With a picturesque and very colourful Old Town, a selection of art and historical sites, a number of surrounding green spaces and a cafe scene to support your working days; Wroclaw for digital nomads is an excellent choice for those looking to visit out with the more common destinations of Poland, such as Krakow, Gdansk and Warsaw.
Continue reading to gain an insight into what you should know before you go and how best to visit Wrocław as a digital nomad.
Table of Contents
- How is Wrocław for Digital Nomads?
- Know Before You Go
- Bonus: Wroclaw Recommendations
- Where To Go After Wrocław?
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Planning in a hurry? Here are recommendations for Wrocław at a glance…
Where to stay in Wrocław: K3Mhome is a hostel for budget travellers; Easy Apartments Wroclaw is a mid-range option for those in need of their own space; PURO Wroclaw Stare Miasto is more luxurious but perfect for anybody working remotely.
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What are the best day tours and experiences? Take a guided city walk to find your bearings, explore one of the most unique rock formations in Europe or take a day tour to see the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.
Best SIM card: Check out Airalo for either a local, regional or global eSIM. Airalo is the world’s first eSIM supplier, so you can purchase the most suitable prepaid data plan before you’ve even arrived.
How is Wrocław for Digital Nomads?
It’s not a city you’d see many digital nomads basing themselves in, but Wrocław is a very liveable place to be nonetheless. As the fourth-largest city in Poland, there are plenty of unique charms to be explored such as the coloured building fronts, the many bridges and not to mention the hundreds of gnomes waiting to be found across the streets.
The official language of Wroclaw and the entire country is Polish. However, the majority of the younger generation will speak English at a conversational level. For everyday tasks, like visiting the supermarket or ordering food, you will not have any issues relating to language (providing that you can speak English too!).
Like most other European countries, Poland is included within the Schengen Area. Therefore, if you are from any country outside of the European Union and Schengen Area, then you can travel around Poland (and the other Schengen States) with just a Schengen Tourist Visa. A tourist visa is usually valid for a combined maximum total of 90 days within a 180-day period.
If you are from any other Schengen country, then you can enter and leave Poland freely without any additional fuss.
Much of Wrocław is compact and easily walkable, but if you’re not in the mood for a stroll, or the harsh weather simply does not permit one, then the transport systems are just as easy.
🚌 Bus – The bus services are simple to use. You can pay for your ticket with a contactless card inside the vehicle. Don’t be surprised if the ticket machine does not dispense any paper ticket or receipt; your ticket purchase will be stored on your bank card.
🚋 Tram – There are over 23 tram lines in the city. Wroclaw’s bus and tram tickets are the same. They can easily be purchased on board with a debit or credit card that supports contactless payments. A single fare is 3zł (less than 1 USD). Don’t expect a paper ticket or receipt, the purchase information will be stored on your card, digitally.
🚕 Taxis – The ride-hailing apps Uber, Bolt and Free Now are available for use in Wrocław. Free Now tends to be the cheaper option, but Google Maps will display a price comparison once you’ve entered your destination and choice of transportation. The other advantage of using Free Now is that women can specifically order a female-only driver. Although the option increases the wait time, this can be particularly comforting when travelling alone during the evenings.
🛵 Scooter – Wroclaw has been conveniently planned, and is relatively flat, for zipping around on wheels. A number of e-Scooter apps are available; you’ll notice Bolt, Tier and Lime scooters around the city.
TIP: Wroclaw's tap water is safe to drink, so why not use a refillable bottle to prevent the overuse of plastic.
The currency in Poland is the Zloty (zł) which is otherwise abbreviated as PLN. Credit cards and contactless payments are widely accepted, particularly around tourist hotspots. If you experience any issues with contactless, try inserting your card into the machine and entering your PIN code instead. Keep a reserve of small change for tips and the public toilets.
Poland’s internet connections are stable and speedy; they are more than adequate for working online. A public wifi hotspot is also widely available across the city.
Wifi Speeds – According to Ookla’s SpeedTest, Poland has an average download speed of 90 Mbps.
