Cost of Living in Poland

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cost of living in PolandThe cost of living in Poland is among the cheapest in the European Union (EU), alongside Romania and Bulgaria. In the 2012 Mercer Cost of Living survey, Warsaw, Poland's most expensive city, ranked 153rd of 214 cities across five continents.
Overall, Poland has a moderate cost of living index - with the larger cities being significantly more expensive than the truly rural areas; as is the case with most countries.

Salaries in Poland are among the lowest in Europe, and most locals end up spending nearly 40 to 50 percent of their salaries on housing.

Accommodation costs in Poland

The cost of accommodation in Poland is extremely variable, but for the most part, apartments closest to the main square in any Polish city - big or small - will always be the most expensive. If willing to live a bit further out, and manage a small commute, it's possible to find better deals and larger spaces.

In the major urban centres, expats tend to live in the more expensive areas and can expect to pay at least 2,000 PLN per month, plus at least another 200 PLN for utilities.

Food costs in Poland

The price of cigarettes and alcohol in Poland is among the cheapest in continental Europe. A pack of smokes is roughly one-third of the price of the same product in the UK.

Eating out and buying groceries is generally cheaper than in Western European cities, but purchasing imported articles will be significantly more expensive, and in some cases, priced even higher than in places like Paris and London.

Expats who prefer to purchase goods imported from their home country will find their budget may suffer considerably. However, if choosing Polish products, prices are very reasonable.

The price of a good meal out with a glass of wine costs between 70 and 100 PLN, and a kebab will cost a mere 8 PLN. Weekly shopping for a single individual would be roughly 200 PLN.

Transport costs in Poland

Petrol prices in Poland are on par with the rest of Europe, while public transportation tickets are still relatively inexpensive. Furthermore, students, pupils and senior citizens are eligible for 50 percent discounts on long-term ticketing.

A monthly public transport ticket will cost around 80 PLN, while petrol runs at 5.70 PLN.

Cost of living in Poland chart (Based on Warsaw, 2013)


Furnished two bedroom apartment PLN 4,000
Unfurnished two bedroom apartment PLN 3100


Dozen eggs PLN 8
Milk (1 litre) PLN 2.80
Rice (1 kg) PLN 4
Loaf of white bread PLN 3
Chicken breasts (1kg) PLN 17
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) PLN 12

Eating out

Big Mac meal PLN 17
Coca Cola (500ml) PLN 3.50
Cappuccino  PLN 8
Bottle of beer (local) PLN 8
Three course meal at a mid-range restaurant PLN 120

Utilities/household (monthly)

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile) PLN 0.30
Internet (Uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)  PLN 56
Basic utilities (Average per month for standard household) PLN 5,000


Taxi rate/km

PLN 2.40
Bus fare in the city centre  PLN 4
Gasoline (per litre) PLN 5.70
*Based on Warsaw

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