Embark on a day trip to Wieliczka Salt Mines, one of the most-visited landmarks in Poland, and explore the subterranean salt-carved chapels and galleries with striking statues, chandeliers and altars.
Wieliczka Salt Mine Day Trip
Greet your English-speaking guide in the city center and climb on a comfortable air-conditioned coach. Admire the rural Polish landscape during the short ride to Wieliczka, located only 15km from Krakow.
Once you get to the UNESCO World Heritage site, tag after your knowledgeable guide down 350 steps and into one of the oldest salt mines in Europe. Discover over 20 salt-chiseled rooms, some of which are beautifully decorated during the 3.5 kilometers (2.1 miles) walking-tour, as well as underground lakes, the tools and utensils used by the miners and curious salt-made sculptures and low reliefs.
While your guide explains how Wieliczka was transformed into a charming “underground village”, walk into the Chapel of St. Kinga, a startling 54-meter temple decorated with large chandeliers and a beautiful altar.
At the end of the tour return to Krakow by bus.
Interesting facts about the Salt Mine
Although you will find out all about this unique masterpiece during the half-day trip, here is a list of curious facts about the mine:
- Created by nature 15 million years ago.
- The mine was opened in the thirteenth century and closed in 1978.
- It receives over one million visitors per year.
- Visited for the first time in the fifteenth century.
- UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site in 1978.
- The mine is over 300 kilometers long, with 3,000 chambers and 9 floors.
- The guided tour of the Salt Mine includes 378 steps.
Included in the tour
The half-day trip includes a free pub crawl, which includes entrance to 4 clubs and a free shot at each bar. You can take part in the pub crawl any day of the week.
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English Language Tour
Students with student card (under 26 years olds)US$ 39.20
Children 5-16US$ 27.40
Children under 5Free
The tour is exclusively in English.
Return transportation from Krakow by bus.
Professional local English speaking guide.
Admission to the Salt Mine.
Supplement for take photos during the guided tour (10 PLN).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the previous day (20:00 local time) if there are still places available.
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 - If my student card doesn't have an expiry date is that ok?
A - In this case you'll have to present your ID along with your student card.
Q - If i'm claustrophobic should I take this excursion?
A - The visit to the salt mines could be traumatic for someone with claustrophobia. During the visit there are chambers, narrow corridors, salt chapels, and lakes, climbing down stairs and taking elevators.
Q - Is it possible to take this visit with a person in a wheelchair?
A - The tour to the salt mines is not suitable for those in a wheelchair. There is a wheelchair accessible route, but this is different to the the regular salt mines tour.
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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