Phrases you need to know when dealing with money in Poland Posted by on Oct 13, 2020 in Business, Culture, Economy, Gambling, Money

Poland has a reputation as one of the few European destinations where you still get a lot of “bang for your buck”! Exchanging money in Poland is the most frequent banking necessity for visitors. Consequently, it is necessary that you obtain the most for your money by getting familiar with these typical money words in Polish.

Today I will list some examples, that might be helpful.

The word for money in Polish is pieniądze. Credit card is karta kredytowa and traveller’s check is czek podróżny.

Despite the rather grandiose name, the Złoty is unfortunately not “golden” – which is the literal translation of the word – but comes in a variety of shapes, from the two tier colored 5 and 2 denominations, to the plain silver single Złoty coins.

The international accountancy acronym (międzynarodowy akronim księgowościfor the Polish currency is PLN (which stands for ‘Polish New’, as the Złoty is the currency that has been circulating since 1994), and this is what will be displayed in most bureau de change Kantor wymiany, or simply Kantor. In most Polish shops and markets, prices are displayed simply by displaying a number followed by (to indicate the price in Złoty), and less commonly, or for specific goods, Gr (to indicate Groszy).

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Do you accept American/Canadian dollars?

Czy akceptujecie  amerykańskie/kanadyjskie dolary?

Do you accept credit cards?

Czy akceptujecie karty kredytowe?

Where can I get money changed?

Gdzie mogę wymienić pieniądze?

What is the exchange rate?

Jaki jest kurs wymiany?

Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)?

Gdzie jest bankomat?

I am broke.

Jestem spłukany/spłukana.

I am in debt.

Mam dług.

Do you have any money?

Czy masz jakieś pieniądze?

Can I borrow some money?

Czy mogę pożyczyć trochę pieniędzy?

Time is money.

Czas to pieniądz.

I do not have cash.

Nie mam gotówki.

I need to save some money.

Muszę zaoszczędzić trochę pieniędzy.

I just got paid.

Właśnie dostałem/dostałam wypłatę.

How much do I owe you?

Ile jestem ci dłużny/dłużna?

If we are talking about the money, you can also check out couple of my older posts with Polish banking phrases and more information about Polish money.

Banking phrases in Polish


Who is on Polish money?


Good luck with everything and I hope you will only have to use the positive words/phrases while dealing with the money in Poland.




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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.