Cost of living in Poland

Summary of cost of living in Poland

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 16,343 zł
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 8,533 zł
  • Poland is the 2nd most expensive country in Eastern Europe (2 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Poland is more expensive than in 58% of countries in the World (26 out of 59)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 45 zł
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 32 zł
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 15 zł
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.18 zł
12 eggs, large 15 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 14 zł
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 20 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.49 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 4.12 zł
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.24 zł
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 41 zł
2 liters of coca-cola 10 zł
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 4.46 zł
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 6,963 zł
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 4,871 zł
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,453 zł
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 4,099 zł
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 3,325 zł
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 752 zł
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 66 zł
40” flat screen tv 1,923 zł
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 679 zł
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 58 zł
Hourly rate for cleaning help 58 zł
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 390 zł
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 170 zł
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 388 zł
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 498 zł
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 128,179 zł
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7 zł
Monthly ticket public transport 138 zł
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 30 zł
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 60 zł
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 244 zł
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 24 zł
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 20 zł
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 15 zł
4 rolls of toilet paper 11 zł
Tube of toothpaste 12 zł
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 79 zł
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 121 zł
2 tickets to the movies 58 zł
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 358 zł
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 206 zł
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 38 zł
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 19 zł
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 18 zł
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,487 zł
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.95 zł
1 month of gym membership in business district 184 zł
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 21 zł

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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:
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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 117
2nd Kraków 96
3rd Gdańsk 87
4th Poznan 76
5th Bydgoszcz 64
6th Toruń 63

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

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Kraków costs 6.00 zł (2 days ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Kraków costs 4.00 zł (2 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Kraków costs 7 zł (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Kraków costs 150 zł (2 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Kraków costs 400 zł (2 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Kraków costs 400 zł (2 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Kraków costs 250 zł (2 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Kraków costs 300 zł (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Kraków costs 100 zł (2 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Kraków costs 35 zł (2 days ago)

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