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Wieliczka Salt Mines Tickets: how to buy, prices and discounts

To see the Wieliczka Salt Mines in person you will need a ticket. In this post I tell you how much they cost and how to buy them.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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Wieliczka Salt Mines Tickets: how to buy, prices and discounts

Tunnel of Mines | ©Lars Plougmann

A visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines and a journey more than 100 metres underground is a unique experience you have to have at least once in your life. What better time than during your trip to Kraków? This was one of the first monuments to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In this post you will find useful information about the price of tickets to the Wieliczka Salt Mines and how to buy them. Don't miss it!

How to buy tickets to see the Wieliczka Salt Mines?

Detail of St. Kinga's Chapel| ©puffin11k
Detail of St. Kinga's Chapel| ©puffin11k

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kraków, in fact it is the second most visited in Poland.

There are several ways to get tickets to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. If you want to visit them on your own you can buy tickets at the monument's ticket office for tours in Polish and English but if you want to avoid the huge queues and do this tour in your own language, then you will have to buy them online at their official website or get the tickets with a guided tour without booking transport from Krakow for 39 euros with Hellotickets.

Whichever place you choose to buy tickets to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, make sure you check the opening times and book well in advance of your travel date as it is a very popular attraction and tours in other languages are small but in high demand. Tickets go fast!

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Wieliczka Salt Mine ticket prices

Stairs down to the mine| ©Aleksandr Zykov
Stairs down to the mine| ©Aleksandr Zykov

You can buy tickets to the Wieliczka Salt Mine on your own if you want to save as much as possible on your visit. The price of tickets to the monument at the ticket office for tours in languages other than Polish is as follows:

  • Standard single ticket: 100 PLN (21,59 Euro)
  • Discounted single ticket for children and young people: 80 PLN (17,27 Euro)
  • Discounted single ticket for students and seniors: 90 PLN ('19.43)
  • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children aged 4-16): 280 PLN (60,45 Euro)
  • Children up to 4 years: free

The price of the activity is a key factor in planning the budget for an activity during a trip. If you want to know more details about it, I recommend you to read the post How much does it cost to visit the Salt Mines.

Is there free or discounted admission to the Wieliczka Salt Mines?

Salt Mine Tunnel| ©James Antrobus
Salt Mine Tunnel| ©James Antrobus

No, as a rule it is not possible to enter the Wieliczka Salt Mine free of charge, only children up to 4 years of age are allowed. All other visitors must purchase a ticket to see the entire monument.

However, it is possible to attend mass every Sunday at 7:30 am in the magnificent Chapel of St. Kinga for free, but only on this occasion and only on the occasion of the Eucharist.

As for discounts or promotions, they do not exist as such, but there are reduced rates at the ticket office for certain groups such as children, students, young people and pensioners.

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How much does the Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour cost?

Salt statues of the miners| ©Davis Staedtler
Salt statues of the miners| ©Davis Staedtler

If you are one of those people who prefer not to make things difficult for yourself when you go on a trip, whether it's dealing with a foreign language, transport, entrance fees or the services of a guide, my advice is to opt for an organised tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow to discover this beautiful World Heritage Site.

If you book it in Hellotickets there are several alternatives for an organised tour to the Salt Mines of Wieliczka depending on whether you are interested in a private excursion (126 €), an all-inclusive tour (44 €) or only the transfer with guided tour (43 €) although in this last option the entrance fees are at your own expense and are not included in the price of the tour.

That is why when booking your tickets I advise you to read carefully what the tour includes and what it does not include so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs and tastes.

What do organised tours usually include?

  • Round-trip transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees to Wieliczka Salt Mines

What the excursions do not usually include

  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages
  • The tour does not include the lift to the bottom of the mine.

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Do children pay admission to the Wieliczka Salt Mines?

Children visiting the salt mines| ©Lars Plougmann
Children visiting the salt mines| ©Lars Plougmann

When we think of activities to do with the family we usually imagine somewhere outdoors where children can play, run and jump. Maybe at first, a mine doesn't seem like the ideal place to go on an excursion with children, but nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, being such an atypical and different place, a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine is something they will always remember - it's not every day that you get the chance to go deep underground!

The Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour is open to children of all ages and admission is free for children up to the age of 4. All other children must have their own ticket.

Believe me, they will have a great time feeling like Tadeo Jones for a day exploring inside a very old medieval mine and listening to all the legends that circulate around it. You'll see lots of underground chambers and galleries, curious rock formations, beautiful salt lakes, amazing sculptures and learn what the miners' hard work was like. You'll love it!

If you want to know more about visiting this special monument with your family, I recommend you to read the post Visiting the Salt Mines with children.

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What is the price of transport to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Krakow?

Sukiennice, Krakow| ©Jorge Láscar
Sukiennice, Krakow| ©Jorge Láscar

Being such a touristy place close to Krakow, the Wieliczka Salt Mines are very well connected to the city and there are several means of transport available to get there on your own if you rule out the option of taking an organised tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mines with transport included.

When planning your budget for a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, transport is also something to which you should pay particular attention.

Fortunately, transport in Krakow is not very expensive and you will be able to find affordable ways to get to the monument without spending a fortune. In this sense, the best options are the train and the bus, two fast and cheap means of transport that will take you to the monument in about 30 minutes.

The cost of a bus ticket to the Wieliczka Salt Mine from Kraków is about PLN 4 each way (about €1), while the cost of a train ticket can be checked online or at the ticket window at the station.

However, in the post How to get to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from Kraków I'll tell you more about it.

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