Hotel & Travel

 1781 delegates from 98 countries 

   34% from Europe, 

   12% from USA 

   10% from Japan 

   45% rest of the world 

       48 travel grants awarded 

WCS 2017 in numbers 

Official housing bureau

 

The official registration and housing bureau for WCS 2019 is MCI Suisse SA. With careful research and dedicated negotiations, MCI works on your behalf to provide hotel rooms of a high-quality standard at a competitive rate.

Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations! Use MCI to Avoid Fraud! 


While other hotel resellers and travel agencies may contact you offering housing for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with ISS or WCS 2019. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences. Note that all official emails related to the WCS 2019 Congress will be sent from an e-mail address ending in @mci-group.com or @iss-sic.com. Should you receive emails from other sources, please carefully check the sender details and report possible fraud.

Download the terms and conditions for registration and housing here.

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Hotels

 

Check details of the hotel blocks available here.

ISS/SIC HQ Hotel

 

Q Hotel Plus Krakow

This hotel is part of the official WCS 2019 selection. BOOK HERE - via the official registration website

Integrated Societies’ HQ Hotels

 

IAES - Stary Hotel

This hotel is NOT part of the official WCS 2019 hotel selection. BOOK HERE - mention “IAES” when reserving directly

 

IAES - Pod d Roz Hotel

This hotel is NOT part of the official WCS 2019 hotel selection. BOOK HERE - mention “IAES” when reserving directly

 

IATSIC - Hotel Unicus Palace

This hotel is NOT part of the official WCS 2019 hotel selection. BOOK HERE - mention “IATSIC” when reserving directly

ISDS - Hotel Double Tree by Hilton

This hotel is part of the official WCS 2019 selection. BOOK HERE - via the official registration website

 

Budget hotel

 

Budget hotel accomodation is available at the Hostel Complex of CM in Prokocim. Payment has to be made in cash only on the day of arrival. 

 

Prices:

single room - 90 PLN +8% VAT per day (18 Euro) 

double room  - 120 PLN +8% VAT per day (24 Euro)

Link to map: Location

 

Anyone is allowed to book these rooms. The password for the reservation is „kongres TCHP 2019“. Email for the reservation is:  zds@cm-uj.krakow.pl . Information about the hostel: http://www.akademiki.cm.uj.edu.pl/en/main-page/

In the city center other hostels can be found via expedia or booking.com.

How to get to the congress center: Bus 503 at Prokocim Szpital (4 stops) -> Bus 144/173 (10 stops) to Contrum Kongresowe ICE - timetable at rozklady.mpk.krakow.pl/

How to get to Krakow

By Plane: Kraków Airport (KRK), also known as John Paul II International Airport, is the main airport, located in Balice, about 12km to the west of the centre. It is the second biggest airport in Poland.

 

Alternatively, Katowice Airport (KTW) is located about 100km from the city of Krakow and has direct connections with over 30 destinations across Europe and Asia. 

By Train: Dworzec Główny PKP is the Central Train Station in Krakow, and is located just outside the Old Town. It is well connected to other cities in Poland.  There are just a few direct international trains to Krakow. Overnight sleeper trains arrive daily from Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Lviv. 

By Car: The A4 motorway to Kraków from the German border has been completed ( it connects with the Autobahn A4).  This makes travel from the west fairly easy. The speed limit is generally 140km/h, and there is a PLN18 toll each way between Kraków and Katowice.

Krakow Airport

Transportation in Krakow

All registered delegates have complimentary access to the Kraków Public Transportation.

 

A specific QR Code is visible on the participant badge. You must wear your badge at all times when using Public Transportation. Please have an Identification (ID or Passport) with you, as irregular checks may occur.

Important Note: access to public transportation will only be granted once participants have received their badge. It is NOT valid at their arrival between the airport and the city centre. To get from the airport to the city centre, you can find more information here.

Do not hesitate to download the Krakow Public Transportation App to be on top of the timings.

City information

 

Krakow, a southern Poland city near the border of the Czech Republic, is known for its well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. Its old town – ringed by Planty Park and remnants of the city’s medieval walls – is centered on the stately, expansive Rynek Glówny (market square). This plaza is the site of the Cloth Hall, a Renaissance-era trading outpost, and St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th-century Gothic church.

 

The Krakow Tourist Office will have an information desk at the congress. For online information and what to do in Krakow open this link: discover more

3 days in Krakow – a look at Krakow which gives a taste of the atmosphere of the city at times leisurely and at times full of events, but always unique. Therefore, let us try to take a look at Krakow together to see how to spend three days here in the best way – and let us discover reasons to return again. Download brochure

To find you way around the city, get this map.

Currency & credit cards

 

The Polish zloty is the currency and legal tender of Poland. The exchange rate is subject to market fluctuations. Most major credit cards are accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants. VISA and MasterCard are accepted at the congress registration desk. Personal or company cheques are not accepted at the registration desk.

Time

 

Poland is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). Poland does observe daylight savings.

Clothing

 

The weather in Krakow in August is generally nice and warm. Temperatures during the day can easily reach 30°C (85°F). The seasonal average, however, should be around 25°C / 75°F. Evenings and nights can get chilly with temperatures falling below 20°C / 65°F).


The hotter than average temperatures this year resulted in summer thunderstorms, which are quite unpredictable. Be prepared to take an umbrella and/or raincoat.

Networking events

 

Find all networking events here.

 

Registration

Secure your congress registration here.

 

See you in Krakow!

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