The cost of living in Poland is among the cheapest in the European Union (EU), alongside Romania and Bulgaria. In the 2018 Mercer Cost of Living Survey, Warsaw, Poland's most expensive city, ranked 154 out of 209 cities.
Overall, Poland has a moderate cost of living index, with the larger cities being significantly more expensive than the rural areas, as is the case with most countries.

Accommodation costs in Poland

The cost of accommodation in Poland varies, 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 for apartments with larger living spaces.

Food costs in Poland

Eating out and buying groceries is generally cheaper than in most other Western European cities and prices for Polish products are very reasonable, but imported items will be significantly more expensive. 

Cost of transport in Poland

Public transportation is relatively inexpensive and students, pupils and senior citizens are eligible for discounts on long-term ticketing.

Poland's central location and the prevalence of low-cost air travel makes it easy and affordable 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 many expats as the language of instruction is Polish. 

Most often, expat parents send their child to an international school where the students can continue to follow the same curriculum that they were studying from in their home country. Most international schools are found in Warsaw or Krakow. International school fees can prove to be a huge expense as fees are high, as are additional expenses such as the cost of school trips, uniforms and textbooks. 

Cost of living in Poland chart 

(Note that prices may vary depending on location and service provider and the table below is based on average prices for Warsaw in July 2018)

Accommodation (monthly rent)

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

PLN 3,500

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

PLN 6,700

One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

PLN 2,800

Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

PLN 5,000


Dozen eggs


Milk (1 litre)


Rice (1 kg)

PLN 4.50

Loaf of white bread

PLN 3.50

Chicken breasts (1kg)

PLN 19

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

PLN 16

Eating out

Big Mac meal

PLN 18

Coca-Cola (500ml)



PLN 10

Bottle of beer (local)

PLN 10

Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant

PLN 70


Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

PLN 0.30

Internet (Uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month) 

PLN 65

Basic utilities (Average per month for a standard household)

PLN 600


Taxi rate/km

PLN 2.50

Bus fare in the city centre 


Gasoline (per litre)

PLN 5.20

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