Kraków buses and trams – the revolution is here

Next weekend will see a major restructuring of Kraków’s public transport network, with changes to many bus and tram routes and the opening of the last stretch of the new tram line into Ruczaj.

There will be four tram routes running to the Czerwone Maki terminus in Ruczaj, from Saturday, November 17. At the same time, the city’s public transport office, ZIKiT, will introduce the new timetables and routes throughout Kraków.

Trams – Download new map.

There will be no changes to lines 1, 4, 5, 9, 14, 20, 21 or 22.

Lines 2, 6, 24 and 50 will have new timetables, but the routes will remain the same.

The biggest changes will be to the routes of lines 3, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 19 and 23.

Lines 7, 12, 15, 17 and 51 will be axed permanently.

Lines 11, 18, 23 and 52 will run to Ruczaj.

Buses – Download new map.

There will be no changes to lines 100, 101, 102, 105, 109, 110, 111, 117, 118, 120, 122, 124, 125, 127, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 137, 138, 139, 145, 146, 155, 158, 159, 161, 166, 168, 171, 172, 175, 282, 185, 242, 405, 409, 424, 439 and 572.

Lines 106, 129, 130 and 144, 152, 162, 164, 173, 179, 183, 184, 201, 287, 502 and 537 will have new timetables, but will continue to operate on their normal routes.

There will be route changes on lines 107, 112, 113, 116, 121, 123, 128, 142, 143, 151, 153, 154, 163, 174, 178, 194, 203, 213, 223, 243, 244, 253, 263, 451, 501, 503 and 903.

The following lines will no longer operate: 115, 14, 148, 149, 156, 228, 453 and 463.

New lines will be introduced from Wieczysta to Lesisko (193), Rondo Grunwaldzkie to Kostrze (412), Dworzec Główny Zachod to Skarżynskiego (429), Dworzec Główny Wschod to Mistrzejowice (482), and Czerwone Maki to Skawina (283).

A ZIKiT spokesman explained that the current system had been in operation in Kraków since 1999, and no longer suited the needs of the city or passengers.

The aims of the restructuring are to increase the number of possible journeys, especially by tram, taking into the needs of new residential developments in Kraków. ZIKiT wanted to adapt to the requirements of passengers, cut travel times, and synchronise timetables between routes while cutting duplication on bus and tram lines.

There will be a mass information campaign from this week, including officers from ZIKiT at tram and bus stops, a new collaborative project with the public transport website jakdojade, and a frequently updated list of questions and answers at krakow.pl and mpk.krakow.pl.

There is also a new hotline, available daily from 9am to 5pm. Call +48 (12) 616 74 43 or +48 (12) 616 74 21 for information.

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