We travelled to Auschwitz by bus from Krakow. The cost was around 50 Zloty for 2 people return.
Worth noting is the fact that the buses get very busy. It was a tight squeeze on the way back at 4.20pm.
We paid for a guide whilst there, which cost us 40 Zloty each. Well worth it I thought. You get a pair of headphones and a transmitter that picks up the guides voice so you can hear her clearly without any of the other guides voices disturbing. First is Auschwitz 1 and a tour around some of the buildings containing remnants from the holocaust. Then onto the Gas Chambers and Crematoria before a short break (if you want lunch it would be best to take a sandwich with you as there is little on offer, crisps, chocolate and sweets being about the only wares). A free shuttle bus is put on the transport to Birkenau(about a 5min journey). I found this the most daunting experience with the rail tracks and a solitary cattle truck.
Some reviewers have mentioned that they felt rushed by the guides. I didn't feel that that was the case and needed that guidance to get around the site. Perhaps if I went back I would feel more inclined to peruse at my own pace.
I thoroughly recommend this as a must see site. I will never forget it.
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