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Auschwitz-Birkenau | Exploring the history of the holocaust

Auschwitz-Birkenau, often referred to simply as Auschwitz concentration camp, stands as the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, where more than one million people, mostly Jews, were killed during the Holocaust. A visit to this site is a deeply somber, emotional, and thought-provoking experience. Read on to find everything you need to plan a visit to Auschwitz.

Things to know before buying Auschwitz tour ticket

  • Opt for a guided tour to fully understand the historical significance of Auschwitz. 
  • Book your ticket in advance if you want to visit Auschwitz during the peak season (April to October).
  • All tickets are timed, so it is important that you reach there at the time you booked, or else you won’t be allowed entry.
  • If you're visiting the museum by yourself during peak season, enter the camp before 10 AM or after 3 PM.
  • Both camps have limited disabled access, and there are only a few spots inside to sit and rest.
  • It is not recommended that children under 14 visit the museum.
  • Bring a valid photo ID with your Auschwitz tour tickets to enter. Any official ID with a clear photograph of the visitor will work.
  • Since transport in the area is not very easily available, it is advised you book tickets with transfers included. 

Which Auschwitz ticket is best for you?

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If you're budget-conscious

Go for: Guided tour with Fast-Track tickets
Duration: 3 hr. 30 min.
Guide: Official Auschwitz-Birkenau guide

  • Opt for the fast-track entry ticket as it is one of the cheaper guided tour options. Skip the lines at the ticket office and begin your tour in a hassle-free manner. 
  • You can also pick one of six languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Polish) for your guided tour of the concentration camp.

Recommended ticket:

Guided Tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau with Fast-Track Tickets

Auschwitz Tickets Fast Track

If you're looking for hassle-free transfers

Go for: Tickets with round-trip transfers
Guide: Expert licensed guide

  • If you wish to avoid the hassle of getting to Auschwitz by yourself, opt for tickets, including round-trip transfers from Krakow.
  • You will reach Auschwitz comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking driver.

Recommended ticket:

Guided Tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau with Lunch & Hotel Pick-Up from Krakow Center

Guided Tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau with Hotel Transfers from Krakow Center

Auschwitz tour

If you're looking for a personalized experience

Go for: Small group tour tickets
Duration: 6 hours
Guide: Expert licensed guide

  • Explore Auschwitz with a small group led by an experienced guide for a personalized and in-depth experience. 
  • Gain deep insights into the history of the concentration camps and explore the sites peacefully. Enjoy a round-trip journey in an air-conditioned minibus from Krakow.

Recommended ticket:

Small Group Guided Tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau with Transfers from Krakow

Auschwitz tour

If you want to explore beyond Auschwitz

Go for: Combo tickets
Duration: 11 hours
Guide: Expert English-speaking guide

  • If you wish to see more than Auschwitz, opt for the super saver combo ticket that includes a guided tour of concentration camps and Wieliczka Salt Mine. 
  • This experience also includes free transfers in an AC vehicle and lunch with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

Recommended ticket:

Combo: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow with Optional Lunch

Cancelation Policy

Most Auschwitz tour tickets can be canceled 24-48 hours before the experience begins. However, some tickets cannot be canceled or rescheduled. Please check your ticket for details at the time of booking.

Why visit Auschwitz?

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Auschwitz tour highlights

Auschwitz-Birkenau is made up of three parts: Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, and Auschwitz III-Monowitz. The first two camps are about 3 kilometers apart, and any Auschwitz tour will take you to both of them. The third camp was a labor camp and there’s nothing left of it currently, save a memorial on the road.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum
Auschwitz I
Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Plan your visit to Auschwitz

