|Re: More on Cash and Taxis in Poland||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dan Oren (dorenjewishheritagepoland.org)|
|Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 03:47:50 -0700 (PDT)|
I appreciate the dialogue, as different people have different experiences and it is healthy to consider different viewpoints in making decisions.
From my personal experience living in Poland for more than nine months, I never found the net exchange rates (buying Zlotys) to be significantly worse at the KANTOR than the net rate for withdrawing Zlotys from an ATM card at a bank-owned ATM. (If changing $100 into Zlotys cost me $1 more at one versus the other, I probably wouldn’t have noticed it.) Since my home bank charges me a small service fee when I withdraw cash from another bank, it all came out about the same in the end. Withdrawing money from a credit card (an advance) usually comes with a stiff fee, however, and I would avoid that if possible. As you hint, American credit cards now generally are embedded with security chips comparable to European cards.
The basic point I was making was that KANTORs (excluding those at the airports) and bank-owned ATMs in Poland were both reliable and “fair” methods that I made use of to obtain Zlotys, and I heartily recommend those methods to others.
Of course, each of us should check with our own home financial institutions to understand what fees are involved with our transactions.
My final point on this topic is that while each of us surely doesn’t want to be taken advantage of financially, for many of us convenience will have value as well. If paying a Euro or a pound or a dollar or a few shekels extra is the price of convenience occasionally, especially in a country whose ways or procedures are new to us or whose language we don’t speak, it may well be worth the small expense.
Enjoy the train ride from Germany to Warsaw. The train is such a civilized way to travel as compared to the hassles of airport security lines and the overcrowded conditions aboard most airplanes!
See you in Warsaw,
- Re: More on Cash and Taxis in Poland Dan Oren, March 25 2018
- Re: More on Cash and Taxis in Poland Renee Steinig, March 26 2018
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