More on Cash and Taxis in Poland
From: Dan Oren (
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:02:36 -0700 (PDT)
Two people have asked me about Euros vs. Zlotys in Poland so I’ll reply publicly to this listserv, as this information may be of broader interest.

In this respect, I have a different viewpoint than the official FAQ answer on the meeting website (so I realize some of the FAQ answerers might disagree with me).

The website Q&A reads:
"Q. What is the currency used in Poland?
 A. Poland maintains its own currency, the New Polish Zloty, which is approximately the same value as one Israeli New Shekel or about 34 cents US.
Euros are also accepted but not preferred."
My view:
While currency values fluctuate all the time and the conference website can’t be up to the moment on this, over the past three months the value of Polish Zloty has averaged about 29 cents US, not 34 cents. (I think the 34 cent figure is a typo, as I’m not sure the Zloty was ever worth that much.) Having said that, the value of the US dollar has been declining severely against the Polish Zloty over the last year, but the reasons for the decline of the value of the dollar relative to many other currencies are beyond the scope of this listserv. The Zloty does remain worth almost the same amount as the Israeli Shekel.

More importantly for our conference, in my experience, Euros are NOT accepted as cash in most venues in Poland. Poland is, indeed, part of the European Union, but it has preferred to maintain its own currency: the Zloty. The good news is that change booths (“KANTOR”) are ubiquitous in Poland. If you’re stuck with dollars, Euros, rubles, Swiss Francs, or whatever you’d like to change to Zlotys, just ask where is the nearest change booth: "Gdzie jest kantor?” (pronounced G-dgee yest kahntor?). Your hotel clerk will surely understand your question in English as well. When you get to the change booth, offer your non-Polish currency to the clerk and say “Zlotys please”, or if you’re adventurous, try it in Polish and say “Prosze Zloty” (pronounced Pro-she Zwotty) and the clerk will make the exchange for you.

Happy Spending!

Dan Oren
Woodbridge, Connecticut USA

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