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Transport and communication

Małopolska has good transport infrastructure, with a dense system of main roads (57.39 km/100 km2) and the overall density of roads of 143.9 km/100 km2

The region’s network of roads consists of the following:

  • A4 Motorway (Kraków - Katowice),
  • S7 Fastroad (parts under conception, fragments are existing and construction of approximately 40 km)
  • 958 km of national roads,
  • 1,368 km of regional roads,
  • 6,425 km of local poviat roads.

The most advanced in the completion of road investment is the construction of the eastern ring road of Krakow (as a part of S7 Fastroad). In the tender procedure and the tender are mountain passes (tunnels) also on S7.

The territory of the region is crossed by three international transport routes: E40 (No.4) Dresden-Berlin-Kraków-Lviv-Kiev, E77 (No.7) Gdańsk-Chyżne-Budapest and E462 (No.96) Głogoczów-Bielsko-Biała-Cieszyn-Ostrava.

Moreover there are 10 border crossings to Slovakia along Poland’s southern border.

The International Kraków-Balice Airport is the second largest airport in Poland. It is characterised by a very high dynamics of growth in the number of passengers. In 2007,Kraków-Balice Airport handled 3.1 million passengers. And in 2015, the port has permeated the bewildering number of 4 221 171 passengers! It was a new record for the airport. In recent years, airport continues the systematic expansion of the runway, terminal, built an electric railway connect the airport with the main train station in Krakow Centre.

At present, the Balice Airport operates direct connections with 63 European cities (18 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Hungary, Great Britain, Italy). Moreover the airport offers connections (via Warsaw) with Chicago (USA), New York (USA) and Tel Aviv (Israel).

From Krakow-Balice Airport operate common european airlines: AirBerlin, Alitalia, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Easy Jet, Jet2com, KLM, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair, SprintAir, Swiss, AirFrance, SAS, Iberia, Aegean.

The essential function of the Cargo Terminal in Balice is the forwarding and storage of goods transported by air in international and domestic trade. Its annual capacity is 13 000 tonnes.

Update: 16|03|2016