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Where can I use Polish Złoty?

In Poland! 

Poland, with its incredible history and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a wonderful and too often overlooked destination. Most travellers come visit Krakow, maybe spend a day or two in Warsaw. Picturesque cities such as Kraków and Gdańsk vie with energetic Warsaw for your urban attention. Elsewhere, woods, rivers, lakes and hills beckon for some fresh-air fun.

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How much spending money do I need for Poland?

Compared to most of Western Europe, Poland is a great value travel destination.

If you are travelling on a backpacker budget, be prepared to spend around 150 zł per day (around £30) which should cover your hostel accommodation, public transport and cooking most of your meals. For those with a medium budget who want to stay in a hotel, try out Polish cuisine and enjoy a pint or two of local beer with dinner, be prepared to spend 400 zł per day (roughly £80).  

As with anywhere, prices will vary depending on where you are in the country. Here's how much you can expect to pay for things in Krakow:

  • Three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant: 100.00 zł (£20) 
  • Domestic beer: 8 zł (£1.60)
  • Cappuccino: 8.70 zł (£1.75) 
  • Bottle of water: 2 zł (40p) 
  • Bottle of wine: 22 zł (45p)

Find out more in our Poland spending guide 

Budget your Poland trip

Poland is an affordable destination for travellers, though how cheap it is depends on your budget and travel style.

Low budget

Medium budget

High budget

Overall budget for 1 day pp: 130 zł (£26)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: 360 zł (£72)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: More than 1,500 zł (£300)

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • A room at a hostel or a dorm: 50 zł (£10)
  • A meal in a milk bar: 30 zł (£6)
  • Beer: 8 zł (£1.60)
  • Coffee: 8.70 zł (£1.75)

 

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • A room in a mid-range hotel: 200 zł (£200) 
  • A three-course meal for one in a mid-range restaurant: 50 zł (£10) 
  • Beer 2x: 16 zł (£3.20)
  • Coffee: 8.70 zł (£1.75)  

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • A double room in a luxury hotel: 700 zł (£140)
  • Dinner at a top-end restaurant: 200 zł (£200)
  • A bottle of wine: 30 zł (£6)
  • Coffee: 8.70 zł (£1.75)

Activities in budget

  • Entry to most museums and attractions: around 20 zł (£4) per ticket  
  • A day pass for public transport: 15 zł (£3)
  • Visit the Wooden Churches: free 

Activities in budget

  • A guided tour of Auschwitz: 60 zł (£12)
  • The Szczecin underground tunnels tour: 25 zł (£5) 
  • Hike through Ojcowski National Park near Krakow: free 

Activities in budget 

  • Zakopane thermal spas private access: from 475 zł (£95) 
  • Explore Tatra Mountains: 50 zł (£10) per night in a mountain cabin 
  • Gdansk Old Town Private tour: 500 zł (£100)

 

There are many activities you can try out in Poland:

  • Castles: Wavel castle This site in Krakow is one of the finest examples of a medieval castle in all of Poland. Castles here are rare as most were destroyed over the years, with the vast majority being destroyed during World War II. Built in the 13th century under the order of King Casimir III, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to an art museum that has medieval tapestries, the former Polish crown jewels, and also Ottoman Empire treasures. Malbork The mind boggles at the millions of red bricks needed to build Europe’s biggest medieval fortress.
  • Gdansk: Formerly known as Danzig, Gdansk is a beautiful coastal city in northern Poland. Much of the city was rebuilt after World War II but you can still find plenty of history here. Be sure to spend some time wandering the old town and checking out the local markets and small artisan shops. And don’t miss the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the city’s towering 16th-century gothic church.
  • Hiking: This mountain range, part of the Carpathian Mountain, is located near the border of Poland and Slovakia. It’s here where you’ll find Tatra National Park (a protected UNESCO site), a great destination for hiking. Spanning over 200 square kilometres, there are plenty of day hikes available ranging from 2-12 hours. there are 23 that you can visit within Poland. Ojcowski National Park (near Krakow) is a very small (12 km) park filled with stunning caves and castles while Slowinski National Park (on the Baltic Coast), Biebrzanski, Narwianski, and Poleski National Parks (all located in the northeast) offer great bird watching. 
  • Museums: The Museum of the Second World War opened in 2008 and is one of the best museums in the country. It’s an immersive experience that really opens your eyes to the death and destruction that the war unleashed in Poland and the rest of Europe. Warsaw Rising Museum This museum is a tribute to the people of Warsaw’s who fought and died for Polish independence. Opened in 2004, the museum is home to hundreds of artefacts from the uprising of 1944, when Polish citizens rebelled against German occupation. 
  • Nightlife: Poles love to party. In summer, town squares across the country are filled with tables and late-night revellers.
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What denominations does the Polish Złoty come in?

The Polish Złoty comes in the following denominations:

Notes

10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 zł

Coins

1 and 2 zł and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 gr (there are 100 groszy in 1 zloty) 

Did you knowto help the blind and partially sighted, Polish banknotes are marked with an embossed shape to help distinguish the value of different notes.

 

 

Polish Złoty FAQs

Are Euros accepted in Poland?

Poland is a member state of the European Union but the euro zone stretches beyond its western and southern borders. So the country has its own currency, zloty, which is the nation's legal tender. Nevertheless some establishments, notably hypermarkets, accept payments in euros.

ATMs

ATMs are ubiquitous in cities and towns, and even the smallest hamlet is likely to have at least one. The majority accept Visa and MasterCard. Inform your bank before travelling abroad, to avoid having your card blocked by bank security when overseas transactions start appearing on your account.

How much is a pint of beer in Poland?

The average price of a beer in the market square is around 7 zł or 1.70 €, this is about 30% of the cost of a beer in London which averages at about 5.00 €. Check out this handy chart, Krakow scores as one of the cheapest cities in the world in which to buy a beer in

Should I tip in Poland?

Tipping is customary in restaurants and at service establishments such as hairdressers, but is optional everywhere else. 

Hotels Essentially restricted to top-end establishments, which usually have decent room-service staff and porters, who all expect to be tipped.

Restaurants At smaller establishments and for smaller tabs, round the bill to the nearest 5zł or 10zł. Otherwise, 10% is standard.

Taxis Drivers won’t expect tips, but round the fare up to the nearest 5zł or 10zł for good service.

Is Poland safe to visit?

Poland is a safe country to travel to. It is getting more and more visitors each year, and its tourism has generally increased especially after joining the European Union in 2004. However, petty crime has also increased with the influx of tourists

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