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On foot

As Zakopane is a small town, the best idea is to move around on foot.


By taxi

There are a few taxi corporations offering services in Zakopane and its environs. The major ones are as follows:
  • Radio Taxi tel. 018 2012087, 018 2012560, 919
  • Inter Radio Taxi 018 2014232
The best idea is to call for a taxi than take one from a taxi rank (the fare is usually cheaper). The taxi ranks are situated in Zakopane:
  • in Kosciuszki Street (near the PKS Coach Station)
  • at the Railway Station (PKP)
  • in Chramcowki Street
  • in Tetmajera Street (close to Krupowki)
  • Krupowki/Nowotarska Street
  • Staszica Street
  • Bystre roundabout

 By car

It is a good idea to use you car if staying in Zakopane for a long time, especially if you are planning to move further than just around the city centre. Remember, however, that in the peak of the season the car jams are common, whereas in winter – the use of chains might be necessary.

It is also possible to rent a car from one of the local car rentals.
See: http://www.e-rentacar.pl/?id=zakopane


 Car parks

As the town centre and the roads leading into and out of Zakopane might be crowded at the peak of the season, if going to see the outlying attractions, it is recommended that you leave the car at one of the car parks in Zakopane and use public transport (mainly buses and mini buses).
 
The major car parks are situated as follows: secure guarded ones (open non-stop)
  • Balzera Street (near the ''Imperial'' Hotel)
  • Modrzejewskiej Street (near ''Sosnica'' holiday resort/hotel),
  • Kosciuszki Street (at the junction with 3 Maja Avenue)
  • Sloneczna Street (near the ''Helios'' Hotel)
  • Tetmajera Street
  • Zborowskiego Street
  • Czecha Street
  • ''Pod Gubalowka''

 By public transport

There is a selection of means of public transport to choose from. If going to the outlying attractions of the Tatras and Zakopane, it is advisable to use either a public bus (the state-owned PKS bus) or a mini-bus. The fares are not expensive.
 
PKS Coach Station (Dworzec PKS) is situated within a walking distance from the PKP Railway Station (Dworzec PKP) in Kosciuszki Street. Upon getting off the bus, do not be surprised being offered accommodation by the locals claiming to have ''tanie noclegi'' (in Polish, meaning cheap accommodation). The practice shows that the prices are not the lowest ones, whereas the standard leaves a lot to be desired. PKS offers transport both to the nearby villages and to the major Polish cities like Warsaw, Cracow, Katowice, Czestochowa, Bielsko-Biala.
 
The facilities include ticket offices, the information desk, the newsagents' stands and confectionary's. At the front of the building there are also a lot of grocery shops and various types of bars with tasty and cheap snacks on offer.
 
PKS services telephone info: 018 201 4603
NOTE: It is a good idea to purchase your ticket in advance (even the return one) to avoid queuing on the day of your trip!
 
Opposite the PKS Coach Station there is a Mini Bus Station offering transport services at competitive prices. The problem is that some of them have a timetable but hardly ever go at the times displayed, whereas most of them run when all the seats are taken making tourist wait (unless the untaken seats are paid for by the other passengers). The quality of the services differs depending on the mini bus (technical condition of the vehicle) and its driver (not all of the drivers are kind to the passengers). Nevertheless, as there is no well-developed public transport network in Zakopane, the privately-owned mini buses are very popular both with tourists and locals. The pros of the mini buses are worth mentioning here as well. They are as follows: low fares (PLN 2.50 within the town, PLN 3.50 off the town boundaries, PLN 5.00 to Morskie Oko), perfect for groups, the route and the stops can be negotiated with the driver.
 
There are a few mini bus stops in Zakopane:
  • in Kosciuszki Street (opposite the PKS Coach Station)
  • Rondo
  • Kuznice
  • in 3 Maja Street
  • in Koscieliska Street at the Krupowki exit

By sleigh and carriage

Horse-drawn carriages (in summer) and sleighs (in winter) are also an option. However, they are usually not very cheap (between PLN 100 – PLN 200), though, the prices are negotiable.
 
They have their stops:
  • in Krupowki (near the Museum of the Tatra Mountains)
  • in Pilsudskiego Street
  • Przewodnikow Tatrzanskich Avenue (near the Roundabout)
  • in Jagiellońska Street (close to the Railway Station)
  • Szymoszkowa Clearing (near the ''Kasprowy'' Hotel)
  • Kuznice (the main car park)

By cable car and funicular

The cable car to the top of Kasprowy Wierch and the funicular to the Gubalowka Hill are among the city's top attractions. Thus, if planning to mount both tops, remember to book the tickets in advance (especially if you want to get to Kasprowy Wierch).

 

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