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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.



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



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

Highly recommend both Auschwitz and the salt mine!

Had a great trip to both Auschwitz and the salt mine. Was picked up on time by driver and tour guide Michael who was lovely. Our tour guide at Auschwitz was very good and passionate. And our tour guide Tomas at the salt mine was really good.

From Krakow: Auschwitz and Salt Mine with Pick-up Options Reviewed by Christopher, 11/06/2018

Well worth seeing. Pick up and drop off excellent.

Salt mines are well worth a visit tho the tour inside the mine was a little too long. Guide was very informative Transport to and from our residence was excellent .

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour Including Hotel Pick-Up Reviewed by Elizabeth A, 11/03/2018

recommended to visit a such beautiful place

this was one of my beautiful visit experience...there`s over 800 stairs to go down but with a comfortable shoes you don`t even know that you have made it, but for the rest of your mind there will be an elevator to go up again....the tour leader was great and the audio system was perfect.i do recommend this tour its worth it.

Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Guided Tour Reviewed by silvio, 11/03/2018

Something that should be part of everyone's education

This is a trip that I have wanted to make for some time. I was taken aback by the sheer scale of the camp at Birkenau. The exhibition and camp at Auschwitz 1 was just mind blowing. How anyone can behave the way the nazis did is beyond comprehension and this shows at first hand the hell that these prisoners experienced and endured. Sadly, the human race doesn't seem to learn from history as we see scenes such as this taking place in Africa, Syria and the Ukraine. It should be the duty of all governments to make this trip part of the school curriculum to teach us all about the horrors of what people went through. Id also like to mention our guide, Justyna, who was excellent.

Salt mines are great and the guide was good.

Fascinating place. Informative and friendly guide. We went in late October so it wasn't as busy as some reviews have suggested it would be. Well worth a visit if you are in Krakow.

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