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What is better for money exchange - EUR to PLN in Germany or PLN to EUR in Poland?


Depox 3 | 12
7 Aug 2011 #1
hello , wanted to know what is better
exchange euros to PLN in germany
or change the PLN in EUR once in poland

If you have experience with this please help me

Thx
Wroclaw Boy
7 Aug 2011 #2
Poland 100% at a kantor kiosk, they are every where.
OP Depox 3 | 12
9 Aug 2011 #3
ok wroclaw boy thx ,
anyway , Euros are not accepted in polish restautants , supermarkets and so on?
grubas 12 | 1,390
9 Aug 2011 #4
Euros are not accepted in polish restautants , supermarkets and so on?

And why should they be?Are PLNs accepted in german restaurants,shops and so on?
gumishu 11 | 5,696
9 Aug 2011 #5
anyway , Euros are not accepted in polish restautants , supermarkets and so on?

euros are accepted in some shops (Biedronka network for example) and some restaurants - it;s better to have zlotys - and you get much better exchange rates in small exchanges in Poland than in the West - you can exchange your euros right on the Polish border and even there the exchange rate is pretty good
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
9 Aug 2011 #6
you can exchange your euros right on the Polish border and even there the exchange rate is pretty good

Yep - a spread of less than 2gr at Swiecko a few days ago.

And why should they be?Are PLNs accepted in german restaurants,shops and so on?

They are in many places near the border. I went shopping recently in Frankfurt (Oder) and didn't use Euro.

anyway , Euros are not accepted in polish restautants , supermarkets and so on?

Some places will, but don't rely on it. Places in very touristy areas will, but it's not like Croatia (for instance) where everyone will take Euro.
grubas 12 | 1,390
9 Aug 2011 #7
They are in many places near the border. I went shopping recently in Frankfurt (Oder) and didn't use Euro.

Of course places near the border are more willing to accept a currency from the other side of the border but the point is that some ignorant foraigners think that euros or USD are somehow better than PLN and people in PL will be happy to accept their "better" money.

Recently I read a travel to Poland report written by some dumb Yanks (not all of them are dumb).They crossed to Poland from Czech Rep.Somewhere in Poland they used restroom and tried to pay with some leftover Czech change.They where very surprised when the women taking care of the restrooms thrown this Czech change back at them and they made a taunting comment in their report that this "stupid" Polish women couldn't recognize a deal when offered.Now,WTF was she supposed to do with some Czech change?!

On a side note,when driving a taxi it happened to me couple of times that some foraigners didn't have USD and wanted to pay me in euros.I didn't mind that but my exchange rate was 1 to 1.
OP Depox 3 | 12
9 Aug 2011 #8
very appreciated for your help !

Merged: Hello ,in the little details.....

yes I FORGET TO ASK SOME DETAILS VERY IMPORTANT , I`m traveling to poznan this next tuesday 16 aug 2011 and dont have slotys , only euros
if I get to frankfurt oder and try to get the train to poznan , is there some exchange office in Frank. oder or at the polish side?

do you know the exact details of how to proceed?

that`s thx
gumishu 11 | 5,696
14 Aug 2011 #9
I think you should try to cross the Oder to Słubice and look around for a kantor/geldwechsel - ask people if you can't seem to locate any yourself (people will understand if you just say geldwechsel in an asking tone - most Poles who live next to the border no such specific German names as 'geldwechsel' even if otherwise their knowledge of German is limited) --- I simply doubt there is an exchange office at the railway station in either Frankfurt/Oder or Słubice (I haven't been there in years but can't remember seeing such things back then when I was there)

when you have bought your zlotys in a geldwechsel in Słubice ask people to show you the way to a bus station - you need to catch a bus from Słubice to Rzepin which is the closest railway station on the Polish side where all trains (save for EuroCity trains I guess) call at - the station is on the main Berlin-Poznań line - a taxi from Słubice to Rzepin railway station is a viable option for you I guess (money-wise - saves you waiting for the next Słubice-Rzepin bus)

look up Rzepin Poznań connections here - rozklad-pkp.pl/query.php/pn?q=pl/node/146&ld=pkp&seqnr=10&ident=cs.01647129.1313310643&REQ0HafasScrollDir=1

edit: EuroCity trains seem to call at Rzepin too - so you are in a pretty comfortable position

