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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Our insider tips

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 14,243 reviews

Well worth the visit, and value for money

We went to the 4.30 tour on a Friday which was still busy. This was a group of about 12, differing ages 25-65, fortunately, all around the same level of fitness. Completed the tour in an hour and a half. Then queued around half an hour for life back up. Lifts hold 10 people including lift operators and are very small, so be prepared. Not an issue for me but maybe others if claustrophobic, though the journey back up is quick. Need to wear comfortable shoes, possibly an extra jkt or clothing, temperature in the mine is set at 17-18 degrees. Moving at a constant pace and relatively quickly, meant that I didn’t need extra clothing to keep warm. Initially a lot of steps (wooden) down to the mines. One set of steps (rock salt) to the largest chamber. Rock salt statues very impressive, and the chambers also gave us some respite from the sun as temperatures in Krakow and surrounding areas were in the 30’s in late August 2019.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: 4-Hour Guided Tour from Krakow Reviewed by

Absolutely Amazing and thought provoking!

Wow! What a day! Punctual pick up by Michael our driver, very comfortable bus journey throughout. Auschwitz-Birkenau tour extremely insightful and harrowing. The tour guide was exceptional and very respectful. Everything explained perfectly and his knowledge was second to none. Lunch was perfect! Lots of bottled water available to combat extensive heat. Salt mines exceptional and light relief after the camps. Amazing that there are nine levels and we got down to three, which incorporated the must exquisite salt formations. I never knew salt was so versatile, especially the church, which actually holds regular Sunday services and even Weddings! A must see! Overall an exceptional, well organised day and would totally recommend! Julia - England

Friendly driver and guide, comfortable journey.

I would rate the overall experience as good. However, I was almost left behind. On our way towards the exit, I received an important phone call and slowed down a little, but I was delayed only by a minute. The tour guide made a head count and led the group out towards the exit and the way out was closed behind them. Luckily the staff at the door were very helpful; they opened the door for me and I was able to join my group before they made their way towards the elevators. My suggestion for the guides is to make the head count carefully and to wait at least 2-3 minutes for anybody who might have been delayed due to a valid reason.

Good way to spend a day in the Krakow region

Our guide Filip was very passionate about Auschwitz and really set the mood for our visit to Auschwitz. He spoke with a lot of emotion and it left everyone on the tour feeling a great sense of sorrow for the people who had been sent there many years ago. We also visited the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam and having visited Auschwitz gave us a better appreciation for what Anne Frank had gone through. The salt mine was a good experience. I would recommend this tour

Good tour, but I recommend going by yourself

It was a great tour, but it was quite pricy. You can save a lot of money by booking your own tour on wieliczka website and go to the mine village by bus or train. I did this tour because I was alone, but if you are traveling with more people, save money by organizing it yourself. If you do want to do a tour, the driver was really nice and when I was lost, he personally came to find me, so it was a good experience overall.

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