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JulianF

Costs for a week in Krakow

by JulianF »

I'm thinking of doing Krako and, as this is my first time in Europe, my head is spinning with all I'm reading on the internet. I wonder if anyone here can give me a ballpark figure for how much I'd spend in a week. Also: Would Krako be cheaper to stay in than Berlin (I'll be figuring out the difference in flight costs). My needs are pretty simple: I'd book a not expensvie hotel and likely would just be eating whatever the locals eat---no fancy meals for me. With that in mind and with the costs of on-the-ground transportation, and entry fees to museums and the like, does anyone know what I'd roughly spend for a week? Ballpark figures are just fine (and would be better than what I've been able to figure out so far). Thanks!

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mquartz

RE: Costs for a week in Krakow

by mquartz »

I have just come back from Krakow, and it doesn't compare to Berlin in any way shape or form, apples and oranges all the way. But I stated that elsewhere, that probably was one of your posts. I also answered to your Berlin post.

Now about Krakow: Not as easy to eat cheap as it is in Berlin. You'll be wanting to stick around the historic center (which you can traverse on foot in about 20 minutes end to end). Sitting down and eating costs you a pretty penny in that entire area. There are a few take-out sort of eateries, but they close fairly early. There are a few places that you could call mini-7-11s, but what they offer only goes so far.

If you go outside the historic area (which is ringed by a green-belt where the walls used to be), into the working-class streets, there are cheaper eateries and even a few food stands, for, well, local working-class folks, but getting there is no fun, the sight-seeing portion is where it's at and that's where you pay. You'll soon tire of the common cheap offerings - sausage and dumplings...

What I said about lodgings in the Berlin post goes for here, too - all the more because if you have a kitchen you save a ton of money.

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bastoria

RE: Costs for a week in Krakow

by bastoria »

I think you would feel comfortable with PLN 1000  per week

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billiv

RE: Costs for a week in Krakow

by billiv »

1000 PLN a week seems a tad low to me--that's about $240.  I suppose you could get a hostel room at around $140 a week including taxes.  That would leave only $14 a day for food, transportation, and sightseeing. I guess one could survive on that, but I'm not sure it would be a great vacation, or especially "comfortable."

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mquartz

RE: Costs for a week in Krakow

by mquartz »

I had a studio apartment, all-in-one living/sleeping/kitchen, barely adequate bathroom, for five days through www.housetrip.com, the five days cost me just under 200 Euros = just under 900 Zlotys. It was a shabby place - the first time that happened with housetrip.com properties (it was one of two properties by the same owner that come up under "Cheap apartment in the city centre Old Town", address Zamenhofa 4/10a). 

I hope that gives you some indication.

Food doesn't come cheap if you want to sit down and have waiter service, not in the old center where tourism flourishes. If you go into the suburbs where working-class people live, it gets way cheaper, but nobody speaks English and the hearty meals may not appeal unless you LOVe the fantastic sausages and such that I sampled. The equivalent of seven USD for a mighty sausage, french fries, and a little side salad, plus a huge beer. The same in the old-town center would be easily twenty bucks (equivalent).

The brand-new shopping center Galleria (by the train station) has lots of casual take-away eateries during shopping hours, that can make it easy on your budget.

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bastoria

RE: Costs for a week in Krakow

by bastoria »

mquartz- thanks for link sharing, it's great

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MikoPia

RE: Costs for a week in Krakow

by MikoPia »

Krakow is not the cheapest city in Poland, but still cheaper than the capital, especially apartments in Warszawa. It is important to include accommodation costs, food, entrance fees, and possibly souvenirs. Transport in Krakow is very expensive.
Once, when I have been to Krakow, I made a reservation at https://www.polandcityapartments.com/pl. I didn't pay too much, but I was there a short time.

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