Our trip to Ostrava, Czech Republic and Wrocław, Poland was a bit strange. We really didn’t think Ostrava was worth it, but we loved Wrocław. I guess that’s how it goes sometimes. Neither country uses the euro, and this helps keep things cheaper, so if you’re looking for some inexpensive European locations, these might be worth a look. Though honestly, skip Ostrava and just go to Wrocław, or anywhere else in Poland. Here’s how much we spent traveling in Ostrava and Wrocław.
Total Ostrava and Wrocław costs
Amounts are listed in euros and US dollars. Czech Republic uses the koruna, and Poland uses the złoty.
777.93€ / $907.74 – accommodation
170.79€ / $199.29 – transportation
533.27€ / $622.25 – food and alcohol
31.52€ / $36.78 – activities
1,513.51€ / $1,766.06 – total
Hotel costs in Wrocław and Ostrava – $907.74
Andy and I spent 4 nights in Ostrava and 5 nights in Wrocław. The hotel in Ostrava was decent but felt a little dated. The one in Wrocław was really comfy, modern, and had helpful staff. We spent $335.97 for the hotel in Ostrava and $571.76 for the hotel in Wrocław. You can certainly find cheaper hotels or hostels in Wrocław if you’re on a tighter budget, but I thought the Sofitel was a great deal. We averaged $100.86 per night, or $50.43 per person per night, on this trip.
Transportation costs in Wrocław and Ostrava – $199.29
Most of what we wanted to do in both cities was within walking distance, but we did use trams and buses in both places a few times. The bulk of this category is getting from one city to the next. We had train tickets booked from Berlin to Prague and Prague to Ostrava. Then we booked Ostrava to Katowice and Katowice to Wrocław. Then we had a Deutsche Bahn bus to get back to Berlin at the end. I split up the journeys by using the Czech and Polish rail sites, which ended up saving us money.
Cost of food and alcohol in Wrocław and Ostrava – $622.25
Overall, food in both cities was inexpensive. We did splurge on a few more expensive meals, and we drank alcohol almost every day of the trip. We just can’t resist the delicious Polish vodka. The balance though was eating lunch at a milk bar in Wrocław almost every day we were there – it was mind-boggling how cheap those lunches were. We averaged $62.22 per day, or $31.11 per person per day, for 10 days in Ostrava and Wrocław.
Cost of activities in Wrocław and Ostrava – $36.78
In Ostrava, we went to the World of Miniatures, Bolt Tower, and the New Town Hall Tower, all of which charged an entrance fee. In Wrocław, we climbed the Mathematics Tower, which is part of a museum that charged a fee. Other than those things, everything else we did was free. We probably could’ve done more in Wrocław, but it was so hot, we were happy to relax, wander, and try to stay out of the heat. If you like taking tours, add a little bit to your budget here.
This was one of our cheaper trips, but that’s usually the case when we go to Poland because the prices are so low. Some parts of Czech Republic are cheap as well, but Prague is the exception. I will continue to recommend traveling to Poland not only because it’s a gorgeous country with interesting things to do and see and friendly people, but also because it’s incredibly affordable. Andy and I averaged about $176.60 per day, or $88.30 per person per day, for 10 days in Ostrava, Czech Republic and Wrocław, Poland.
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