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Insider Tips worth knowing

Travelling from abroad to Poland/Poznań there's lots of things one might not know about: how much should I tip at a restaurant, what are the opening hours at shops, what's the best numer to call for a taxi are all questions one might ask - below you will find a list of useful insider tips that ought to help out.

Poland’s code from abroad +48


Emergency numbers

To call an emergency service using a mobile phone, please dial: 112


Police : 997
Ambulance: 999
Fire: 998
Municipal police: 986
Road Assistance: 985, 981


Cabs in Poznań

Taxi Poznań: 61-8-222-222  /  196-69
Taxi RMI: 196-22
Taxi Stop: 61 822 23 33


  • Tipping in cabs is not required, however highly appreciated.

Between the hours of 8am- 6pm during weekdays one is expected to pay a fee for parking within the city center – when parking in the streets.


Shops and shopping centres

In Poland, you can do your shopping at any time of the day. Food shops and boutiques in towns are open from 9–10 am until 6–8 pm. Food and alcoholic drinks are sold in a network of small 24/7 shops.

In a number of big shopping centres you can buy virtually anything – from food and drink to electronic equipment, clothes and books. They are normally open between 9 am and 9 pm.


All the shops are closed on public holidays listed below:

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Easter (2017 - 16-17.04)
  • 1 May - May Day
  • 3 May - Constitution Day
  • Ascention (2017 -
  • Corpus Christi (2017-15.06)
  • 15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 1 November - All Saints Day
  • 11 November - Independence Day
  • 25 & 26 December - Christmas Days

 TAX is typically included in the prices presented in stores.


Free City WI-FI

Free wi-fi is available at and around the Old Town square and the Cathedral Island.

Learn more about free WI-FI.



Poznań lies in a temperate zone characterized by significant temperature variations. Winters are generally wet with temperatures falling below zero, while summers tend to be warm. Planning a trip to Poznań in spring, summer or early fall pack both flip-flops and sun screen, but also a rain jacket. Planning a trip in winter or late fall be sure to pack some mittens and a warm hat.


Eating out

Restaurants in Poland offer service throughout the whole day – once the restaurant opens for business. Opening hours range from 10am – 12pm. Some restaurants will treat 10pm as the hour to place the last order. There is no general hour in bars for a last call and many places will continue serving drinks until the last guest. 10% is treated as the gratuity fee, however tipping in Poland is not obligatory.


The polish Złoty is the only currency that is officially recognized as legal tender in the Poland. Banks open Monday-Friday 9 (10) am-6pm. Exchange facilities are widely available. All major credit cards are widely accepted.


Polish electrical appliances run on 230V, 50 Hz from two-prong sockets.

Smoking / Drinking

Smoking is prohibited in bars, cafes and restaurants unless a special area of the facility is indicated.

Drinking in public is prohibited by law. “Public” refers to outdoor spaces such as roads, sidewalks or parks.
The legal age to buy alcohol is 18.


Poznań City Card

Discover Poznań with the Poznań City Card! This is the best and least expensive way to get to know our city and the adjacent area. The Poznań City Card comes in three versions: one-, two- and three-day with the options: normal and discounted with transportation or without.

Learn more about Poznań City Card!


Poznań in Bocuse d'Or 2020