Cost of living in Białystok, Poland

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 25 zł
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 15 zł
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8 zł
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.63 zł
12 eggs, large 8 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.29 zł
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 10 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.62 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.82 zł
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2.83 zł
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 27 zł
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.10 zł
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.38 zł
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 1,751 zł
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,384 zł
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 364 zł
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,299 zł
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,022 zł
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 332 zł
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 54 zł
40” flat screen TV 2,004 zł
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 406 zł
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 25 zł
Hourly rate for cleaning help 14 zł
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 283 zł
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 142 zł
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 260 zł
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 242 zł
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 78,580 zł
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.47 zł
Monthly ticket public transport 81 zł
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 23 zł
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 14 zł
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 20 zł
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 76 zł
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 17 zł
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 10 zł
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10 zł
4 rolls of toilet paper 3.83 zł
Tube of toothpaste 8 zł
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 18 zł
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 40 zł
2 tickets to the movies 41 zł
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 90 zł
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 122 zł
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 15 zł
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 7 zł
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 7 zł
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.24 zł
1 month of gym membership in business district 138 zł
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13 zł
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 73 prices entered by 5 different people.
Latest price update: December 11, 2017.

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