Krakow is the most popular tourist destination and the most polluted big city in Poland as well. This is best visible during winter, when people warming their homes with coal, making the situation even worse.
Krakow authorities try to fight with the smog – they subsidy changing coal ovens into gas ovens and promote the central heating on the one hand, and on another they try to keep cars as far from the city centre as possible.
Parking zones in Krakow
There are three main parking zones in Krakow. But despite that, finding a free parking slot in the centre of Krakow might be a challenge.
Each zone is divided into sub-zones (A1, A2 etc.) but this does not affect the fare. You are supposed to pay the parking fee Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8 pm.
The parking fee may be paid in parkometers (depending on the parkometer: coins, card), or with mobile App (most popular: Skycash, Mobilet). Paying with mobile apps is more flexible, as you may use Start/Stop button or prolong the time you want to keep the car in the parking slot. If you pay in the parkometer, you need to prepay for the time you plan to stay, and if you want to extend it, you need to come to your car.
In both cases, you should (if possible) enter your car’s plate number. If paying with the App, make sure to choose the proper parking zone.
A zone (Podstrefa A)
It is in the city centre and about 1km from the main square. Each hour costs 6 PLN here.
Where to look for parking slots in Zone A? This is mainly a walking area, but there are some slots around St Ducha Square. Other popular regions to park your car in Zone A are streets connecting to Planty from the west: Zwierzyniecka Street, Smolensk Street, Pilsudskiego Street and Jablonowskich Street.
B zone (Podstrefa B)
A little bit further from the city centre, each hour costs 5 PLN
Where to look for parking slots in B parking zone in Krakow? The best area is the former University Hospital area at Jana and Jedrzeja Sniadeckich Street.
C zone (Podstrefa C)
Up to about 3km from the city centre, each hour costs 4 PLN.
Other parking options in Krakow
Very convenient parking, located in A zone, but significantly cheaper, is inside Galeria Krakowska shopping mall. This parking is open Monday-Friday from 8am to 11pm, and on Sunday (9am to 10 pm). First quarter is for free, the first two hours cost 2 PLN, and each following hour costs 5 PLN.