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Foreign Exchange Guide to Poland

Latest market mid-rate: 1.0 =

Country Code:
Domestic Currency:
Polish zloty
Symbol - Code:
zł PLN
Telephone Prefix:

The domestic currency in Poland is the Polish zloty with currency code PLN. Read this foreign exchange guide to Poland and the Polish zloty with money transfer and travel tips plus Polish zloty exchange cross rates.

In this guide we review :

  1. Polish zloty info - general info about the Polish zloty
  2. Polish zloty in the markets - recent PLN moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Poland - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Polish zloty cash online - travel money for Poland
  5. Sending money to Poland - save on Polish zloty bank transfers to Poland
  6. Polish zloty exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

Polish zloty (PLN) general currency information

The Polish zloty, which is subdivided into 100 groszy, has an interesting but troubled history, beginning as early as the 14th century. It was once replaced as Poland’s currency and later reintroduced, and has also been redenominated several times. In Polish, the word “zloty” means “golden”.

The most recent redenomination of the zloty followed a period of hyperinflation in Poland in 1990, a year in which the annual inflation rate reached nearly 600% and monthly inflation exceeded 50%. After a period of price stability in the early 1990s (we use “stability” loosely as inflation was still above 30% in 1994), a redenomination took place in January 1995 and the old polish zloty (ISO: PLZ) was changed to the new zloty (ISO: PLN) at a rate of 10,000-to-1.

One of the conditions of Poland’s acceptance into the European Union in 2004 was that at some point it adopted the euro as its national currency. Since Poland has not yet joined ERM-II (a requirement for euro adoption), it is unlikely that the single currency will be used in Poland earlier than 2020. Poland’s former Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechociński said as much in 2014.

Since 1995, the zloty’s valuation has remained relatively stable. Against the US dollar, the currency was weakest in both May and October 2000 when USD/PLN reached 4.73. The currency was strongest in July 2008 when USD/PLN fell to just 2.01. Since the euro's introduction in 1999, EUR/PLN has traded between 3.19 and 4.94.

What is the Polish zloty currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Polish zloty is PLN and the symbol is .

Which countries use the Polish zloty?

It is the domestic currency in Poland.

Polish zloty (PLN) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the PLN to USD exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

PLN-USD 3 Month chart
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Travel money for Poland

Save money and time by Ordering your Polish zloty online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the PLN cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Polish zloty otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

Travel Money Exchange Rates Compared

Buying PLN Cash with USD 1,000

Travelex Online logo Travelex Online
zł3323.00 PLN (10.38%)
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Price Details
Receive: zł3323.00 PLN
Exchange Rate: 3.323
(Inverse 1PLN=USD 0.3009)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 10.38% (from mid-rate: 3.7077)
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/PLN=3.323 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Sat Jun 23 2018 23:00:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
zł3211.76 PLN (13.38%)
This is the average USD to PLN Buy Foreign Cash exchange rate from multiple banks, exchange kiosks and post-offices, available over the counter and via the internet.

Price Details
Receive: zł3211.76 PLN
Exchange Rate: 3.2442
(Inverse 1PLN=USD 0.3082)
Fees: USD 10 (1%)
Total Cost : 13.38% (from mid-rate: 3.7077)
Receive PLN zł111 less than with  Travelex Online logo Travelex Online
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/PLN=3.2442 and inclusive of the fee of USD 10 (1%).

Sending money to Poland

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Poland you need to start with finding out the latest Polish zloty foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

Getting a better deal when sending money to Poland

When sending money to Poland it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Polish zloty amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted PLN amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Poland.

Use our Send to PLN calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Polish zloty deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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Compare Foreign Transfers

Sending USD 10,000 to PLN

OFX logo OFX (prev. USForex)
zł36,622 PLN (1.23%)
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Price Details
Receive: zł36,622 PLN
Exchange Rate: 3.6622
(Inverse 1PLN=USD 0.2731)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 1.23% (from mid-rate: 3.7077)
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/PLN=3.6622 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Sat Jun 23 2018 23:04:09 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
zł35,473 PLN (4.33%)
This is the average USD to PLN International Transfer exchange rate and fees from multiple banks for FX rates available over the counter and also via Internet Banking.

Price Details
Receive: zł35,473 PLN
Exchange Rate: 3.5526
(Inverse 1PLN=USD 0.2815)
Fees: USD 15
Total Cost : 4.33% (from mid-rate: 3.7077)
Receive PLN zł1,149 less than with  OFX logo OFX
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/PLN=3.5526 and inclusive of the fee of USD 15.

Polish zloty - exchange rates - live and historic

Major PLN cross rates
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PLN/USD - Polish zloty to U.S. dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.27551 Week
18 May 20180.27361 Month
19 Dec 20170.28176 Months
17 Jun 20170.26611 Year
17 Jun 20160.25512 Years
18 Jun 20130.31445 Years
19 Jun 20080.459710 Years

PLN/EUR - Polish zloty to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.23381 Week
18 May 20180.23201 Month
19 Dec 20170.23806 Months
17 Jun 20170.23771 Year
17 Jun 20160.22622 Years
18 Jun 20130.23485 Years
19 Jun 20080.296710 Years

PLN/GBP - Polish zloty to British pound sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.20541 Week
18 May 20180.20311 Month
19 Dec 20170.21056 Months
17 Jun 20170.20831 Year
17 Jun 20160.17762 Years
18 Jun 20130.20095 Years
19 Jun 20080.233110 Years

PLN/JPY - Polish zloty to Japanese yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 201830.15251 Week
18 May 201830.31141 Month
19 Dec 201731.83506 Months
17 Jun 201729.50491 Year
17 Jun 201626.59252 Years
18 Jun 201329.94535 Years
19 Jun 200849.593910 Years

PLN/AUD - Polish zloty to Australian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.36241 Week
18 May 20180.36421 Month
19 Dec 20170.36826 Months
17 Jun 20170.34911 Year
17 Jun 20160.34492 Years
18 Jun 20130.33175 Years
19 Jun 20080.484110 Years

PLN/CAD - Polish zloty to Canadian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.35731 Week
18 May 20180.35271 Month
19 Dec 20170.36286 Months
17 Jun 20170.35161 Year
17 Jun 20160.32922 Years
18 Jun 20130.32075 Years
19 Jun 20080.466310 Years