
4: Pawia 4, 31-154 Kraków, Poland
5: Garbarska 2, 31-131 Kraków, Poland
6: Straszewskiego 14, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
7: Sheraton Grand Krakow, 7 Powisle Street, 31-101 Kraków, Poland
8: Novotel Krakow Centrum, Tadeusza Kościuszki 5, 30-105 Kraków, Poland

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup is offered from Your Hotel/Hostel/Apart and 8 comfortable meeting points. Customers may select a point from the list or enter their accommodation address manually.

Upon return, it is possible to stop at one of 4 central drop-off points, in the main districts of Krakow. Meeting and drop-off points are visible on the map in the link.

Customers will receive a message with the exact departure time until 7 pm on the day before the activity. We kindly ask that guests wait outside, in front of the entrance 5 minutes before departure. The driver will wait no longer than 15 minutes after the specified departure time.

At the end of the trip, customers may return to the one of 4 droop off location from the map in Krakow.

Return Details

1: Plac Bohaterów Getta, Kraków, Poland
2: Starowiślna 65, 31-052 Kraków, Poland
3: Wielopole 2, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
4: Pawia 4, 31-154 Kraków, Poland
5: Straszewskiego 14, 33-332 Kraków, Poland
6: Novotel Krakow Centrum, Tadeusza Kościuszki 5, 30-105 Kraków, Poland
The day begins with midmorning pickup at your Kraków hotel (select hotels only) or a central meeting point, and a short drive in a minivan to reach the mine, located just 10 miles (16 km) outside the city. In operation since the 13th century, the Wieliczka Salt Mine today has been visited by more than 40 million people and was recognized as one of the original World Heritage Sites named by UNESCO.

Trace the long and fascinating history of the mine — one of the world’s oldest and deepest — as you descend almost 450 feet (135 meters) down the shaft accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Be prepared for a considerable workout, as the touring route features a climb down 350 steps. Wander through a 1.9-mile (3-km) labyrinth of tunnels that open into glittering chambers decorated with salt rock carvings and vast caverns filled with saline lakes. There is even an expansive chapel with salt statuary and chandeliers in this remarkable underground city.

Expect to spend around 3 hours exploring the mine’s cavernous and historic highlights, listening to your guide’s live commentary through provided headsets so everyone can hear clearly. An elevator shaft is available to whisk you back to the surface at the end of the tour, where a driver awaits to return you to your original Kraków departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Wieliczka Salt Mine
The most popular way, the tourist route is about 3 km of winding corridors located between 135 and 240 meters underground. The tour lasts about three hours, in groups of up to 40 people and starts in the Daniłowicz Shaft, where the guide will introduce you to the history and secrets of the mine. The trail leads to the Chapel of St. Kinga, where you can see salt works of art or a spectacle on a salt lake. It is worth knowing that there are approximately 800 stairs on the route, of which 380 are already at the beginning, which is why we suggest you put on comfortable footwear. The temperature below the ground varies between 14-16 C.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Youth between 18 and 26 years must present a valid student ID on the day of the activity.
  • Entrance fee is not included in the price, please pay it to the driver before entering the museum (prices in 2020 : 80 students under 26 y old, or 70 PLN reduced, 90 PLN normal)
  • Not recommended for travelers suffering from claustrophobia
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY CRACOW LOCAL TOURS

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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 Old Town?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

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

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow Old Town.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow Old Town?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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

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Traveler Tips


  • "Firstly wear comfortable clothing and shoes, it’s a lot of walking and there seemed to be a lot of climates in the mine." See review
  • "The only problem is if you get too caught up looking at something and the guide walks on the signal can start to drop so you need to try and keep about 7 meters for clear signal to hear." See review
  • "There is a café at the end, but make sure you take a bottle of water with you when you enter the mines - also, only SMALL bags are allowed in the mines." See review

Reviews

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Tour of an underground treasure!
James_T
, Aug 2020
A really fascinating place. It's like an underground town. Very clean. Our tour guide, Tomas was very knowledgeable and entertaining throughout the whole tour. A must see trip which I highly recommend.
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Awesome
C_castro
, Apr 2020
It’s one of the best trips we’ve been to. The guide was incredibly nice and made the experience even better.
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Saltmines trip
Susan_H
, Feb 2020
Fascinating and very informative. Excellent guide. Very comfortable journey. Minibus on time. Polite and friendly driver.
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Beautiful!
Loraine_J
, Feb 2020
Beautiful and interesting Salt mines! Definitely worth visiting! Informative guide, lots of historical knowledge! Really good trip!
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Excellent
flanniganp05
, Feb 2020
The Salt mine is a well worth experience to learn the history of the area which supported the full country. The tour guide was passionate and proud to show us around and explain in detail the history and relevance. If I return to Krakow I would do the tour again. Excellent
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Very interesting
sineadhoganc
, Feb 2020
Had a great time. Pick up and drop off no problem at all. Tour guide in the mines was very good. Recommend using viator
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Amazing experience
imcgswim
, Jan 2020
Amazing experience! Guide was fantastic. However we both have two hearing aids so the buds on the radios didn't really work. An over the ear option would have been better
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Salt mine your
cdodd2
, Jan 2020
Fab tour, pick up and driver good. Amazing history and very knowledgeable tour guide at mines. Long walk down mine, but very safe stairway. Amazing salt statues.
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Salt mines
phanostheo9
, Jan 2020
Excellent, we only covered around 6%, the place is massive, lift on the way up stairs for going down. Nice souvenir shop.
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Super salt mines in Krakow
alisonmaydew
, Jan 2020
Salt mines were fantastic, pick up was late (20 minutes), and tour was rushed due to this, but still enjoyable
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