Poznan Travel Tips

Here are a few things to bear in mind during your stay in Poznan -

Avoid taking a taxi straight from the taxi rank. Calling for one will cost a considerable amount less. Also, ask for a code and stick to one firm. This will reduce the cost of your fare again.

Avoid changing your money at Bureaux de Change in the town centre unless you want to hand a complete stranger an early Christmas present - the rates can be awful.

Tipping is not expected. No self-respecting waiter will turn away a few extra zloty, but you won't get the customary grimace if you don't. You're not guaranteed a smile if you do either.

Coin-operated phone boxes are almost non-existent. You'll need to buy a telephone card (karta telefoniczna) from a post office or roadside kiosk. Alternatively, you can buy your online phone cards here.

Unlike in the UK, pubs don't close at 11. Most just about get going then. Follow your nose, ears or the crowds to the next bar or club. Beware the mad dogs!

Poland has adopted its own uniquely confusing symbols for differentiating public toilets for men and women. Remember, too, that you may well have to pay. The circle is for women, the triangle for men!

Bring warm clothes and a hat. You may just end up blessing that ridiculous old balaclava.

Poles are passionate about their food. Throw away your preconceptions about miserable eastern bloc stews, and be prepared for a great surprise.

Above: No amount of change will do!

Below: Twin turrets

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kenny from Ireland Reply Oct 24th, 2013

Poland, Poznan, Its A Geat wee town, to come too i was there1991/ 2012 eurs, fans from Irelamd said to me. we all Love Poznan, and looking to be back in Nov Ire v Poland

Pete from United Kingdom Reply Jul 31st, 2009

Interesting to know. Will bear those in mind!

Joanna from Poland Reply Jan 8th, 2008

Information about exchange rates in the centre is a bit exaggerated. Tou should avoid changing money in hotels and paying with euro in shops, as the rate there is rather bad. The exchange points have usualy the same rate in whole the city, and nowadays there is a lot more of them than just a two years ago.

Mark from Poland Reply May 9th, 2007

I suggest changing money using an ATM (Cash machine) or, if you use a bureaux de change, to choose one further from the centre (ie away from the tourist areas!)

Colin from United Kingdom Reply May 9th, 2007

You suggest NOT using central money exchangers. where do you suggest money is exchanged ?