The ESVS 38th Annual Meeting will be held from 24th to 27th of September, 2024 in Kraków, Poland.

Kraków, a city with over a thousand years of history, former capital of Poland and seat of Polish kings, is a center of culture, art and science. It is also a city of young people, festivals and modern technologies.

It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Europe. Here, creativity enters into dialogue with tradition – showing that innovation and avantgarde can happily coexist in a city usually associated with history, making use of yet another invaluable resource – its people – creative, hard-working and full of energy.

Currency: Polish zloty PLN


How to get to Kraków?

By air

By Air

There are two airports near Kraków Balice Kraków Airport and Pyrzowice Katowice Airport.

Kraków Airport
The international Kraków Airport is the country’s second in terms of both size and number of passengers. Kraków Airport offers many convenient, direct airline connections with major destinations, such as: Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna, Zurich, Warsaw, Chicago or Dubai. Many destinations are offered by low-cost airlines: Ryanair, and EasyJet. It’s in total over 150 flights to over 30 countries. What’s more, the airport is well connected to the city centre, which is only 12 km (20 min.) away. There is a fast train service from the airport to the city.

By road

By Road

Through Kraków or its surroundings lead two major routes: national road No. 7 from north to south, part of the European route E77, and the A4 motorway, part of the European route E40, which provides quick and convenient connections with Czechia, Slovakia, Germany, and Ukraine.

By rail

By Rail

The main railway station is in the city centre, only about 10  minutes walk from the Main Market Square. Ticket offices are  open 24 hours a day. From the Central Station, most cities in the region and the country can easily be reached by rail.  Kraków also offers rail links to Germany, Austria, The Czech  Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Other key information

›  Time

Central European Time (CET), used in most parts of  Europe and a few North African countries, is a standard time which is 1 hour ahead (UTC+01:00) of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

›  Credit Cards

Visa, Maestro, Mater Card and American Express are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants. You will find a cash dispenser on nearly every corner.

›  Safety

The region is seen as a safe area with no imminent threat of terrorism or violence.

› Electrical Appliances

The voltage in Poland is 220 volts. Plugs are European  standard with two round pins.

› Special Delgate offers

ESVS delegates attending the conference in Kraków will benefit from complimentary public transportation, courtesy of the city. Special icons will be featured on delegate badges, granting free access to public transportation throughout the conference days.

The ESVS would like to thank the city of Kraków and  Kraków Convention Bureau for their support of the ESVS 38th Annual Meeting.

ESVS 38th Annual Meeting Venue – ICE Kraków

The ICE Kraków Congress Centre is the business and cultural flagship of the city. A state-of-the-art, multifunctional venue in the very heart of Kraków. It has been described as the finest setting hosting business and cultural events in Małopolska since 2014.

The well-connected venue has four main halls: the Auditorium (capacity 1915), the Theatre Hall (capacity 600), the Chamber Hall (capacity 400) and the Conference Room Complex (capacity 400). ICE Kraków also has extensive infrastructure and boasts a glazed, three-storey foyer offering stunning views over Wawel Castle, the Vistula River and the Kazimierz district, providing comfortable space for a total 3200 visitors to myriad events.

ICE Kraków is well-suited to hosting business meetings such as congresses, conferences, corporate events and product launches, as well as cultural events including festivals, concerts, spectacles, galas, exhibitions and community projects.


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