Cost of living in Poland

Summary of cost of living in Poland

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,701 zł
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 5,004 zł
  • Cost of living in Poland is cheaper than in 60% of countries in Eastern Europe (9 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Poland is cheaper than in 70% of countries in the World (54 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 28 zł
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 21 zł
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9 zł
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.87 zł
12 eggs, large 10 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 7 zł
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.58 zł
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.76 zł
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.29 zł
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 28 zł
2 liters of coca-cola 5.49 zł
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.81 zł
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,945 zł
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,852 zł
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 483 zł
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,391 zł
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,883 zł
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 309 zł
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 46 zł
40” flat screen tv 1,590 zł
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 438 zł
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 30 zł
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23 zł
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 284 zł
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 160 zł
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 301 zł
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 342 zł
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 79,784 zł
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.88 zł
Monthly ticket public transport 101 zł
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 19 zł
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30 zł
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 132 zł
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 15 zł
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12 zł
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12 zł
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.70 zł
Tube of toothpaste 7 zł
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 46 zł
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 68 zł
2 tickets to the movies 57 zł
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 192 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 20 zł
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11 zł
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 10 zł
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,031 zł
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.31 zł
1 month of gym membership in business district 125 zł
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 17 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 95
2nd Kraków 83
3rd Wrocław 83
4th Lublin 74
5th Rzeszów 72
6th Białystok 72

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Łódź costs 25 zł (2 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Łódź costs 0.40 zł (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Łódź costs 10 zł (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Łódź costs 15 zł (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Łódź costs 20 zł (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Łódź costs 200 zł (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Łódź costs 450 zł (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Łódź costs 60 zł (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Łódź costs 150 zł (2 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Łódź costs 30 zł (2 days ago)