Wieliczka Salt Mine

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5 Things To Know about the Wieliczka Salt Mine

One of Poland's top tourist attractions, a world-class monument and one of UNESCO's World Culture and Natural Heritage sites. Here's a little bit of history about the mine, and what to expect when you visit.

  • Original Purpose

    1. Original Purpose

    The Wieliczka Salt Mine began operations in the 13th century, and is the oldest salt mine in the world still in operation.

  • Tourist routes

    2. Tourist routes

    You can now take tours of parts of the mine, and wonder at underground lakes, intricate salt carvings, and the salt chapels.

  • Health resort

    3. Health resort

    Using the medicinal properties of the enviroment, an innovative treatment therapy has been created in the mine resort with a number of wonderful health benefits.

  • Accommodation

    4. Accommodation

    You can choose to stay in the mine in one of the wonderful hotels - enjoying the benefits of the clean air and calming atmosphere.

  • Attractions

    5. Attractions

    Make sure to check what events are on when you visit - if you time it right you can see Europe's oldest mining orchestra, or some live salt sculpture making.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening hours?

    The salt mines are open to tourists for tours Monday to Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

  • How long do tours last?

    Tours last roughly three hours, allowing you to enjoy an extensive look at the mines, learn about their history and see the cultural attractions.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tours available Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    A non-Polish adult ticket is 79PLN, which is about $21.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    By train, head to the Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia train station, or take the 304 bus to Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli.
  • Additional information
    ** Discount tickets are available for groups and for families. | Make sure you wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes! There are 800 steps to climb!*

What people are saying about Wieliczka Salt Mine

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 18,729 reviews

Absolutely fantastic excursion to see the Salt Mines. They really are stunning and a must-see if you visit Krakow. St Kinga's Chapel takes your breath away! Our guide at the Salt Mines, Natalia, was very informative and entertaining. I'd highly recommend this trip. Thank you!

Great meeting point, right in the center. Everything is punctual, so it's best not to be late. It is very close to Krakow and the journey takes only half an hour. All guides in the mine wear the same uniform. It creates an atmosphere.

an extraordinary experience. both the driver and the guide provided useful information, were very sociable, punctual and organized. and the salt mine is a definitely must see tourist spot

Directions were clear and payment processing was fast. It would be better to inform the participants which is part of the package (i.e. only go down to Salt Mines, museum is separate etc)

A short and interesting excursion, the children also liked it. There was time to walk around and buy souvenirs. I would definitely recommend a visit to everyone who came to Krakow.