Arrival (Tuesday, May 24, 2016)
We recommend that you take one of the flights to Krakow (see the Krakow Airport web page) arriving in Krakow before 6 p.m. We will provide a conference bus from Krakow to Zakopane on May 24 at approximately 6 p.m. from the city center, and - if some participants make a request - make a stop at Krakow Airport at approximately 6:30 p.m.. Details will be posted later.
If your flight arrives later than 6 p.m. you might consider arriving one day earlier and staying one night in Krakow, or continue the journey by regular bus services to Zakopane. You will need approximately 45 min. to reach the bus terminal (see below), and approximately 2.5 hrs to get to Zakopane by bus. There are many buses to Zakopane (e.g. "Szwagropol" bus company time table, or "Szwagropol" web page). Tickets (approximately 20 PLN) can be purchased on board. Buses to Zakopane leave from the upper level of the bus terminal.
Most convenient connection from the airport to the city center is provided by train service leaving from the airport every 30 minutes. Tickets (8 PLN) can be purches on board or in the vending machines at the platform. After arriving in Krakow main train station go to the bus terminal located to the left with respect to train direction. Take one of the underground passages and follow signs to the bus terminal.
After arriving in Zakopane take a taxi to "Geovita", ul. Wierchowa 4, 34-500 Zakopane, tel: +48 18 206 60 41, tel: +48 695 377 718 (reception). You can also walk, see section In Zakopane below.
Taxis in Krakow
Use one of the big taxi companies or take a taxi that is clearly marked with a telephone number starting from 19... and the name of the company (like Barbakan, Rotunda, Grosik, Partner or MPT ). Then the ride from the airport to the city should not exceed 80-90 zloty on working days. The ride inside the city center is approximately 20-25 zloty. If you arrive in Krakow by train or by bus and want to take a taxi use taxi stand located on a parking lot above the train platforms.
Departure (Wednesday, June 1, 2016)
The conference bus will depart to Krakow right after early breakfast at approximately 8:30 a.m. allowing you to catch flights leaving Krakow after 11 a.m. Regular bus service from Zakopane starts before 6 a.m. allowing you to catch flights departing from Krakow at 10 a.m. approximately. If your flight is earlier in the morning consider an option to stay overnight in Krakow.
Free day (Saturday, May 28, 2016)
On the free day only breakfast and late dinner at 8 p.m. will be served (grill party with folk music). No lunch will be provided.
If you cannot stay for the whole period of the School you might consider departing or arriving on May 28.
Google map of Kraków
Here you can find a map showing the city centre and the former Institute of Physics at 4 Reymonta street.
See Google map of Zakopane including conference site and bus/train stations. Conference site is 15 min. uphill walking from the bus station.
Conference participants will be located in:
Conference Center "Geovita"
tel: +48 18 206 60 41
tel: +48 695 377 718 (reception)
Weather in Zakopane
Typically weather in Zakopane is rather unstable this time of the
year. One can expect both high temperatures and Sun and heavy rains
or even snow. Check local weather at
Note that Tatra Mountains are of Alpine character and hiking requires good hiking or trecking boots. Usually in May/June there is still some snow in the upper parts, so warm jacket is also required. Please see http://www.ezakopane.pl/poland/equipment.html