Cost of Living in Warsaw

Summary about cost of living in Warsaw:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 zł 20.00-35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 zł 100.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 20.00 zł 17.00-22.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 zł 8.00-12.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 zł 8.00-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 10.03 zł 8.00-12.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.20 zł 2.50-7.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.42 zł 2.00-6.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.83 zł 7.57-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.74 zł 1.81-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.66 zł 1.13-2.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 8.49 zł 6.00-10.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 11.10 zł 9.07-15.88
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 7.46 zł 6.35-9.07
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 16.15 zł 10.43-22.68
Apples (1 lb) 1.40 zł 0.91-1.81
Banana (1 lb) 1.96 zł 1.36-2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 2.16 zł 1.81-2.72
Tomato (1 lb) 2.57 zł 1.81-3.63
Potato (1 lb) 0.92 zł 0.68-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.94 zł 0.54-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.95 zł 2.00-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.95 zł 1.50-2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 25.00 zł 20.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.23 zł 2.60-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.75 zł 3.50-6.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 16.00 zł 15.00-16.70
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.40 zł 3.40-4.40
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 110.00 zł 100.00-120.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 8.00 zł 8.00-8.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.86 zł 3.22-4.02
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.00 zł 32.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 19.13 zł 18.55-20.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 70,000.00 zł 60,000.00-80,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 73,420.71 zł 60,000.00-90,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 620.85 zł 350.00-1,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 zł 0.10-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 54.46 zł 40.00-79.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 111.00 zł 80.00-150.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 61.57 zł 45.00-90.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 30.00 zł 25.00-35.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,340.58 zł 1,000.00-1,700.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 31,787.11 zł 15,000.00-60,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 265.36 zł 180.00-350.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 130.76 zł 80.00-200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 284.10 zł 220.00-350.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 327.98 zł 250.00-500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,418.63 zł 1,850.00-3,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,840.72 zł 1,400.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,265.15 zł 3,000.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,062.50 zł 2,500.00-4,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,117.62 zł 929.02-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 730.80 zł 650.32-836.12
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,131.39 zł
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.75 3.00-4.50

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Last update: March 2019
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61 Comments so far

#piki on Mar 23, 2019 :
Pawel on Oct 07, 2018 :<<you say rubbish, in the west is worse but with smile
#Jun Sosmeña on Mar 09, 2019 :
My wife is a polish and I am a Filipino we have a business in USA and in the Philippines. We would like to expand our business in Poland specially in Warsaw what is the good business to open in Warsaw? We are in hotel and restaurant business and have a ready capital of 1.5M US dollars. Pls. Advise me.
#Ron on Mar 07, 2019 :
Hi, Guys,
I am 29M from india and have been offered a job in Warsaw with salary as 9000 PLN.
But i am thinking to bring ,my family there too. So could you guys pleas tell me.
1. Is this salary enough to live in rent and have some saving.
2.Is it safe?
Thanks in advance ,for your thought on this
#Michal Sz. on Feb 25, 2019 :
Pawel’s wrong , actually girls here are very open towards middle-easterners and people from the Indian subcontinent
#Kasia on Feb 19, 2019 :
Alexandra - it's not enough to rent an 1br apartment and buy food, but at the end of the month nothing is left

ps studio apartment in Warsaw is 1800-2300.
#ir on Jan 01, 2019 :
Hi Alexandra, 5040zl gross is about 3500 net salary, so it is not too much for two persons.
Renting a studio flat cost 1200-1500 zl/month.
#Alexandra on Dec 13, 2018 :
Hi there! I was offered a job in Warsaw for 5040zl gross. Does that sound enough for a family of two, one child one adult? Thank you very much for your responses in advance.
#Matthew on Oct 15, 2018 :
Pawel is talking absolute rubbish! Lookup reviews e.g on youtube
#Anonymous on Oct 07, 2018 :
@Pawel I see this in news. But is this agression is against every foreigner or against non-white people? Or against refugees?... And how Polish citizens think about Russians? Thank you.
#Pawel on Oct 07, 2018 :
Please note that violence against foreigners has increased over the last six months, especially in Warsaw but also in other major cities. It's mostly non-Europeans being targeted. There's a nasty anti-migrant atmosphere in Poland at the moment so be warned.
#Anonymous on Sep 06, 2018 :
@Sasza : Are you really sure about recommending American Clinic Warsaw? I googled it just now and what I found are terrible reviews - they all have a rating of 1 star out of 5.
#Zygmunt on Jul 15, 2018 :
I have lived in Sydney for 30 years, renting is skyrocketing - bedsitter from $300-$5oop/w, food same: takeaway, mostly shitty food for $10 and more depends what, low wage is not enough for living cost,
people using charity-tent city in Martin Place, 100 000homeless on streets, beaches.
Australia accommodation is giving to refugees from assia and afrika. Sydney already looks like
Peking, yellow, yellow everywhere.
#xyz on Apr 14, 2018 :
Hi #Maheshpothani

