How Much Money Do I Need to Survive in Poland?

Posted by Natalia Kacprzak | July 29, 2016

This post will answer all your concerns on the budged you need to prepare before coming to Poland. Even though Poland is in the European Union the country has its own currency – zloty – which is the nation’s legal tender. Thanks to that the cost of living in Poland is among the cheapest in the European Union, alongside Romania and Bulgaria. On the other hand in cities like Warsaw the rental prices for houses or offices have already reached European levels.


Photo: Polish currency [source]

Polish zloty symbol: zł / PLN
Subunits: Grosz (gr)

Before arriving to Poland you should prepare yourself with a bunch of banknotes and coins. If you have forgotten to do so, you can easily exchange your money in any bank or at an exchange centre called “Kantor“. There are plenty of them and you will easily find one next to your apartment. What we advise it to not exchange money at the airport – they’re gonna rip you off. Nevertheless some establishments, notably hypermarkets, accept payments in euros.  


Photo: Kantor [source]

To have a clue how what is the exchange rate you should check this exchange rate calculator

1 euro = 4,36 PLN

1 american dollar = 3,93 PLN

For people coming to Poland from the West, Poland is a relatively inexpensive country when it comes to the living costs. We let you judge it! Check below the average prices of basic services and products. You can also visit this site to see the comparison of the prices in your city and the city you’re moving to.


Restaurants Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20,00 PLN 15,0025,00 PLN
McMeal at McDonalds 17,50 PLN 15,00 – 20,00 PLN
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 10,00 PLN 4,00 – 16,00 PLN
Cappuccino (regular) 8,00 PLN 6,00 10,00 PLN
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3,50 PLN 2,00 – 5,00 PLN
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2,75 PLN 1,50 – 4,00 PLN


Markets Avg. Range
Milk, (1 liter) 3,00 PLN 2,00 – 4,00 PLN
Loaf of White Bread (500g) 3,00 PLN 2,00 – 4,00 PLN
Rice (white), (1kg) 3,50 PLN 2,00 – 5,00 PLN
Eggs (12) 6,60 PLN 4,80 – 8,40 PLN
Local Cheese (1kg) 21,50 PLN 18,00 – 25,00 PLN
Chicken Breasts (1kg) 15,50 PLN 14,00 – 17,00 PLN
Beef Round (1kg) 31,50 PLN 23,00 – 40,00 PLN
Apples (1kg) 3,00 PLN 2,00 – 4,00 PLN
Banana (1kg) 4,25 PLN 3,50 – 5,00 PLN
Potato (1 kg) 2,00 PLN 1,00 – 3,00 PLN
Tomato (1 kg) 4,75 PLN 3,50 – 6,00 PLN
Water (1,5 liter) 2,25 PLN 1,50 – 3 PLN
Bottle of Wine 22,50 PLN 15 – 30 PLN
Beer (0,5 liter) 3,50 PLN 2,50 – 3,50 PLN
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 15,00 PLN 14,00 – 16,00 PLN


Transportation Avg. Range
One-way local transport ticket 2,95 PLN 1,50 – 4,40 PLN
Monthly Pass 70,00 PLN 40 – 100 PLN
Taxi 1 km 3,10 PLN 1,80 – 4,40 PLN


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