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Exchange Euro to Zloty - I am going to arrive in Warsaw


Dvar
9 Aug 2014 #1
Hello, on the 11th Aug I am going to arrive in Warsaw trough Warsaw Modlin airport and I'd like to know if it's possible to exchange money there once I arrive

Thanks in Advance
Roger5 1 | 1,458
9 Aug 2014 #2
if it's possible to exchange money there once I arrive

Where in this world is it not possible to exchange money in an airport? Are you sure you're ready to travel?
OP Dvar
9 Aug 2014 #3
I am ready to travel, but I admit it's the first time I travel to a non-euro country. So I didn't know
Szalawa 3 | 248
9 Aug 2014 #4
Ah, no problem. That's why you ask questions.
Roger5 no need to be rude
jon357 63 | 14,282
9 Aug 2014 #5
Hello, on the 11th Aug I am going to arrive in Warsaw trough Warsaw Modlin airport and I'd like to know if it's possible to exchange money there once I arrive

Thanks in Advance

Yes but the exchange rate is very bad. Better to change just a small amount there and change the rest somewhere in town. Or better still use an ATM (if you're from a Eurozone country your cards will work here.) select 'no' if the machine proposes a guaranteed exchange rate (unless you expect the world currency market to collapse within the next 3 days).

Where in this world is it not possible to exchange money in an airport? Are you sure you're ready to travel?

Indeed.
johnny reb 20 | 4,563
9 Aug 2014 #6
Yes but the exchange rate is very bad. Better to change just a small amount there and change the rest somewhere in town.

Excellent advise.
All airports world wide that I have dealt with will clip you.
Especially when you are leaving a country because they know you don't want to take money that is worthless at home with you.
You are desperate to unload it and they know it.
Like 357 suggested, cash in a 100 Euro at the airport which will give you enough for some chow, a cab or bus and enough for
a nights stay. Then hit a bank where they should give you about four to one for your Euro's.
(100 Euro = 420 PLN or zloty the last time I checked)
You have yourself an enjoyable time.
Roger5 1 | 1,458
9 Aug 2014 #7
100 Euro at the airport which will give you enough for some chow, a cab or bus and enough for
a nights stay.

Please let me know where I can get a cab from the airport, a meal and a hotel for 420PLN. I'd like to visit.
johnny reb 20 | 4,563
9 Aug 2014 #8
Roger5 no need to be rude

Thanks for the heads up Rog.
You have been a great asset as always. ;)
Wroclaw Boy
9 Aug 2014 #9
Change your cash at a city Kantor (exchange booth), there will be a few at the airport but as already stated the exchange rate will be about 5% worse. You wont get as good an exchange rate from the banks using your cash point card as you will a Kantor and they are everywhere, even in smaller cities.
Harry
9 Aug 2014 #10
A taxi with Glob corporation from Modlin airport to the city centre will be 99zl, so only change 30 euro at the airport.

Roger: you can get a room at the Oxygen apartment hotel for 150zl (after 4pm on the day, if they have free rooms, which they apparently always do). A five-course meal at L'enfant Terrible is 170zl and the best value meal I've ever had anywhere, ever. So add on the 99zl from the taxi and you get a zloty change from your 420zl. See you next weekend?
OP Dvar
9 Aug 2014 #11
Thank you for the answers :)
I'd like to just ask something more.

I need to be sent some documents when I am there that is not ready at the moment, is there a way, like a public thing where it can sent while I am there?
Harry
9 Aug 2014 #12
Dvar, just have it sent to your hotel.

Edited
gjene 14 | 200
9 Aug 2014 #13
Dvar

Where is your point of origin? If you don't plan on entering Poland from one of the EU countries, why bother with carrying Euros with you into Poland. You would be better off taking around 100-200 zloty with you for immediate needs when you enter the country. After that, you can use an ATM. That is what I did when I traveled both times into Germany and Poland. I just made sure I had enough cash on hand for immediate needs such as transportation from the airport,food, and in most cases, for the cost of accommodation.
JurekBenelli - | 10
9 Sep 2014 #14
before I travel anywhere abroad I get currency exchanged beforehand.
Cheers
Jurek
jon357 63 | 14,282
9 Sep 2014 #15
before I travel anywhere abroad I get currency exchanged beforehand.

It's certainly a good idea to get some changed in case you have problems on arrival however in PL, you will generally get a much better rate at a kantor than out of country so perhaps it's worth changing the way you do that.
Harry
9 Sep 2014 #16
before I travel anywhere abroad I get currency exchanged beforehand.

It's a spectacularly bad idea to do that when coming to Poland! Here's an example of why: in the UK Barclays bank will give you 457zl in exchange for £100; however, Conti kantor in central Warsaw will give you 525zl for that same £100. Do you want 457zl or would you prefer to have 525zl?
Ziemowit 13 | 3,792
9 Sep 2014 #17
It's a spectacularly bad idea to do that when coming to Poland!

Indeed it is. When my British friends once came to visit me in Poland in the 2000s, they had done it and after that they only looked in amazement at the kantor rate once and never more. But maybe the reason why they did not listen to my advice was that they thought the kantors might be some sort of the black market which - as respectable British students - they refused to deal with when they came to Poland for the first time while the country was under communist regime. So - as respectable British lawyers some 20 years later - they also preferred to exchange their money in a respectable British bank beforehand. Unfortunately, they were not told in the bank anything of the kind that Harry was so kind to put so bluntly on the PolishForum:

Do you want 457zl or would you prefer to have 525zl [for your £100]?

Another British couple of my acquaintances who arrived for a visit in Poland some time later did the same mistake. But this one reacted in a slightly different way to the kantor rate of exchange. They were checking the rate in virtually every kantor on our way in Warsaw in the apparent hope that the exchange rate quoted in the first one they had popped in was a mistake!

But there is hope that the British have at last learnt something from the post-communist world. Yet another couple from the UK who is to visit us in Poland very soon have promised not to go to a sh*tty British bank to buy zloties!


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