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Wieliczka Salt Mine Best Value Shared Tour

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Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour from Krakow with an English Speaking Guide

From $70.91

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover for yourself why the Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of Poland’s most visited attractions and an original UNESCO World Heritage site with this half-day guided tour from Krakow. Descend deep underground to explore the captivating tunnels, chapels, and chambers carved into the salt rock over eight centuries. Learn the fascinating history behind one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines thanks to commentary from an English-speaking guide, and enjoy convenient pickup from select Kraków hotels.
  • Visit one of the original UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a top Poland attraction
  • Descend deep underground to explore a vast labyrinth of tunnels and chambers
  • Hear the fascinating history of the mine from an English-speaking guide
  • Headsets provided to clearly hear the guide's commentary

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Bypass the crowds with skip-the-line admission, and enjoy round-trip transport and a guided tour.

What's Included

  • Professional English-speaking driver
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English guide, museum employee
  • Entrance fee
  • Food and drinks

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Mikołaja Zyblikiewicza 2, 31-029 Kraków, Poland

    Meeting point at Parking Kiss&Ride (2 Mikołaja Zyblikiewicza street) in front of the "Zabka" store. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

  • Lesser Poland Voivodeship
    Kraków, Poland

    Regardless of whether you have chosen the pick-up option or the main meeting point, you will be dropped off at the end of the tour to the center of Krakow at 2 Wielopole Street.

Pickup details

DEPARTURE POINT Choice of pickup from our main tour departure point: Parking Kiss&Ride (2 Mikołaja Zyblikiewicza street) in front of the "Zabka" store or selected hotels all over Krakow. If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, you must make your own way to the main tour departure point: Parking Kiss&Ride (2 Mikołaja Zyblikiewicza street) in front of the "Zabka" store. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time. PICKUP SERVICE Our pickup service is available from selected hotels all over Krakow. Depending on the location of the hotel, the pickup service will be between 30–50 minutes before the tour departure time. Please enquire at your hotel reception desk regarding the pickup time and the possibility of a pickup. RETURN DETAILS Regardless of whether you have chosen the pick-up option or the main meeting point, you will be dropped off at the end of the tour to the center of Krakow at 2 Wielopole Street.

What To Expect

The day begins with midmorning pickup at your Kraków hotel (select hotels only) or a central meeting point, and a short drive in a minivan to reach the mine, located just 10 miles (16 km) outside the city. In operation since the 13th century, the Wieliczka Salt Mine today has been visited by more than 40 million people and was recognized as one of the original World Heritage Sites named by UNESCO.

Trace the long and fascinating history of the mine — one of the world’s oldest and deepest — as you descend almost 450 feet (135 meters) down the shaft accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Be prepared for a considerable workout, as the touring route features a climb down 350 steps. Wander through a 1.9-mile (3-km) labyrinth of tunnels that open into glittering chambers decorated with salt rock carvings and vast caverns filled with saline lakes. There is even an expansive chapel with salt statuary and chandeliers in this remarkable underground city.

