Set off on a half-day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow and discover the hair-raising events that took place in this Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Over one million people were killed in Auschwitz with the Nazi’s Final Solution to the Jewish Question.
Auschwitz Day Trip
Board a comfortable air-conditioned coach from the historic centre of Kraków and sit back while you head west to Oświęcim (Auschwitz in German). An introductory documentary about the concentration camp is shown in English during the one-hour bus ride.
Auschwitz-Birkenau is made up of several camps, of which the two most important are Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Once you get to the destination, you will first explore Auschwitz I, initially built to house political prisoners. Follow your local English-speaking guide into the various blocks to discover the permanent exhibitions explaining the atrocities committed in this site.
Next, head to the only remaining gas chambers and crematoriums, which weren’t destroyed by the Nazis before their hasty departure. During the whole visit, your guide will explain the building’s history in a delicate manner.
After a short break, drive to the second camp: Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
Auschwitz II-Birkenau was built in 1941 as an extermination camp where approximately 1.3 million people were sent during the following years. Your guide will lead you through the barracks, the latrines, the train tracks, the deposit of ashes, the remains of the crematoriums and gas chambers which were demolished by the German troops before leaving to hide the evidence.
After visiting both camps, you will head back to Krakow.
We recommend you bring something to eat and drink during the trip. If you don’t, you can buy something at the various stands at the entrance of the concentration camp. The tour includes two breaks, each of 15 minutes.
Included in the tour
Should you wish, this half-day trip includes a free pub crawl back in Krakow, which you can take part in any day of the week.
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Students with student cardUS$ 40.8
Children 5-16US$ 26.3
Children under 5Free
The tour is exclusively in English.
Transport from Krakow by airconditioned coach.
Professional English speaking guide.
Admission to Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps.
Pub crawl with 4 drinks.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How is the visit to the concentration camp?
A - All visitors will be given headphones to follow the tour.
Q - Is it possible to request a child seat?
A - Yes, but please mention it in the comments when making your reservation.
Q - What documentation is needed to accredit me as a student?
A - To make the most of the student discount, you'll have to present your I.D. or passport (to confirm that you are younger than 26) and a student card (physical or electronic) with the name of the university, as well as the name of the student and expiry date.
Q - Can we take luggage on the excursion?
A - Yes.
Q - How long is dedicated to the visit to each camp?
A - Approximately 2.5 hours in Auschwitz I and in Auschwitz II-Birkenau approximately 2.5 hours.
Q - Why is there no availability between the 1st and 3rd of May?
A - These days are reserved for the commemoration of the survivors and their families.
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
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