I will spend 10 days in Poland in August and I am a bit concerned about the currency exchange.
Where it is better to do it, in your home country or once you get there?
I was thinking to use my credit card for most of the things to have as less cash as possible with me, and avoid robberies or being worried all the time about the money I carry with me
Anyone who has been there could tell me what is best to do?
it's safe - and probably you can get better exchange rate there.
Banks are never good for exchange - look for exchange boots called in polish 'kantor' but often signed in english as well.
using credit/debit card for cash advances carries surcharges for using them and poor exchange rates - however it's a safe way of dealing with your financial matters
look for exchange boots called in polish 'kantor'
That's right. You can find it in many places especially on railroad stations, airports but don't try change coins - that's unprofitable. You must have some polish money because many shops don't accepted credit cards. It's good idea i think don't use railroads in Poland. Some train's are dirty and you can loose youre baggage or money when you get on the train or at night in carriage. -snip- In Poland there is some airports and if you will visit Cracow ( Kraków - beauty old town), Poznan, Wroclaw, Warsaw (i advice you to visit this town), Gdansk, you can use cheap airlines (buy tickets very early, 1 month or more before deparature).
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I think the best option is to use an ATM card to withdrawal money directly from your bank account. Do it in Poland and get the cash right out of the machine in Polish currency. You get a BETTER exchange rate than you'd get exchanging cash or travelers checks or exchanging in Spain. Usually you'll only pay a small 1 time fee like a Euro or two. So if you take out the max. allowed you will pay a very small fee. You can use your credit card for hotels, etc.. It's a good idea to call your ATM card bank and tell them that you'll be in Poland, so that when you withdrawal money there, they don't think your card has been stolen, and put a hold on it.
Thanks for the tips! I will contact my bank and see what's best!!!!!
Thank you all!
The railroads there are certainly not dirty and unsafe! Just been there and some of the trains are old but they are the local ones and anyway they are great fun to ride on. I would ride on a Polish train anyday compared to some of the skank I have to go on in the UK. The trains between big cities like Krakow and Wroclaw are excellent. We took one which had reclining seats and gave free tea and coffee and biscuits on the journey. You cant say better than that. And at only about £8 for a ticket a bargain too.
But anyway, money changing is easy at Kantor's or use Atms with a debit card.
Thanks maddave!!!! Have you just returned from Poland???? How was it????
That's what I heard, that railways in Poland are of an excellent standard. And I found the previous opinion rather weird.
Anyway! Any recommendations or suggestions will be very MUCH appreciated!!!!!
We are arriving into Warsaw, and as we are only spending there 10 days, we were thinking about Warsaw, going down to Zakopane and visit the Tatras (we love hiking), Krakow, and if we had time Gdansk, but I don't know wheter this is a bit rushed for 10 days.
anyway, thanks for the advice up to now!
I recently visited Krakow and it was beautiful. I could have stayed for ages. I went to Zakopane on the bus, but found it to be much more developed than I'd imagined. It was lovely countryside and mountain scenery though.
Moneywise I used ATMs without any problem. I don't know how good the rates are doing that. Poland is cheap compared to the UK especially and Europe generally. Don't rely on your credit cards in shops and restaurants. Many places don't take them.
You are going to love Poland!
ATMs are fine and you get a better rate than changing money. If you want to keep charges down, get a lot out in one go instead of constantly using it, but then you have to worry about keeping lots of money with you. NEVER keep all your money in one place, so that if you are unfortunate enough to be robbed, you aren\t completely fecked! - A hidden money belt is very good, BUT dont do as many stupid idiots do and keep everything there, so that each time you need money you show everybody where your money belt is. Keep some money in a wallet elsewhere. A belt only works if people dont know its there!!!!
If you change money, try not to do it in the old town or railway station where rates are worse. Look at different places and see which is best first.
Agree, that you have to tell your bank beforehand in case they cancel your card, and also write down your card number and the phone number of your bank\s card lost line, and keep it safe and seperate from your card, so that if you loose it/are robbed, you can cancel early.
Polish trains are fine, but like everywhere, take precautions and dont be silly. Most thieves&pickpockets are opportunists, and if you dont give them the opportunity, they wont take your stuff!