Wieliczka Salt Mine Opening Hours - Timings & Tour Durations
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Wieliczka Salt Mine Opening Hours

The Royal Salt Mine in Wieliczka is on of the most historically important tourist attractions in Poland. It is very popular with the international and domestic tourists alike. Moreover, it serves as a snapshot to over 700 years of humanity’s industrial progress. 

Looking to plan your day around your visit to the mine? Wieliczka Salt Mine opening hours, tour timings and durations can be found in our guide below.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Timings

Wieliczka Salt Mine is open every day of the year except for:

  • New Year’s Day (1 January)
  • Easter Sunday
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (24-25 December)

All guided tours and attractions are open for business aside for these days. Since temperatures underground are at a constant 17°C, seasonal differences in weather won’t affect your Salt Mine tour experience.

When are Krakow Salt Mines open?

Tour of the Salt Mines

The main Tourist Route is open every day (both weekdays and weekends) between 8 am and 6 pm.

If you’re looking for a unique and adventurous experience, the Miners Route is available between 9 am and 5 pm local time.

The Graduation Tower opens at 9 am and last admissions end at 6 pm.

Salt Mine in Wieliczka tour schedule

For those who want to explore the mine on their own, you should know that wandering underground without a tour guide’s supervision is prohibited. When visiting Wieliczka Salt Mine individually, you’ll probably join one of the schedule group tours.

The Wieliczka salt mine timings are 30 minutes, meaning that guides will take their groups inside the mine in 30 minute intervals. That way the separate groups won’t interrupt each other while watching the exhibitions.

However, if you book your visit through a certified tour operator, your group will be able to get skip-the-line entry, meaning you are guaranteed to enter the mine on a designated timeslot, regardless of the current queue length. With Krakow Direct, you can book such a tour. Check out more details in the link below.

Best time to visit Wieliczka Salt Mine

If you’re looking to experience the salt mines without going through crowds, it’s best to avoid the peak season for tourists in Kraków. While going to the mines in the winter is completely fine, we recommend choosing early spring (March-April) or late autumn (October-November) to be able to still enjoy some good weather during the rest of your Krakow city break.

Krakow Salt Mines Tourist Guide – tickets & things to know

Millions of tourist flock to this UNESCO World Heritage Site to enjoy the salt chambers with underground lakes. Or maybe you prefer the impressive salt-carved structures, such as the St. Kinga’s Chapel? Either way, you’re probably in need of more information about the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Luckily, we have a solution for you! Check out our Krakow Salt Mines Travel Guide for valuable tips on transport from Krakow, what to bring to the mine, and more. We also have a gallery of photos from the Wieliczka Salt Mine if you want to see what this underground marvel has to offer. 

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