Cost of living in Poland – 2017 guide

It’s no secret that living in Poland is much cheaper than in other European countries. Affordable prices of food, rent and entertainment are usually one of the main reasons why people chose Poland to be their home. At the same time if you are thinking of moving to Poland you should take into consideration that you may earn much less than you used to. To make this decision easier for you we’ve put together a list of standard expenses making up the cost of living in Poland in 2016.

Cost of accommodation in Poland

Warsaw is by far the most expensive city when it comes to renting a flat. The average cost of a medium size flat in the capital can reach even 2800 PLN per month. A bit cheaper flats can be rented in Wroclaw (2260 PLN a month) and Gdansk (1995 PLN a month). The cheapest big city in Poland is Bydgoszcz with rents as low as 1267 PLN a month for a medium size flat.

City Flat size Average monthly rent
Bydgoszcz 0-38 m2 996 PLN
38-60 m2 1267 PLN
60-90 m2 1713 PLN
Gdansk 0-38 m2 1353 PLN
38-60 m2 1995 PLN
60-90 m2 2590 PLN
Katowice 0-38 m2 1279 PLN
38-60 m2 1769 PLN
60-90 m2 2399 PLN
Krakow 0-38 m2 1445 PLN
38-60 m2 1877 PLN
60-90 m2 2585 PLN
Lublin 0-38 m2 1306 PLN
38-60 m2 1688 PLN
60-90 m2 2205 PLN
Lodz 0-38 m2 1203 PLN
38-60 m2 1645 PLN
60-90 m2 2581 PLN
Poznan 0-38 m2 1159 PLN
38-60 m2 1636 PLN
60-90 m2 2201 PLN
Szczecin 0-38 m2 1186 PLN
38-60 m2 1552 PLN
60-90 m2 2014 PLN
Warsaw 0-38 m2 1984 PLN
38-60 m2 2799 PLN
60-90 m2 4015 PLN
Wroclaw 0-38 m2 1477 PLN
38-60 m2 2260 PLN
60-90 m2 2921 PLN

On top of your rent you need to add a monthly cost of utilities. On average, bills for electricity, heating, water and garbage for a medium size flat are costing 620 PLN. Of course this price will depend on a city you live in, local council tax and your usage. Internet is another extra cost you should think of and it adds to your list another 45 PLN.

Utilities (Monthly) Average monthly cost Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 620 PLN 400-850 PLN
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 45 PLN 30-60 PLN

Cost of food

Food in Poland is fairly cheap, especially compared to countries like UK or France as it’s approximately on average 50% lower. Prices of some products may surprise, cheese for example is really expensive in comparison to meat which price is one of the lowest in the whole European Union.

Product Average cost Range
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 2.45 PLN 2-3 PLN
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.64 PLN 2-3 PLN
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.33 PLN 2.10-5 PLN
Eggs (12) 6.28 PLN 4.80-8.40 PLN
Local Cheese (1kg) 21.47 PLN 18-25 PLN
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 15.55 PLN 14-17 PLN
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 31.34 PLN 24-40 PLN
Apples (1kg) 2.72 PLN 2-3 PLN
Banana (1kg) 4.34 PLN 3.50-5 PLN
Oranges (1kg) 4.46 PLN 4-5 PLN
Tomato (1kg) 4.78 PLN 3.50-6 PLN
Potato (1kg) 1.66 PLN 1-2.05 PLN
Onion (1kg) 1.96 PLN 1.20-3 PLN
Lettuce (1 head) 2.64 PLN 2-3 PLN
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.86 PLN 1.50-3 PLN
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20 PLN 15-30 PLN
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.92 PLN 2.50-3.50 PLN
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4.15 PLN 3-5 PLN

Cost of transport

Transportation Average cost Range
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.40 PLN 3-4.40 PLN
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100 PLN 89-100 PLN
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.50 PLN 5-8 PLN
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.20 PLN 2.00-4.10 PLN
Gasoline (1 liter) 4.56 PLN 4-5 PLN

Cost of going out

Eating and drinking Average cost Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20 PLN 15-30 PLN
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100 PLN 70-120 PLN
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 17 PLN 15-20 PLN
Cappuccino (regular) 7.40 PLN 6-10 PLN
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) in a pub 7 PLN 4-10 PLN

Above data is based on over 2300 entries.




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