In Poland in 2018 minimal wage is 2100month/gross (13,7 pln/h gross) that means 1530 PLN net/month (in PLN).
They can't hire you legally for less.

Minimal wage:
Gross -> net calculator
#Maheshpothani on Apr 12, 2018 :
I have a job offer to poland in a food stuff packing they offering me 11pln per hour.It will be around 2000 pln per question is can i get a parttime jobs for saturday and sunday ? what is the minimum wage for helper, cleaner or similar works
#Jesstx on Jan 29, 2018 :
In Polen in Warschau befindet sich ein tollen Nachtklub New Orleans Gentlemen's Club. Schon lange habe ich so einen Klub nicht besucht!
#Kamil on Aug 22, 2017 :
@David 1000 PLN is pretty standard price, I pay the same for my room. Have fun in Poland!
#David on Aug 04, 2017 :
I found a room at Al. Jana Pawła II 70 in a 6-room flat with two bathrooms and seems very good, for around 1000 PLN. Seems legit? I'm an upcoming erasmus student :)
#Harri on Jul 28, 2017 :
@Eleni, I'd say the market is big enough for you to find an appartment nevertheless but having a dog is definitely a blocker for some renters.
#Eleni on Jun 22, 2017 :
Hello! I am gonna live in Warsaw for three years. Everybody tells me that it's difficult to have my dog with me and I won't find somewhere to rent because dogs are unwanted. Is it true? I don't want to left my dog back.
#bob on Jun 19, 2017 :
Warsaw's climate is humid continental (Köppen: Dfb) with cold, snowy, cloudy winters and warm, sunny, stormy summers. The average temperature ranges between −1.8 °C (29 °F) in January and 19.2 °C (66.6 °F) in July. The mean year temperature is 8.5 °C (47.3 °F)
#Krzechu on May 26, 2017 :

Far-right football hooligans are more active in cities like Krakow and Wroclaw recently.
Warsaw is a very safe city and Poland on a whole is a safe country, way more than a few western country where crime is stronger.

You've nothing to fear about being beaten or experiencing overt racism in Poland.
Instead, if you're not an Erasmus student you could experience isolation: generalizing poles are not very outgoing like Spaniards or Portuguese, they tend to stay with their circle of friends and they don't try to socialize on every opportunity.
Warsaw in particular, despite being a big city has a very rural background being a destination for villagers, and the mentality is still there.
Must be said anyway that there's quite a big difference between polish boys and girls, since the girls are generally very open and curious about diverse people.
#Starling on Mar 30, 2017 :
I absolutely love Poland. I have been to Warsaw many times, and I have never met anything but warm and friendly people. The only police activity I have ever seen was someone who was illegally parked on a main street. The police had to call for a tow. It was an event! Skinheads in the street??? LOL! Not happening! The worst you are likely to encounter are kids on skateboards, and possibly some older people Nordic walking and taking up space on the sidewalk.
#LMZ on Mar 09, 2017 :
to: #Sam on Feb 21, 2017
If I were You there, I'd more feared of bald/short haircut guys in tracksuits or blue jeans and hoddie than skinheads. Your chances to meet skinheads here ain't much bigger to meet inuits.
Enter to search engine a word "dresiarz" - then you'll know what they look like.
#Sasza on Mar 04, 2017 :
In my opinion living in Poland, or even opening the business there it is a great idea for foreginers. The country is in fact growing at a rapid pace, and what is more, it allows foreigners to invest. Nevertheless, if you decide to conduct business there, you might want to see where you can get medical help. Certainly a great place for that is  the Amercian Clinic in Warsaw. It is part of Medicover Hospital. There you can even use such option as the Second Opinion, in which you will be diagnosed by another doctor and he will propose an alternative method of treatment.
#Maciek on Mar 03, 2017 :
I like this website, it's very useful. I try to create useful content on my blog for foreign residents in Poland as well, so if you have any questions on different topics, feel free to contact me on .

