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Which currency do they use?

We are coming to Krakow in a couple of weeks and we have been discussing the currency, is it the Polish zloty as we have been quoted for transfers, tours etc or is it the Euro as someone has told us we need to take. Obviously we want to take the correct currency with us so can someone put our mind at rest. Thanks.

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1. Re: Which currency do they use?

It is the Polish Zloty. No need to take Euros,you can just bring pounds and exchange them in Kraków (exchange rates will most likely be more favourable than in the UK) or simply use ATMs to withdraw cash.

Some tourist places or major supermarket chains might accept the Euro but I wouldn't really count on that.

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2. Re: Which currency do they use?

Its Polish zloty and they do have a MUCH better rate in Poland.I always use a debit card for withdrawing cash. There are lots of machines all over town. Be careful if using a kantor (polish exhange bureau) as some give you less than they should. Not all but I prefer to use my card as the % you pay is small compared to the exchange rate you get.Be wary of any that say 'no commission' that just can mean you get a lower exchange rate.That applies in England too and anywhere else for that matter.

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3. Re: Which currency do they use?

It's not usual to pay commission to kantors in Poland - their cut is built in to the fee. You'll most likely get the best deal by exchanging cash - I use "Grosz" on Slawkowska 4 regularly and have never had (or heard of) any problems with them. Otherwise, there are plenty of ATM's around town.

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4. Re: Which currency do they use?

Bring cash and exchange in "Kantor" (they give better rate than banks).

Do not do it in the first kantor you see, some (for example next to the Railroad Station) offer very bad rates....

Fortunately in Old Town around the Market Square there are many currency exchange offices. They all display rates! So first see few places before you decide.

Do not make from from it the Whole Day Trip - Old Town in Krakow is so beautiful that you wouldn't even notice your "business" mission.

Use good sense when exchanging money in the Kantor (avoid office somewhere hidden on the back of the building....).

To make it clear - in general Kantors in Krakow are safe (if there is anything safe in this world).

Best regards

Tom

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5. Re: Which currency do they use?

one thing to watch if using the kantor, like in many countries in Europe, the advertised rate is only if you are exchanging large amounts of money so always ask the rate first!

Cheshire
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6. Re: Which currency do they use?

Thanks for that, we won't be exchanging large amounts of money that's for sure!!! Here's to a good trip really looking forward to Krakow.

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7. Re: Which currency do they use?

Unless Krakow is very different to Warsaw then some of the information is misleading. The advertised rates are the ones that apply, no commission. The rates apply to small amounts as well. You have to make sure that you read the "sell" rates and not "buy". Avoid Interchange and Western Union as they quote the buy rate and their sell rates are poor.

If in doubt ask - How many zloty for £xx

Don't exchange in UK, definitely not in UK airports! Have a look at the vatious Kantors, compare the sell rates and as simple as that

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