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The currency is the new zloty (PLN). Since January 1st, 1995, one new zloty = former 10,000 zlotys.
The new zloty is issued in bills of 10, 50, 100 and 200 zl and in coins of 1, 2 and 5 zl.


Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Poland , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express

Business hours

Banks: Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 15.00 or 16.00.


Further to recent incidents, it should be pointed out that the Polish are not authorized to drive vehicles that are registered abroad and that do not belong to them. In case of a police control, the owner will have to get his car back, after payment of a fee.The road infrastructure is quite poor (damaged roads, pot-holes, bad marking, poor enlightment, high speed roads crossing small cities, important number of pedestrians and horses traffic). Lights have to be turned on day and night, from October 1st until February 1st. Polish roads are quite dangerous. The most dangerous ones are : - RN 2: Varsovie - Poznan - Swiecko - RN 5: Varsovie - Piotrkow - Wroclaw - Karpacz - RN 7: Gdansk - Varsovie - Cracovie - Zakopane - RN 9: Varsovie - Rzeszow - Solina - RN 18: Varsovie - Ostrow Mazowiecki.

Excellent. Recommended during winter months.

The domestic fleet (LOT) is modern (information and booking: 952 and 953). In winter, the provincial airports are often close because of the fog.



The Internet suffix is: .pl

Basic conversation guide

Yes = Tak
No = Deny
Thank you = Dzie, kuje
Hello = Dzien ' dobry
Goodbye = doh widzenia; doh zobaczenia
I do not understand = Nie rozumiem
What is the price? How much does it cost? = Ile to kosztuje?
I would like to buy = Chcialbym ( Abym ) Kopic...
Do you accept credit cards? = Czy uznaje piece karty kredytowe? [To a man] Czy uznaje pani karty kredytowe? [To a woman]
Where is...? = Gdzie jest...?
Post office = Poczta
The bank = Bank
The police station, the police force = Posterunek policji
The pharmacy = Apteka
An airport = Lotnisko
The station = Dworzec; Stacja kolejowa
One ticket to..., please. = Jeden bilet do, poprosze.
Would you have any vacancies for tonight? = Czy sa, wolne pokje na dzisiejsza, noc?.


Languages spoken

Official language: Polish. Poles understand German as well as Russian. English is spoken in large cities, especially by young people. Finally, in Poland, most professionals have a basic knowledge of both English and French.

Last modified in January 2006
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