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How to travel from Warsaw to Krakow Central by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Warsaw to Krakow Central? Look no further.

There are around 21 trains per day running between Warsaw and Krakow Central, which usually take 3 hours 13 minutes to complete the 155 miles (250 km) journey. It can take as little as 2 hours 33 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available.

You can save money on train tickets from Warsaw to Krakow Central if you book in advance. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for timetables (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Warsaw to Krakow Central by train

Journey timeFrom 2h 33m
Distance155 miles (250 km)
Frequency21 trains per day
First train04:52
Last train23:13
Departure stationWarsaw
Arrival stationKrakow Central
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsFlixbus

Warsaw to Krakow Central train times

Check out the next trains departing from Warsaw to Krakow Central for Tuesday 23rd August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
07:46 10:36 2h 50m, direct
08:47 11:24 2h 37m, direct
08:59 12:00 3h 1m, direct
10:53 13:31 2h 38m, direct
11:34 15:08 3h 34m, 1 change
12:46 15:19 2h 33m, direct
12:55 16:25 3h 30m, direct
13:14 16:44 3h 30m, 1 change
14:45 17:26 2h 41m, direct
14:53 18:41 3h 48m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from Warsaw 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 Warsaw 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 Warsaw 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 Warsaw to Krakow Central take?

The average journey time by train between Warsaw and Krakow Central is 3 hours and 13 minutes, with around 21 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 Warsaw and Krakow Central by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Warsaw to Krakow Central is 2 hours and 33 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Warsaw to Krakow Central?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Warsaw to Krakow Central without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Warsaw 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 Warsaw to Krakow Central leave?

The first train from Warsaw to Krakow Central leaves at 04:52. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Warsaw to Krakow Central leaves at 23:13. 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 Warsaw and Krakow Central by train?

Trains travelling from Warsaw to Krakow Central cover a distance of around 155 miles (250 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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