Krakow – due to its demographic, economic, social and scientific-cultural strength – ranks second in Poland among cities. It has unique values that are the basis of its economic development and an increase in the quality of life. It has high-quality human capital at its disposal. It is a city people consciously choose as a place to live, work, study, spend free time in a variety of ways. Sustainable development and the ability to meet specific challenges with the skillful use of own resources are the main priorities.
The academic center, with its 650 year old University, is permanently connected with the city and builds an unrepeated resource of knowledge in a unique way. It is the key to competitiveness and innovation not only of Krakow, but also of the entire region. The intensively developing economy based on knowledge is a completely new process in the economic life of the City, which makes it part of the modern economies of the world.
The overriding goal for Krakow is not only to be a modern city but also to be proud of its historical heritage. It aspires to be an open, rich, friendly and safe metropolis, vibrant with culture. Smart management and strengthening the sphere of modern services and the research and development sector are the foundations for the development of Krakow - a city where innovation and effective cooperation between science and business are the focus.
DEALING WITH KRAKOW & POLAND
Phones? The international dialing code for Poland is +48, the local code for Krakow is 12. All European mobile phones will work without any problems.
Money? The official currency in Poland is the zloty (zł or PLN). Currency exchange bureaus can be easily found at the airport, in the city centre, as well as the shopping centers and hotels. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. In some places it is also possible to pay in euros.
Getting by bus? MDA Coach Station, located only few meters away from PKP Rail Station Kraków Main, offers many international and local connections.
Getting by plane? The local airport (Krakow-Balice) has direct connections with many European localizations as well. Another airport, Katowice-Pyrzowice, is reachable within 1,5 hour by shuttle-bus. Both airports have connections operated by traditional carriers, as well as low-cost ones.
To reach the city centre, the easiest and the cheapest solution is to take the fast train (SKA1) or bus (lines: 208, 252, 308 and 902). The train station as well as bus stop are located near the passenger terminal, the journey takes 20/30 minutes and costs no more than 2€. On the contrary, the most comfortable solution is taking a taxi parked in front of the airport (approx. fare is 10-15€).
Due to the an excellent localization of the conference venue, to move around the city the best advice is to take a walk. You can also use the city transport, the closest tram and bus stops are ‘Teatr Bagatela’, 'Muzeum Narodowe', or 'AGH/UR'.
Krakow has a wide range of accommodation possibilities to offer just on the edge of the centre of the Old Town and in the nearby of the conference venue. As April is already a highly touristic season in Krakow, we recommend securing the accomodation early in advance.
In case you have any problems, feel free to contact us, we will supply you additional information and help you in planning your trip.