Currency

Polish złoty (zł)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than 200zł

  • Hostel dorm bed: 65zł
  • Meals in milk bars and self-catering: 40zł
  • Day pass for local transport: 15zł

Midrange: 200–600zł

  • Double room in a midrange hotel: 400zł
  • Meal in a midrange restaurant: 100zł
  • Museum tickets: 10–30zł

Top end: More than 600zł

  • Double room in a top hotel: 800zł
  • Meal in an upscale restaurant: 300zł
  • Ticket for opera: 200zł

Bargaining

At flea and tourist gift markets it's an acceptable practice to bargain a little over prices. Elsewhere prices are fixed.

Money

ATMs and kantors (currency-exchange kiosks) are fairly common. Credit cards are generally accepted and often preferred to cash.

Banks

Bank Pekao Has several branches in the city centre; other locations include the Marriott Hotel and Plac Bankowy.

Changing Money

There are 24-hour kantors at Warszawa Centralna train station and at Warsaw Chopin Airport. Beware of kantor that are open late at night as they tend to offer poor rates.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$12.7zł
CanadaC$12.9zł
Europe€14.3zł
Japan¥1003.4zł
New ZealandNZ$12.6zł
UK£15zł
USAUS$13.8zł

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

Tipping is customary in restaurants, cafes and at service establishments such as hairdressers; optional elsewhere.

  • Hotels Not expected but can leave 10zł per night for housekeeper; similar for bellboys and helpful concierges.
  • Restaurants Standard is 10%. At smaller establishments and for smaller tabs round to nearest 5zł or 10zł increment. Leave tip in cash if you pay bill by credit card.
  • Taxis Round up the fare for good service.