Road surfaces in Poland are not in the best condition but they are usually well sign posted especially to popular places in towns and cities. Some of the hotels have route signs leading you to a hotel. Ibis is a good example.
Note that the city centre has limited access for cars as there are zones available only for public transport or people living there. There are paid parking areas in almost all parts of the
city centre. The city is undergoing a lot of reconstruction work, new main roundabouts and streets to meet European standards, the rapid development of the city and increase in the number of cars. Some of these road works are a pain for drivers.
Traffic jams, especially during rush hours are common. And increase every year! The good news is that city centre can be walked through and you can leave your
car at the hotel and get to the centre by the well developed public transportation system.
The paid parking area in Krakow covers the city centre only.
The special C zone marked in blue is subject to parking fees that must be paid at the new parking meters installed in this zone.
The purchased ticket (the printout from the machine) must be placed in a visible area inside the car - usually on the dashboard at the windscreen.
Payment is obligatory:
Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. Parking fees are as follows: up to 20 min. 1 zł, up to one hour 3 zł, up to two hours 6,50 zł, up to three hours 10,60 zł, every other hour 3 zł. Parking meters accept only coins, from 5 gr to 5 zł and no change is given!
ATTENTION! - Parking without proper payment is subject to a 50 zł fine. There are also two other zones in the city centre. Zone A (red) which is a strict NO CAR ZONE, for pedestrians and cyclists only. Zone B (green) is a priority zone for pedestrians, and paid parking (as in zone C) is allowed only in specially designated areas.