New rail line link from Kraków-Balice International Airport to boost local economy

The upgrade of the railway line between Kraków Airport and the city centre is expected to dramatically shorten travel times for commuters, while attracting tourists and investment to the entire Małopolskie region.

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The works involve constructing an electric, double-track railway line that connects Kraków main train station with Kraków Airport. This is being achieved by thoroughly modernising the existing sections of railway line: the so-called Kraków Główny - Mydlniki - Balice sections. The total length of the modernised lines is 10 km, and a maximum speed of 80 km/h has been set, with an axle load limit of 22.5 tonnes.

Tourists and investment

The works aim to shorten travel times for commuters and improving the quality of urban transport in Kraków city. The new link is also expected to attract more tourists and investment to the region. Passengers using Kraków Airport, as well as local residents, are expected to benefit from the works. The Kraków airport is one of Poland's eight airports which are part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

In addition to constructing and upgrading tracks, this ambitious project is also building new turnouts, platforms, level crossings, signalling equipment and control systems, as well as overhead lines. Four animal crossings are foreseen. In addition, a new Kraków Balice rail station is being built.

Annual value of time savings in monetary terms is estimated at EUR 721 166 for 2015 alone. It is also estimated that the socio-economic benefits resulting from passengers switching from car to rail travel in the 2012 – 2041 time period amounts to EUR 12 631 697.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of the railway link from Kraków-Balice International Airport to Kraków, section Kraków Główny - Mydlniki - Balice” is EUR 83 050 019, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 45 629 535 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “Environment-friendly transport”.

Draft date

10/06/2015