The Polish currency is the: zloty (PLN). One zloty is divided into 100 grosz-es. Coins come in denominations of 1 grosz to 5 zloty (in turn: 1 gr, 2 gr, 5 gr, 10 gr, 20 gr, 50 gr, 1 zl, 2 zl, 5 zl). Bank notes go from 10 zloty to 200 zloty-s.

The value of 1 PLN is: 1 EUR = 3.8 - 4.5 PLN (you can check a current rate at Polish National Bank webpage). 

Do not exchange currency on the street! Instead, go to any place marked: currency exchange office (kantor). These are the legal exchange agencies. You may also exchange currency in some banks. As in most countries, do not change money at the airports: the rate is terrible there.


Monday to Friday a grocery store (sklep) is usually open from 8 am to 6 pm, on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm or sometimes longer, on Sundays hours may vary, but most of the shops are closed on this day.
Supermarkets are open seven days per week: from 8 am to 10 pm and shopping centres: from 9 am to 9 pm.

City buses

In the Bielsko-Biala works MZK firm.

There are several types of tickets:

1) One-time ticket purchased for cash from the driver at the entrance:

The reduced ticket (ulgowy) costs 1.50 PLN (Mandatory to show a student card!)
Regular ticket (normalny) 3,00 PLN

Scan the ticket at the entrance to the bus on a special yellow / red machine.

2) A 60-minute ticket that allows for transfers from a kiosk for cash or a card.

The reduced ticket (ulgowy) costs 2 PLN (Mandatory to show a student card!)
Regular ticket (normalny) 4 PLN

Scan the ticket at the entrance to the bus on a special yellow / red machine.

3) A month ticket for all lines purchased at the MZK office or using a special machine, for cash or by card:

A reduced ticket (ulgowy) costs 50 PLN (Mandatory to show a student card!)
Regular ticket (normalny) 100 PLN (MZK participant card is mandatory!)

The presence of a ticket, as well as a student card and / or MZK participant card is mandatory. MZK tightened the requirements for passengers, as well as penalties for travel without a ticket. In addition to a fine of 150 zł, it is possible to call the police or/ and other unpleasant but legitimate punishments. Please be careful, carry a ticket and documents, and your bus trip will not be overshadowed by unpleasant incidents.

Price Taxi:

The cost of a taxi is quite attractive. A trip from the city center to the dormitory will cost up to 15/20 zł. Remember that when you try to find a taxi from a railway station or nearby a hotel, the price may be significantly different. Nightly rates are also significantly higher.

Good taxi companies can be found by searching the Internet search engines, as well as when downloading applications to your smartphone.

Intercity buses

Between large cities in Poland, as well as between major European cities, there is a developed bus service. Timetables can be found on the Internet.

Timetable of buses traveling from Bielsko-Biała: PKS - Rozkład jazdy.


The Silesian region recently announced new comfortable trains, which are much faster and more comfortable than the old models. In our region there is also a special discount program for students up to 26 years old, when a student card is presented.

You can travel on commuter trains, express trains and international trains. The cost of the ticket will depend on the type of train, class and distance.
The schedule is available on this page: PKP - Plan podróży.


It is possible to open a bank account as soon as you arrive to Poland, even you can do it via internet before leaving your home country. Be careful and check conditions of different banks (ING Bank Slaski, PKO Bank Polski, etc.), since in some of them it is very difficult and expensive to close a bank account.

You have a few choices of standard bank accounts in Poland:

Current account: this account, which is what most people have, will provide you with a cheque book for obtaining cash at the bank and for making payments. At regular intervals you will receive a statement showing any transactions on your account. This is a useful way of keeping your money safe.Deposit account: you can use this while already having a current account or independently. It is useful if you have other funds which you don't need to use immediately and which can therefore earn interest in the meantime.

Credit cards
In Poland it is possible to pay by credit card (VISA, American Express, Euro Card etc.). Credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and in bigger shops, however they are not as popular as in Western Europe. People generally pay with, and ask for, cash, so you should first ask if you could pay by credit card.

Public phones
Public phones are accessible at many points: in hotels, banks, department stores, post offices, railway stations, as well as at free-standing telephone booths throughout the city. Phone cards can be bought at any kiosk and are required for some telephones. There are also some coin-operated phones, identified by their orange-colored telephone booths. 

Mobile phones
The easiest option for students would be to bring their own phone (already unlocked) or to buy a prepaid package. Buying SIM card is very easy - you can get one in any kiosk. It is quite cheap. 

Emergency numbers are the same all over Poland:
Ambulance: 999
Fire Brigade: 998
Police: 997
Emergency breakdown service: 981
Emergency (Mobile phone only): 112

Post office

Post offices (poczta) can be found at many points in every city. Costs depend on size, weight and country of sending of the package or letter. 
Post boxes are red and they usually hang on the walls of the buildings.


Cosmetics and medicaments are available at the Pharmacy (apteka). Some kinds of medicine are only available by a prescription (issued by a Polish doctor). 
But, if you catch a cold and your nose is running, it's easy to buy aspirin or other helpful remedies in many shops.

Driving licenses

Driving licenses issued by other EU member states are recognized by Poland and remain valid until the expiry date indicated in the document. If you are from outside of the EU you will have to obtain an International Driving Licence to drive in Poland.
While driving a vehicle on the territory of Poland, a driver is obliged to have his license and registration on him. Civil liability insurance is also needed. 
Seat belts must be used in both front and back seats, with children up to the age of 12 and up to 150 cm tall using special certified seats. Using mobile phone during driving a car is forbidden! Loud-speaking phone system is allowed.

Drivers have to use day lights during the whole day.
 The vehicle must be equipped with a reflector triangle and has to be marked with a sign indicating the country of its registration. Radar-warning systems are banned.

Speed limits: 

  • residential area – up to 20 km/h

  • built-up area – up to 50 km/h

  • outside built-up area – up to 90 km/h

  • single express carriageway – up to 100 km/h

  • dual express carriageway – up to 120 km/h

  • motorway – up to 140 km/h


Be aware: winter conditions espacially in Bielsko-Biala, which is a mountainous region, can be rough. That includes strong wind and snowy conditions. Average temperature for January is -3°C, but it can even fall below to -25°C. 
Weather (pogoda) gets warmer after first three months of the year. Spring brings bigger amounts of rain. Umbrella would be very needed in that case.
More about weather in Poland: climate


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30 October 2020
The Vice-Rector's Welcome Address At the virtual welcome day, Vice-Rector Izabela Rajzer delivered a speech for the international students of the UBB. Have a look!

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30 October 2020
Eclipses and shadows A painter and singer, Magdalena Łazar-Massier presents her works at the University Academic Gallery. The virtual opening of the exhibition entitled "Eclipses and shadows" took place during the University Senate meeting on October 27. The exhibition will be open until 20 November 2020.

Magdalena Łazar-Massie shows us mainly nocturne paintings that illustrate the synthesis of her thoughts and emotions related to the space of the real landscape, remembered and transferred to canvas or paper in the form of a collage. Her way of artistic expression is rich in inexpressible metaphorical symbols that are a record of traces of memory related to her life.

The exhibition is curated by prof. Ernest Zawada.

Visit the exhibition here.

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