Data Plans – There are four mobile data providers in Poland that sell prepaid sim cards to tourists; Orange T-Mobile, Plus and Play. And, all of them have retail shops in Wrocław to which foreigners can pick a sim card up with ease. To share an example of a good deal in Poland, Orange sells a package of 15 GB for around 6 USD. This also includes free usage of social media apps. However, a SIM card could even be bought for as less than 1 USD.
If convenience is your ultimate goal, check out Airalo for either a local, regional or global eSIM. Airalo is the world’s first eSIM supplier. You can purchase the most suitable prepaid data plan without visiting any shop or swapping physical sim cards. This is the technology we digital nomads have been waiting for!
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Wrocław for digital nomads is quite low, especially if you compare the country to any other within Western Europe. In fact, if you are visiting from countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Norway or Finland, you could even consider Wrocław as a budget destination.
The affordable costs in Wrocław, and all of Poland for that matter, are one of the advantages of the destination for digital nomads.
Poland is a safe destination for tourists. In general, Wrocław is safer than many Western European cities. Although like most other places, the typical threats that you should look out for are pickpocketing, petty theft, ATM scams or even drunks in the streets during the evening.
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LOOK OUT FOR: The Wrocław dwarves are hiding all around the city. How many out of the hundreds can you spot?
Know Before You Go
Best Time to Visit Wroclaw
In terms of weather, the best months to visit Wrocław would be from April to September. The warmest months are July and August. On the other hand, Poland is a notoriously cold destination so most would skip the winter months unless their intention is to explore Poland’s Christmas markets.
Travelling from the Airport
Unfortunately, there is no train station at the airport; nor does Wrocław’s network of trams stop there. Therefore, you will need to rely on buses, taxis or organised transfer services to reach the city centre. The distance between the International Airport and Market Square is 6.3 miles, with a journey time of roughly 20-45 minutes by motor vehicle.
🚕 Taxi – The quickest way into Wrocław’s city centre is via a ride-hailing taxi app. The wait is typically no longer than 6 minutes, with a journey time of approximately 20-25 minutes. It should cost no more than 10 USD.
🚌 Bus – The 106 bus service departs from the airport at least every 15 minutes (this is the cheapest option). You’ll find the bus stop on the right of the terminal entrance. Tickets can be purchased from a machine at the Arrival terminal or inside the bus. If you opt for the latter, you will be limited to just contactless payments.
🚍 Express Bus – The WRO Airport Express circulates every 50 minutes through a stop at the Arrival terminal. This ticket can be bought from the driver by both cash and card. The entire journey is approximately 30 minutes.
Transfer – Eradicate the stress, hassle and worry of unlicensed drivers (especially for solo female travellers) by pre-arranging an airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.
Bonus: Wroclaw Recommendations
Working Remotely from Wrocław
Best Things To Do in Wrocław
Digital Nomad Places to Stay in Wrocław
Accommodation in Wroclaw is affordable for digital nomads. Airbnb is the most convenient place-finding source, particularly if you are staying for less than a couple of months.
Below are our top recommendations for short-term stays…
K3Mhome is a little further from the centre, but they offer an affordable option of private rooms. Besides, the accommodation is near to bus and tram stops with plenty of connections.
Stay in a stylish apartment at Easy Apartments Wroclaw for all the conveniences of your own place; a dishwasher, microwave, hairdryer, TV and your own comfortable seating area.
PURO Wroclaw Stare Miasto is situated in the city centre – just 550 yards from Old Market Square! Plus, all rooms are soundproofed and equipped with a work desk. Perfect!
Alternatively, you could have a whole apartment or house to yourself! Why not stay in wonderful homes by house-sitting and caring for adorable pets? This experience would not be for everyone but you could find yourself in free accommodation, whilst you live a more authentic lifestyle in the local area, by joining Trusted Housesitters.
Where To Go After Wrocław?
Gdansk – Visit one of Poland’s oldest and most beautiful cities, Gdansk. There is only a 6-hour bus or train ride between the two destinations.
Oslo – Super cheap direct flights connect Wroclaw with Oslo. Heck – I flew between Norway and Poland for 4 GBP!
Tirana – There are direct flights between Wroclaw and Tirana every Monday and Friday. In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated countries in Europe!
Looking to go further? Check out the digital nomad guides for Dubai, Belize, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Morocco, Montenegro, Croatia and Albania.
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