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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

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

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

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

Very good guides, especially the driver and the Auschwitz guide

Everything was on time. The driver and semi guide- Michael was very responsible, responsive and nice! The Auschwitz tour was pretty good and we got to enough details but the Auschwitz-Birkenau tour was too short in my opinion. The salt mines were so so, you can’t hear clearly and the guide wasn’t so clear (at least for me, English is NOT my first language), but this is how the mine works. It’s not the company’s fault. All in all it was really nice and worth it!

A Long pending Wish Fulfilled. Very Reflective Insightful experience

I am so glad I decided to take this tour instead of a cab or doing on my own! For a newcomer to the city/country, doing it on one's own can have several unforeseen hassles but the tour has already taken care of the smallest logistic details for you to the T. For instance, I didn't know that individuals can't even get tickets till after 1pm at Auschwitz - and we on the tour, just walked in with audio devices in the morning, with a very knowledgable and communicative guide. The tour is heavy and went on for about 11 hours in all - but we were never tired, short breaks, lovely outlets for meals, No lack of privacy despite being in a group. By afternoon, we were done and on our way to the Salt mines, which are a TOTAL discovery altogether! For a traveller with huge dependence of devices, this tour has an added benefit to beat all others: A Merc Bus with double USB ports on each seat!! My Goodness!! I cannot begin to express how useful that was! A safe place to keep your books/bag/jumpers!

Excellent- Fascinating journey exploring the Salt mines

Driver pick up very punctual, helpful Guide in the mines shared exceptional information and knowledge of the stories from the mines; also the lives of the miners- very professional

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour Including Hotel Pick-Up Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/17/2018

Most informative with excellent guide explaining everything clearly

Recommend this tour by mini van from Kraków missing the queues. Well organized tour by Kraków Direct

Great tours, great transport and great driver for the day!

Would definately recommend both tours in the one day; long day but worked out perfect with rests at various points and a 1hr lunch. Transport was luxurious and driver guide was so helpful and informative.

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