5th ELPAT Congress: Developing Dialogue - Pioneering Practice
Dedicated to the ethical, legal, and psychosocial aspects of transplantation and donation
Krakow, is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River, the city dates back to the 7th century. Krakow was the official capital of Poland until 1596 and has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, economic, cultural and artistic life. Cited as one of Europe's most beautiful cities,Krakow is one of the most unique destinations in the world and its Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city has grown from a Stone Age settlement to Poland's second most important city. With the establishment of new universities and cultural venues, Krakow reaffirmed its role as a major national academic and artistic centre. The city has a population of approximately 760.000, with approximately 8 million additional people living within a 100 km (62 mi) radius of its main square.
HOW TO GET THERE
Kraków Airport (KRK) - also known as John Paul II International Airport - is the main airport, located in Balice, about 11 km from the city centre. The network of routes includes most European capitals and the largest airline hubs.
Krakow Airport website: www.krakowairport.pl/en
Alternatively, Katowice Airport (KTW) is located about 100 km from the city of Krakow and has direct connections with over 30 destinations across Europe and Asia.
Katowice Airport website: www.katowice-airport.com/en
From Katowice airport Matuszek Buses run everyday:
Information and booking: www.matuszek.com.pl/
The Main Railway Station (Dworzec Główny) is situated in the northern part of the Old Town. The city has direct railway connections with most of the bigger towns in Poland, Germany, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic.
There are several daily fast train connections with Warsaw (the capital city of Poland). The journey takes a little over 2 hours.
The biggest bus station is situated at Bosacka Street, next to the Main Railway Station. Tickets can be bought at newsagents or from ticket machines at bus and tram stops.
For planning your trip by public transport use: https://jakdojade.pl/krakow/trasa/?locale=en
Many national roads and motorways intersect in Krakow, among others the A4, which runs directly from the German border. The speed limit is generally 140km/h, and there is a Polish Zloty 18 toll each way between Kraków and Katowice.
The official currency in Poland is the Polish Zloty (PLN).
Credit cards: Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted; American Express is also accepted but to a lesser extent.
National holidays (just before and after the ELPAT congress):
21 & 22 April Easter, 1 May Labour day, 3 May Constitution day.
On these days, the vast majority of shops and chemists are closed and for the museums the situation depends on the individual museum.
Poland is a member of the European Union so citizens of EU countries do not require a visa. Poland is also part of the Schengen Agreement; therefore citizens of countries within the Schengen Area do not require visas either.
Letters of invitation can be provided upon request for participants who have registered and paid the conference fee.