The Polish zloty (PLN) is the legal currency. In most shops, you can pay by card. Moreover, ATMs are widely available in the whole city.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at exchange bureaux ‒ since exchange rates may vary, it is recommendable to compare the offers of several bureaux beforehand. We do not recommend exchanging currency at airports or shopping centres due to their disadvantageous rates.
There are currently comprehensive repairs underway in Lodz. Consequently, getting around the city by public transport or car can be inconvenient – you should check whether there are timetable updates or traffic problems.
Living in Lodz
Costs of living in Lodz are lower in comparison to Warsaw. In Lodz, there are numerous shopping centres, supermarkets as well as Biedronka and Lidl outlets.
Shopping centres in Lodz:
Manufaktura - (a shopping centre: restaurants, cafés, the Museum of the Factory, playrooms, billiards, sports shop, DIY shop, clothes and footwear shops, shops for children, bookshops, chemist’s, electronic shops, jewellery and accessories shops, and others)
Galeria Łódzka - (clothes and footwear shops, chemist’s, electronic shops, restaurants, playgrounds and playrooms for children, shops for children, jewellery and accessories shops, and others)
Port Lodz - (IKEA, clothes and footwear shops, chemist’s, electronic shops, DIY shop, restaurants, playgrounds and playrooms for children, shops for kids, jewellery and accessories shops, and others.)
M1 - (clothes and footwear shops, chemist’s, electronic shops, service outlets, restaurants, playgrounds and playrooms for children, shops for kids, jewellery and accessories shops, and others)
In the town of Rzgow near Lodz, there is a large shopping centre offering mainly textiles (you can get to the centre by city bus no. 50). Further information:
Market squares in Lodz:
Approximate prices of basic food products:
Water 1,5 l – 2 PLN
Juice 1 l – 4 PLN
Tea 100 g – 6 PLN
Coffee 100 g – 10-15 PLN
Milk 1 l – 3 PLN
A loaf of bread – 2,5 PLN
A packet of butter – 4-5 PLN
A packet of cheese/ 150 g – 4 PLN
An egg – 1 PLN
Sausages 200 g – 5 PLN
Cereals 250 g – 4 - 5 PLN
Jam 280 g – 4 PLN
Lunch and dinner prices vary depending on the location and standard of a given restaurant. In Lodz, you will easily find, even in the very centre (the Piotrkowska street the streets crossing it), cafeterias and restaurants offering good meals at reasonable prices (a dinner costs about PLN 10-20 on average). You will have to pay about 50 PLN for a dinner in more expensive restaurants.
Flat rental rates vary depending on the area and standard of a given flat as well as its location. The rental of a two-room flat costs on average about 1600-1800 PLN a month (including rent and additional charges).
Bellow you will find web pages with flats for rent: