Zakopane travel guide

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You're Going to Love Zakopane

With its slopes and mountain ski chalets, horse-drawn sleighs, colorful main street and cable cars, you`ll think you've arrived in the Switzerland of Eastern Europe! Don`t miss the beautiful resort town of Zakopane.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Zakopane

1. Visit the Majestic Sanktuarium Matki Bożej Fatimskiej

This incredible Catholic church is worth a visit, for its solemn and stunning interior of wooden pews, burning candles and high ceilings with stained glass windows.

2. Take in the Western Tatras Mountain Views

Head to Nosal or Gubałówka for lookout points that will have you in the heavens above the clouds.

3. Rafting on the Rivers

In the summer, take some friends and rent out a raft to cruise around the Dunajec River or Lagoon Czorsztyński in Pieniny.

4. Experience the "Ahh" in "Spa"

With its relaxing thermal pools, saunas and steam rooms, there can be no better place to unwind and relax.

5. Hiking Fun

What are ski trails in the winter become prime hiking trails in the summer. Don't miss visiting the Morskie Oko and Giewont.

Where to Eat in Zakopane

Because of its destination as a 'resort' town, it can seem hard to find food in Zakopane that is well-portioned and affordable. But there are definitely hidden gems like U RYŚKA (MARZANNA) on ul. Oswalda Balzera 17E (opposite to Nosal). Here, you can feast on large pork chops, seasoned potatoes and hearty soups. A meal for 2 adults and a child comes to zł50-zł60.

When to visit Zakopane

Zakopane in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Zakopane in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

When you should travel to Zakopane depends on what kind of activities you like. If you're going for freshly powdered mountains and challenging slopes, winter is best. Temperatures are 41.9°F-22.46°F and summer reaches only 59.5°F.

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How to Get to Zakopane


Travelers arrive at the international airports of other cities, like Krakow's John Paul II Balice Airport or in Warsaw. Use the train to get to Zakopane from these destinations.


Several train services arrive at Zakopane's main terminus. From Krakow, for example, fares cost zł25.


From Krakow, take the route 7 to Rabka and then use route 47 to get to Zakopane.


Along with the PKS bus system, there are also tour operators like MaxBus, MajerBus and Szwagropol. Fares start at zł12-zł15.

Airports near Zakopane

Airlines serving Zakopane

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Where to stay in Zakopane

The Nosalowy Dwor Resort & Spa is the perfect place to stay if you're looking to be pampered in luxury. Check out the Villa Vita for its beautiful mountain views or Target Hostel for economy in the city center.

Popular neighbourhoods in Zakopane

Kasprowy Wierch - One of the most beautiful and accessible mountain ranges in Zakopane, this region offers beautiful summer hiking trials and skiing opportunities in the winter.

Nosal - Another district in the Western Tatras mountains, this is Zakopane's highest peak. Its lookout points make it a great spot to go gliding.

Gubałówka - Offering great slopes for ski and snowboard enthusiasts, this mountain range also offers relaxing spas for travelers.

Where to stay in popular areas of Zakopane

Most booked hotels in Zakopane

Pensjonat Tatry
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Apartamenty Jan
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Hotel Rysy
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Hotel Boruta
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Mercure Zakopane Kasprowy
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Hotel Gromada Zakopane
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How to Get Around Zakopane

Public Transportation

Zakopane is a small ski town, so public transportation is not necessary for the most part. Getting into Zakopane, people use the PKS buses, but there are also privately owned van services called 'mini buses', with rates that are variable and negotiable.


Getting around on foot is easy, but if you're going to use a taxi, make sure to call for one rather than simply hailing one off the streets; it will be 30% cheaper. Fares from companies like Radio Taxi TATRY start at zł8 and cost around zł6/mile after that.


Rent a car locally from service providers like Wypożyczalnia samochodów Zakopane Value24 Rent a Car. Fares start at zł120/day for 1-3 days, zł100/day for 4-6 days or zł80/day for 7-30 days.

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The Cost of Living in Zakopane

Shopping Streets

Local shops, kiosks for food and crafts, restaurants and entertainment spots are all lined up in one convenient location in Zakopane: the Krupówki Promenade.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk costs zł4 and a dozen eggs will be around zł7.38.