Katowice Airport (actually, Katowice Pyrzowice Airport) is located about 30 km north of Katowice city centre. Although it is not very far, its public transport connections could be better. In this article, we will provide information on how to get from Katowice Airport to city centre, Krakow and other destinations.
Katowice Airport to city centre by public transport
Katowice is part of a large agglomeration that consists of several cities. So some buses from Katowice Airport go not to Katowice, but to other cities: Bytom, Gliwice. or Piekary Slaskie. Not all of those cities have good connections to other cities in Poland, so if you want to travel further, you should opt for any bus that goes from Katowice Airport to city centre or to Gliwice.
By local bus
There are several city lines that leave Katowice Airport. To travel with them, you’ll need to buy a ticket, either online (with Apps: Jakdojade, Mobilet, Skycash, mPay, zbiletem.pl) or in the ticket machine located here.
Lines AP and M11 from Katowice Airport to city centre
Lines AP and M11 run both to Katowice Sadowa, close to Katowice Main Bus and Train station, and to Freedom Square (Plac Wolnosci). The difference is, line AP goes directly there (has only 2 stops before that, both in Katowice) and it takes 45 minutes, while M11 stops in every village on its way and the journey lasts over an hour.
Therefore, line AP is the best choice to get from Katowice Airport to city centre by bus. It runs at least once an hour, even at night. The ticket costs 6,6 PLN (or 6 PLN if you buy it online). You may check the schedule of AP line here.
Lines 17 and 85 from Katowice Airport to Bytom
Lines 17 and 85 run from Katowice Airport to Bytom. Although their route differs, they both end at the Bytom train station. They run more or less every two hours. You may check the schedule of line 17 and 85.
Beware, that not all variants of those lines get as far as Bytom, check the meaning of the accompanying letter (ie U, W,X) on in the schedule. It takes about one hour to get to Bytom Train Station, so you need to buy 6,6 PLN ticket (or 6 PLN ticket if you buy it online).
Bytom has some connections to other cities, but they are not frequent.
Line M14 from Katowice Airport to Gliwice
Line M14 runs from Katowice Airport to the recently built Interchange Centre in Gliwice. There, you may easily change to train or bus going to other Polish cities.
Line M14 leaves the airport every hour, and the journey lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The ticket costs 6,6 PLN (or 6 PLN if you buy it online).
Line M19 from Katowice Airport to Sosnowiec
Line M19 runs from Katowice Airport to Sosnowiec every hour, passing by Sosnowiec train station. The trip lasts about an hour and the ticket costs 6,6 PLN (or 6 PLN if you buy it online). From Sosnowiec there are connections to other cities.
Other bus lines
Lines 738 and M116 will not let you get close to any of the large cities here, so just ignore them.
Long-distance buses from Katowice Airport to Krakow and other cities
Except for local buses, there are also long-distance buses leaving Katowice airport to Krakow and other cities. Below are some options available. Long distance Buses from Katowice Airport to Krakow leave from the bus stop to the left after you leave the Airport.
Katowice Airport to Polanczyk (a village in Bieszczady Mountains), passing through Bytom, Katowice and Krakow, run by Barbara Travel
Katowice Airport to Krakow, run by Matuszek Travel. They run about 15 times daily, both during the day and night. One way ticket from Katowice Airport to Krakow costs 60 PLN, return ticket costs 120 PLN. Tickets may be reserved online.
Flixbus runs buses to several destinations, both domestic and international. However,
The bus journey from Katowice Airport to Krakow lasts about 3 hours.
Katowice Airport to city centre by train
So far there is no train from Katowice Airport to city centre, although the connection is under construction, and is due to be finished in late 2023. The train will allow you to get fast to Katowice train station, which is a big train hub.
Katowice Airport Taxi is the official taxi carrier, recommended by Katowice Airport. This means they have some privileges for picking up passengers at the airport (they pick them up in front of Terminal C), they probably charge a bit more, but the risk they will rip you off is low. They have a fixed price for popular destinations: Katowice airport to city centre, Czestochowa, Oswiecim (Auschwitz), Krakow and even Warsaw. You may check their prices here.
You are free to take any other taxi that you find, of course, but try to avoid non-corporate taxis. Uber and Freenow taxis may be also hired through their Apps, it’s worth checking them as they tend to be cheaper, and once you hire them the price is set.
If you download the FreeNow Android App or FreeNow Apple App and register with this link you will receive a voucher for 15 PLN (about 4 EUR).