Poland Travel Costs: Spending Breakdown

Costs and Budget information for travel in Poland.


The goal for our RTW trip is to keep spending to under $100 USD/day.

Heading to Poland found us meeting up with more family. After spending a couple fun weeks in Germany with Matt’s parents, we were going to be meeting his siblings and a friend in Poland. Poland was going to be a quick trip (only 4 days), thanks to Matt accidentally purchasing non-refundable plane tickets for the wrong dates. In his defense, we were both really sick in Cambodia and trying to get ready for our 2-month African overland trip. It happens.

We made the most of our time in Kraków and really enjoyed the city and what it has to offer. The architecture is beautiful and we spent some time walking around taking in the old town and the river walk. We also visited Auschwitz with it being a trip bucket list item for Matt, and it was a pretty moving experience.

Eastern Europe is generally cheaper than Western Europe, so we weren’t sure exactly how our spending would turn out. So, after all was said and done, we tallied up costs for our short 4 day stay in Poland and hit $149.15 USD/day for 2 people. FAIL!

We were hoping Poland might be the one European country to fall under our $100/day goal, but no luck.

Here we go…

Spending Breakdown

Accommodations: $89.00 USD (We shared an Airbnb apartment with four other people, so this wasn’t too bad.)

Transportation: $307.05 USD (Flight from Munich, transportation to Auschwitz and tram/taxis around Kraków)

Water taxi in Krakow, Poland

A water taxi – our favorite form of public transportation

Food: $174.18 USD

Sightseeing: $6.36 USD (Kościuszko Mound entrance fees)

View from Kościuszko Mound in krakow

The best view of Kraków – Kościuszko Mound

Souvenirs: $0 USD

Other: $20.00 USD (Toiletries and we had to pay 22 cents to print our Ryanair boarding passes to avoid a $45 fee at check-in. Follow the rules, Ryanair is ridiculous.)

Total Cost: $596.59 USD

Other stats from our time in Poland

# of beds slept in: 1 (a couch actually)

# airports slept in: 0

# trains/buses/airplanes slept in: 0

Favorite Activity/Location: (Alana) Taking the water taxi and seeing the view of Kraków from Kościuszko Mound. (Matt) Visiting Auschwitz

Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Favorite Food: (Alana) Not Polish but there was an amazing kebab shop across the square from our Airbnb. The falafel pita was to die for! (Matt) I had something at the kebab shop too, not sure what it was called, but amazing.

Favorite Beer: (Alana) Honey Beer from Stara Zajezdnia in Kraków. (Matt) Brackie Lager, it was my go-to.

Stara Zajezdnia beer in Kraków

Fantastic spot for an afternoon happy hour!

Worst Experience: (Alana) Nothing to report. (Matt) Not terrible, just annoying. Having to pay for a taxi to get to the airport bus because it was pouring rain.

Could we live here? We really enjoyed Kraków. It is beautiful and there is a ton to do! I think we could live in the city short term but not forever.

View of Kraków Poland from the water

Beautiful Kraków

How do you think we did?! Did you think the daily average would be higher?

About Alana

Alana is one-half of Great Big Globe. She loves animals, the Wisconsin Badgers, exploring new countries and chasing the sun.

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