Expect to spend around 3 hours exploring the mine’s cavernous and historic highlights, listening to your guide’s live commentary through provided headsets so everyone can hear clearly. An elevator shaft is available to whisk you back to the surface at the end of the tour, where a driver awaits to return you to your original Kraków departure point.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • The temperature in the Salt Mine varies between 16-18 degrees Celsius throughout the year
  • Bags and backpacks larger than 30x20x10cm are not allowed on the museum grounds. You may store luggage in the vehicles free of charge.
  • A considerable amount of walking is involved
  • Not recommended for travelers suffering from claustrophobia
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Well worth a visit x Would highly recommend
louise_m, Apr 2024
Excellent Trip x Well organised x Good Communication Throughout x Thankyou x Would definitely recommend xxx
Excellent trip
Karen_M, Apr 2024
Communication was excellent from the beginning to end. I was messaged with all the information and times I needed and kept informed until our drive picked us up. This was a very well organised tour and worth the money. Drive was prompt and picked us up from our hotel. He was very friendly and helpful. He talked about the local area and was very knowledgeable. His English was very extensive and clear. The journey to the mine was good and in a comfy mini bus. The drive took us into the mine and introduced us to our tour guide at the mine. The guide was clear, knowledgeable, funny and spoke very good and clear English. The tour vas very interesting and the mine was beautiful. At the end of the tour our tour guide took us back to where our driver was waiting and journey back was quick and comfortable. We were returned to our hotel. I highly recommend this company and this trip
Horrible experience.
Pauline_P, Jul 2023
The trip was confirmed by the tour operator the evening before with the time, meeting place and photo of the car that would pick us up. The driver did not show up. When we text the tour operator we we told that the driver is on his way. After additional wait time we contacted the tour operator and we were told that the trip needed to be rebooked for a later time. We could not do it and did not go to Wieliczka.
Must see
Nancy_K, Jul 2023
A once in a lifetime experience…driver was timely and friendly, guide was hard to hear, mine itself was impressive. Highly recommend.
Tour of an underground treasure!
James_T, Aug 2020
A really fascinating place. It's like an underground town. Very clean. Our tour guide, Tomas was very knowledgeable and entertaining throughout the whole tour. A must see trip which I highly recommend.
Awesome
Celia_C, Apr 2020
It’s one of the best trips we’ve been to. The guide was incredibly nice and made the experience even better.
Saltmines trip
Susan_H, Feb 2020
Fascinating and very informative. Excellent guide. Very comfortable journey. Minibus on time. Polite and friendly driver.
Beautiful!
Loraine_J, Feb 2020
Beautiful and interesting Salt mines! Definitely worth visiting! Informative guide, lots of historical knowledge! Really good trip!
Excellent
paul_f, Feb 2020
The Salt mine is a well worth experience to learn the history of the area which supported the full country. The tour guide was passionate and proud to show us around and explain in detail the history and relevance. If I return to Krakow I would do the tour again. Excellent
Very interesting
Sinead_C, Feb 2020
Had a great time. Pick up and drop off no problem at all. Tour guide in the mines was very good. Recommend using viator
Amazing experience
imcgswim, Jan 2020
Amazing experience! Guide was fantastic. However we both have two hearing aids so the buds on the radios didn't really work. An over the ear option would have been better
Salt mine your
cdodd2, Jan 2020
Fab tour, pick up and driver good. Amazing history and very knowledgeable tour guide at mines. Long walk down mine, but very safe stairway. Amazing salt statues.
Salt mines
phanostheo9, Jan 2020
Excellent, we only covered around 6%, the place is massive, lift on the way up stairs for going down. Nice souvenir shop.
Super salt mines in Krakow
Alison_M, Jan 2020
Salt mines were fantastic, pick up was late (20 minutes), and tour was rushed due to this, but still enjoyable
Great experience!
Christine_D, Jan 2020
This was way better than expected!! The tour operator text me the night before the tour to confirm pick up time and location which was great. The salt mine is just wonderful. You start off walking down about 370 steps. Thankfully there is a small lift to take you back up rather than walking. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The passages are really narrow and long. It’s amazing what they have in the mine. Definitely recommend this tour. Was very easy and no hassle whatsoever.
Loved it.
MargaretAnn_M, Jan 2020
Amazing trip which was 2 hours of interesting presentation about the history and functionality of the mine. Really informative guide. Highly recommend.
Must see in Kraków!
Sharon_F, Nov 2019
Great transportation and organization of tour. The salt mines is a must see I. Krakow and Viator has the best pricing!
Interesting place to visit, but nothing special
Willy G, Nov 2019
We were in Krakow for a couple of days and needed a place to visit for half a day, and this salt mine tour appeared during my search. It's kind of interesting, but nothing special. A nice tourist attraction if you got some time to kill in town.
Worth every Zloty!
Susan_B, Oct 2019
I booked the tour of the salt mine with Viator. I found them to be great communicators and they were very punctual picking us up at our chosen location. The tour itself lasted over 2 hours and was absolutely fascinating. My only complaint was that we had a lot of difficulty hearing the commentary from our guide, using the earphone and equipment supplied. However, once we worked out that we just needed to stick close to her, we were able to hear her clearly without the need for the earphone. The salt mine is an amazing experience and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I would never have expected to see the sights that I saw down a mine. I would thoroughly recommend both Viator and the tour to anyone.
Different but in a good way!
Natalie_P, Sep 2019
Firstly wear comfortable clothing and shoes, it’s a lot of walking and there seemed to be a lot of climates in the mine. Our tour guide was very informative, some parts the signal cut out so it was difficult to hear but this didn’t bother us - we were in awe of the surroundings. We were picked up on time at the specified point by our driver Micky.
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