Check out some of my articles:
1. How do you submit a tax return form in Poland -
2. Registration for a place of living in Poland -
3. How can you study and work in Poland -
#Sam on Feb 21, 2017 :
@Beware : In response to your following post,

"To non-whites in Poland:

Beware of local uneducated guys that wear always tracksuits or camo combat trousers, have short haircuts, wear happy bags across the chest and baseball caps with the visor pointing the sky"

Are they skinheads or chavs in Poland? How would they react to an east asian guy? Can you show me some pictures of them so that I can get a feel for what they look like?
#85cube on Dec 30, 2016 :
In all eastern europe we don't like muslims, but it's ok if you're pretty much secular and respect the local culture and traditions. You have a good chance not to run into any problem in the biggest cities, which are more multicultural and focused more on economics and less on traditions. Anyway I'd suggest some other countries if you have the option. Just being 100% honest with you.
#Dexperience sitra gh on Dec 15, 2016 :
I want to open indian take away in poland I am looking partner if some one is interested call me 0097339869558
#Anonymous on Oct 22, 2016 :

I would like to put a small store/shop in Warsaw for home furnishing products from india,
pls advise the rules and regulations, and rent for a shop in a wee market area
#Ahmed on Sep 21, 2016 :
Buying apartment average 2,000 Euro ?? is it true?

and Can a foreign (not polish) student to buy an apartment through his stay?
#Marek on Sep 02, 2016 :
In my opinion apartment rental prices shown in your charts are underestimated.
It may be caused by:
1) domestic definition of 1 bedroom apartment - in Poland it is an apartment with one room dedicated to all living purposes including sleeping, kitchening and dining, and separate bathroom. Its size ranges from 15 to 25 square meters.
Your definition of 1 bedroom apartment is equal to our 2 bedrooms.
2) lack of attention / language skills of respondents
#Jignesh jadav on Jun 20, 2016 :
I'm coming in warsaw after 2 month.plz give me a prize charts of all food items & milk.
& charges of bus & taxi .
#Angela on May 30, 2016 :
Hello, I'm applying to study in Poland. Can anyone tell me what's the average allowance rate and spending of students over there? and do they get special discounts on public transportation cards, etc.. when presenting their student ID?

#Atabi on May 19, 2016 :
Hello. Has anyone been under "The Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship" Programme. I just need to know how students under this Polish scholarship programme cope with the allowances they receive monthly. is it enough???? Thank you.
#bernard on Apr 22, 2016 :
@rafal in response to your question:


Enjoy the dinner :)
#Bernard on Apr 22, 2016 :
Well. I think apartment can be found for lower than the price you gave away. I was renting a 28m2 studio - Very Decent condition next to the metro station (metro is only in warsaw) 12 minutes away from city center for the price of 1300 Zloty per month bills included.

Apartments can be found easily. Though living in the city center is much more expensive due to the lack of the availibility of big supermarkets where the cost of F&B is much higher than in the supermarkets in suburbs. by that I mean, even though there is a "biedronka" on every corner but the choice is much smaller since they do not have that spacious shops in the city center like the suburbs / farrest places (ie: Bialoleka; Wlochy itp...)

The prices are not so realistic mentionned upstairs.

3500 per month is a fair salary low though I wouldnt personally accept this salary since living in the city center as mentioned in my comment above is much different then living in the boarders of the city.

#Rafal on Mar 29, 2016 :
Please tell me dear contributors, in what mid range restaurant can I pay as little as 100 PLN for a decent three-course meal. I really want to know that, I will bring my wife there and spare som money. 150 PLN is a minimum if you're not about to visit fast food places or crappy chain restaurants (i.e. Zapiecek, Sphinx) which can in no way be considered as "mid range". The same applies to family run dive pizzerias on the outskirts of Warsaw.
#ab on Mar 25, 2016 :
The prices indicated are much lower than in reality, in particular when it comes to flat rents. It would REALLY be a challenge to find a 1 bedroom flat in a decent condition (even far from the centre!) for less than 2100-2300 PLN. And this would the price for locals, the foreigners will be charged more.
#Farhad on Mar 13, 2016 :
As an International student (also, I am not European) I want to start PhD in Warsaw University Technology in October 2016. I have some questions:
1) How much is the cost of living for one person monthly? (Except renting apartment)
2) Renting an apartment is cheaper or registering for a dormitory? and which one is recommended?
3) Is it legally possible to work while you are a PhD student? and if is it possible how many hours in a week?
4) What is monthly pass? Does it mean with paying about 26 EUR for each month I can use bus and train for going all over the city? Or, it has some limitation.
#Dresiarz on Nov 01, 2015 :

this is the page of Warsaw and so I'm pretty sure Pedro and Rzan Klod are talking about Warsaw area.