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Getting There
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Facilities
Tips & Guidelines
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Auschwitz tour timing
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Auschwitz-Birkenau entrances
Auschwitz tours facilities
  • Toilets: There are toilets available at both the camps but you need to pay a small fee to use them.
  • Refreshments: Auschwitz I camp has a restaurant and a fast-food counter to get food and drinks but there is no food available at Auschwitz II camp.
  • Free shuttle bus service: A free shuttle bus is available to travel between the two camps — Auschwitz I and Birkenau.
  • Storage room: There is a luggage storage facility available near the main entrance.
  • Book shops: You can buy books from the book shops that are open in both the camps. You can also buy these books from the online book shop of Auschwitz.
  • Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are available free of charge at the Visitor Service Centre for differently-abled visitors.
Auschwitz tips
  • There is a lot of walking involved. Wear comfortable shoes and carry plenty of drinking water. Both camps have limited disabled access, and there are only a few spots inside to sit and rest.
  • Ensure your backpack or handbag does not exceed dimensions: 30x20x10 cm. There are lockers available for a small fee, but they tend to get full during peak season.
  • You need to pay 2 PLN to use the toilets inside the memorial.
  • If you are not familiar with the history of Auschwitz or any other concentration camp, we recommend that you read about the holocaust before your trip. Here are some books to get started on, and if you like movies more than books, here are some suggestions to help explain this better. 
  • Visitors can photograph the insides of the Auschwitz Memorial but avoid flat photography and pay attention to the No Photography signs inside.
  • It is recommended to not bring children aged 14 and under to the museum as the experience can be too traumatic for them.
Auschwitz Tickets food

Auschwitz I has a cafeteria that provides meals and water, but if you want to explore other options, here’s what we suggest:

  • Bistro Bilard: If you are looking to eat some pizza and chase it down with some cold beer, look no further than this no-frills joint across the street from the camp.
  • Kebab Pizza Burger Allis: A 12-minute walk away, the restaurant offers a wide selection of Italian, American and Turkish dishes. Their burgers come highly recommended.
  • A La Carte: For those looking to enjoy an authentic Polish meal, head on to this restaurant, only 1 km away from the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum.

Beyond Auschwitz

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Oskar Schindler’s Factory

Frequently asked questions about Auschwitz tickets

How much does the Auschwitz tour cost?

The Auschwitz tour price starts from zł96.19. This includes fast-track entrance to Auschwitz-Birkenau and a guided tour by an official Auschwitz-Birkenau guide.

What is the best way to buy tickets to Auschwitz tours?

The best way to buy tickets to Auschwitz tours is by booking them online. Online booking is easy and convenient as it allows you to avail of exclusive discounts on Auschwitz tickets and reserve your slots well in advance.

Can I buy Auschwitz tours online?

Yes, you can buy tickets to Auschwitz tours online. Scroll up to choose from all the Auschwitz ticket and tour options.

Why should I book Auschwitz tours online?
  • Booking Auschwitz tours online offers many advantages like:
    -Skip the lines: Auschwitz is a popular place, especially in peak tourist season, so the lines can get long. Booking your tickets online helps avoid these long entry lines and gives you more time to explore.
    -Guaranteed entry: When you book tickets online in advance, you get guaranteed entry upon arrival.
    -Choose from a variety of experiences: Make your Auschwitz visit your own by picking the type of visit you like. You can have a guide show you around, or book combo tours to see other attractions.
    -Discounts and Deals: When you book online, you can get some great discounts and special deals that you won't find at the ticket booth. 
Can I get skip-the-line tickets for the Auschwitz tour?

Yes, you can get skip-the-line tickets for the Auschwitz tour and get priority access inside. 

Do Auschwitz tour tickets allow entry into the Auschwitz Museum?

Yes, all Auschwitz tour tickets allow entry into the Auschwitz Birkenau Museum.

Are discounts available on Auschwitz and Birkenau tour?

Yes. Children aged less than 12 years and students with a valid ID can enjoy discounts on the Auschwitz tickets.

What is the cancellation policy for Auschwitz tours?

Cancellation policy varies based on the type of ticket you select. Some ticket options provide a complete refund if you cancel up to 48-72 hours before your scheduled visit, while others may not allow cancellations. Pease review the specific terms and conditions before finalizing your reservation.

Can I buy Auschwitz tours on the day?

You can buy the tickets to Auschwitz tours on the day but the tickets are subject to availability and you would have to stand in the long queues during peak times. Furthermore, online ticket holders are prioritized at the venue over on-the-spot ticket buyers. Additionally, if you opt to purchase the Auschwitz tickets offline, you would be missing out on discounts and offers as well.

Do I need an ID for the Auschwitz tour?

Yes, you will need to bring a valid photo ID along with the Auschwitz tickets to enter. Any official ID with a clear photograph of the visitor will work.

What are Auschwitz opening hours?
  • December: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • January & November: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • February: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • March, October: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • April, May & September: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • June, July & August: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
How long does the Auschwitz tour last?

An Auschwitz tour can last anywhere between 3 to 11 hours, depending on the experience that you have selected.