Best Kantor Exchange Forex Currency in Warsaw Airport & City Centre
1. What Currency is Used in Poland?
2. Warsaw Airport Money Exchange
» Conversion: Euro Zloty
|1| Kantor Exchange at Baggage Reclaim Area
|2| Kantor Exchange at Arrival Hall Out of Security Clearance
|3| “Money Exchange Open 24h” at Right Side of Arrival Hall
|4| Kantor Exchange beside McDonald’s
|5| Best Kantor Exchange at Warsaw Old Town Spotted
3. Best Place to Exchange Money in Warsaw City Centre
The biggest problem for many tourists when arriving in Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is exchanging the national currency – Polish Zloty before travelling. Although Poland is one of the European Union (EU) State Members, it still retains its unique currency identity. Zloty is not a popular currency worldwide. Hence, the currency exchange counters in most countries do not keep them. That said, you are most probably not able to get any zloty exchange in your country before arrival in Poland.
We know that money exchange at the airports has a bad forex exchange rate. However, if you have to take public transport from Warsaw Chopin Airport to the city centre, regardless of the poor exchange rate, we still require some Polish zloty to buy a ticket. The only exception is paying with bank cards at the airport counters which are accepted by the ATM.
Having Euro in pockets certainly does not help much. I explored all the Kantor Exchange I could find in Warsaw Airport to make a comparison so I can tell you which one has the best polish zloty exchange rate in Warsaw Airport despite the rip-off due to the high commission charged. Kantor means “currency exchange office” in Polish.
The conversion on that day of arrival to Poland was 1 Euro to 4.30 PLN (zloty currency code) when conducting a quick check online. We will benchmark this figure as a comparison against other Kantor Exchange counters in Warsaw Chopin Airport and city centre when converting from Euro to zloty. Generally, private Kantor Exchange counters not operated by the bank have no company names explicitly stated. So, you can only use the photos as a recognition.
I spotted the first Kantor currency exchange counter at the Baggage Reclaim area beside Belt 5. The exchange rate was 1 Euro to 3.61 PLN. I decided not to change over here as it was not high enough. Later, when I looked at other forex exchange rate at the Arrival Hall, then did I realise it had the second-highest rate.
Immediately on the right after stepping out from the security clearance at Warsaw Airport Arrival Hall located between the ‘Information Counter’ and ‘Meeting Point’, you can see a Kantor Exchange. The zloty exchange rate was 1 Euro to 3.42 PLN there. Gosh! It was even lower than the first one in the Baggage Reclaim area. As the currency board was inside the counter, thus it seemed impossible for me to take a photo with the staff there.
Moving forward towards the Public Transport area, there was another one with a big signboard written “Money Exchange Open 24h”. The currency exchange rate was 1 Euro to 3.42 PLN which was similar to the second one that I had seen. As there was no one inside the office, I quickly snapped a photo of the undesirable rate on the currency board to forewarn you not to change here too. You will lose about 20% of the published zloty exchange rate.
Towards the right-wing at the end of the building, the Kantor Exchange Counter beside McDonald’s had the best currency exchange rate among the worst. It was 1 Euro to 3.71 PLN. As it seemed like there was no more money exchange counter for me to explore further, I decided to change it here. The pleasant lady serving me said that they had the best rate at Warsaw Chopin Airport.
I told her that I only required a small amount to buy train or bus tickets to Warsaw city centre. She asked me to go opposite to the Public Transport Service Point to ask how much money I needed and then returned. I did as she requested to find out the ticket price for public transport. Then, sheepishly, I asked if I could only change 10 Euro. She obliged me willingly as she would have known that the Kantor Exchange rate in the airport was low, and tourists were not going to exchange a lump sum of foreign currency here.
My destination in the city centre was Warsaw Old Town since I had only a few hours of transit in Poland. Over here, I came across another Kantor Exchange opposite The Royal Castle. So far, it had the best exchange rate for zloty of 1 Euro to 4.30 PLN! It was precisely the same rate as what I had seen online on that day. So people, if you want a reliable Kantor Exchange forex rate without being exploited in a touristic zone, this would be one of the best places to exchange money in Warsaw.
The profile image of this article also highlights the area where you can find this money changer. The orangey-red building on the right is the Royal Castle.
Here are more of the other Kantor Exchange Services on Google Maps that were testified by many satisfied customers as these places had a high zloty exchange rate in Warsaw. The Kantor Exchange companies in the customised maps below have at least a 4-star rating on Google Maps, tried and tested.
The winner of the best currency rate and service go to Tavex with a smashing record of 4.9 stars out of 102 happy customers! The following 3 Currency Exchange establishments have positive experiences attested by more than 50 reviews too: –
The Google Maps listing is arranged according to the number of reviews garnered and is correct at the time of writing. With so many places to get your zloty in Warsaw, you can think about where to eat the best Polish food – Pierogi and things to do in Warsaw Old Town.
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Now, you have a list of reliable Kantor Exchange where you can go ahead to exchange your lump sum of money without being ripped off. Tell us about your experience of the recommended money changers or those that we should avoid.
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Thank you for your useful article. I was looking for the advice like this as a tourist landed at the Warsaw airport and look for the Kantor to exchange money for the bus/train to the old town. Will you also advise what and where to get an Internet SIM to travel in Eastern Europe? Thank you!