The time zone is CEST (GMT+2) (so, for instance: the same as in
Germany and France, 1 hour ahead of Portugal).
Poland's electricity supply is 230 volts (50Hz), and typical
(continental) European outlets are in use.
Polish currency unit is called złoty (abbr. PLN or zł) and
is divided into 100 groszy (abbr. gr). In circulation there
are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and
50 groszy coins as well as 1, 2 and 5 złoty coins. The
banknotes have 10, 20, 50, 100
and 200 złoty nominal.
You can change cash in banks, hotels and exchanges called
The rates are always listed outside and may slightly vary
exchange offices. Please do not accept exchange offers from
strangers. Here you
can find current exchange
rates (choose the english language version and click
Exchange rates table).
Most restaurants, hotels, travel agencies and shops accept
credit cards. The
most popular are Visa (also Visa Electron), Master Card
(also Maestro and
Eurocard) but many others are accepted, e.g., American
Express, Diners Club,
Cash dispensers (ATMs) accept major credit cards and are
easily accessible in
Post offices in Poland are called Poczta. Mail boxes are
red. Post offices are
usually open from 8 am to 6 pm. In larger cities the main
offices are open all
day and night.
The stamp for a postcard or letter (international) costs
2.20zł and it does not depend
on the destination.
In every post office and in many kiosks you can buy phone
cards. You will find the
public phones in the streets, in/near post offices, in
hotels and restaurants.
The mobile phone network covers more than 95 percent of
Polish GSM operators use GSM 900/1800 network type.
Climate / weather
Climate in Poland is moderate. In august the temperature
(during the day) usually
varies from 18 to 25°C (64 - 77°F). During very hot summers
this goes up
to as high as about 32°C (89°F).
If you are interested in the weather forecast for Poland,
you can get one at:
- by plane
In Poland there are several international airports: in
Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk,
Katowice, Poznań and Wrocław. The polish airlines are called
You can find some information about flights to Poland
- by train
The railway company in Poland is called PKP.
- Express, IC (InterCity), EC (EuroCity) - express trains,
compulsory seat reservation (paid)
- pospieszny - long distance trains, with no reservation
- osobowy - local trains
You can find the timetable here.