Gdynia is a port city in northern Poland and together with nearby Gdańsk and Sopot – these three cities are often referred to as Tricity.
There is certainly a unique appeal in Gdynia’s style of life: it’s relaxed, fresh, less expensive and with less tension than in the other two cities.
However, Gdynia is a bit more pricey than other cities.
The most expensive aspect of living in Gdynia, like in most Polish cities, is accommodation, and if you want to rent an apartment while on a tight budget, you’ll have to look somewhere outside of the city.
One of the things Gdynia is known for are the great restaurants that the city offers. You can eat in posh restaurants if you have the means – no doubt about it, and if you want to have a decent meal in an inexpensive restaurant, you can eat for around 6$. There’s always street food too as well as charming little cafes where you can drink domestic beer for around 2$.
One good thing about being in a city located in a naturally rich country, is the fresh food! You can always buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farmers at many open markets in Gdynia. Go to Hala Targowa, where you’ll find a local marketplace with fruits, fish, and even a fun flea market.
Network in Gdynia is efficient and frequent. Szybka Kolej Miejska is a fast regional commuter rail between Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia. It’s fast and cheap. Ticket price depends on distance, but if you need to move between the cities of Tricity, that’s your best option. A one-way ticket for public transport costs less than a dollar, while a monthly pass costs around 25$.
As far as utilities go in Gdynia, your bills won’t be exactly small, but the prices are not through the roof either. It mostly depends on the size of your apartment and how much electricity you spend. Basic utilities like electricity, water, gas and garbage services in an apartment of 85m2 will cost you around 170$. During winter, the bills might go up because of the heating.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Gdynia is full of leisure-friendly opportunities and is a good ground for social activities. There are obviously cinemas, theaters and similar facilities, but also a lot of sports grounds, places to exercise and hike. But if you’re more of an indoor person, a membership in a gym or a fitness club will cost you around 30$. When it comes leisure activities, a cinema ticket costs around 6$, depending on the seat and the day of the week.
CLOTHING & SHOES
Gdynia is actually known as a great place for shopping. There are two main shopping streets where you’ll certainly have a great time: Świętojańska and Starowiejska and then there are many of Gdynia’s malls. Klif, for example, is a high quality shopping mall where you can buy quality jeans for no less than 65$, and running sneakers of brands like Nike for over 70$.
RENT PER MONTH
Rent is the single most expensive aspect of living in Gdynia, though it varies significantly, depending on where you want to live. Apartments in big cities are wanted, so don’t be shocked to see a studio for around 400$ per month. If you want to save some money, look for an apartment outside of the city, and your rent will drop to around 350$.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Gdynia
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$6.66|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$2.13|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$0.86|
|Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$0.64|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.71|
|Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$0.85|
|Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$171.07|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.06|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$13.06|
|Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$32.62|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$13.59|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$6.66|
|Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$65.10|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$33.81|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$76.73|
|Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$438.46|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$351.96|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$852.70|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Gdynia?
People of Gdynia spend most money on food, which is expected in most cities.
In those cities where rent is unusually high, almost the same percentage of one’s income goes on rent as it does on food, but that’s not the case here.
Namely, 4% more of one’s salary goes on food than it does on rent, but rent is definitely on the second place.
Apart from rent and food, utilities have a somewhat higher percentage than in most other countries, which means that electricity bills are higher than average.
Restaurants and transportation are also significant expenses for the people of Gdynia.
Gdynia: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
The trouble about most cities in Poland, like Gdynia for sure, is that most people living in them earn less than what’s the average monthly salary.
The average monthly net salary in Gdynia is around 922$ (which is one of the highest salaries in the country), yet most people earn only around 600$ or less.
The only way to live a comfortable life – which means having enough for decent clothing, holidays abroad or a good car – is to have a high paying job.
Even though it’s a European city, for you to attain a standard of living here, that is easily achievable in the Western world, you need a very good job.
Cost of Living by City in Poland
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