How to travel from Krakow to Lviv

Krakow-Lviv in 2020: bus, train or direct flight

My name is Michael and I have been living in Poland for 4 years. I was born in Lviv and over the years, I have tried many routes from Krakow to Lviv and vice versa. The best is taking a train from Krakow to Lviv. It is cheap and convenient: you can sleep on the train at night, and in the morning, you can wander around the beautiful Lviv.

Lviv Private City Tours

Although everyone chooses the option which looks best for him. The train is fairly priced and pretty comfortable.

However, more recently, low-cost airline Rayanair launched direct flights from Krakow to Lviv; I have not tried it yet, however, but I believe one can buy ticket for 15 euros if you buy in advance.

Distance from Krakow to Lviv

The distance between Krakow and Lviv is 182 kilometers or 113 miles in a straight line and 326 kilometers or 203 miles on the roads.

Interesting Facts

  • If you decide to ride your bicycle, it will take 16 hours and 88,122 calories 😊
  • To walk it you will need 2 days.
  • Your dog will cover this distance in 1 day.

Krakow — Lviv — travel time

Below is information on how many hours you will need to get from Krakow to Lviv

  • Airplane — 1 hour
  • Train — 8 hours
  • Bus — 8 hours
  • Car — 4 hours

Traveling Krakow (Poland) — Lviv (Ukraine) by train

To travel by train from Poland to Ukraine, you can buy a ticket online or at the railway station. There are night trains from Warsaw to Kiev, as well as from Warsaw, Wroclaw and Krakow to Lviv. These trains cross the border between the states at night. From the city of Przemysl (Poland), there is a daily train to Lviv and Kiev.

Buy a ticket Krakow — Lviv here

I would recommend buying a train ticket at the train station. Note: in some countries, you will have to pay a service fee at the checkout. You can buy ticket at a train station in the country of departure, and sometimes — in other countries.

Useful links:

TRAIN TYPES: Types of trains for your trip.

InterCity (IC) / Twoje Linie Kolejowe (TLK)

NIGHT TRAIN: Possible night trains.

D 68 Warsaw — Kiev

Railway Company:

PKP IC Polskie Koleje Państwowe Intercity / UZ Ukrzaliznytsia

TRAIN SCHEDULE: Online timetable where you can find up-to-date information about routes. Deutsche Bahn / PKP Poland / Ukraine Railways

Traveling Krakow (Poland) — Lviv (Ukraine) by car

The distance from Krakow to Lviv is 350 km; it may seem that it is easy to do it in a day but it is not always that way. There is a chance to spend valuable time on customs, although there are not always traffic jams at the border. The route runs along the A4 highway, and it is free from Krakow to the border with Ukraine. The road is wide, new, clean and tidy. Forests along the road are fenced in so that wild animals do not run out onto the road; in settlements, the route is fenced with a transparent wall.

Hiring a car for a trip to Ukraine is possible, but yet expensive. Ukraine is not part of the European Union, so you need a power of attorney to cross the border, additional insurance and so on. Although there are representative offices of European rentals in Ukraine, the prices are too high. It is highly recommended to book a car in advance.

Traveling Krakow (Poland) — Lviv (Ukraine) by bus

Buses depart almost every hour, but not all of them can be found online.

All buses leave from the bus station located near the railway station at 18 Bosacka Street. In 8 hours same buses arrive at the Lviv bus station, it is located on 109 Striyska Street. However, some buses can arrive to Palace Square (to the station), and some can go both places.

For example, PolskiBus eaves only once a day, but daily.

Ecolines buses run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are two more Flixbus buses: the night bus leaves the airport, stops at the bus station, and then makes two stops in Lviv, so you may notice the same bus indicated in the schedule four times!

Tickets for Euroclub buses are the most expensive, but in extreme cases, you can buy tickets for these routes as well.

Also, check out Agat and Eurolines websites.

However, since this article may lose relevance over time, check the timetable on the website of these bus companies.

In addition, there are a dozen buses from various small carriers, you can find out their schedule at the station.

Buying tickets

You can buy tickets at the bus station or on Euroclub, PolskiBus, Modul Trans, Flixbus, Ecolines, Agat, and Eurolines websites.


A ticket to Lviv costs from 10 to 30 euros. In 2019, the average price was 16 euros.

Traveling Krakow (Poland) — Lviv (Ukraine) by plane

If you plan your trip far in advance, then you can be lucky and buy a plane ticket from Krakow to Lviv (a direct Ryanair flight) for only 15 euros. If you are looking for tickets at the very last moment, get ready to pay about 50 euros. It is only Ryanair low-cost airline that offers direct flight from Krakow to Lviv. If you choose to fly with Polish Lot, you will first have to fly to Warsaw, and only after — to Lviv.

  • Pricing depends on the month of departure, we advise you to book the first and business class in advance.
  • You should not delay the purchase of economy class flight either — do it 2–4 months before your trip.
  • The cheapest KRK — LWO plane tickets are available on Wednesday and Thursday. As a rule, on weekends they cost more.
  • It is cheaper to buy round-trip tickets than there and back separately.

It’s important to know!

If your flight has been canceled or delayed in the last 3 years, you can receive compensation of EUR 125–600 (EC Regulation №261/2004, Articles 4–9).

Fill out the form here.

If you are traveling from Krakow to Lviv for tourism, do not forget to book a tour in Lviv in advance.

Lviv Tours

Lviv Old Town Tour

Lviv Old Town Tour is a private walking tour with Lviv local who will take you along the narrow brick streets of the Old City of Lviv and wıll share exciting stories of each amazing attraction. This tour is ideal for those who are for the first time in Lviv and want to see the main attractions and understand the history from A to Z.

Lviv Nightlife Tour

Lviv Nightlife Tour is a 3-hour walk with a local from one Lviv bar to another. The tour is private; it will be organized only for you and your friends. Lviv has the best bars in Ukraine, and we are going to show you the best places. During this short bar crawl our local guide will become your friend, will share stories about the city and tell about the life of ordinary Lviv residents. Our guides are regular visitors to local bars and know where and when to go to get the best of the night.

Lviv Underground Tour

Lviv Underground Tour is a 2-hour walk with a local through the dungeons of Lviv. No, you won’t have to crawl.

Let’s discover the secrets of Lviv dungeons together! Legends say that earlier people could travel under the old city using the underground tunnels.

On our Lviv Underground Tour, you will see the most intriguing places in Lviv. Guests can see interesting catacombs under the churches, the Pharmacy Museum and the Opera House.

Lviv Coffee and Chocolate Tour

Coffee and chocolate tour is a gourmet treat!

Lviv is already the most famous coffee city in Ukraine, but there is a huge variety of how coffee can look and how it can taste. Coffee Lviv Tour is an overview of the best coffee houses in the city with incredible stories of coffee stories and coffee tasting. During this tour, you will drink more coffee than you ever had in two hours so make sure to skip your usual morning coffee on the day of the tour.

Lychakiv Cemetery Tour

Lviv Lychakiv Cemetery Tour is a 2-hour walk with a Private Lviv Guide in a very unusual but interesting place.

Someone calls it an open-air museum, others — a necropolis. The cemetery was established back in 1786 by order of the authorities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This is one of the oldest cemeteries in Europe. Over 400 thousand people are buried here! Moreover, every monument, chapel or tombstone is a work of art.

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