Wieliczka Salt Mine Tickets

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Opening hours

1st April-31st October: 9:00 am-6:00pm

2nd November-31st March: 9:30 am-3:00pm

The mine is open every day except November 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year

How to get there

Daniłowicza 10, 32-020 Wieliczka, Poland

Close to Krakow, you can take a taxi, bus or train to the charming town of Wieliczka. Take bus number 304, which departs near the Galeria Krakowska shopping center. The train to Wieliczka departs from the main railway station (Dworzec Glowny).

FAQ

What can I expect to see at the Wieliczka Salt Mine?
Whenever you travel along the Tourist Route or Miners
What if I want to do both tours?
There’s a package available if you’d like to take both tours, just arrive early enough to ensure you’ll have time for them. While each route costs 89 zlotys each, they can be booked together for 155 zlotys (around £32). This is an excellent option for making the most of your expedition to the mine.
Is the mine suitable for kids?
Absolutely, as long as you think they can handle walking for a few hours. You can’t use a pushchair as there are lots of steps, small lifts and uneven paths to navigate, so children will need to be able to walk themselves. There’s no age restriction on children for the Tourist Route, and the Miners’ Route is suitable for kids who are at least 10 years old. Kids will find the hands-on nature of this striking and unique setting particularly entertaining.
What do I need to bring?
It’s a good idea to wrap everyone up fairly warm, as the mines are always on the chillier side, around 15°C. So, no need for woolly hats and big coats, but you’ll be too cold in shorts and a T-shirt. Waterproof footwear is also a good idea because of the occasional puddle you’ll step through. All the equipment for the Miners’ Route will be provided, so you won’t need to pack your own pickaxe! Aim to arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the allotted time for your tour.

Must-know

History of the mine
The mine stretches deep down below the earth: 327 metres at its lowest point, and is 178 miles long (but don’t worry, you won’t walk that far!) It dates from as early as the 13th century, when salt was discovered and the first shafts were installed to extract it. Around then, salt was an extremely valuable resource because of its scarcity and how difficult it was to extract. Everyone loved the difference it made to their food, and there was big money in mining it. This gradually became a staple of every home’s cupboard, and the 1990s saw serious decline in the price of it. The mine ceased operations in 2007 and it was opened as an attraction and museum.
Fitness level
People of all ages have an excellent time in the mines, but you’ll need to be prepared to do some walking. On the Tourist Route, there are 800 steps to climb in total, and you can expect some physical exertion on the Miners’ Route. That said, the unique nature of the Wieliczka Salt Mine makes it well worth the excursion. The mine is suitable for wheelchair access, who can see certain areas of it. Book well in advance and ask about what wheelchair users can expect to experience on a visit.
Krakow Saltworks Museum
Now an ultra common, cheap-to-produce product, salt has had an interesting trajectory through history. Phrases like ‘being worth your salt’ and ‘salt of the Earth’ are reflective of its importance in our society. Indeed, it’s an essential ingredient in making just about any savoury meal taste better, even though most of us probably eat too much of it these days. Wieliczka Salt Mine was so important that in the 14th century the Saltworks Castle was built here, and you can visit it and the Krakow Saltworks Museum, included in your entry fee.

Places nearby

Wawel Castle
As Krakow will almost certainly be your base when visiting Wieliczka Salt Mine, you absolutely shouldn’t miss seeing this magnificent 13th century masterpiece. It’s very typical of the best of traditional Polish architecture, with opulent features both inside and out. See the state rooms, peek into the royal private apartments, and view the temporary exhibitions when you visit here.
Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Krakow Cloth Hall
A stunning building in the city’s principal market square, which in the 15th century was the hub of commercial activity in town. Goods, including salt from Wieliczka, was traded through here and exported to hungry buyers across Europe. The exhibits in the Sukiennice Museum here are magnificent, and a real treat for art lovers visiting Krakow.
Krakow Cloth Hall

Krakow Cloth Hall

Wawel Cathedral
Another typical example of local architecture, this is one of Poland
Wawel Cathedral

Wawel Cathedral