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

Wieliczka Salt Mine Skip-the-Line Ticket for Tourist Route

Product ID: 88085
Visit one of the largest underground mining museums in the world, where white gold, as salt was called, was extracted from the ground. Skip the lines at Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the most fascinating and popular of all Polish monuments.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide/headphones
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy skip-the-line admission to the UNESCO-listed Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Explore the salt mine with a local expert guide
  • Marvel at the breathtaking underground galleries, chambers and lakes
Full description
Skip the lines and discover the wonders of the salt city on a 2.5-hour visit. The tour starts with a descent down the stairs to a depth of 64 meters! The micro-climate of the mine, by the way, has a beneficial impact on visitors who suffer from asthma and allergies.

You’ll be led through a number of chambers and see underground lakes, shrines and salt monuments. The underground labyrinth covers 9 levels at 64 to 327 meters below the surface of the earth.

Nearly 2,400 chambers are connected with sidewalks, for a total length of 245km. The mine was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1978.

The first tourist trail in Wieliczka was established at the turn of the 19th century. The trail leads through numerous drifts and galleries where evidence of mining activity has been preserved. You’ll also see examples of sacred art and themed compositions relating to the history of the mine and legends surrounding it.

Wieliczka is also home to the world's largest mining heritage museum, with a collection of unique pieces of mining equipment reflecting the development of mining techniques from the Middle Ages until today.

The tour ends at a level that’s 135 meters below the surface, and you’ll return to the surface by elevator.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line admission ticket for a guided tour
  • Audioguide for Krakow (can be collected at tour operator's office)
  • Pre-booking fee
  • Transportation (if option selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Extra fees (such as photography)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Visitor's Centre at Plac Szczepański 8.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Food and drinks
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• The temperature in the mine is constant (about 14 Celsius), so warm clothing is recommended, even in the summer
• There are 800 steps on the way, including 380 right at the beginning
• Please note that this tour does not include routes accessible for wheelchairs
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3076 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.1 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Be aware that at the start of the tour, there are a lot of wooden stairs to descend. I felt a bit panicked at first but it was fine, people took their time. As you go down, there are numbers on the wall. The bottom of the stairs is number 54, each flight was 6 steps. There is a lift at the end of the tour to bring you back up. And there's a restaurant in the mine to rest and have something to eat. It's worth the effort.

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7 March 2020

Expect lots of walking, but nothing unbearable (had elderly and kids in my group and they were perfectly fine). Most of us took out our coats and jackets during the tour as it gets warm - 2 to 3 layers would be perfect. Tour guide was humorous yet informative; pace was perfect as well. Highly recommended!

25 February 2020

Good but a bit rushed at times. Stairs were not as bad as I imagined, but not recommended for less mobile people. More chance of getting dizzy than tired going down stairs, turning 90 degrees every 6 steps. Seeing carved rock sculptures was amazing especially in the big chapel. Lift back up to surface was VERY cramped. 9 people into a very small cage!

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16 February 2020

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Product ID: 88085