Poland

Capital Warsaw

Population 38,437,239

Area 312,679 km2

Key facts

Poland is a member state of the European Union located in Eastern Europe. There are 7 countries (Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Ukraine) that Poland shares its borders with. The official language of Poland is Polish. Although English is not the official language, a large number of people in Poland are fluent English speakers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Poland was ranked 16th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Poland is Polish złoty (PLN). The złoty (zł) is subdivided into 100 grosz (gr).

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 4.81 PLN and 1 USD is worth 4.96 PLN.

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Banknotes

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Polish
Coins

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Poland is 176.69 Mbps and mobile is 55.85 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Poland has more ATMs.67.84 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Poland, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Poland. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type E 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Poland will celebrate 13 national public holidays. The next one All Saints' Day will take place on November 1.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayNowy Rok
January 6, 2022EpiphanyŚwięto Trzech Króli
April 17, 2022Moving holidayEaster SundayWielkanoc
April 18, 2022Moving holidayEaster MondayDrugi Dzień Wielkanocy
May 1, 2022May DayŚwięto Pracy
May 3, 2022Constitution DayŚwięto Narodowe Trzeciego Maja
June 5, 2022Moving holidayPentecostZielone Świątki
June 16, 2022Moving holidayCorpus ChristiBoże Ciało
August 15, 2022Assumption DayWniebowzięcie Najświętszej Maryi Panny
November 1, 2022All Saints' DayWszystkich Świętych
November 11, 2022Independence DayNarodowe Święto Niepodległości
December 25, 2022Christmas DayBoże Narodzenie
December 26, 2022St. Stephen's DayDrugi Dzień Bożego Narodzenia

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Poland?

There are Mariott hotels in 2 cities: Sopot and Warsaw.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Poland.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Poland.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Poland.

There are Radisson hotels in 12 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Poland.

What fast food chains are present in Poland?

Bigos, Pierogi, Kotlet schabowy, Żurek are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Poland. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Poland below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Poland.

The KFC chain operates in Poland.

The Burger King chain operates in Poland.

The Subway chain operates in Poland.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Poland.

The Starbucks chain operates in Poland.

Weather

Today the sun in Warsaw, rises at 6:32 AM and sets at 6:20 PM. The climate of Warsaw may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodaySep 29OvercastLow: 7.7°C (45.86°F)High: 11.7°C (53.06°F)
FridaySep 30RainLow: 5°C (41°F)High: 11.3°C (52.34°F)
SaturdayOct 1RainLow: 7.5°C (45.5°F)High: 15.6°C (60.08°F)
SundayOct 2RainLow: 10.5°C (50.9°F)High: 14.5°C (58.1°F)
MondayOct 3Rain showersLow: 10.5°C (50.9°F)High: 13°C (55.4°F)
TuesdayOct 4Rain showersLow: 8.8°C (47.84°F)High: 13.2°C (55.76°F)

Weather data for Warsaw (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains, and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Warsaw.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 27 cities. Bolt is available in 39 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Poland.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.7, Poland is placed 34th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Poland traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  260.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 9.40 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Poland

997 Police
998 Ambulance
998 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public places excluding entertainment and restaurants. Local limitations may apply in some areas.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is prohibited, but medical use is legal.

You are not entitled to a duty-free allowance for tobacco or alcohol if you are under the age of 17.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

Your tobacco allowance is determined on your form of transportation. If you are travelling by air or sea:
  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
If you are NOT travelling by air or sea:
  • 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Poland?

Currently, citizens of 92 countries can enter Poland without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Poland.

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