Cost of living in Poland

Summary of cost of living in Poland

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,782 zł
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 5,114 zł
  • Cost of living in Poland is cheaper than in 58% of countries in Eastern Europe (7 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Poland is cheaper than in 68% of countries in the World (52 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 29 zł
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 21 zł
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9 zł
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.92 zł
12 eggs, large 10 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 7 zł
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.66 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.90 zł
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.48 zł
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 27 zł
2 liters of coca-cola 6 zł
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.87 zł
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 4,093 zł
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,922 zł
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 471 zł
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,456 zł
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,972 zł
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 309 zł
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 48 zł
40” flat screen tv 1,679 zł
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 419 zł
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 30 zł
Hourly rate for cleaning help 22 zł
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 292 zł
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 160 zł
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 294 zł
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 342 zł
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 75,094 zł
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.54 zł
Monthly ticket public transport 102 zł
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 18 zł
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 29 zł
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 137 zł
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 15 zł
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12 zł
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 13 zł
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.54 zł
Tube of toothpaste 7 zł
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 45 zł
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 72 zł
2 tickets to the movies 56 zł
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 214 zł
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 123 zł
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 21 zł
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 zł
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 10 zł
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,006 zł
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.49 zł
1 month of gym membership in business district 112 zł
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 17 zł

Map of Cost of Living in Poland

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This map shows only the top cities in Poland. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Poland

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Warsaw 96
2nd Kraków 82
3rd Wrocław 81
4th Lublin 73
5th Rzeszów 71
6th Białystok 71

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Prices recently added

  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Kraków costs 200 zł (2 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Warsaw costs 7 zł (5 days ago)
  • Public transport in Warsaw costs 110 zł (5 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Warsaw costs 35 zł (5 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Warsaw costs 25 zł (5 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Warsaw costs 4.59 zł (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Warsaw costs 3.00 zł (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Warsaw costs 5.00 zł (5 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Warsaw costs 9 zł (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Warsaw costs 15 zł (5 days ago)