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All You Need to Know about Auschwitz Concentration Camp Location

Where is Auschwitz concentration camp located?

Where is Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp Located?

Getting to Auschwitz-Birkenau by public transport

Getting to Auschwitz by Bus

By Bus

Best For: Visitors who are traveling in a large group and are looking for the most affordable way to reach the attraction
Travel Time: 2 hours
Closest Stop: Auschwitz I camp
Timings: Buses depart from Krakow at 6:20, 8:40, 9:40, 11:10, 12:30, 14:45, 15:50, 16:55, and 19:05 hours

  • Getting to Auschwitz-Birkenau by bus is relatively straightforward, and there are several options available. Frequent and regular buses depart from the main bus station in Krakow, Mlodych Do Wieczora station, located near the city center. The journey takes approximately 1.5  to 2 hours, depending on the traffic and the route taken.
Getting to Auschwitz by Train

By Train

Best For: Budget travelers looking to save time and money and may need more comfortable seating options, larger legroom, and amenities like dining cars or Wi-Fi
Travel Time: 2 hours
Closest Stop: Oswiecim
Timings: Once every hour

  • The nearest train station to Auschwitz is in the town of Oswiecim, approximately 3 km away from the camp. To get to Oswiecim, you need to take a train from Krakow's main train station, Krakow Głowny, to Oswiecim station. The journey takes 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the route. From the Oswiecim station, you can take a local bus or taxi to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

Getting to Auschwitz-Birkenau by car

Driving Route to Reach Auschwitz Birkenau

Driving route

Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
The driving route from Krakow to Auschwitz Birkenau is relatively straightforward. Take the A4 motorway in the direction of Katowice. This motorway is well-marked and easy to follow, and it passes through several small towns and villages along the way. After approximately 40 km, you will see signs for the Oswiecim exit. Take this exit and follow the signs to the Auschwitz-Birkenau. The final stretch of the journey takes you through the town of Oswiecim, where you will see additional signs directing you to the camp.

Parking Facilities Near Auschwitz Birkenau

Parking Facilities

There are parking lots available on both concentration camp sites, but they can quickly get filled up, especially during peak tourist season. So we recommend arriving early to ensure parking space availability. Some of the nearby parking spaces include:

Walking to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Travel Time: 30 minutes from the Oswiecim train station

Distance: 2.3 km

Ideal For: Visitors who want to experience the city’s ambiance, observe the surroundings at a slower pace, interact with locals, and stumble upon hidden gems or local markets

  • The walk from Oswiecim train station to Auschwitz has clear signs and a dedicated pedestrian path for most of the way.
  • Exit the train station and turn left onto the main road, called Aleja Marszalka Jozefa Pilsudskiego.
  • Go down this road for around 1km until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Aleja Armii Krajowej and continue straight for another 1 km.
  • At the next roundabout, take the third exit onto Kasprowicza Street, and continue straight for approximately 800 meters. You will see signs directing you to the entrance of the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial and Museum on your left.



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Frequently asked questions about getting to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Where is Auschwitz located?

Auschwitz-Birkenau was one of the largest Nazi concentration camps operated during World War II. It is situated in the town of Oswiecim, which is located in the Lesser Poland region of southern Poland.

Which city is Auschwitz-Birkenau in?

Auschwitz-Birkenau is located in Poland. It is in the town of Oswiecim, situated in the Lesser Poland region of southern Poland.

How do I get to Auschwitz-Birkenau?

To get to Auschwitz Birkenau from Krakow, you can take a public bus operated by PKS or a train to the town of Oswiecim, which is located near the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial and Museum. The journey takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the mode of transport and traffic. From the Oswiecim train station, you can take a local bus or a taxi to Auschwitz in Poland, which is about 3.2 km away.

Which is the fastest way to get to Auschwitz concentration camp?

The fastest way to get to Auschwitz camp from Krakow is by taking a private car or a taxi. The journey takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on the traffic. However, this is also the most expensive option. 

Which is the closest bus stop to Auschwitz and Birkenau?

Auschwitz I camp is the closest bus stop to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Which is the closest train station to Auschwitz Birkenau?

The closest train station to Auschwitz Birkenau is Oswiecim train station.

Can I park at Auschwitz Birkenau?

Yes, there is a parking lot available at the site, but it is best to arrive early, especially during peak tourist season, to ensure availability. You can also park at the nearby parking lots.

Can I walk to Auschwitz-Birkenau?

Yes, you can walk to Auschwitz from the train station. The walk from Oswiecim train station to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial is about 2 km and takes approximately 30 minutes. It is a well-marked path with clear signs for most of the way. It also has a dedicated pedestrian path for most of the way.