feel free to ask more questions

oh and you can actually consider crossing the border to buy your zlotys and then crossing back to the Frankfurt Bahnhof to board a train to Poznań - and firstly when in the railways station in Frankfurt ask around if there are any Geldwechsels nearby - maybe things have changed since the last time I was there (there was even no common european currency when I was there back then and there were routine border controls on the German-Polish borders)

look up Rzepin Poznań connections here -

well - you have to make a query yourself I guess - rozklad-pkp.pl/?q=en/node/143 - you have to click on Later (as for later connections to see more connections on the same day - the page initially shows only a couple of connections)
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
14 Aug 2011 #10
If you're going via Frankfurt (Oder) - you can use Euro on the train to buy the ticket to Poznan. Or you can buy the ticket from the DB travel office.

If you go via Kostrzyn, there's a money exchange there, too.

There's an exchange office (two, in fact) in Poznan Glowny.

Don't waste your time fooling around in Slubice/Frankfurt looking for exchange places - not worth the hassle.
gumishu 11 | 5,696
14 Aug 2011 #11
yeah - why haven't I actually thought about it in the first place - seems like a very sound advice
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
14 Aug 2011 #12
I did wonder ;)

The problem with Slubice is that the station is in the middle of nowhere, so it doesn't make any sense to deal with it.

(incidentally, to the original poster - when returning via Frankfurt (Oder) - on the return journey, buy the ticket not to Frankfurt, but to Slubice - then on the train, buy the ticket to the border - the border-FFO section is free this way)
gumishu 11 | 5,696
14 Aug 2011 #13
the thing is to avoid international fares as far as can remember - it costs far too much - but I don't really know ways to do that - maybe what you propose here is one such
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
14 Aug 2011 #14
Yep, that's the usual trick - it doesn't work all certain cases, but in Poland at least, you should always buy to the last station where the train calls before the border and then buy the ticket on the train to the border. And if you go to a specialist ticketing agency, you might be able to buy the ticket to the last station in the country even if the train doesn't stop there - stations won't sell such tickets, however.

Always worth asking at stations how much it will cost to split the journey in this way.
OP Depox 3 | 12
15 Aug 2011 #15
very interesting indeed , and more I ask more doubts appears , for instance if I do

berlin - FFO > FFO - polish side then I take THE train to poznan (if there is just one line going there and,hopefully ,avoid more confusion with changing stations) . then in poznan how is it call the main train station? how do I get to the tramway line 11 ?

thx

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delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
15 Aug 2011 #16
berlin - FFO > FFO - polish side then I take THE train to poznan (if there is just one line going there and,hopefully ,avoid more confusion with changing stations) . then in poznan how is it call the main train station? how do I get to the tramway line 11 ?

Berlin-> FFO -> Poznan. One change in FFO Bahnhof - the Polish train goes directly from FFO to Poznan. You don't even need to bother buying a ticket in FFO - just go straight to the Polish train and pay on the train in Euro.

then in poznan how is it call the main train station?

Poznan Glowny.

how do I get to the tramway line 11 ?

Walk out of the main door in the station, towards a blue bridge. Go up the stairs on the other side of the bridge, then turn right - the tram stop is just there, outside the trade centre. Can't miss it - the 11 stops here in both directions.
OP Depox 3 | 12
15 Aug 2011 #17
just go straight to the Polish train and pay on the train in Euro

you see . some times 'Devil is in the detail' ... I go out from the train in FFO , "the polish train" departs from the same station in FFO? or do I have to "cross the border"?

I hope that trains regularly go to poznan from FFO and not to be stucked there for hours and by the way.... how much is in EUR when you pay inside the train?

very appreciated your help

bye

Berlin-> FFO -> Poznan. One change in FFO Bahnhof - the Polish train goes directly from FFO to Poznan. You don't even need to bother buying a ticket in FFO

ok delphiandomine , sorry dont put enough attention , there is the answer...

but now some 1 is saying that the CHEAPEST way is to go from Lichtenburg (german side) to Kustrin (polish side)
and THAT is confusing because that is to the north border , and slubice is towards south , thats means a total dfifferent train , depart/arrive station and so on....
milky 13 | 1,657
9 Sep 2011 #18
1 euro = 4,26605448 złotego polskiego

Zloty is weakening.


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