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Tatra Mountains Tours

Spilling over Poland’s southern border into Slovakia, the Tatra Mountains are the highest part of the Carpathian range and make up Tatrzański Tatra National Park. Protected as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this wild and mountainous region is rich with snow-topped peaks, alpine lakes, and sparkling waterfalls.

The Basics
Most visitors opt to explore the Tatras Mountains on a day trip, and tours run from Krakow in Poland or from Poprad in Slovakia. Popular destinations for a day tour include the resort town of Zakopane, where you can visit the Tatra Museum and ride the funicular to the top of Mt. Gubalówka; Morskie Oko Lake, where horse carriage rides are a fun activity; the mountain village of Zdiar in Slovakia, known for its traditional log cabins; and the ski resort of Kasprowy Wierch, reached by cable car. If you want to venture farther into the mountain landscapes, you’ll also find plenty of options for hiking in the High Tatras Mountains.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Tatras Mountains are a must for avid hikers and outdoor adventurers.
  • The weather in the mountains can change quickly, and it can get cold at high altitudes even in the summer months, so pack for all seasons. 
  • Unless you are an experienced hiker, it’s recommended to hike with a local guide. 
  • A 4WD is recommended for driving in the Tatras Mountains.
  • Facilities for hikers are very limited, so take everything you need, including sunscreen, snacks, and plenty of water.

How to Get There
The most convenient entry point to the mountains on the Polish side is Zakopane, about a 2-hour drive south of Krakow. To reach Zakopane by public transportation, it’s a scenic 3.5-hour train ride or a less-scenic but quicker 2.5-hour bus ride from Krakow. To get around in the mountains, transportation is limited so it’s best to book a group or private tour. 

When to Get There
May through September are the best months for hiking and visiting the lakes. While resorts like Zakopane can get busy in July and August, the vast mountains make it easy to escape the crowds. For winter visitors, the main ski season runs from December to early May.

Outdoor Activities in the Tatras Mountains
During the summer months, you can hike the Tatras’ 155-mile (250-kilometer) network of trails, ranging from challenging mountain summits to short scenic walks, or venture into the caves around the Koscieliska Valley. Other popular activities include mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and even paragliding. In winter, Kasprowy Wierch is the go-to destination for skiing and winter sports, with around 9 miles (15 kilometers) of runs.

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Krakow Private Day Trip to Morskie Oko Lake and Tatra Mountains, Krakow, null
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Krakow Private Day Trip to Morskie Oko Lake and Tatra Mountains

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Enjoy this private day trip to explore the beautiful Tatra mountains in Poland. Embrace views of the rocky mountains. Travel to Moskie Oko Lake, a 1.5-hour ...  Read more

Location: Kraków, Poland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $190.98
Horse Carriage Tour and Picnic with Local Family in Zdiar from Poprad, Poprad, Private Day Trips
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Horse Carriage Tour and Picnic with Local Family in Zdiar from Poprad

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Visit the village Zdiar and see it´s traditional wooden architecture, after horse carriage ride through the village you will be taken to the forest where you ...  Read more

Location: Poprad, Slovakia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $106.23
Cable Car to Kasprowy Wierch - Trek to Tatra Mountains, Krakow, Krakow, Full-day Tours
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Cable Car to Kasprowy Wierch - Trek to Tatra Mountains, Krakow

A walk in the city centre an taking a cable railway to the peak of Kasprowy Wierch. If the weather is nice we will have a chance to see some breathtaking views.

Location: Kraków, Poland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.30
Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow, Krakow, Hiking & Camping
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Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

4.5 star rating: Recommended 197 Reviews

Experience a ride up a funicular railway to the top of Mt. Gubalowka and take a walk around the peak. Visit the oldest part of Zakopane with its old ...  Read more

Location: Krakow, Poland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.62
Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Trip from Krakow, Krakow, Day Trips
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Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Trip from Krakow

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Take a break from the city and head to Zakopane and the spectacular Tatra Mountain landscapes on a trip from Krakow. Discover the highland culture and get a ...  Read more

Location: Kraków, Poland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.36
Krakow Mounds Tour, Krakow, Day Trips
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Krakow Mounds Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

quipped with binoculars and guided by our professional tour guide you will see all the important parts of the city. First Nowa Huta (the communist district), ...  Read more

Location: Kraków, Poland
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.60
Private Zakopane Day Trip from Krakow, Krakow, Cultural Tours
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Private Zakopane Day Trip from Krakow

Glory in unspoilt highland landscapes, adorable wooden villages, and unique architecture on this 8-hour private day trip to Zakopane, the capital of the Tatra ...  Read more

Location: Kraków, Poland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.29
Private Day Trip to the Tatra Mountains and Zakopane from Krakow, Krakow, Day Trips
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Private Day Trip to the Tatra Mountains and Zakopane from Krakow

This private guided day trip will take you away from the big city to the picturesque areas of the Polish mountains. Visit the charming town of Zakopane, ...  Read more

Location: Kraków, Poland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.36
Full-Day Snowshoeing in High Tatras with Local Mountain Guide from Poprad, Poprad, Cultural Tours
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Full-Day Snowshoeing in High Tatras with Local Mountain Guide from Poprad

Go on a snowshoeing adventure in Slovakia’s High Tatras on this full-day small-group excursion from Poprad. Accompanied by a guide, explore the untouched ...  Read more

Location: Poprad, Slovakia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $106.23
Krakow Private Day Trip to Zakopane, Krakow, Day Trips
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Krakow Private Day Trip to Zakopane

Enjoy this private day trip to Zakopane, located a 2-hour drive from Krakow.

Location: Kraków, Poland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $214.84

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