Cost of living in Poland

Cost of living in Poland

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Where to live in Poland

While not as sun-soaked as many other European destinations, Poland can offer an exciting opportunity for expats after a change of pace from British life. Rich culture, stunning food, scenic countryside and classic cities make Poland a great location to emigrate to, while a cheaper cost of living offer an added advantage over Western Europe. 

Indeed, Poland is renowned for its inexpensive cost and value for money, with a long held status as a popular holiday destination for Britons. However, the low cost of living for residents can be even more attractive for potential expats. Capital city Warsaw only ranks 173 out of the 209 most expensive cities in the world, according to Mercer’s 2019 Cost of Living Survey

The currency used in Poland is the Polish złoty, with 1 British pound equalling approximately 5.02 złoty (as of 2nd January 2020). To calculate the cost of living in Poland as an expat, you’ll need to convert prices you see into British pounds in order to compare them to UK prices.

(All figures taken from Numbeo.com and exchange rates calculated on 2nd January 2019 at 10.01am).  

 

How much does accommodation cost in Poland?

The cost of renting or buying property in Poland can differ slightly, depending on the location you choose to settle. However, property prices within major cities remain quite consistent on average, with cultural capital Kraków and coastal city Gdańsk similarly priced to the capital Warsaw. Below is a general guideline for the cost of renting or buying property in Poland.

 

Warsaw

Monthly rent for 1 bedroom apartment (city centre)

£525.30 (2,637 zł)

Monthly rent for 1 bedroom apartment (outside centre)

£395.72 (1,986 zł)

Monthly rent for 3 bedroom apartment (city centre)

£908.51 (4,560 zł)

Monthly rent for 3 bedroom apartment (outside centre)

£666.61 (3,346 zł)

Price per square meter to buy apartment (city centre)

£2,735 (13,726 zł)

Price per square meter to buy apartment (outside centre)

£1,784 (8,954 zł)

 

Kraków

Monthly rent for 1 bedroom apartment (city centre)

£432.13 (2,169 zł)

Monthly rent for 1 bedroom apartment (outside centre)

£331.68 (1,665 zł)

Monthly rent for 3 bedroom apartment (city centre)

£749.73 (3,763 zł)

Monthly rent for 3 bedroom apartment (outside centre)

£528.67 (2,654 zł)

Price per square meter to buy apartment (city centre)

£2,231 (11,199 zł)

Price per square meter to buy apartment (outside centre)

£1,379 (7,423 zł)

 

Gdańsk

Monthly rent for 1 bedroom apartment (city centre)

£434.09 (2,179 zł)

Monthly rent for 1 bedroom apartment (outside centre)

£317.06 (1,592 zł)

Monthly rent for 3 bedroom apartment (city centre)

£703.57 (3,532 zł)

Monthly rent for 3 bedroom apartment (outside centre)

£516.44 (2,593 zł)

Price per square meter to buy apartment (city centre)

£2,175 (10,917 zł)

Price per square meter to buy apartment (outside centre)

£1,366 (6,855 zł)

 

Cost of transport in Poland

Public transport is an affordable option for many within Polish cities. Buses, trams and regional trains are popular choices, while cross-country travel is often done via coach or train. In addition, the cost of buying a car and the price of petrol are significantly lower than in the UK, providing another option if you wish to travel around the country.

Single bus ticket

£0.64 (3.20 zł)

Monthly public transport ticket

£19.92 (100.00 zł)

Petrol (1 litre)

£1.00 (5.03 zł)

Volkswagen Golf

£15,656 (78,600 zł)

Toyota Corolla

£15,177 (76,195 zł)

 

What is the cost of living in Poland?

The cost of living in Poland is significantly cheaper than in the UK, and still offers a more affordable option when compared to other European countries such as Spain and Portugal. Below is a list of the average prices you can expect to encounter for various goods and services in Poland.

Milk (1 litre)

£0.48 (2.42 zł)

Bread (500g loaf)

£0.58 (2.91 zł)

Eggs (12pk)

£1.50 (7.51 zł)

Water (1.5 litre bottle)

£0.37 (1.85 zł)

Chicken Breast (1kg)

£3.23 (16.21 zł)

Cappuccino (regular, in a restaurant)

£1.67 (8.37 zł)

Beer (500ml, in a restaurant/pub)

£1.59 (8.00 zł)

Cinema ticket

£4.98 (25.00 zł)

Gym membership (monthly)

£19.91 (99.93 zł)

Preschool/Kindergarten (monthly)

£178.93 (898.27 zł)

Primary School (yearly)

£5,052 (25,362 zł)

 

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