Cost of Living in Poland
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 apartments closest to the main square in any Polish city – big or small – will usually be the most expensive. Expats who are willing to live a bit further out and manage a small commute will 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 upwards of 3,600 PLN per month, plus at least another 700 PLN for utilities.
Food costs in Poland
Eating out and buying groceries is generally cheaper than in most other Western European cities, but imported items will be significantly more expensive, possibly priced even higher than in Paris and London. Prices for Polish products are very reasonable.
Cost of transport 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 discounts on long-term ticketing.
Low-cost air travel has made it easier for people to explore the rest of Europe while living in Poland. Airports can be found in all of the major Polish cities.
Cost of education in Poland
Public education in Poland is free but it is not a viable option for expats as the language of instruction is Polish so expat children are likely to struggle.
The best option for expat parents is to send their child to an international school where the students can continue to study the same curricula that they studied in their home country. Most international schools are found in Warsaw or Krakow and this type of education doesn't come cheap. Expect to pay at least 65,000 PLN per year on fees and also factor in the cost of additional expenses such as school trips, uniforms and textbooks.
Cost of living in Poland chart (Based on Warsaw, 2016)
(Note that prices may vary depending on location and service provider and the table below is based on average prices)
|Furnished two-bedroom apartment||PLN 4,700|
|Unfurnished two-bedroom apartment||PLN 3,900|
|Dozen eggs||PLN 9|
|Milk (1 litre)||PLN 3.50|
|Rice (1 kg)||PLN 4.50|
|Loaf of white bread||PLN 4|
|Chicken breasts (1kg)||PLN 19|
|Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)||PLN 16|
|Big Mac meal||PLN 17|
|Coca-Cola (500ml)||PLN 5|
|Bottle of beer (local)||PLN 9|
|Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant||PLN 140|
|Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)||PLN 0.30|
|Internet (Uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)||PLN 80|
|Basic utilities (Average per month for standard household)||PLN 700|
|Bus fare in the city centre||PLN 5|
|Gasoline (per litre)||PLN 5.90|