Auschwitz & Birkenau Tour
Our regular excursion to the most well-known symbol of Holocaust, with door-to-door service.
Book tour from Krakow to visit the place of the most tragic genocide in the world history – former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. If you are looking for the best organised and guided sighteeing in Poland, we are the answer! Our company has been operating trips since 2003 and we can guarantee the most professional and comfortable service – including door-to-door transportation, English-speaking driver and guide, with no need to wait in the line.
Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
Visit the most well-known former concentration camp and the place of the biggest and most tragic genocide in the world history – The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum that has witnessed death of around 1.5 million people committed by the Nazis. During your trip, you will visit Auschwitz I, which was the first and main part of the camp but also served as administrative headquarters for the whole complex and Birkenau, which was initially designed as a concentration camp and quickly turned into the main place of the genocide with gas chambers and crematoria. Birkenau was also the place where women’s camp was located. It definitely is a must-see place in Poland, but also in Europe altogether. You can find more information about the Museum under this link.
Tours of Auschwitz – Tickets, Transfer and Guide
Our regular tour has been reviewed by many travellers from around the globe. You can read all the reviews on MrShutttle.com Trip Advisor profile. We’re also proud to announce that since 2014 until now we were awarded by users and we received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and in 2019 our tour has been in TOP25 Experiences Travelers' Choice Worldwide.
Krakow to Oswiecim – KrakowShuttle vs. Bus
You can visit Auschwitz from Krakow, as it is located only 50 kilometres (around 30 miles) from Krakow City Center. It will be more comfortable and less expensive to join our organized tour rather than take a bus from Krakow to Oswiecim by yourself. Why? Mr.Shuttle offers a door-to-door service so you won’t need to search for Krakow-Oswiecim Bus at the bus station, as well as transportation back to Krakow. You will be picked up directly from your hotel and our driver will take care of you for the entire duration of the trip. English-speaking guide is included to the tour — you won’t need to buy any tickets on your own, or stand in the line as we book tickets beforehand. Finally, our offer includes also English-speaking driver assistance so you won’t need to worry about anything and you can ask him about everything you want to know. Groups are small and driven by comfortable Mercedes Sprinter Mini Bus or Mercedes Vito equipped with AC and video screens.
The nearest airport is Krakow Balice Airport and we can pick you up for the trip from there as well! Although our pickup time is usually in the morning, if you are arriving later just let us know! We will try our best to find a solution for you, including the possibility of a private car.
Auschwitz day trip from Krakow
If you are wondering how to plan a day trip from Krakow during your stay, you can find some practical tips here:
- For your day trip try do not to plan any other special activities as most probably you will be tired after coming back to Krakow
- Eat your breakfast early, you will be picked up between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m., we will inform you about the exact pickup time 12 hours before with a text message and email.
- You can carry your umbrella, extra jumper or backpack with you, but bear in mind that the maximum size of bags and backpacks allowed to carry on the Museum grounds is 30 x 20 x 10 cm — in case you won’t need it you can always leave it in the car, the driver will be waiting for you the entire time.
- Wear comfortable shoes, it is a walking tour!
- The weather in Poland can be really tricky so if it is cloudy and chilly bring extra jacket as it might be windy.
You will be back in Krakow around 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., book Mr.Shuttle packed lunch box if you would like to eat something on the way back.
One day trip to Auschwitz and Salt Mine
If you short on time during your stay in Krakow, you can always book our Auschwitz and Salt Mine One Day Tour bundle which will take one full day but you will manage to see both places! In the morning, you will be picked up for visit in Auschwitz directly from your accommodation and you will visit both camps with an English speaking guide. In the afternoon, our bus will take you to famous Salt Mine in Wieliczka, where, once again, you will join the tour with museum’s English speaking guide. You will be driven back to your hotel around 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. It will be a long day but we promise you will have enough time to visit both places (both excursions aren’t shortened in any way, you will manage to see exactly the same things as you would on the regular tour) and we will make it as comfortable as we can.
Prices & packages
Our prices may change every day depending on many factors, including availability or date, and you can always check them on our website by choosing a specific date or ask one of our staff members to do it. We try to make special deals for our trips as often as possible so you can always find the best price for you!
Apart from our regular excursions mentioned earlier, we offer many more special packages that will adhere to anyone’s special needs: whether they concern the price, places you want to visit or the comfort of your service.
If you value privacy and don’t want to depend on the rest of your group during your exploration, you can always book Private version. We offer two options: a trip with shared or private guide. In case of shared guide, we offer a private transportation both on your way to Auschwitz and back – there will be no one else bothering you and your group in the car. After arriving, you will join the rest of the group and carry the tour with them and the English speaking guide. The latter means that both your transfer and the sightseeing itself will be for you only – if you value the highest quality of experience, it is the right choice for you. In case of private options, please contact Mr. Shuttle staff directly – these trips need to be prepared in advance as we need to find the guide for the time slot that’s the best for you.
