Average costs of living in Cracow
The legal currency in Poland is the Polish złoty (zł, PLN). Although in most places you can pay by credit card, always make sure to have some cash with you. You can find exchange offices in the city centre and places of busy international traffic (airports, railway stations).
Costs of living may vary depending on your lifestyle and expectations about living standards. In general, minimum costs of living are 1000-1500 PLN per month.
Apartments in Cracow
For renting a separate flat (a studio flat) with an area of about 30-40 square metres, you have to pay about 1200-1400 PLN plus utilities. Rental prices for flats in the very centre may be higher by about 15-20%. Choosing a flat in an old building, e.g. a tenement house, you have to make allowance for additional heating costs generated by expensive electric heating systems. Bearing this in mind, it is more economical to rent a flat in a block with central heating.
For renting a single room in a multiple-room flat in the city centre, you have to pay about 700-800 PLN. For a room in the suburbs, you have to pay about 550 PLN.
The cheapest solution is to share a room with a roommate: you have to pay 450-500 PLN on average for a place in a double room in Śródmieście, a district in the centre of Cracow. The farther from the centre, the lower the price.
Students can be accommodated in dormitories for about 370 PLN on average with no additional costs.One room can usually accommodate up to 2 or 3 people.
Food and cleaning products
How much you will spend on food and cleaning products depends on your eating habits and diet. If you want to eat healthily, at least three varied, wholesome meals a day, and you do not want to economise on the quality of food products, you will have to spend at least about 600 PLN a month.
As for cleaning products, you will have to spend from several to several dozen zlotys a month.
Prices for food products may vary depending on where you do the shopping. You will pay the least in supermarkets and market squares and a little bit more in small shops.
Below you will find approximate prices for basic food products:
- Water 1,5 l – 2 PLN
- Juice 1 l – 5 PLN
- Tea 100 g – 7 PLN
- Coffee 100 g – 10 – 15 PLN
- Milk 1 l – 3 PLN
- Bread– 3 PLN
- Butter – 4 – 5 PLN
- Cheese 150 g – 5 PLN
- Eggs - 0,5 – 1 PLN/ for one egg
- Sausages 200 g – 5 PLN
- Cereals 250 g – 4 – 5 PLN
- Jam 280 g – 4 PLN
A plastic shopping bag costs several, to several dozen pennies.
Lunch and dinner prices vary from the location and standard of a restaurant. In Cracow, you will easily find, even in the very centre, cafeterias and restaurants offering good meals at reasonable prices (dinner costs about 10-20 PLN on average). For a dinner in a more expensive restaurant, you will have to pay about 50 PLN.
A museum or cinema ticket usually costs about 10-30 PLN while a theatre, opera or concert ticket 40 PLN and more.
If you want to go for a beer or a drink, you will spend from several to several dozen złoty. Women can usually (but not always) go to a pub for free, while men have to spend several złoty. A beer costs about 10 PLN, while drink prices start from several złoty.
Sample prices in dollar terms for products and services (food, clothes, entertainment) in Cracow are available on various websites, e.g.: www.numbeo.com
Tipping and bargaining
If you are satisfied with service, you can leave a tip. Tipping is a common practice in restaurants, where you will usually leave a 10% tip. Some restaurants, especially fancy ones, add a tip to your bill automatically.
As for bargaining, it is practiced only in special situations, for instance, when you buy certain costly goods, handicrafts, antiques or do the shopping on a market square. Otherwise bargaining is not practiced.
Main department stores and service centres
Shopping centres/ Department stores
|M1 Kraków Centrum Handlowe||67 Pokoju Ave.|
|Centrum Outlet Factory i Park Handlowy Futura||32 Prof. Rożańskiego St, Modlniczka|
|Kraków Plaza||44 Pokoju Ave.|
|Centrum Handlowe Czyżyny||2 Medweckiego St|
|Centrum Targowe Chemobudowa||14 Klimeckiego St|
|Galeria Krakowska||5 Pawia St|
|Carrefour Witosa||7 Witosa St|
|Tesco Kapelanka||54 Kapelanka St|
|Bonarka City Center||11 Kamieńskiego St|
|Galeria Kazimierz||34 Podgórska St|
|Galeria Bronowice||61 Stawowa St|
|Centrum Handlowe Krokus||37 Bora-Komorowskiego St|
|Dom Handlowy Jubilat||1/3 Krasińskiego Ave.|
|Dekada Kraków||Stojałowskiego St|
|Tesco Wielicka||259 Wielicka St|
|Krakowskie Centrum Handlowo Targowe||1 KrzywdaSt|
|Galeria Handlowa Solvay Park||105 Zakopiańska St|
|King Square||18 Powstańców Wielkopolskich St|
|Park Handlowy Zakopianka||62 Zakopiańska St|
- Shopping centres are usually open from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. on Sundays (opening hours may be different depending on the shopping centre).
- Supermarkets (also the ones in shopping centres) are open for a little bit longer – usually from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m. Some supermarkets are open 24 hours (e.g.Tesco Kapelanka and Tesco Wielicka).
- Gas stations are usually open 24 hours a day, also on holidays. You can buy there some basic products.
- Small shops – usually the ones outside the city centre are usually open from 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. from Monday till Friday and till 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
- You can do the shopping on local market squares before noon.
- Banks opening hours: from Monday till Friday from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. or from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. (depending on the branch). Some banks are also open for several hours on Saturdays.
- The Main Post Office in Cracow (20 Westerplatte St) is open from Monday till Friday from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. and from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The Post Office at 4 Lubicz St (near the Central Railway Station) is open 24 hours a day .
- Cinemas are open before noon. Last films are shown before midnight.
- Museums are usually open from Tuesday till Sunday (most museums are closed on Mondays)
In the centre of Cracow, there are numerous places offering a full range of copying services (printing, scanning, copying, binding) – several to several dozen pennies depending on the place and service. You can use a computer with Internet access in libraries (e.g. in Wojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna (Voivodeship Public Library) in the computer reading room– for free after registering in the library) and Internet cafés.
You can buy starters and top-ups of Polish mobile network operators not only in authorized shops, but also in kiosks and at gas stations. You can get free city plans of Cracow in tourist information points in different parts of the city centre (e.g. in Planty near the Central Railway Station on in Pl. Wszystkich Świętych).
Cooperation: Teresa Barańska, Paulina Szmergał