Prices to visit Auschwitz can vary greatly depending on which tour you go on and method of transportation. If you're on a tight budget like we are, see our tips ahead and don't make the same mistake we did by following Google Maps to the wrong building and missing the first 20 minutes of our tour 😕
1. Buy tickets for Auschwitz from their official organizational website
Admission to the grounds is free and has to be reserved online, but we highly recommend including an educator to better understand the history. Reserve your tour here and pick your language of choice. We found that third parties selling tours and transit cost more than double than what we paid for everything. There were about 20 people on our tour which seemed a bit large at times, but we each had a headset so we could hear what the tour guide was saying. Our guide was also a very good story teller and spoke good English.
2. The cheapest method of transport is by bus
Taking the bus was reliable and easy. You can purchase bus tickets here. They were only $6 CAD roundtrip and busses leave from Krakow Main Bus Station. The only catch is that you have to pre-book your time, so plan accordingly.
3. Get off the bus at Auschwitz I, which is where the tour starts
We made the mistake and walked all the way to the "Auschwitz Historical Gate" labelled on Google maps, which is Birkenau and is visited on the second half of the tour. In a panic, we ran and walked back to where we started because we didn't know there was a free bus that moves back and forth. Doing so we missed 20 minutes of our tour!
4. There is a cheap snack shop outside of Auschwitz I
You will get a 10 minute break between visiting Auschwitz I and Birkenau to grab a snack if you desire.
5. Comfort Tip: Make sure you bring warm clothes if your tour is in Fall, Winter, or Spring!
It gets quite chilly, especially in the evenings.