Re: More on Cash and Taxis in Poland
From: Fritz Neubauer (
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2018 16:00:31 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Dan,
I do not think that the following sentence is correct:

 "Differences in exchange rates between Kantors and bank-owned ATMS (Bankomats) are usually negligible."

Because the rate you get, when you change bank notes at a changing booth (which these Kantor places seem to be) is always much worse than the rate you get when you use electronic transfers. But also, the rate you get through credit cards is the same electronic rate, but usually the credit card people charge a lot for withdrawing cash. The best solution is to withdraw money from your bank account through an ATM (like the Pekao one shown) if your card allows that - the European Union bank cards will work, but I do not know about American bank cards, because European bank cards work through chips, and American credit cards used to work by sliding the card through some apparatus. this probably will not work, You better ask your bank about that. I any case, it is always wise to carry some amount of local currency on you, when you land in a country with a different currency, e. g. for the taxi ride from the airport or the railway station, yes, there are reasonable trains and for the first time, I will be able to take the train to the Conference, since our town is on the direct railway line from Paris to Moscow (via Berlin and Warsaw), isn't that a treat?

Fritz Neubauer, North Germany

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