The aim of the development was to characterize tourism in metropolitan areas. Lodz and Cracow and their suburban areas were selected as a case study. Comparative tests have been tourism and management of these areas in 2010. The results confirmed the modeling assumptions by Liszewski , so that the analyzed sites can be considered the metropolitan regions of tourist-recreational property. It has been shown that the central city and its facilities, rich in effects and with infrastructure, is the subject of interest and destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. The dominant role of the centre of the region has been proven. Metropolitan city, that turned out to be a destination or transit tourist arrivals for cognitive, cultural, business, entertainment and others, providing the most varied tourist attractions and development, thereby focusing the largest part of the tourist traffic of the site. Metropolitan area plays a complementary role in tourism in relation to the central city. It mostly features hiking and leisure (leisure daily, weekend, vacation home), however, not only for residents of the city, but also of the region and for the newcomers from the outside. Many tourists who want to explore the capital metropolis, not just its around, decide to take advantage of tourist accommodation located in the suburban area, among others due to lower prices of services, good accessibility and convenience.Studies and analysis demonstrated the dominant role of the city and the metropolitan region on the scale of tourism. Adopted variables (not only gauges) highlighted the significant advantages of Małopolska region over Lodz region, Cracow metropolitan area (KOM) over Lodz Metropolitan Area (ŁOM), and especially of Cracow over Lodz, arguing their higher (international) rank.