Banks are open from Monday till Friday, some of them also work on Saturday. All banks are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Large banks have their own cash machines and there are also independent cash machine networks (Euronet, Planet Cash). If you have a card of a given bank, you may use its cash machines free of charge, whereas other
Payment cards (Visa, Maestro, MasterCard etc.) can be used in most bigger and medium-size shops as well as restaurants (where you can usually see card logos on the entrance door). In some bigger supermarkets or chain shops, designated cash desks accept payments in euro (apart from zloty, the national currency) at an exchange rate given there.
Cheque transactions are far less common in Poland. This is because the market
If you plan to open a bank account in Poland you should remember that individual banks may have different requirements regarding the documents to be submitted. Generally, you might be asked to present the following documents:
- valid passport or ID,
- residence card or temporary residence card.
Train (PL pociąg)
Rail services in Poland are provided by a number of public and private operators. Yet, the dominant carrier is the Polish State Railways (Polskie Koleje Państwowe, PKP) which brings together several companies providing domestic and international transport services. The fastest and most comfortable travel is offered by the PKP Intercity company. The Polish railway industry has been modernizing its infrastructure in order to constantly improve travel duration, conditions
Today, you can choose from
May be purchased online, from ticket offices at all railway stations, in some travel agencies, as well as from ticket machines at some railway stations. You can also buy a ticket from the train conductor, paying in cash or – in all PKP Intercity trains – with a charge card; in this case, the price includes a small extra charge. Children of up to 4 years of age (of any nationality) travel by train in Poland for free. School and university students in Poland of up to 26 years of age as well as PhD students of up to 35 years are entitled to a 51% reduction off the full fare, provided that they hold a valid pupil or student identity card issued in Poland (to be shown at the train conductor’s request). Cheaper family tickets are another available and frequently chosen option, particularly attractive during the summer holiday season.
Bus (PL autobus)
Useful links (EN)
Timetables are displayed at each bus stop and may also be found at websites of each public urban transport provider. All means of public transport in a given city or town use the same type of tickets which can be purchased from news-stands, ticket machines or in some shops and post-offices. All cities and towns have full-fare tickets (PL
Here you can find the schedules for most of the cities in Poland. Using this website you can simply indicate the address where you want to go to and it will show you the possible routes.
Driving licence (PL prawo jazdy)
If you want to drive a car in Poland, you should check the following rules which specify whether you can use your national driving license in Poland:
- If you have a driving license issued by the EU Member State, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland, you can drive in Poland until the validity date given in the document.
- driving licences from other countries which are in line with the template specified in the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (1949) or Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (1968) have to be changed to a Polish driving license (below see how to do it) which can only be done after 185 days of legal stay in Poland.
- In addition, if your driving license is not in line with the Convention template, in order to change it to the Polish license, you will have to take a partial state examination – a written theory test in English, German or Polish.
If you want to drive your car right after you arrive in Poland, you should have an international driving license obtained in your home country, which is valid for up to 3 years or for the validity period of your national license if shorter.
Obtaining the Polish driving licence
You need to submit to the District Office relevant for the place of your residence the following documents:
filled in application form
copy of your driving licence
certified/sworn translation of the driving license into Polish
copy of a residence card, visa or other document confirming the right of residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland or a certificate that you have been studying for at least six months
proof of payment (100,50 PLN)
35 x 45 mm colour photography
in cartain cases a medical certificate might be required if you have medical conditions that may influence your driving capability (e.g. glasses).
Car accident procedures
If you are involved in a road accident, you are obliged to follow certain safety procedures. If it is a minor car collision, you should call the police and move your car so that it does not block the traffic. However, if you are involved in a car accident resulting in casualties, you are obliged to call an ambulance and the police and you have to stay on the scene until they arrive. You must also switch on hazard warning flashers in your car. According to the Polish law, it is mandatory to provide first aid to victims – if you have taken a special training course – or at least to do what you are capable of in terms of securing the place of
Car rental in Poland
Polish rental companies offer many types of cars to rent. You can pick up a car from the airport, what is very convenient. The average price for a one-month rent is 1000 EUR, but you can find a small car for 400 EUR monthly. Sometimes there are some discounts which allow you to pay for the car even less.
Obligatory equipment & documents
licenceor ID – if you are between 10 and 18 years old, you should pass an exam to get a cycling licence; adults are only required to have their ID while riding and they should accompany children up to 10 years old,
- red reflector visible from behind and white position light in front,
- bicycle bell or a different warning signal,
- one brake at least,
- bike helmet – not required, but recommended due to safety.
In Poland, cyclists are obliged to use bike lanes. If not possible, they should ride on the right. Only adults with children up to 10 years old should use the left side of a pavement.
To protect your equipment remember to use a good quality lock and do not leave your bike for more than a few hours in an unknown location.
Translation agencies (PL
Numerous translation agencies offer interpreting and translation from and into many languages. You may also need a sworn (certified)
Here you can find an official list of sworn translators in Poland - you have to choose the language (PL język).
It is also worth visiting the Adam Mickiewicz Institute website, where you can find information about Polish artistic projects. You can also buy the "Polish Culture Magazine", bilingual (Polish/English) quarterly which aims at promoting Polish culture abroad and focuses on its most modern - as well as vital - artistic achievements.
Traditional Polish lunch or dinner would not go without tomato soup (PL
During your stay in Poland, you should also try dumplings (PL pierogi) stuffed with meat, white cheese or fruit
Poland has plenty of restaurants, bars
Restaurants are open from Monday to Sunday, usually between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. or
Those who are tired of the hustle and bustle of city life may rest in botanical or zoological gardens, or numerous urban and landscape parks.
In each region, city or town, you will find an enormous variety of places worth visiting and events worth attending. Information about such places and events is available on town’s websites and in local newspapers.
In Poland you will find almost anything you like in this regard: from rocky mountains, wide beaches, clean lakes and vast forests to world-class monuments. The greatest attraction of the country is its varied,
This is why Poland is a paradise for active tourists who can travel around on foot, by canoe, on horseback or by bicycle. The best season for this type of holiday in terms of weather conditions is between May and September but Polish summer, usually dry and warm, also invites for trips in October.
Ideal places for
The choice of accommodation facilities offered is very wide: from standard hotels of worldwide chains in every bigger city, modern hotel complexes, including tennis courts and swimming pools, to small boarding houses or pensions and little
- General emergency number: 112 (information in Polish, English, German, Russian, Slovak, Czech, Ukrainian, Belorussian, Lithuanian or Italian, depending on the call
- Police: 997
- Municipal Guard: 986
- Ambulance Service: 999
- Fire Rescue Brigade: 998