Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Skip-the-Line Tour from Krakow

Cultural & Theme Tours in Poland

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Tour the infamous Nazi German extermination camp, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, in Oswiecim, 43 miles (70 kilometers) from Krakow. Meet your driver and other travelers in Krakow's Old Town, then join a guided tour of the camps – a deeply moving experience that exposes a harrowing period of history.
Meet your driver and fellow travelers at a designated meeting point in Krakow Old Town or get picked up at your doorstep. Confirmation on the time and place of the departure you will receive directly from the supplier after booking and before travel. Board your air-conditioned vehicle for the 90-minute drive to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.At the camp, preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, you'll join a group of up to 30 people for a guided tour provided by the museum: you'll be equipped with headsets to ensure you can hear your guide. No matter what the season, you won't need to wait in line here as your tour has been prearranged. Please note that during high season (July-August) due to a large number of visitors there might be a 20-30 min wait while going through the museum security check.The 3.5-hour tour covers both Auschwitz I, the original and main camp, and Birkenau, the site where many of the killings happened. At Auschwitz I, you'll visit all the permanent exhibitions and buildings, home to moving displays on the story of the Holocaust and the Nazi concentration camps.At Auschwitz II-Birkenau, you'll see what remains of the most significant buildings: the barracks, the unloading ramp, and the ruins of the gas chamber and crematoria.Your tour will return to the main the car park at Birkenau, where you'll board your vehicle to return to Krakow Old Town.

What’s included

  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pickup (specified areas and hotels) - please see map for detailed information 
  • Professional English-speaking driver or tour pilot
  • Guided tour with headsets
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan /minibus

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off - please see map for complete information on dropoff services


  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • All entrance fees included
  • Step back in time on a history tour