Timing

The symposium will be on 25 and 26 October 2013.

Location

The 2013 ERC Symposium will be hosted at:

Auditorium Maximum
Jagiellonian University
ul. Krupnicza 33, Krakow
Poland

Currency

Following its accession to the EU, Poland declared its intention to adopt the euro as its currency as soon as possible, but due to the poor state of the economy it probably won’t happen soon.

The official Polish currency is the zloty (literally, ‘golden’), abbreviated to zl and pronounced zwo-ti. It is divided into 100 groszy, which are abbreviated to gr. Banknotes come in denominations of 10zl, 20zl, 50zl, 100zl and 200zl, and coins in 1gr, 2gr, 5gr, 10gr, 20gr and 50gr, and 1zl, 2zl and 5zl. The banknotes feature Polish kings, come in different sizes and are easily distinguishable.

On 11 December 2012 the exchange rate is 4,09313 zloty for 1 euro.

     

Airport Transport

One can easily get to the Krakow airport from the city or back by car, taxi, shuttle train or bus. 

  • The airport is a fifteen minutes' drive or so from the city center. Its parking lot accommodates over 750 vehicles, 15 buses in that number, and is situated opposite the international passenger terminal. 

  • Shuttle train service links Krakow’s John Paul II International Airport in Balice with the Krakow Glowny main rail station in the city center. On average, trains run every thirty minutes between 4 a.m. and midnight. The 15-kilometer journey should last about twenty minutes but it often takes longer. A single one-way ticket costs 15 zloty (PLN), an equivalent of under four euro. One can can purchase tickets on the train or from a ticket machine at the terminal. Trains depart from a stop some 300 meters from the International Terminal T1 (see the note below). 

  • Two municipal bus services are available at a stop situated about fifty meters from the International Terminal T1. Fare is an equivalent of roughly 0.8 euro. Line 292 runs to Zablocie industrial district via Krakow's central bus station every 40 minutes or so in daytime and every hour between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Line 208 connects the Balice airport with the central bus depot and Krakow Glowny central train station and runs every hour from 4:55 a.m. to 9:25 p.m. Nightly bus 902 operates the same route, leaving every hour till 1:26 a.m.     

  • Taxi stands in front of the passenger terminals belong to cabbies employed by a subsidiary company of the Krakow Airport. They charge either 69 zloty (PLN) or 89 PLN for a journey to central Krakow. Also, you may phone one of Krakow's taxi calling centers and they will send the nearest cab available. Daytime fare for a ride to the center of Krakow should not exceed the equivalent of 20 euro, and 35 euro anywhere within the city limits but unauthorized taxis may be costlier.

Local Transport

Getting around in Krakow is pretty easy. There is no subway in Krakow, nonetheless that nearly million city has a fairly dense public transport system which consists of tramways and bus lines that mostly a municipal company operates and a number of private-owned minibus fleets. And some suburbanites commute by local trains. 

One-way ticket for a municipal bus or a streetcar (tram) is 3.2 zloty (an equivalent of roughly 0.6 euro). You can buy it at newsstands and from ticket machines at downtown stops and in some buses and tram cars. Drivers sell 60-minute tickets worth four zloty. Immediately after boarding you should put the ticket yourself through the ticket puncher and keep it till you reach your destination. 

A 15-minute ticket allowing for changing lines costs two zloty, it's 30-minutes equivalent is 3.2 zloties, an hourly one 4 zloty, and 90-minute ticket has been priced at 5.2 zlotyt. The prices of unlimited-travel passes for all municipal buses and streetcars have been set at 12 zloty for a 24-hour ticket, at 20 zloty for a 48-hour one, and at 30 zloties for a 72-hour pass, while a seven-day unlimited-travel ticket costs 40 zloties. Tickets are valid for the stated period starting with their first punching on a bus or a tram (don't punch your ticket any more till its expiration). 

All of the above-mentioned tickets are good for municipal bus services within the city limits only. A one-way ticket for buses going beyond the administrative boundaries of Krakow - bus numbers from 200 to 304 - costs 3.6 zloties (so called 'bilet aglomeracyjny').  

Minibuses run by independent companies don't accept the municipal tickets, the fare - usually two zlotys - to be paid to the driver on boarding.