The sixth most populated country in the EU, Poland is located in Central Europe. It shares borders with Belarus and Ukraine in the east, Germany in the west, the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, and Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia) in the north, and Slovakia and the Czech Republic in the south. Among Poland’s top travel destinations we have Warsaw, the capital and largest city, but also Krakow, Gdansk, and Wroclaw. But is Poland expensive? What are the Poland travel costs you need to know when you plan your trip?


gdansk in poland, central europe

Gdansk

The largest city in the north of Poland, Gdansk also wears the name Danzig. Located by the Baltic Sea, Gdansk is also Poland’s main seaport. With a tumultuous history behind, the city rebuilt itself after the last World War, restoring its Old Town. While in Gdansk, you should see St. Mary Church, the largest brick church in the world.

How much does it cost to visit Gdansk?

If you’re visiting Gdansk on a budget, you should plan to spend around zł 112 daily. This amount doesn’t include any accommodation costs, however. For more detailed Gdansk travel costs, continue reading.


Gdansk accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one personzł 66 – 407
Typical double roomzł 131 – 815

Gdansk food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurantzł 20 – 30
Meal in a mid-range restaurantzł 40 – 120
Local beer (0.5 liter, draught)zł 6 – 10
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Gdansk, however.
zł 2 – 5

Gdansk fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticketzł 3.20
Taxi (price per kilometer)zł 2 – 3
Gasoline (1 liter)zł 4.80 – 5.25

Gdansk visiting costs – Top attractions in Gdansk

Gdansk Old TownFree
Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoScizł 20
Museum of the Second World Warzł 23
Dluga StreetFree
Mariacka StreetFree

Gdansk Tourist Card

24h Gdansk Tourist Cardzł 60
72h Gdansk Tourist Cardzł 90

The Gdansk Tourist Card offers free access to the city’s main museums and discounts of up to 50% to popular attractions and activities.


krakow in poland, central europe

Krakow

The second-most important city in Poland, Krakow is loved by leisure and business travelers alike for its cultural, artistic, academic, and financial opportunities. Once the former Polish capital, Krakow has an amazing Old Town, and all its attractions seem to radiate from it.

How much does it cost to visit Krakow?

A budget traveler planning to visit Krakow should set aside zł 107 for daily travel costs. This doesn’t include any accommodation costs, however. For more information on Krakow travel costs, please see below.


Krakow accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one personzł 79 – 553
Typical double roomzł 158 – 1,067

Krakow food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurantzł 20 – 30
Meal in a mid-range restaurantzł 40 – 65
Local beer (0.5 liter, draught)zł 6 – 10
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Krakow, however.
zł 2 – 6

Krakow fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticketzł 3.80
Taxi (price per kilometer)zł 2 – 2.60
Gasoline (1 liter)zł 5 – 5.30

Krakow visiting costs – Top attractions in Krakow

Rynek Glowny Central SquareFree
Kazimierz The Former Jewish Districtzł 27
Bazylika Mariackazł 10
Stare Miasto (Old Town)Free
Lost Souls Alleyzł 35

Krakow Card

2-day Krakow Card$ 26
3-day Krakow Card$ 32

The Krakow Card provides free admission to 40 museums and attractions, plus free access to public transport. It also comes with airport transfer and transport to the Wieliczka Salt Mine next to Krakow.


warsaw in poland, central europe

Warsaw

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and its largest city. Mostly destroyed during World War II, the city rebuilt itself into a lively historical and cultural center. Once named the Paris of the North, Warsaw is also the home of the famous composer Fryderyk Chopin.

How much does it cost to visit Warsaw?

If you’re planning a budget trip to Warsaw, expect to spend around zł 119 per day. However, this doesn’t include any accommodation costs. More information on Warsaw travel costs is available below.


Warsaw accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one personzł 77 – 522
Typical double roomzł 154 – 1,045

Warsaw food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurantzł 20 – 35
Meal in a mid-range restaurantzł 50 – 75
Local beer (0.5 liter, draught)zł 8 – 12
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)zł 2 – 6

Warsaw fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticketzł 4.40
Taxi (price per kilometer)zł 2 – 2.60
Gasoline (1 liter)zł 5 – 5.35

Warsaw visiting costs – Top attractions in Warsaw

Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawiezł 25
Old TownFree
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jewszł 27
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiegozł 25
Rynek Starego Miasta SquareFree

Warsaw Pass

24h Warsaw Passzł 129
48h Warsaw Passzł 169

The Warsaw Pass offers free admission with priority access to top museums and attractions in Poland’s capital city. It also includes a hop-on-hop-off bus tour and lots of partner discounts.


wroclaw in poland, central europe

Wroclaw

Wroclaw is the largest city in western Poland. Among the main tourist attractions of this medieval city, you will find St. Elizabeth’s Church offering a wonderful panorama over the city, the Old Town Hall, and the market square. Located on the Oder River, it’s also a great destination for those who are into sailing.

How much does it cost to visit Wroclaw?

If you plan to visit Wroclaw on a budget, you will probably spend zł 56 per day, without including accommodation for the night. More detailed Wroclaw travel costs are available below.


Wroclaw accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one personzł 66 – 58
Typical double roomzł 131 – 117

Wroclaw food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurantzł 18 – 25
Meal in a mid-range restaurantzł 48 – 75
Local beer (0.5 liter, draught)zł 6 – 10
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Gdansk, however.
zł 1.80 – 5

Wroclaw fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticketzł 3.40
Taxi (price per kilometer)zł 2.40 – 3
Gasoline (1 liter)zł 4.83 – 5.20

Wroclaw visiting costs – Top attractions in Wroclaw

Rynek we Wroclawiu SquareFree
Wroclaw Zoo & Afrykariumzł 50
Wroclaw’s DwarfsFree
Wroclaw Old TownFree
Cathedral Island (Ostrow Tumski)Free

Poland travel costs sources

  • Accommodation costs via Budgetyourtrip.com
  • Food, drinks, and transportation costs via Numbeo.com
  • Tap water safety researched separately via Google answers for each city in Belgium. Tap water seems to be safe to drink all over Belgium, though.
  • Top attractions selected using TripAdvisor. Each attraction name is a link to the official website page of that attraction, if available
  • Ticket costs / free access information via the official websites of the attractions. I mentioned the cost of a regular adult ticket, for permanent exhibitions. Discounts and temporary exhibition prices are available on their official websites.
  • City pass information about prices and what each includes is from the official website for each travel pass. A link is available for each pass in order to easily find more information and/or to purchase a pass.

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