Car hire from Katowice Airport
Katowice dates back to the 19th century when the city had important significance in communist Poland, hence its austere architecture. Principally an industrial destination there are plenty of sights and places of historical interest to visit. Located 30km north of Katowice and in reach of many Polish towns such as Bedzin, Tarnowskie Góry and Dabrowa Gornicza as well as the Silesian Highlands one of the easiest ways to get around is to hire a car from Katowice Airport. Skyscanner can help you find the best car hire deal available during your dates of travel.
Where to hire a car at Katowice Airport
There are a number of car hire companies to choose from at the three terminals at Katowice Airport. In Terminal A you will find car hire desks for Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, JolCar, Silvercar and GTL-Service. In Terminal B there are desks for GT-Cars and PANEK and Terminal C has a desk for Express Rent a Car.
There are a number of car hire companies offering a shuttle service or meet and greet service from the airport. These include AWOS24, Rent a Car Jadeit, Incar24, iCar, JAM and EuroCar24.
Petrol Stations near Katowice Airport
If you hire a car from Katowice Airport with a full to full fuel policy you must ensure you refuel your hire car before returning in order to avoid extra costs.
The nearest petrol station to Katowice Airport is located just over 2km away on the DW913, west of the airport.
Driving around Katowice Airport
Katowice is a busy commercial and industrial area which can become congested although its roads are well-maintained and reasonably easy to navigate. It is worth noting that most road signs are mostly in Polish and English is not widely spoken in smaller towns and cities.
When you exit Katowice Airport by car you will be on the DW913 highway which connects to the DK86, the S86 and DK79 leading to most major destinations in the region.
Getting to your Destination
Here are some of the popular places to visit and things to do for visitors to Poland which can easily be reached when you have hired a car from Katowice Airport.
What the city of Katowice lacks in terms of appealing architecture, it makes up for with a vibrant nightlife and some great restaurants. The buildings are a stark reminder of Poland’s communist past and count among the city’s interesting sights worth visiting.
Katowice Airport is 32km from the city of Katowice and can be reached by following the DW913 towards Wolnosci and continuing on the DW913 towards Rozdzienskiego. Take the S86 exit on the left towards Warsaw and the road merges onto the DK79 which you follow into Katowice City.
There is plenty of parking in Katowice City with a Pay Parking Zone (SPP) marked with parking signs “Parking Platny” with charges applied on working days only (Mon-Fri) between 9am and 5pm. The SPP is limited to the centre of Katowice. Charges in the SPP are PLN1.50 for the first hour, PLM1.80 for the second, PLN2.00 for the third and PLN1.50 for the fourth hour and more. There are several supervised car parks offering unlimited parking clearly signed throughout the city.
There is something for everyone visiting Krakow, located on the Vistula River and home to more than a quarter of Poland’s total of museum artefacts. The former capital city of Poland has become a magnet for tourists due to its picturesque Old Town, now on the UNESCO Heritage List.
Katowice Airport is 90km from Krakow and can be reached from the S1 airport exit road from where you take Droga Krajowa 94, following for 77km to Ojcowska and turning on to the S1 for 3.5km into Krakow.
It can be difficult to find a convenient parking space in Krakow. There is parking in the centre of the city which is paid and operates charges on weekdays from 10am to 8pm. Metered parking is also available on certain streets in the centre costing 20 mins for PLM1, 1 hour PLN3, 2 hours PLN6.5 and three hours PLN10.6. There is a large underground car park in the Old Town near the Wawel Royal Castle where an hour costs PLN1.60.
Park Krajobrazowy Orlich Gniazd (The Eagles’ Nests Landscape Park)
The Eagles’ Nest Landscape Park is a conservation area popular as a destination for a road trip. It covers more than 597km2 and is home to around 25 medieval castles called the Eagles’ Nests because they were built on large, tall rocks at the command of King Casimir III the Great.
Park Krajobrazowy Orlich Gniazd is 40km from Katowice Airport and can be reached by taking the DK78 from the airport and turning into the DW79e to Zarki and following for 38km to your destination.
There are several parking sites around Eagles’ Nest Landscape Park which are free to visitors. Supervised parking is also available at some hotels located in the Park.