Travel and Visas

Getting to Kraków

General information on travel options to Kraków can be found at

Air travel:

The John Paul II International Kraków Airport is the second largest in Poland. It offers scheduled services to many European and worldwide destinations, e.g., New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin and Scandinavian capitals. There are also many connections to international transfer hubs, such as Franfurt, Munich or Amsterdam. Star Alliance member airlines operate at the Krakow airport (Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss, Austrian), as well as many other airlines (including low budget ones) like Ryanair, EasyJet, AerLingus etc. For an up-to-date list of airlines serving Kraków please visit this page.

The airport is located in Balice, about 12km west of Kraków. The center of Kraków can be reached by:

Please note that the conference venue is within a 15-min walk from the Kraków Central Railway Station. For more information on transport options from the airport please visit the access page of the Kraków Airport.


Kraków is a major rail hub in Poland with InterCity express train service to many European destinations. The Central Railway Station is located within a 15-min walk from the conference venue, and a convenient tram service runs every 10 minutes.


Kraków can be reached by highway A4 from Germany, and by national roads E40 (East-West) and E77 (North-South).

Travel within Kraków

You can find municipal transport connections between any two points within the city at the following page:


Poland is a member of the European Union and a signatory of the so-called Schengen agreement. The list of countries whose citizens are not required to hold a visa when entering Poland can be found on the Visa-Free Countries page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs web page. For information on how to obtain a visa to Poland and what documents are needed, please contact a Polish consulate in your country. You may also visit the Entering Poland page of the Ministry of Foregin Affairs.

AVSS-2013 invitation letters in support of a visa application will be issued only to registered attendees after a full registration payment has been received. Please register early and immediately request an invitation letter to allow ample time for visa processing.

A request for an invitation letter can be made during registration or by emailing