Lublin is the largest city in Poland east of Warsaw and the Vistula River.
It also has huge historical importance, since, during the Middle Ages, it used to be an administrative, trade, and military center for the Polish kingdom.
It is a peaceful city, very safe, with almost no crime on the streets.
Lublin is definitely on the less expensive side when it comes to the cost of living.
Like anywhere else, however, the amount of money you spend here depends on your own preferences and what expenses you prefer to cut in order to save some money.
In the Old City there are lots of lovely cafes, restaurants and even a shopping mall where you can have fancy dinners and outings – and you can count on these being a bit more harsh on the wallet. However, if you’re looking for a decent meal for a low price, you can always find charming places where you can eat for around 5$. There are also international fast food chains and delicious street food.
You’re going to find all sorts of food when it comes to groceries and supermarkets. And though you don’t have to spend time in the kitchen at all since there is also plenty of junk food and small venues on the road to buy something ready to eat, the Polish generally tend to cook by themselves. You can easily find all groceries in Lublin – and get some healthy, non-processed, tasty and cheap food in open markets, directly from the farmers.
The good thing about public transport in Lublin is that it isn’t necessary. You can get from anywhere to the center in less than 40 minutes’ walk and most people prefer to go on food or, more rarely, use buses, leaving the cars at home. Lublin is pretty compact, but even though it isn’t necessary, the public transport is cheap and efficient.
When it comes to utilities in Lublin, the prices are much lower than what is considered to be the average in Poland. It mostly depends on the size of your apartment and how much electricity you spend. Basic utilities like electricity, water, gas and garbage services in an apartment of 85m2 will cost you around 120$. During winter, the bills might go up because of the heating.
SPORTS & LEISURE
The great thing about Poland is that it’s a country of vast natural beauties and that allows for many outdoor (read:free) activities. In Lublin, there are cycling tracks and walking paths, but if you want to become a member of a gym or a fitness club, that will cost you 23$. A cinema ticket costs around 6$, depending on the seat and the day of the week.
CLOTHING & SHOES
For a great shopping experience, definitely head over to the Old Town, where you’ll find the Tarasy Zamkowe shopping mall just behind the castle. Though for many – shopping is essential, in this city, it’s almost like a touristy spot – with a gorgeous balcony with a view on the roof of this shopping mall. The prices are somewhat reasonable: quality jeans cost around 66$, and running sneakers of brands like Nike are over 70$.
RENT PER MONTH
Rent in Lublin is higher than in most other Polish cities, and this makes sense since it’s the city with tourist spots and great historical significance. If you want to save some money, look for an apartment outside of the city, and your rent will be around 330$. If you’re looking for a larger apartment, for your entire family, count on paying over 700$.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Lublin
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 5.34|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 21.38|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 1.34||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 0.62|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 0.63|
|Eggs (12)||$ 1.63||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 0.86|
|Monthly Pass||$ 24.58|
|Gasoline||$ 1.23||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 123.97|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.06|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 12.40||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 23.43|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 10.69|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 6.68||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 66.71|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 30.97|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 70.66||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 432.88|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 329.56|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 717.01|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Lublin?
It’s no wonder that in Poland, like in any country where rent is unusually high, people spend most money on food and rent.
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 in Lublin.
Namely, nearly 5% more of one’s salary goes on food than it does on rent, but rent is definitely on the second place.
Utilities have a lower percentage than in most other cities of Poland, which means that electricity bills are lower than Poland’s average.
Clothing, as expected, is the least important on the list of expenses for the people of Lublin.
Lublin: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
Average salary for an average person in Lublin is lower than in most major cities of Poland.
While the average salary in other major cities is around 900$, in Lodz it is almost 200$ less.
With a salary of 700$ most people can afford a normal life, and after covering all expenses – they can even have some fun and take care of other things that aren’t necessities.
However, a rather small part of the city earns an average salary.
Most of them hover around 500$ per month, which definitely means living on a tight budget.
Cost of Living by City in Poland
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|City||Cost of Living Index|