Poland is one of the most affordable countries in Europe, and despite a sharp increase in tourism numbers in recent years, the city of Krakow has also kept its costs down. If you’re planning a city break or an extended stay in the city, you’ll be pleased to know that everything from accommodation to eating out is exceptionally affordable. Read on to discover the cost of living in Krakow.
There is plenty of budget-friendly accommodation to choose from in Krakow with many modern Airbnb apartments costing between £500 and £800 for a one-month stay and as little as £100 for a long weekend. Those looking to stay a little longer than a month can expect to pay around £1,000 for seven weeks.
Like everything in Krakow, eating out is incredibly affordable which helps to keep the cost of living down. You can expect to pay as little as 200PLN for dinner and drinks for two in a high-end restaurant while dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant costs around 120PLN. A large number of street food trucks and gourmet fast food restaurants provide plenty of opportunities for a budget meal out.
Pod Aniołami: 198PLN for two beers, two glasses of wine, one water and two mains
Kuchnia Polska Gaska: 125PLN for one beef goulash, one portion of potato pancakes, one goose dish and a large water
Marmalade: 113PLN for two beef goulash, one large beer and one water
Nolio: 90PLN for two pizzas, one beer and one soft drink
Boogie Truck: 43PLN for two burgers and one water
Andrus Food Truck: 39PLN for two pulled pork sandwiches
Bobby’s Burger: 69PLN for two burgers with fries and two soft drinks
Barfly: 38PLN for one portion of pierogi, one portion of olives and a large water
Eleblele Zapiekanka Stall: 26PLN for two open baguettes (zapiekanka)
There is a fairly uniform price for beer in Krakow with the majority of bars charging 10PLN for a local draught beer. If you opt for an international offering such as Pilsner Urquell you can expect to pay a little more, but you’re unlikely to spend more than 15PLN. Coffee is also reasonably priced with trendy coffee shops such as Karma charging 10PLN for a cappuccino and flat white.
Tram Bar: 10PLN for a large beer
Klub RE: 9PLN for a large Tyskie and 11PLN for a large Pilsner Urquell
Krakow Pinball Museum: 10PLN for a large beer
Singer Klub: 13PLN for a large Pilsner Urquell and 10PLN for a large Tyskie
Nadwiślańska Resto & Vodka Bar: 15PLN for a craft beer
Drukarnia: 10PLN for a large Okocim
MAK bread & coffee: 17PLN for a cappuccino
Karma: 10PLN for a flat white and cappuccino, 11PLN for a latte
With a ten-minute Uber journey around the city costing as little as 12PLN, there isn’t really a need to use any other form of travel in Krakow. However, if you wish to experience riding the tram, you can purchase a single ticket for just 3.4PLN.
Single journey: 3.4PLN
From the bus station to the city centre: 12PLN
From the city centre to the airport: 60PLN
A ten-minute journey around the city centre: 12PLN
A visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau will most likely be the most expensive sightseeing cost when visiting Krakow, but even that is relatively affordable. When booking a guided tour that includes return transport from the city centre you can expect to pay around 170PLN.
Auschwitz-Birkenau: 170PLN. This includes transport to and from the city centre and a guided tour of both the Auschwitz Museum and Birkenau Camp.
Schindler’s Factory: 26PLN for one adult
Rynek Underground Museum: 24PLN for one adult
Krakow Pinball Museum: 40PLN for one adult
When shopping partly in a budget supermarket such as Lidl and partly in a more expensive local option such as Carrefour, you can expect to pay between 200 and 300PLN for a one-week shop for two people. This is calculated based on a shop that includes predominantly fresh ingredients with a small amount of fish and meat as well as a few beers and a bottle of wine.