If you you want to discover something more we have prepared Auschwitz-Birkenau Premium Tour. Trip looks exactly the same during your visit in the museum, but after it we will drive you either to Kosciuszko Mound (Premium Tour) from which you can see the most beautiful panoramic view of the city .
We will pick you up early from your hotel. It's usually around 6.00 - 8.00 a.m.
First we will go to Auschwitz during the ride you will watch the documentary about the Camp.
Auschwitz I Museum
You will have 2-hour long tour in the camp which was the administrative headquarters of the complex.
Auschwitz II Birkenau
After first part we will go to Birkenau camp where you will spend another 1-hour with a guide.
Transfer and hotel drop off
Our service covers door-to-door transportation. That means You will be taken back to the hotel.
Please note that all times are approximate and depend on traffic conditions and guides availability.
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More details about this tourHere is a break down of all the activities in the tour:
In Auschwitz I Museum You will join an English tour – provided by the Museum’s guide – for about 2 hours. After that, we will transfer You to Auschwitz II – Birkenau, which is about 2 km away. You will spend there about 1 hour with the same guide.
Please note that you must bring your ID or passport to enter Museum’s grounds.
Please note that this tour is not available on: 25th of December, 1st of January, Liberation Anniversary, Easter Saturday afternoon, Easter Sunday and March of the Living Day.
Auschwitz-Birkenau is the most well-known Nazi concentration camp, somehow a “point zero” for the history of other camps. Operating in 1940-1945, it ended up being the place of a massive extermination, not known to human history before. 1 million Jewish people were exterminated there, which also makes it the main place where Holocaust took place.
Auschwitz consisted of around 40 sub-camps, but the most tragic events happened in Auschwitz I (administrative headquarters) with Crematorium I and Birkenau (Auschwitz II) with crematoria II-V. The inmates in the first mass transport in June 1940 were political prisoners – Poles, there were around 700 of them. Ever since 1942 and Wannsee Conference, a massive transportation of Jews from all over Europe has started. Initially, Auschwitz was not a death camp and the first gassing was in September 1941 – it included Soviet soldiers and some of the most sick prisoners. The situation quickly changed, though.
Due to the great location of Oswiecim – the city where the camp was located – where railroad tracks from many places in Europe crossed their paths, it was possible to organise transports of Jews, Roma, Russians and various other nationalities. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the only Nazi concentration camp with such an organised number and tattooing system, which later allowed to estimate almost the exact number of prisoners/murdered there. There were around 1.3 million of inmates in Auschwitz-Birkenau during the 5 years of its existence, with approximately 1.1 million (mostly Jews) of them being killed.
We use a fleet of new Mercedes-Benz Vans and Minibuses. Our drivers are well trained and fully licesned for travel ground transportation. Our door to door service means that you will be pickup directly form your hotel and delivered to the same spot after the tour, for free.
Guides are local experts certified by the museum. Maximum group size is 30 people. You will be equipped with headphones to hear guide better in crowded areas.
On the way, we will serve you our delicious packed lunch set freshly prepared everyday including: chicken & pasta salad, cheese sandwich, chocolate wafer and bottle of water. We also offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options so if you need one, please remember to add a remark in your booking form.
More reasons why you should use our services:We have invented this tour on the market and we are the best in it.
Regular daily tour
Every day, all year round.
Free hotel pickup
We will pick you up and drive you back to your hotel or apartment.
Certified, passionate and experienced people.
On your way, you will watch a documentary introduction movie.
Skip the lines
All admission fees and tickets are included so you don't have to worry about a thing and stand in the lines to buy the tickets.
If you want to order a launch package during the tour please select this option during booking.
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FAQHere you can find answers for frequently asked questions.
Please note that the maximum size of bags and backpacks allowed to carry on the Museum grounds is 30 x 20 x 10 cm. You can always leave your belongings inside the bus which will be parked nearby. Your whole tour is operated by the same driver so you don’t need to worry about your bag being left behind.
Please note that this activity does not take place on: 25th of December, 1st of January, Liberation Anniversary, Easter Saturday afternoon, Easter Sunday and March of the Living Day. If you have any doubts about availability on any particular day, please do not hesitate to ask our staff about it!
Please note that for Balice airport/hotels near the airport pickup the additional fee is 70 PLN per booking.
Please note that you must present your ID at the entrance to the Museum. Otherwise you might be not allowed to enter and no refund will be given