The price of tickets for the Balice Express, connecting Kraków’s John Paul II airport with the city centre, has been cut by almost 20 per cent – but authorities have warned rail operators that the fare is still ‘unacceptably high’.
Just a year ago, a one-way ticket to or from the airport cost 10zł. In the space of 12 months the price went up, first to 12zł, then, this summer, to 19zł – making it the most expensive rail journey in Poland. The Małopolska Marshal’s Office threatened earlier in September to revoke the licence for the service unless prices were reduced. Passengers abandoned the Balice Express and instead used taxis and buses, and Marek Sowa, regional Marshal, said public money would not be used to subsidise empty trains.
Today, the Balice Express operator said that, from September 26, tickets would be available for 15zł, as a ‘promotional fare’. But Mr Sowa said that the price was still unacceptably high. He added: “We expect that the price of a single ticket [will go] back to 12zł, from December 10.”