Tatra Mountains are known as the most beautiful area in Poland. The landscape is realy wonderful. If you like nature this is absolutely perfect destination. Willing visiting the mountains take at least 2-3 nights in a hotel or private room. Going for one day is wrong idea as the distance to from Krakow to Zakopane is about 100 km. It is easy to find a place to sleep in Zakopane.
How to visit: Go to the main bus station and just buy the ticket. There is plenty of buses going to Zakopane. Approx. every 30 minutes there is a bus going to the mountains. The ticket cost around 5 euro. Being already in Zakopane you can go to the mountains on food but better option is to take a small bus to Kuźnice or Łysa Polana, or Kościelisko - dependently on the part of the mountains that you would like to visit. The most popular places to visit are:
• Morskie Oko - beautiful lake; to go there you must take a bus to Łysa Polana and then walk for about 9 km. Expect a lot of people.
• Kasprowy Wierch - the mountain is easy to reach by the cable railway or treckking. From Kasprowy wierch you can take the way to Dolina Pięciu Stawów (Walley of Five Lakes). the place is absolutely beautiful but you need 5 hours to go there. In Dolina Pięciu Stawów there is schelter to sleep.
• Dolina Kościeliska - beautiful valley distanced about 10 km from Zakopane - tak a bus!
• Dolina Chochołowska - beautiful valley distanced about 12 km from Zakopane - tak a bus!
Avoid trains. Bus goes to Zakopane 2 hours, trains 4 hours.
And even if you do not like mountains you can spend the time in Zakopane, it is beautiful wooden town.
If you would like to visit Slovakia, it is also easy. From the bus station there are busses to Poprad.