Venue

The 5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Logistics and Transport (IEEE ICALT’2016) will be held on 1-3  June 2016, in kraków, Poland.

Participants can book their accommodation in the conference venue: Hotel Galaxy in Krakow, Poland at special rate through the registration platform. Payment should be done directly to the hotel:

  • Single room 320 PLN per night per room (Bed and Breakfast)
  • Double room 360 PLN per night per room (Bed and Breakfast)

https://www.regonline.com/icalt2016

 

Information about the Hotel:

GALAXY HOTEL ****, KRAKOW

Website: http://galaxyhotel.pl/en/

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Located in the immediate proximity of the Old Town, the Galaxy Hotel**** is a unique place in the centre of Krakow. When you decide to stay with us, you will receive a whole lot of good vibes and plenty of opportunities to visit the most important city of the Malopolska Region.

We offer superior quality rooms overlooking Grzegorzki, a district steeped in history, tradition, and unmatched charm. You will have a nice place to stay the night, get ready for your presentation and/or determine your sightseeing itinerary. You will get a warm and friendly welcome, and professional and courteous service throughout your stay. We are here to help you find the best way to any place you wish to visit, call a taxi or get the tickets to the theatre.

We take pride in being recognised as the most conveniently located and best equipped hotel in Krakow where you can hold conferences and business meetings. In addition to state-of-the-art equipment, we offer comprehensive support services to ensure that your event is successful and that its participants are simply delighted.

For those who wish to experience all the positive vibes, the Galaxy Hotel**** is the place to be.

Krakow is the former capital of Poland, the residence of Polish kings and the seat of the oldest university in Central Europe. Krakow is located 300 km south of Warsaw and has very good air, train and road connections.

The city was fortunately not destroyed during its volatile history and today competes with some of the most beautiful European cities. The medieval old town, which is on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites, is the dynamic heart of Krakow, buzzing with students, residents and tourists from all over the world.

The key points of interest are the main Market Square (the largest medieval square in Europe), the Royal Castle Wawel, the Collegium Maius of Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Hall, the old Jewish district of Kazimierz and many more.

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Krakow is also a modern metropolis with 1 million inhabitants. It is a vibrant academic centre with more than 200,000 students studying in over 20 higher education institutions and universities, and also has a vigorous new technologies and life sciences centre. It is Poland’s second business centre after the capital Warsaw and home to many international corporations. Krakow is a well–recognized scientific centre not only in Poland but internationally as well. There is a strong desire in the Region to foster collaboration between science and industry and to support innovative programs and projects that harness the potential of the region.

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Local information:

Kraków official web site

Please, visit the official web site of Kraków available provided in various languages (English/German/French/Russian), e.g.:

http://www.krakow.pl/english/

 

Krakow in your mobile

You may be interested in the official Android and Apple iOS app.

 

Currency and banking

The Polish national currency unit is “złoty” (abbreviated as “PLN” or “zł”) with its sub-unit “gross” (100 gr=1 zł). Euro is accepted in some places.

To see the notes and coins, please visit National Bank of Poland site.

Foreign currency exchange facilities are available at airports and hotels, as well as in many agencies labeled as “Currency exchange” in English or “Kantor” in Polish. Approximate currency exchange rate (May 2015) are:

1 € = 4.0 PLN
1 $ = 3.6 PLN

For up-to-date official rates, please, refer to http://www.nbp.pl.

 

Credit cards:

Credit cards can be used in many places such as banks, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and most shops. Some shops require a minimal purchase amount for credit card payments (usually around 5-10PLN).

 

Border-crossing:

Poland is a member of the European Union and belongs to the Schengen area.

Be aware that if you are not a citizen of EU country or USA/Canada, you may have to obtain visa prior to entering the territory of Poland.

For visa details visit the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Arrival:

Guests will arrive to John Paul II Airport in Balice (KRK airport code) or to Main Railway Station (Kraków Główny) or to Bus Terminal, which is located nearby the Main Railway Station.

 

Arrival by plane:

The Airport:
The John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice
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Krakow has direct air connections with: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bonn / Cologne, Budapest, Copenhagen, Chicago, Dortmund, Dublin, Frankfurt, Glasgow, London, Milan, Munich,  Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Vienna, Zurich, in season Chania, Heraklion, Rhodes.
John Paul II Krakow Balice Airport is modern and easy to navigate. There is 24hr currency exchange office as well as ATM’s (bankomat) provided by PKO bank and tourist information.

 How to get to the city centre:

  • public bus (line number 292, the drop off bus stop Cracovia Błonia,
    then c.a. 10 minute walk).
    One way ticket price in zone I – 3,80 PLN
    For local bus travel information please visit: MPK which provides bus service in Krakow
  • radio taxi 919 – cost c.a. 80 PLN (Monday – Saturday 6:00– 22:00) and c.a. 120 PLN (Monday – Saturday 22:00– 6:00 and on Sunday)

Officially licensed taxis stand outside the main entrance. Distance to the city centre c.a. 11km.

There is also Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport located around 100km away from Krakow city centre.
There are regular bus connections between this airport and Krakow (every 1,5h; the ticket price
c.a. 50 PLN).

 

ARRIVING BY CAR:

The A4 motorway, via Wroclaw and Katowice, leads to Krakow from Western Europe. Three traffic restriction zones (A,B,C) are obligatory in the city. Most of offered hotels are situated in the A and B zones, very close to the conference venue.
It is necessary to pay parking fees within these three zones. Parking cars in these zones without payment of parking fees is prohibited, except for vehicles belonging to persons or organizations granted free access and parking public transportation vehicles in designated area.
The International Cultural Centre (conference venue) is situated within A zone. Parking is permitted only in designed areas. Absolute priority is given to pedestrians and the maximum driving speed should not exceed 20km/h. We strongly suggest leaving your car on the hotel parking and use the public transportation or walk.

ARRIVING BY TRAIN:

The main railway station (Dworzec Główny) is conveniently situated in the very centre of the city.
There is a good train connection between Warszawa and Krakow (express or Inter City trains go every hour during day, journey lasts less than 3hr-). Krakow has direct connections with: Berlin, Bucurest, Budapest, Kiev, Odessa, Prague, Vienna. Taxi stand you will find outside the main entrance as well as at the top floor car park.
PKP provides train services in Poland.
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City/Municipal public transport system:

All routes can be checked on the “JakDojade” web service at http://krakow.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en. The service is also availible ans an app for Apple iOS and Android devices. Bare in mind that the app requires an internet connection to work and mobile data fees may apply.

 

Since bus/tram stops have their names rather than numbers, it is advised to be familiar with the names of the most important stops. Usually the name of the nearest stop is announced (often also in English) via speakers inside the vehicle.

 

Moving around Kraków by bicycle – if you’re a bike fan, see bike rental.

Important phone numbers:

Ambulance 999
Fire Department 998
Police 997
General emergency phone 112