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 2015 Mercer Cost of Living Survey, Warsaw, Poland's most expensive city, ranked 175 of 207 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 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 3,000 PLN per month, plus at least another 600 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, possible priced even higher than in Paris and London. Prices for Polish products are very reasonable.

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 discounts on long-term ticketing.

Cost of living in Poland chart (Based on Warsaw, 2015)

(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 4,000
Unfurnished two-bedroom apartment PLN 3100


Dozen eggs PLN 8
Milk (1 litre) PLN 3
Rice (1 kg) PLN 4
Loaf of white bread PLN 3
Chicken breasts (1kg) PLN 17
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) PLN 15

Eating out

Big Mac meal PLN 17
Coca-Cola (500ml) PLN 5
Cappuccino  PLN 8.50
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 60
Basic utilities (Average per month for standard household) PLN 600


Taxi rate/km

PLN 2.40
Bus fare in the city centre  PLN 4
Gasoline (per litre) PLN 5.70

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