Pedro description is not far from reality, the last summer was one of the most mild in the last 20 years in Poland and anyway in Warsaw you needed the jacket in the evening during August!
Before August it rained almost 1 month without interruption, and between March and June the weather used to change a lot during the day.

This winter will be probably warmer than the previous, but anyway you need the winter jacket for at least 5 months ... but that's not a problem, the worst is the lack of sunlight that is very depressing
#Jin on Oct 31, 2015 :
@Pedro i dunno where you live probably at the baltic but here in the south close the Czech border the winter is 4 months max 5 months of comfortable (not to warm or to cold) weather and 3 months are just insanely hot 35+(celcius) no exception.
#Antifa on Oct 26, 2015 :
agreed with Adam

that's a price for a Bar Mleczny maybe, that sure is not a mid-range restaurant
#adam on Oct 18, 2015 :
100pln for 3 course 2 person meal in mid range restaurant? good luck, haha, mcdonald maybe but still not 3 course
#Beware on Sep 28, 2015 :
To non-whites in Poland:

Beware of local uneducated guys that wear always tracksuits or camo combat trousers, have short haircuts, wear happy bags across the chest and baseball caps with the visor pointing the sky
#Pedro on Aug 15, 2015 :
Weather OK?!
Yes if you come from UK or such countries ...

winters last 7 months and is dark at 3pm, for the rest of the months it rains except August
#Anonymous on Aug 12, 2015 :
#ag.In reply I would stress that I mentioned for expats wishing to live near international schools etc,i.e Mokotów/Wilanow.Which is where most expats and diplomats choose to live who have families and the need for at least 3 bedroom flats.
The cost of duch apartments in there areas is 5000 PLN up per month. You can check the websites.
#asd on Aug 11, 2015 :
"How can you believe that bullshit?
"Shitty weather and miserable faces"? "

In fact faces are miserable, but the weather is OK.
#ajit on Aug 10, 2015 :
I am a Indian . I got admission in Warsaw school of photography and graphic design. So I have look up my expenses. Will I get a part time job there? And will the amount which I get by doing part time works will be sufficient enough for me? Please help me by your advice
#Ag. on Aug 07, 2015 :
How can you believe that bullshit?
"Shitty weather and miserable faces"? OMG... The autor (#Rzan Klod) probably described himself. Polish women are the most beautiful on the world.
#Pale Fire: Why do you think that here is no way you could get a livable 3 bed flat for 2,483.90 zł? Actually, this is average and current price for 3-bed flat. Your's 5000 zł is probably for penthouse or room in good hotel.
#sdf on Aug 04, 2015 :
You all are talking about 2000 USD to live in Warsaw . Dont forget that minimal wage in Poland is aroud 340 USD after tax !!!!!!! Thats why people are emigrating from Poland to Western Europe .
#Guru shankar on Jul 17, 2015 :
Dear Sir, Am a indian and at present am working in saudi Arabia in a automobile service team with company Sponser visa.I would like to apply for a job in a same field or similar.Can any one help me to get a job in poland. Past 3 years am keep on trying for European country jobs, still am looking on it.Kindly do the need full.Gurushankar.
#Rzan Klod on Jul 11, 2015 :
To the expat: I advise you to not make the move for less than 6/7k month or more.

Warsaw is unexplainable expensive in its greyness, shitty weather and miserable faces.

For expenses, think to relocated in whatever western country except for public transportation, beer, potatoes and sweet'n'sour cabbage.
#Pale Fire on Jul 09, 2015 :
This is a work of fiction in progress. There is no way you could get a livable 3 bed flat for 2,483.90 zł just where are you talking about here? Just look at the websites or in the windows of the estate agents.Any decent three bed flats stary at about 5000 PLN upwards.Perhaps when doing your search you use "Pokoj" which just means rooms, but actaully use "Sypialnia" which means bedroom, then you will get real fell for costs here.
For expats thinking of moving to Warsaw looking for something decent in a suburb near international schools, private hospitals etc, think of adding a third or doubling the figure.
Same goes for purchase properties.
#IT-Expat on Jun 07, 2015 :
For all those (mostly indians) that want to relocate to Poland to work in IT or take a university master program in english language without having relatives
in the country, seeing it as a cheap backdoor to enter Western Europe: gather many informations thru forums of expats in PL and mind 10 or more times
about the move.

