Wieliczka Salt Mine tours - further information
Wieliczka Salt Mine is the only mining facility in the world functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. Salt Mine tours from Krakow rank among the most popular and Wieliczka Salt Mine draws attention of more than one million visitors each year. Established in the 13th century by Polish king Casimir III the Great, it was the biggest provider of salt in Poland. Being one of the oldest and the largest salt mines in the world, Wieliczka Salt Mine saw entire generations of local miners who created a unique community underground. Today, miners no longer work Wieliczka, but this original underground complex is preserved in a great condition. Wieliczka is a world-class monument among all of Poland Salt Mines.
Our company specialises in transfer services. We organise Krakow Salt Mine tours every day and guarantee high quality in the best prices. Wieliczka Salt Mine tours with KrakowDirect are available in private or shared option.
Private or shared Krakow Salt Mine tours
Our private Salt Mine tours from Krakow include door-to-door pick up and drop off and English speaking driver at your disposal throughout the day. Our driver will wait for you at your hotel in Krakow and take you directly to Wieliczka Salt Mine. For our group Krakow Salt Mine tours we also provide pick up and drop off in Krakow city centre, but we organise several stops in hotels in the city centre where our clients are staying. If your hotel is located outside Krakow city centre, we can arrange a special transfer to take you to the closest pick up point for additional cost. We provide only six- or eight-seater cars or minibuses, but not coaches.
On private tours we can arrange drop off directly to your hotel or any other destination in the city centre. On group tours drop off points are the same as pick up points, but if you wish, we can drop you off along our way in the city centre. One way drive from Krakow to Wieliczka Salt Mine takes about 30-40 minutes. We do not recommend any stops on the way, but upon request we can arrange a lunch break. We can also provide lunch boxes for additional cost.
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Wieliczka Salt Mine tours
Upon your arrival to Wieliczka, you will join one of guided tours in English. Walking on your own is not possible in Wieliczka Salt Mine, but on our private Salt Mine tours from Krakow you can book a private guided tour. If you wish to book one of private Wieliczka Salt Mine guided tours, please notify us in advance.
Standard tourist route covers all highlights of Wieliczka Salt Mine and takes around 2-2.5 hours. You will see carved entirely in salt St. Kinga’s Chapel where even chandeliers are made of salt crystals. This 54 m long and almost 12 m high chapel resembles interiors of medieval wooden churches and is a real underground wonder. Many prestigious concerts were hosted in St. Kinga’s Chapel due to its excellent acoustics. During Wieliczka Salt Mine tours visitors also see an underground lake, caverns, narrow tunnels, salt sculptures and little chapels. Most interiors are religious in character, but they also simply astound with how nature and people had coexisted underground for many centuries.
On standard tourist route in Wieliczka Salt Mine there are approximately 800 stairs. Already at the entrance, visitors go 400 stairs down. Although some underground chambers are very spacious, there are also very narrow paths that can seem claustrophobic. It should be taken into account, as there is no possibility to shorten your visit and once you join one of Wieliczka Salt Mine tours, you will be required to last until the end. Your hand luggage should be in a reasonable size and your larger luggage should be left in the car. Please also note, that in Wieliczka Salt Mine temperatures are around 15ºC. Taking photos and filming is possible only after purchasing additional pass.
Information for visitors with mobility problems and visitors with children
Entrance and exit to underground tourist route are situated in two different places. At the entrance, visitors descent 400 steps down, but exit using lifts on the other side of the Salt Mine. Please note, that it is generally not possible to use a lift in order to enter the salt mine. This can be arranged only in special circumstances.
For visitors with mobility problems that cannot use stairs, there are special Wieliczka Salt Mine tours available. However, this applies only for the private option of the tour. In such case, there is a special route that covers all highlights but avoids stairs and is slightly shorter than the standard tourist route. While entering and leaving the Salt Mine visitors with mobility problems use lifts. There is however one regulation for wheelchair users – your wheelchair cannot be wider than 56 cm to fit to the lift. If your wheelchair is too wide there is a possibility to get a substitute wheelchair in line with Salt Mine’s regulations. You can use all types of wheelchairs underground, but please note that Salt Mine provides only standard wheelchairs. If you wish to reserve a substitute wheelchair, please let us know.
If you are visiting Wieliczka Salt Mine with children, you will not be allowed to enter with baby push chairs. There are no restrictions regarding the age of children allowed underground, but children should be either capable of walking unassisted or carried in baby slings or baby carriers. If you wish to take advantage of reduced price tickets for children up to 26 years old with valid school ID, please inform us in advance. Children under 4 years old are entitled to free admission. We can also provide appropriate child seat or booster seat in our minibus, but please let us know earlier.
Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine with KrakowDirect
If you wish to discover all of Wieliczka Salt Mine wonders in the most comfortable and hustle-free way possible, book Salt Mine tours from Krakow with KrakowDirect. Our services include direct pick up and drop off, private air-conditioned vehicle and English-speaking driver’s assistance throughout the day. Our Salt Mine tours from Krakow take about 4 hours with 30-40 minutes drive each way. There are two payment options available. You can pay online while booking one of our Krakow Salt Mine tours or in cash to the driver. We prefer payments in Polish zlotys, but we also accept Euros, Pounds and U. S. Dollars in amount according to current exchange rate. Change will be given in Polish zlotys.
Wieliczka Salt Mine tours with KrakowDirect are always professional and satisfactory. Our company has years of experience and provide high quality service in the best prices. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and book one of our Krakow Salt Mine Tours!