Polish office workers usually start at 8 a.m., have an eight-hour day without a normal lunch break, and leave at 4 p.m. Business pauses on weekends.
Banking hours are different in different banks, yet most branches open at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. on workdays.
Most of Krakow’s downtown shops remain open till 7 p.m. and beyond on weekdays, while some grocery stores trade round the clock. Most shopping centers in Krakow stay open between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and till 8 – 9 p.m. on weekends. Sundays: apart from the first and the last one in the month, shops and shopping centers are generally closed. There are some minor exceptions from that. Restaurants, cinemas, galleries etc. work normally as they do on weekends.
The Złoty (PLN) is the official currency. All major credit cards (including Visa, Master Card, American Express) are accepted in most places.
ATMs are available throughout Kraków. Most accept all of the major bank cards.
230 volts, 50 Hz AC, continental (two-prong or three-prong with built-in grounding plug) outlets.
Adapters can be purchased at the airport. Participants from the US with 110V equipment will need a transformer which can be purchased at most hardware stores.
Kraków uses Central European Time. UTC/GMT + 1 hour.
Tipping is voluntary. If you do not like the service, you do not have to tip. However, 10% of the bill is polite and in many places expected for a satisfactory or good service.
Free public Wi-Fi is available in nearly every café, restaurant, hotel and hostel, as well in many open spaces such us city squares and parks.
MEDICAL SERVICES AND POLICE
In case of an accident or sudden illness, call for an ambulance or the police free-of-charge from any phone: 112.
WEATHER IN KRAKOW IN JUNE
The temperature is usually relatively warm in June. Daytime temperatures average between 20° and 24° C and can rise to 28°C. An umbrella is useful item in this time of the year, because of possible but short rain. If you want to explore the old town, good shoes are recommended because the cobblestone streets may be a bit rough to walk on.
FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY
Overall, Kraków is a safe city, but as in most tourist destinations, you have to be careful of pickpockets. Keep your bags closed tight. Leave valuables at home. Don’t set anything down you don’t want stolen. Be mindful and don’t look lost or confused. Don’t wear flashy jewelry or show off your money.