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Lesser Poland (Voivodeship)
Population: 754 624
Licence plate: KR
Major roads: A4
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Kraków is a city in the south of Poland.

Hitching Out

West towards Katowice, Wrocław A4 E 40

  • From bus stop behind junction with traffic lights

From city centre take tram 4, 8, 13 direction Bronowice Małe and get off at Balicka Wiadukt (one before the last one). Turn right (north), go down the stairs from the bridge and continue walking for about 700m till you get to the roundabout. Turn left (west) and hitch at the bus stop just behind the roundabout. You can get to the spot also by many buses e.g 172, 238 and get off at Motel Krak. There are streetlights which allow to hitchhike at night. It's better to write Katowice on your sign, not Wroclaw, seems to be easier to start. There are toll booths and petrol stations on the way to continue in the direction Wrocław/Dresden/Cottbus.

  • From petrol station in city suburbs

From bus stop Motel Krak (see above) you can walk down the road for about 1.5km or take any bus in that direction and get off at the second stop called Pasternik Cmentarz (you have to press the stop button otherwise the bus won't stop). There's petrol station and small parking for trucks.

  • From toll booths

From main railway station take bus 208 or 292 direction Port Lotniczy (Airport). If you take bus 208 get off at Balice Autostrada (NŻ) (you have to press the stop button otherwise the bus won't stop). Walk back for about 30m and turn left (west). Continue walking, go over the motorway by the bridge from which you will see the toll booths. Here's the route It's a bout 1.5km walk. If you take the bus 292 you have to walk a bit more (about 3km). Get off at the airport and follow this route. There is also local train going to the airport from main railway station.

Hitching from Krakow to Ukraine

North towards Warszawa, Gdańsk 7 E 77

There are two common places: Start to hitchhike after the inner bypass on Opolska street - you can get there by buses number 139,132,172,105,102,207 - bus stop name is Opolska estakada, but it is quite a busy spot. A better option is to take the bus number 217,247,277 until the stop Kuźnicy Kołłątajowskiej. Watch out because the bus does not stop at the last stop but drives on so you want to know when to get off. There is a lot of space on deceleration lane going to the petrol station and cars are going extremely slow because there is a traffic light just ahead.

East towards Rzeszów, Przemyśl, Lviv (UA) 4 E 40

Take the minibus from the main post office (corner of Starowislna and Westerplatte streets) to the town of Wieliczka (the ticket costs about 2,5 PLN) and ask the driver to let you out at the end of the city (the place where already Wieliczka starts). There is a bus stop and plenty of space to stop even for a truck. See picture. To Ukraine you can't cross the border by foot in Korczowa, bu in edyka! In Korczowa youc an wait for 3 hours because there are a lot of cars!

South and southwest towards Rabka Zdrój, Ružomberok (SK) 7 E 77, Zakopane 47 and Bielsko-Biała 52

Take tram no. 8 direction Zakopiańska and get off at the last stop. There is a small bus station. Walk south on Zakopiańska street for a few hundred meters, then you will see a traffic lights after which is a bus stop where you can hitch. Cars drive here slowly, but you also get too much urban traffic. If you don't get a ride in 30 min, it's better to take one of the local buses (eg. 235) till after the highway crossing, where you get much better traffic heading your way.

If your are heading to Slovakia, the road splits towards SK is before Zakopane. On the split itself there is a good spot to hitchhike, although still a lot of local traffic.