Poland: Currency, Travel Tips
Prices in Poland have been on the rise for a number of years, but the country is still good value for UK holidaymakers. In the cities, there was actually only a small price rise when Poland joined the EU in 2004. On top of that, cheap flights to the country’s major cities are still easy to find.
In Warsaw, there’s an old town, dozens of art museums and street festivals all year round. The city of Krakow was the royal capital for 500 years and most of its Gothic and Renaissance architecture survived WW2 bombing. The buzzing port city of Gdansk has a really international look, with merchants from all around the world influencing its architecture and culture.
Campsites and hostels are still relatively inexpensive here. And if you cook your own food or visit cheaper restaurants, you can get by comfortably on a small amount of zlotys. Staying out of the major cities and exploring the countryside can help too.
Daily spend: £15-20
For a reasonably small budget, you can cover a cheap hotel room, dinners at mid-level restaurants and visits to the odd museum. Using the intercity buses and trains also cuts down on travel expenses.
Daily spend: £25-30
Eating at good restaurants and staying at the best hotels can cost just as much as Western Europe. And prices will be higher across the board in the 3 main cities of Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk.
Daily spend: £100-200
Prices are approximate and subject to change.
Money saving tips for Poland
- Book a taxi by phone. In Krakow, it costs less than flagging one down on the street.
- Do lunch at a sandwich shop. These are found in the big cities and are a cheaper alternative to sit-down restaurants.
- Haggle in the markets. It’s acceptable to argue on price here, so learning a few Polish phrases can come in handy
Poland’s currency – the basics
The currency of Poland is the Polish zloty.
- The new Polish zloty was introduced in 1995 – today the exchange rate is around 1 pound to 5 zloty.
- Zloty is pronounced zwo-ti.
- Polish zloty banknotes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.
- Keep small notes for cafés and smaller shops – some won’t accept anything above 50.
- One zloty is subdivided into 100 groszy.
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