The Polish currency is called zloty. You can look up its current exchange rates at www.nbp.pl. There are lots of ATMs and exchange offices in any town or city, so you will find it easy to convert your money to the local currency. Opening an account with most banks is trouble-free, too.

The cost of living is lower than in Western Europe. Prices will vary between regions and from city to city. Below are given average monthly expenses in Euros.

Monthly expenses (country average):

rent in a shared flat (or dormitory) 80 - 130 €
food 100 - 150 €
transportation 15 - 20 €
telephone/mobile/internet/TV 20 - 30 €
other expenses (leisure/entertainment) 30 - 40 €

 

Examples of other prices (country averages):

a loaf of bread 0,80 €
a liter of milk 0,70 €
a bottle of mineral water 0,50 €
a kilo of (white) rice 0,70 €
a kilo of apples 0,70 €
a kilo of Polish cheese 4 €
a kilo of chicken 4 €
a meal for two (mid-range restaurant) 22 €
lunch at a canteen 3 - 4 €
coffee in a café 3 €
a theatre ticket 15 €
a cinema ticket 5 €