This Poland Travel Guide aims to provide you with simple and stress-free travel planning information and inspiration for planning a trip to Poland.
On this regularly updated page you will find links to useful posts on The Trusted Traveller, budget information, details on types of accommodation available, information on getting around the country and more useful links to resources around the web.
Currency: zł Złoty which is made up of 100 groszy. Coins come in 1 groszy, 2 groszy, 5 groszy, 10 groszy, 20 groszy, 50 groszy, zł1, zł2 and zł5 denominations and notes in zł10, zł20, zł50, zł100 and zł200 denominations.
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard. Outlets for 110 volts for small appliances can be found in most hotels.
Poland, located in Eastern Europe is bordered by Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine and the Russian province of Kaliningrad. The Baltic Sea occupies the coastline in the north of the country.
The northern coastal area spreads 525 km with sandy beaches, steep cliffs and quaint seaside towns. Just south of the coast the area is dominated by lakes and forested hills that join rivers and canals to the sea.
As you head further south, the landscape begins a slow rise ending at the Czech border where you will find the Sudety Mountains which join with the Tatra Mountains.
Poland has a temperate climate with hot summers, cold winters and shoulder seasons (spring and autumn). Rain falls reasonably even throughout the year.
Best Time to Visit
Poland is a year-round destination and you should plan your visit based on the types of activities you wish to enjoy.
To avoid the heat at the height of summer, visiting in May/June or September/October is best. The weather is still warm and the crowds of prime summer time have cleared. This is also a great time for hiking in the country’s many national parks.
To enjoy the Baltic Sea beaches, you will need to brave the crowds and visit from June to August to get the best water temperatures.
If you are wanting participate in winter sports such as skiing, then you will want to visit from November to March when it is cold and there are frequent snow falls in the mountains.
It is always recommend to have a mixture of cash and bank/credit card with you when you travel anywhere in the world and this is no exception in Poland.
ATM’s are found in all major towns and cities across the country. As well, credit cards are widely accepted although some establishments such as small hotels and shops may only accept cash.
|Dorm bed in a hostel - zł 70||Simple fast food or takeaway meal - zł 20||Single bus/train/tram ticket - zł 6|
|Double room in a budget motel - zł 180||Cafe/pub style meal with one drink - zł 55||Short taxi ride - zł 15|
|Double room in a 4 or 5 star hotel - zł 450 +||Three courses in top class restaurant - zł 150 +||Intercity Transport - zł 170 +|
To work out these costs in your own currency, I recommend XE.com.
Getting to Poland from surrounding European countries is simple, quick and cheap by bus or train. You can find out more about rail travel in Europe, including purchasing tickets, on the Rail Europe website; and about bus travel on the Eurolines website.
Poland is also well-connected by air with flights arriving in Warsaw and other cities from all across Europe and the UK and parts of the US, Middle East and Asia. A flight from London to Warsaw will take around two hours and 20 minutes and a flight from New York about eight hours.
I use and recommend Expedia for researching and booking flights all around the world.
Poland is a relatively small country so getting around it is pretty simple and cheap.
Europe’s excellent network of trains means that getting around Poland and in fact to/from other European countries is the most timely and cost-effective way to travel. All the major cities are connected to one another and you will find that most regional areas are well-connected to at least one of two of those major cities.
There are two classes on the trains, 1st and 2nd class, with the only real difference being slightly more leg space and room to move about in 1st class.
Most trains you can just show up at the train station and buy your ticket on the day while a few (mostly high-speed intercity trains) may need a seat reservation to be made in advance. This can be done either at any train station in the country or online through a ticketing agent in your home country. Here are a few that I recommend depending on where you are from:
- Rail Europe for residents in USA, Canada & Mexico.
- Rail Europe for residents in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe and other select parts of the world.
Eurolines operates services bus services around the country and they are a cheaper alternative to train travel but will take longer to get from a to b.
Because Poland is a relatively small country, it is easy to navigate if driving yourself.
You’ll be able to collect a hire car from all major airports and cities with most allowing you to pick up in one location and drop off in another, which makes sense if you’re road tripping around the country.
The roads in Poland are generally well maintained and easy to navigate because they are well signposted. During the winter months remember that weather conditions can change rapidly especially on roads going through the mountains. Be sure to obey all signs and drive with care in slippery conditions.
I use and recommend Expedia for researching and booking car hire all around the world.
Where to Stay
Poland caters for everyone when it comes to accommodation. Here is a list of the types of accommodation you’ll find:
- Camping/Cabins – With Poland being a very outdoorsy country you’ll find lots of camp grounds that offer tent sites and basic cabins as low costs. And as with a lot of other European cities, you’ll also find large camp sites on the outskirts of big cities like Krakow that you can stay at cheaply and commute each day into the city for sightseeing.
- Hostels – You’ll find hostels in abundance in the Poland’s bigger cities and one or two in most other regional areas as well. Quality can vary so do your research.
- B&B’s/Pensions – Small family run style accommodation like B&B’s or pensions can be found all over the country in big cities, small towns and popular rural locations. Accommodation is simple yet comfortable and the experience usually comes with friendly hosts and a home cooked breakfast each morning.
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- Hotels/Apartments – You will find both chain hotel/apartments brands and independent hotel/apartments to be in abundance in cities across the country. The good thing about this type of accommodation is in most cases you know what you are going to get, a clean, comfortable and modern room with a decent array of facilities in the room and on the property. Apartments are great for longer stays as they allow you a bit more space and the option to self cater.
I use and recommend Booking.com for researching and booking hostel, motel, hotel, apartment and resort accommodation around the world.
- Luxury Hotels & Resorts – Poland has its fair share of 5 star properties, some of which have been named in top lists of accommodation around the world. These will offer you brilliant service and a top location, sometime with incredible views of the surrounding area.
Poland has a variety of eating options that will suit all budgets and tastes. While you will find the majority of its restaurants and cafes serve local and European dishes, the country is expanding and becoming more multicultural with its cuisine offerings.
- Supermarkets/Markets – Save money and shop in supermarkets and local markets for snacks, picnic lunches and even ingredients to make a whole meal in your self catering accommodation.
- Fast Food / Take-away – Chain fast food stores are in all major centres of the country and along highways as well. If you’re looking for a cheap and tasty fast food meal, look to where the locals are, usually getting snacks and light meals from food trucks and stands on the side of the street.
- Cafes – Coffee, delicious sweets and tasty sandwiches will be on offer for sit down or takeaway.
- Restaurants – Portion sizes tend to be on the larger side in Poland so eating out in restaurants can be really good value. Consider sharing a meal with a travel companion if you’re not too hungry to save money or sticking to one course.
- Fine Dining – Poland has it’s fair share of the worlds best restaurants so if it is fine dining experiences you are after then you won’t be disappointed.
Useful Poland Posts
Things to Do
Other Poland Travel Planning Resources
Here is a constantly growing collection of resources from around the web to help you plan you dream trip to Poland.
- The official Poland Tourism website is a great place to start planning your trip.
- The authority in all things travel, Lonely Planet has an extensive section all about Poland. Or why not buy the Poland Lonely Planet Guidebook in hard copy or as an eBook.
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