Poland Currency Guide
Poland uses the Polish Złoty.
Most towns will have at least a couple of ATMs (called bankomaty in Poland). All bankomaty will accept most foreign cards like MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Maestro cards. Charges are fairly minimal at major Polish banks, so using your debit card is possibly the easiest and cheapest way to spend your cash in Poland. Just check with your bank before you leave to see if they charge any additional fees for international transactions and also let them know you’re heading overseas for security reasons.
It’s always a good idea to carry some cash with you when you travel. You can change your Australian Dollars into Polish Złoty before you leave home or when you get to Poland. Polish Złoty are available to pre-purchase from Travel Money Oz before you fly. The best place to change your cash in Poland is at a kantor (a private foreign exchange office). You’ll find them at post offices, train stations, travel agencies, upmarket hotels and department stores. Some are open 24 hours, but many are closed in the evening. Just be aware, not all kantors will exchange Aussie dollars, so it’s best to carry Euros, US Dollars or British Pounds.
Credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in Poland although you may have difficulty in small villages. You can use a variety of cards including MasterCard, Amex, Diners Club, Visa, Eurocard and Access. If you want to use your credit card to get cash out of ATMs, the most handy card to have is Visa as it’s recognised by most banks.