A Quick & Easy Guide To The Krakow Hot Air Balloon

The Krakow hot air balloon (in Polish – Balon Widokowy) is officially known as the Krakow Observation Balloon. It’s a hot air balloon in Krakow that allows you to observe the whole city from high up above. So this post is all about the hot balloon in Krakow. I’m keeping it short and sweet because, let’s face it, there’s only so much you can say about a balloon that doesn’t really go anywhere.

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All you need to know about the hot air balloon in Krakow

Here’s your quick and easy guide to the Krakow hot air balloon. Enjoy.

What is the Krakow hot air balloon?

The Krakow hot air balloon is a tethered balloon that goes up and down in the same spot, all day, every day. It’s aimed at tourists to give them a panoramic view over the whole city. by rising up to 150 metres into the sky. Which is high enough to allow you to cast an eye over the entire city sprawling out below you.

Where is the hot air balloon in Krakow?

It’s located on the riverbank, just over the water from the majestic castle. You can find the exact location on this link to Google Maps

How much does it cost to ride the Krakow hot air balloon?

Prices for the Krakow hot air balloon are as follows;

  • Monday – Thursday: Adult ticket: 79 PLN / Children ticket: 55 PLN
  • Friday – Sunday: Adult ticket: 99 PLN / Children ticket: 65 PLN

For reference, 100 PLN is about 20 euros. 

How many people can ride the balloon?

The circular platform can hold up to 30 people, depending on the weight of course. If the Polish national weightlifting team were in town I doubt all 30 of them could squeeze onboard, and if they did, you’d probably need another few balloons attached to get the thing airborne! You get my point.

How long does the Krakow hot air balloon ride last for?

The organisers state that it will be a minimum of 10 minutes. You might get lucky and get twelve but don’t expect any more than that.

When is the hot air balloon open for business? 

It opens at 10 am and closes just after dusk. Rides are always weather dependent. You can check ahead online or by giving them a call at +48 500 350 505

So there you have it, all the info you could possibly need about the hot air balloon in Krakow. If you want something a bit more than just a tethered balloon going up and down for 10 minutes, there is one other trip that might take your fancy. Here’s a four-hour balloon ride over Krakow with added champagne. Sounds fancy doesn’t it!!

Looking for more things to do in Krakow?

If you’re wondering what else you should be doing in and around Krakow, may I push you in the direction of Get Your Guide. These guys are the best place for all of the available tours and trips on offer. You can book safely and securely online, and if you change your mind you can even get a full refund if you give them enough notice. So if you’re planning on getting out and about you really should look at Get Your Guide. This is a link directly to the tours that they offer in and around Krakow.

Want some accommodation tips?

If you’re on the lookout for some tips about where to stay in Krakow allow me to give you my three budget-based recommendations.

1 – Five Star Fancy Pants

If you’re feeling lavish then check out Hotel Pod Roza. Rooms are usually over £130 per night, which I know is high, but hear me out. If you’re after something extra special and can afford it, you won’t regret treating yourself to this hotel in Krakow.

2 – Above Average Joe

If you prefer to place yourself in the high to middle range you should head to Hotel Polski Under the White Eagle. This place is usually about £75 per night but if you want some 4 star luxury in the heart of the Old Town, it’s a winner.. 

3 – That’ll do nicely

If you’re planning on spending most of your time in the city and just want a clean room with private facilities, Hotel Jan could be for you. Rooms are often available from around £50 per night and you couldn’t ask for a better location in Krakow.

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