Living Cost

Poland rank as third cheapest EU country

It’s no secret that living in Poland is much cheaper compared to other European countries. Affordable prices of food, rent and entertainment are usually one of the main reasons why people choose Poland to be their home. At the same time, if you are thinking of moving to Poland you should take into consideration that you may earn considerably less than you used to. To make this decision easier for you, we’ve put together a list of standard expenses making up the cost of living in Poland in 2018.

You can check the up to date exchange rates for Polish zloty here.


Warsaw is by far the most expensive city when it comes to renting a flat. The average cost of a medium size flat in the capital can reach even as high as 2800 PLN per month. A bit cheaper flats can be rented in Wroclaw (2260 PLN a month) and Gdansk (1995 PLN a month). The cheapest large city in Poland is Bydgoszcz with rents as low as 1267 PLN a month for a medium size flat.

CityFlat sizeAverage monthly rent
Bydgoszcz0-38 m2996 PLN
38-60 m21267 PLN
60-90 m21713 PLN
Gdansk0-38 m21353 PLN
38-60 m21995 PLN
60-90 m22590 PLN
Katowice0-38 m21279 PLN
38-60 m21769 PLN
60-90 m22399 PLN
Krakow0-38 m21445 PLN
38-60 m21877 PLN
60-90 m22585 PLN
Lublin0-38 m21306 PLN
38-60 m21688 PLN
60-90 m22205 PLN
Lodz0-38 m21203 PLN
38-60 m21645 PLN
60-90 m22581 PLN
Poznan0-38 m21159 PLN
38-60 m21636 PLN
60-90 m22201 PLN
Szczecin0-38 m21186 PLN
38-60 m21552 PLN
60-90 m22014 PLN
Warsaw0-38 m21984 PLN
38-60 m22799 PLN
60-90 m24015 PLN
Wroclaw0-38 m21477 PLN
38-60 m22260 PLN
60-90 m22921 PLN

On top of your rent you need to add a monthly cost of utilities. On average, bills for electricity, heating, water and garbage for a medium size flat are costing 620 PLN. Of course this price will depend on the city you live in, local council tax and your utilities usage. Internet is another additional cost you should think of which adds to another 45 PLN to your expenses.

Utilities (Monthly)Average monthly costRange
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment620 PLN400-850 PLN
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)45 PLN30-60 PLN


groceries prices in poland

Food in Poland is fairly cheap, especially compared to countries like the UK or France. Compared to these countries, food prices in Poland are on average around 50% lower. Prices of some products may surprise as cheese for example is really expensive in comparison to meat which price is among the lowest in the whole European Union.

ProductAverage costRange
Milk (regular), (1 liter)2.37 PLN2-3 PLN
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)2.72 PLN2-3 PLN
Rice (white), (1kg)3.17 PLN2-5 PLN
Eggs (12)7.08 PLN4.80-8.40 PLN
Local Cheese (1kg)21.87 PLN18-30 PLN
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)15 PLN13-18 PLN
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)31 PLN22-40 PLN
Apples (1kg)3 PLN2-4 PLN
Banana (1kg)4.28 PLN3.50-5 PLN
Oranges (1kg)4.50 PLN4-6 PLN
Tomato (1kg)5.16 PLN4-8 PLN
Potato (1kg)1.65 PLN1-2.50 PLN
Onion (1kg)2 PLN1-3 PLN
Lettuce (1 head)2.80 PLN2-4 PLN
Water (1.5 liter bottle)1.79 PLN1.50-3 PLN
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)20 PLN15-30 PLN
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)2.99 PLN2.50-4.00 PLN
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)4.00 PLN3-6 PLN


TransportationAverage costRange
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)3.40 PLN3-4.40 PLN
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)100 PLN89-100 PLN
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)6.50 PLN5-8 PLN
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)2.40 PLN2.00-2.80 PLN
Gasoline (1 liter)4.60 PLN4.30-5 PLN


Eating and drinkingAverage costRange
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant20 PLN15-30 PLN
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course100 PLN70-120 PLN
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)17 PLN15-20 PLN
Cappuccino (regular)7.40 PLN6-10 PLN
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) in a pub7 PLN4-10 PLN


ActivityAverage costRange
Concerts & music gigs30 PLN10-50 PLN
Cinema ticket20 PLN18-35 PLN
Theater ticket70 PLN50-200 PLN
Club entry15 PLN10-30 PLN

Above data is based on over 28,164 entries.


Similarly to any other country, Poland has its cheap and expensive regions. Choosing one city over another will have a significant impact on your salary, monthly spendings and possible savings. Here is the list of the main Polish cities ranked from the most affordable to the most expensive place to live (taking into consideration rent cost, bills and public transport costs):

#1 Bialystok
#2 Torun
#3 Bydgoszcz
#4 Szczecin
#5 Lodz
#6 Poznan
#7 Gdansk
#8 Wroclaw
#9 Krakow
#10 Warsaw


In 2018 the average salary in Poland is heading towards 4900 PLN a month, which is around 3530 PLN after tax (shy of 830 Euro). Of course, income depends on many factors like industry, city, skills and education of the candidate, to name just a few. Here is the full report on average salaries in Poland.




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