1. Poland
  2. Lesser Poland
  3. Krakow
  4. Bochnia Salt Mine

Krakow: Bochnia Salt Mine Tour

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Bochnia Salt Mine was the first Salt Mine opened in Poland in 1248. Now you have the chance to visit it on this guided tour, where you will be able to explore the most beautiful excavation levels and chambers.
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Duration: 6 hours
Starting time 11:15 AM
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  • Visit the oldest salt mine in Poland
  • Follow the tourist route that takes you deep into the mine
  • Participate in the underground boat crossing
  • Take a train around the mine's tunnels
Full description
The history of salt extraction in the Bochnia region dates back to 3,500 years B.C. Salt was acquired by evaporating water from brine. The Bochnia mine was opened in 1248 and it became a royal facility generating lots of income. Until now, the mine has been the greatest treasure of the region and due to its salt deposits, it has become one of the most important economic facilities. Bochnia is also listed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.

The trip from Krakow to Bochnia takes around 1-hour. Once you get there, you will have a short toilet break and get ready to go underground with your tour guide in your chosen language. During your guided tour, you will have the chance to visit the most beautiful excavation level. The tourist route is composed of the most breathtaking chambers and galleries with unique shapes and geological structures, including the most famous Mysiur Stables and Saint Kinga’s Chapel. Kinga's Chapel is one of the most well-preserved and largest chapels in Bochnia Salt Mine at a depth of 695 feet (212m) below ground.

You will have the chance to participate in the underground boat crossing, which is one of the biggest attractions of the Bochnia Salt Mine. The only global crossing by boat through the underground brine chamber takes place in the company of a rafter, colorfully telling about the mysterious recesses of the Bochnia Salt Mine. You will cover a distance of 394 feet (120m) in the flooded brine chamber. The crossing is carried out by a 12-person boat.
  • Pick up from a meeting point in Krakow
  • English-speaking driver
  • Entrance tickets
  • Guided tour at Bochnia Salt Mine (guide, boat cruise, train ride, elevator ride both ways)
  • All parking fees and taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point is always from 14 Straszewskiego St, Kraków

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Bring warm clothing, as the temperature underground ranges between 57 - 60F (14 - 16C)
• There are steps you will need to climbs, be sure to wear comfortable shoes
• Smoking and the use of open fire in the mine is strictly forbidden
• No animals are allowed in the mine
• Baby carriages and luggage larger than 30 x 20 x 10 cm are not permitted

From US$ 133.08 per person