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Travelling from Katowice to Krakow Central by train

Looking to travel from Katowice to Krakow Central by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 1 hour 17 minutes to travel from Katowice to Krakow Central by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 49 minutes though. You'll usually find 36 trains per day running along the 43 miles (70 km) route between these two destinations. Once you're onboard, you can sit back and relax, as you won’t need to make any changes on your way to Krakow Central. Trains on this route are usually operated by either DB or Leo Express. On board you'll find modern comfortable seating and plenty of room for luggage as standard.

Plan your trip ahead and book your train tickets in advance if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Just start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices for trains from Katowice to Krakow Central.

If you’re feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Krakow Central by train, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times.

Katowice to Krakow Central by train

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station

Krakow Central

Journey time

From 49m


43 miles (70 km)


36 trains per day


Direct trains available

Train and bus operators

Flixbus, Leo Express, Deutsche Bahn

Katowice to Krakow Central train times

Check out the next trains departing from Katowice to Krakow Central for Tuesday 25th June 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:59 11:06 1h 7m, direct
10:41 12:05 1h 24m, direct
11:58 12:56 58m, direct
12:56 13:57 1h 1m, direct
13:03 14:18 1h 15m, direct
13:48 14:56 1h 8m, direct
14:11 15:02 51m, direct
14:41 15:41 1h 0m, direct
15:02 16:20 1h 18m, direct
15:33 16:49 1h 16m, direct

Deutsche Bahn and EC (Eurocity) trains from Katowice to Krakow Central

You can travel from Katowice to Krakow Central on Deutsche Bahn and EC (Eurocity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

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EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

Eurocity (EC) and Leo Express classes from Katowice to Krakow Central

Compare the different travel classes offered by Eurocity (EC) and Leo Express when travelling from Katowice to Krakow Central.

Onboard services on Eurocity (EC) and Leo Express

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Katowice to Krakow Central.


You can take as much luggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Luggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Luggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Generally, the standard dimensions of luggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Larger items of luggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large luggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

With EC, you can enjoy food and drink in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you opt for the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

In First Class, you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB trains offer a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.


Deutsche Bahn are gradually installing free WiFi on their EC trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

When travelling with EC, children under 5 years old travel free of charge and don’t require a ticket. Also, children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

On board most EC trains, you will find a family compartment or area suitable for families with babies and children up to the age of 3 years old.


When travelling with EC, you need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle with you. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Usually, bike storage spaces are located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.


If you’re travelling on a EC train, you can take your pet with you. If you have a small dog or pet, you do not need an additional ticket and they can travel for free in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an extra ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not travelling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

The Mobility Service can help you with board, disembark and change trains. In addition, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.


On Leo Express trains, you can take a maximum of 3 pieces of luggage, but the total weight must not exceed 30 kg. You can store your small luggage in the space provided above the seats. Space for large luggage is also available in all travel classes.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

With Leo Express, you can enjoy a varied menu including hot drinks, starters, main courses and desserts, perfect to satisfy small appetites as well as big ones. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are also available.


Free Wi-Fi is available on all Leo Express trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children aged up to 5 years old travel free on all Leo Express services, if accompanied by someone over 10 years old.

Passengers between the ages of 6 and 17 receive a 50% discount on the adult fare when travelling in the Czech Republic.

For travel outside the Czech Republic, Leo Express offers a 25% discount.

Passengers over the age of 15 must present identification when travelling.


You can travel with your bike for an additional cost of €2.

The weight of your bike must not exceed 23kg. In addition, depending on the type of your bike, it must have a maximum length of 180 cm or 150 cm, with a maximum of 60 cm between the centre of the bike and the handlebars.

A Leo Express train can carry up to four bikes, book your ticket as soon as possible to make sure you have a space for yours.


Small pets can travel on Leo Express trains, provided they are in a cage with dimensions less than 40 x 50 x 50 cm. There’s no need to reserve a place for your pet, but the cage must be able to be placed under your seat.

Larger animals that cannot travel in cages are not allowed on board, with the only exception being assistance dogs, who can travel without any restrictions.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For wheelchair travellers, there is a dedicated wheelchair area at the entrance of carriage C. Leo Express train staff are available to help you get on and off the train.

Toilets for people with reduced mobility are available on all Leo Express trains.

Cheap train tickets from Katowice to Krakow Central

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Katowice to Krakow Central by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Katowice to Krakow Central? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Katowice to Krakow Central take?

The average journey time by train between Katowice and Krakow Central is 1 hour and 17 minutes, with around 36 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Katowice and Krakow Central by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Katowice to Krakow Central is 49 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Katowice to Krakow Central?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Katowice to Krakow Central without having to change trains. There are 34 direct trains from Katowice to Krakow Central each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Katowice to Krakow Central leave?

The first train from Katowice to Krakow Central leaves at 01:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Katowice to Krakow Central leave?

The last train from Katowice to Krakow Central leaves at 23:44. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Katowice and Krakow Central by train?

Trains travelling from Katowice to Krakow Central cover a distance of around 43 miles (70 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Krakow Central to Katowice. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Katowice to Krakow Central.

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