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Boat Trips and Tours in Kraków

Krakow contains a panoply of stunning, mesmerizing sights, from remnants of medieval architecture to quirky buildings steeped in history. What’s one of the most exhilarating ways to view the boulevards and churches spanning across the Polish city? By choosing to go on one of the many boat tours in Krakow!

Winding along the Vistula River, most boat tours in Krakow will float by the ever-so towering Wawel Castle, the expansive Norbertine Monastery, beautiful Old Town, and Church On The Rock, to name a few.

Interested tourists can choose to explore Krakow via pleasant day-time boat excursions or lively, unforgettable booze cruises.

What will you see on your boat tour from Krakow?

Wawel Castle

Get to know Poland’s rich history on your boat tour! The massive castle, constructed in the 13th and 14th centuries, seamlessly blends medieval and renaissance architecture. Its outstanding beauty and rich history prompted UNESCO to declare Wawel Castle as a World Heritage Site in 1978.

Old Town

Catch a glimpse of Krakow’s antiquated, colorful Old Town. The bustling area harks back to the 13th century and is considered to be one of the largest medieval squares in Europe.

Church on the Rock

Situated near Wawel Castle, sits the historic Church on the Rock, which was built in 1079. Over the years, the church underwent architectural makeovers, turning it into the stunning masterpiece that you’ll see on almost all of the boat tours from Krakow today.

Norbertine Monastery

View the expansive Norbertine Monastery from the comfort of your boat. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the walls and courtyards underwent reconstruction, and it has maintained the same architecture ever since.

Kościuszko Mound

From afar, the Kościuszko Mound looks like a massive, lofty grass hill. Up close, you’ll see an impressive, aesthetically pleasing wall surrounding the mound.

Schloss Wartenberg

The Schloss Wartenberg, built during the German occupation in World Word II, housed SS-Gruppenführer Otto von Wächter. Now, Poland uses the stunning building as the Center for Holocaust Studies.

Podgorze

On the edge of the Vistula River sits Podgorze, which became dubbed as the Jewish ghetto during World War II—the Nazis forced numerous Jews to cram into this area. Nowadays, the space fuses history with modern architecture.

Kazimierz

The once-Jewish quarter now hosts a plethora of hipster-friendly and crafty shops. Amidst the indie shops, sits the Old Synagogue, which dates back to the 16th century.

Tyniec

Some boat tours from Krakow will take you to the historic village, Tyniec. The stunning area, only a short distance from Krakow, is famous for the riverside structure sitting atop a small cliff, Benedictine Abbey.

What kind of boat tours are available in Krakow?

You can choose from 4 different types of cruises for your excursion atop the sparkling Vistula River. Whether you’re seeking a romantic evening, a casual afternoon activity, or a rambunctious party, there are boat tours in Krakow for all travelers and vacation-goers.

Easy-going river cruises

The daytime excursions will take you along the expansive Vistula River. While you catch a glimpse of the various buildings dotting the banks of Krakow—Schloss Wartenberg, Norbertine Monastery, Wawel Castle, to name a few—you will listen to an audio guide in either English or Polish (your choice). You will get the chance to learn about the rich historical background of these places as you see them—can you think of a better way to learn history? We can’t!

Pleasant boat trips to Tyniec

If you want to witness the marvelous views spanning across Tyniec, we advise you to sign up for a river cruise that includes the historic village. En route, you will pass by Old Town, Church On The Rock, Wawel Castle, and most of the other locations offered in the easy-going river cruises.

On this journey, you will get a chance to hop out of the boat and wander Tyniec for an hour before making your way back to Krakow.

Booze Cruises

Do you want to light up the night? Get ready for a cruise that offers unlimited drinks, a fantastically bright fire show, and an ensuing pub crawl. If you want to meet new people, have some fun, and drink the night away, you can opt to sign up for one of Krakow’s crazy-filled booze cruises.

Romantic Evening Boat Excursions: Hop aboard a boat while the sunset sweeps the sky. Enjoy the remarkable sights stretching across the Vistula River, and marvel at the views in peace alongside your loved one!

How much does a boat tour cost?

It depends on which tour you decide to take. On average, the daytime boat tours in Krakow cost between €6 to €9 ($6.50 to $9.80), whereas the booze cruises cost between €33 to €38 ($36 to $41). If you want to travel to the historic Tyniec, you will have to pay around €20 ($22). However, if a romantic evening suits your fancy, you will have to dish out around €15 ($16).

How long does a boat trip take?

Most boat excursions within Krakow last between 30 minutes to 2 hours, making it the perfect option for those who want a brief escape or only have a limited amount of time to spare. The easy-going river cruises usually last between 30 minutes to 1 hour, while the romantic evening cruise also lasts for around 1 hour.

If you want to travel to Tyniec, you will have to set 4 hours aside for the boat trip, but keep in mind that it includes an hour of walking around the historic village.

On the booze cruise, you’ll stay afloat for 2 hours, but you can join in on some inclusive extracurricular activities after the boat ride.

Where do boat tours leave from?

Most tours begin at Bulwar Czerwieński close to Grunwaldzki Bridge or Powiśle Street. If they don’t begin there, just know that you will meet somewhere within Krakow, so it won’t be too hard to locate. Plus, most tours will provide you with a location via Google maps.

When is the best time for a boat trip in Krakow?

Most tourists flock to Krakow in the summer months: July and August. Yet, May and June are also beautiful! It may be cold to take a tour during the winter months, so be sure to dress warm, if you do.

Travel tips

  • Most tours will include other groups of people, so be prepared to travel with more tourists.
  • Most boat tours in Krakow include a headset that provides you with historical facts about the various buildings in either English or Polish.
  • Some tours will provide you with a blanket—be sure to inquire about this beforehand, especially if you are planning on taking a tour when it’s cold outside.
  • Some boats don’t have bathrooms, so make sure you use the toilet before hopping onboard.
  • Some boat excursions will provide drawing sets for kids to help keep them entertained.
  • Most boat tours do not provide food or drink.
  • Most cruises to Tyniec do not include the entrance fee to Benedictine Abbey within their cost.