Cost of living in Poland

Summary of cost of living in Poland

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,652 zł
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,995 zł
  • Cost of living in Poland is cheaper than in 53% of countries in Eastern Europe (9 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Poland is cheaper than in 70% of countries in the World (63 out of 90)
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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) 20 zł
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9 zł
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.83 zł
12 eggs, large 10 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6 zł
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.24 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.59 zł
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.25 zł
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 28 zł
2 liters of coca-cola 5.38 zł
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.56 zł
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,981 zł
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,842 zł
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 472 zł
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,463 zł
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,870 zł
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 268 zł
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 41 zł
40” flat screen tv 1,690 zł
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 516 zł
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 26 zł
Hourly rate for cleaning help 26 zł
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 299 zł
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 139 zł
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 307 zł
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 341 zł
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 81,106 zł
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.10 zł
Monthly ticket public transport 107 zł
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 18 zł
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 26 zł
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 128 zł
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 16 zł
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 11 zł
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12 zł
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.40 zł
Tube of toothpaste 8 zł
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 44 zł
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 65 zł
2 tickets to the movies 55 zł
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 201 zł
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 129 zł
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 22 zł
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 zł
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 10 zł
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 1,919 zł
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.31 zł
1 month of gym membership in business district 112 zł
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 16 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 97
2nd Poznan 87
3rd Kraków 85
4th Wrocław 85
5th Łódź 77
6th Lublin 77
7th Rzeszów 74
8th Białystok 73

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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