Our weekend in Poznan was sort of a spontaneous change of plans. Originally we were planning on going to Dresden so we could explore another German city and its Christmas markets. But when we started looking for a place to stay, everything was really expensive, much more than the hotel we booked in Hamburg. Rather than set ourselves up for a pricy weekend, we decided to check out what our options were in Poland. I saw Poznan was in the west side of the country, found that a direct train would get us there in under three hours, and our decision was pretty much made. I spent the whole weekend not only enjoying the city but marveling at how inexpensive it all was.

Total Poznan, Poland Spending

Since Poland uses a different currency, I am listing costs in Polish zloty (PLN) and US dollars.

513PLN / $167.87 – accommodation
433.26PLN / $142.98 – food and alcohol
20PLN / $6.60 – activities
45PLN / $14.85 – miscellaneous
1,011.26PLN / $332.30- total

We also bought two round trip train tickets from Berlin for 72 euros (about $98.64) but this could be drastically different depending on where you’re traveling from.

Accommodation spending – $167.87

We stayed in Poznan for three nights, and this time instead of booking a traditional hotel room or an apartment through Airbnb, we found a sort of hybrid. It was set up like an apartment with a separate bedroom and living room, plus a tiny kitchenette with a mini fridge, dishes and a hot plate, but it was run by a company like a hotel with a reception desk. It was a really nice place for a really low price of about $55.96 per night, or $27.98 per person per night. It wasn’t directly in the center of town, but it was a short walk away even in the cold.

how much we spent traveling in Poznan, Poland

Food and alcohol spending – $142.98

This still just blows my mind. For three days we paid for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus snacks and drinks here and there, and every time I couldn’t believe how cheap it was. We even went out drinking one night, and between the two of us we had 4 beers, 5 rum and Cokes, and 2 shots of flavored vodka, plus we tipped with some of the leftover coins. Total spend on those drinks: 80PLN or about $26.40. We found a burger truck halfway between our hotel and the center of town, and the delicious classic cheese burgers were just 10PLN or about $3.30. For three days we averaged about $47.66 per day or $23.83 per person per day on food and alcohol.

how much we spent traveling in Poznan, Poland

Activities spending – $6.60

Most of our sightseeing involved free things like wandering around the square taking pictures, watching the ice sculpture competition, seeing a church, things like that. There was a small museum with models of Poznan at different points throughout history that Andy wanted to see, and it cost us $3.30 each to go in. We would’ve done a few other things that had entrance fees if the ice sculpture competition wasn’t going on that weekend.

how much we spent traveling in Poznan, Poland

Miscellaneous spending – $14.85

My mom collects souvenir thimbles, so I bought her one in Poznan. I also bought contact solution because it was cheaper than buying it in Berlin, but you could substitute postcards or other souvenirs.

The Poznan tourism board provided us with city cards, which included public transportation such as trams and buses. The city cards also got us a 25% discount at the model museum and a 10% discount at two of the restaurants we at at. If we hadn’t spent so much time watching the ice sculpture events, we probably would’ve used the cards for discounts at a few other places. A three day tourist card costs 60PLN or about $19.80 and includes public transportation and discounts on many sights, museums and other attractions and restaurants, so look at what you plan on doing to see if it’s worth purchasing for your trip.

how much we spent traveling in Poznan, Poland

The amount we spent on our trip to Poznan is less than we would’ve spent on a hotel alone for three nights in Dresden during the Christmas market season. We really enjoyed getting a taste of Polish culture and seeing glimpse of another country. If you’re on a strict budget and need to spend even less than we did, you can look for hostels to save money, there are cheap food options everywhere, and of course limiting alcohol will decrease your spending. If you’re looking for a cheaper option in Europe, Poland seems like a good way to go. We averaged $110.77 per day, or about $55.38 per person per day for three days in Poznan, not including the train tickets.


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10 comments on “How Much We Spent Traveling in Poznan, Poland

  1. Lauren Meshkin

    Seems very affordable! I’m really considering visiting Poland this summer. I love these posts.

    Happy travels 🙂

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Lauren, glad they’re helpful! I really want to see more of Poland now that we’ve been to Poznan. Definitely affordable!

  2. Gillian

    The more I hear about Poland and it’s amazing affordability the more I think we’ll be pedalling like crazy to get to that end of our itinerary!

    1. Ali Post author

      I think you’ll like it in Poland! I’d love to see more of the country, so I hope you do make it so I can read about it on your blog!

  3. Jennifer

    As my last name would imply, my dad’s side of the family is Polish. 🙂 We really need to get to Poland this year! Now that you mention Pozan is only 3 hours by train from Berlin, I’m thinking of maybe trying to squeeze a quick visit in when I’m in Berlin.

    1. Ali Post author

      Poznan is a great city, you’ll love it!

  4. Kadri

    I have never been a big Poland fan, and last year when I was in Poznan, it was awesome. Super nice and sweet little town.

    1. Ali Post author

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Poznan! Sorry you didn’t care for other parts of Poland though. Can’t like everyplace I guess!

  5. Lindsay

    Thanks so much for Posting this, I wish I had run into you while I was there, I had the same experience, i.e. last minute decision to go to Poland and the surprise ICE carving festival, SUPER cheap, nice locals, great accommodation.
    I cannot wait to go back, I should have just stayed in Poznan instead of going on to Warsaw later in the evening, as I missed the final of the Ice carving competion.
    By the Way, I totally think the Japanese were the best and should have won, I find it just a little bit too much of a coincidence that the Polish team won in Poland 🙂

    GREAT post, by the way, makes me want to post my photo’s and videos now.

    Did you guys happen to catch the adorable little goats headbutting on the stroke of 12:00, they dressed them up in a Santa outfits!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Lindsay! Did you go this year (last weekend) or last year? We were there in 2013. So much fun, but wow, so cold! And yes, everything was so cheap! We did see the goats on the clock at noon. I’d definitely like to go back to Poznan someday when it’s warm!

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