IT is pretty strong in Poland and there are many international companies (especially in Wroclaw) that hire experienced and qualified foreigners for positions
that require only english language, but absolutely negotiate the salary thinking to be the added value in the company and not a cheap jobber; to clarify, here
is not the Gulf, is not flooded with tons of indians running shops with food and clothes at indian prices, the things work in the opposite direction: PL for
adapting the standard of living isn't really an expat-friendly country, isn't like in most of the countries of western Europe where even all the locals buy
the food at the supermarkets, get brand new electronics and clothes at the shopping malls, ... here in PL even due to the very low salaries for non qualified jobs
people rely a lot into the family network that provide food accomodation and others, many own their homes or are on a mortgage, they even buy second hand clothes
from UK, ... so the market is very narrow in many voices that generally involve the common expat.
For an expat is pretty much impossible to spend less than a pole to live, instead he'll end to spend much more, some goods like brand new clothes are pretty
expensive for the salaries in Poland, and you've to mind if is worth to live thousands of kms far from home and family to check daily your account.
As an experienced IT specialist living alone absolutely I wouldn't try the move for less than 5k net a month; you can plan to work here for an year, get the
residency permit and then start taking interviews with companies located in West Europe, but mind that apart UK and Ireland (that are not in Schengen) in the
other countries most of the time is required to be fluent in the local language, except some risky startup projects where there's even more pressure for the
results and speaking indian-english could be more an hurdle than other.

About the university master programs in english language in Poland, I go straight: they're useless for the job market in Europe.
They're good for a cheap experience in a nice environment of young students in beautiful cities like Krakow, but really is it worth to go cheap to have
nothing in the hands instead of spitting blood to submit to an expensive european university where at the end you've more than a chance to get your fav job?
Without counting that in Germany uni master programs aren't very expensive.
Count also that in Poland you'll have to rely only on your parents money, there are no jobs for foreigner students that don't speak polish, if not in
the kitchen of a kebab shop getting the ass kicked for 5zl/hour; in many western countries is far more easier for a foreigner student to work in a clerk kind
of job and the minimum wage rules will allow you to get shit money anyway but enough to survive.
But going straight to the masters programs in english, take a program at least in one of the first 10 unis in Poland and anyway the chances to get a job at
the end are close to the absolute zero, if not that the master is somewhat evaluated in India as a "western education degree" or such, but in Europe there are
already loads of students with a master degree and the english masters in Poland are the bottom of the barrel.

Take infos on internet, I think that who already had these experiences wrote something on some sites.
#Gaurav on May 27, 2015 :
i have students. and students. visa apply. and 2 monty letter. me and my wife settle in polend Warsaw. city plz help me and job and study. possible. Polend
#jameie on May 19, 2015 :
I'm a Nigerian, I intend moving to Warsaw for studies, I will be having 2000euros minimum, I will like to live in a flat of about 700euros fully serviced and a private car.
( I like to meet someone
#Birdy on Apr 11, 2015 :
I got accepted for an internship (An English junior student) , and I Wonder if Warsaw is a good destination so that I can work beside my internship program and pay for my studies with my salary ? I will be greatful if you help me
#Ola on Mar 19, 2015 :
Dears, can you tell me what is an approximate average salary (net) for a Brand Manager in an international FMCG company (like Mondelez, Unilever, Carlsberg etc)?
Thank you!
#Azeem Shaikh on Mar 19, 2015 :
Hii guys I am looking for a job in Poland any job for me....
#Klak on Mar 15, 2015 :
What are salaries for IT specialist in Poland?
Can I afford to live with 4000 PLN in Warsaw?
Are there any chances salary to grow up in a short time? I mean are there opportunities in this business field and are companies ready to pay more for an employee who wish to achive career development?
#Robert on Mar 14, 2015 :
Guys please read instruction before putting the price.According to it one bedroom flat contains sleeping room and living room (approximate space around 55m2).Its not studio flat which contains all in one room. So rent for month for one bedroom flat is approx. 30 % higher than stated here.