Useful tips

There are never too many tips.

Tips on how to survive in a new place feel a little bit like entering a code to make a video game easier.

And there's nothing wrong with that! Find some useful tips below, that make your Polish adventure smoother and more enjoyable.

01.

Arrival in Poland

02.

Basic laws

03.

"False friends"

04.

Useful apps

01.

Arrival in Poland

Get local currency

Despite being in the European Union, Poland doesn’t use the Euro. The national currency here is złoty (PLN/zł). After arriving in Poland, you can exchange money at places called “Kantor”.

Learn some Polish words and phrases

It will help you break the ice with locals and you can be sure they will appreciate your effort. Some of them don’t speak English so phrases like thank you or good morning in Polish go a long way.

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Basic laws

Drinking alcohol in public places is forbidden. You can be fined or even arrested

Always have an Identification Document with you.

While on public transport, always stamp your ticket in the validation machine and have a student card with you if you’re buying a reduced fare ticket.

Cross the streets at pedestrian crossings and only when the light is green.

Do not throw trash on the ground. Do not take glasses (or any other things) from pubs or clubs.

Sundays are non commercial, so all shops are closed.

03.

"False friends"

Milk Bars (bary mleczne) are not bars that sell milk. Those are students' budget places where you can eat proper lunch.

04.

Useful apps

Google Maps, Jakdojade - apps which are search engines for public transport connections in Poland.

Nextbike, Veturilo - an app for bike renting (available in certain cities).

Bolt & Uber - taxi and scooters.

OLX, Facebook Marketplace - online marketplace with mostly used things.

McDonalds & KFC - download them to get coupons.

Glovo, Ubereats - food delivery.