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Kantor.pl is a currency exchange website that enables you to conveniently exchange currency (GBP, USD, CHF, EUR and PLN) and send funds to bank accounts worldwide. We do not charge a commission over provided competitive online currency exchange rates in Poland. We are not a peer-to-peer marketplace that does not guarantee provided exchange rates. Kantor Poland provides you with actual rates from the Forex currency market. The rates you see on our website are the rates you get. Kantor.pl is an efficient and safe alternative to high bank and broker charges.
Banks charge high amounts for international bank transfers / remittances not only to and from Poland, but also other countries. Our fees are very low. All international bank transfers are charged around 1 EUR regardless of the amount transferred. Our only stipulation is that you must convert your currency to or from the Polish zloty. Currency exchange transactions in EUR are charged 3 PLN (less than 1 euro) and transactions in British pounds sterling (GBP), Swiss francs (CHF) and US dollars (USD) are charged 5 PLN (just over 1 euro).
Kantor.pl serves international clients from all European countries such as the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, as well as the United States and virtually all other countries throughout the World. In the event that our client does not have a Polish id (Pesel or NIP number so we can identify you as a unique client), we will generate a temporary number that will be used for each transaction, after you have registered online. You can also request a temporary number by filling out the form located in this link.
Poland declared that it would adopt the euro following its accession to the EU in 2004, but this will not be likely anytime before 2016. The official Polish currency is the złoty (literally, ‘gold’), abbreviated to zł and pronounced zwo-ti. It is divided into 100 groszy, which are abbreviated to gr. Banknotes come in denominations of 10zł, 20zł, 50zł, 100zł and 200zł, and coins in 1gr, 2gr, 5gr, 10gr, 20gr and 50gr, and 1zł, 2zł and 5zł. The Polish banknote features Polish kings and come in different sizes and are easily distinguishable.
The ubiquitous 'Kantors' (private currency-exchange offices) in Poland are where cash can be exchanged to get Polish Zloties. They are either self-contained offices or just desks in travel agencies, train stations, post offices, department stores and hotels. In the latter case, the rates are usually not very competitive. The further out from the cities you go, the less numerous they are, but rest-assured that every medium-sized town will have at least a few of them. 'Kantors' are usually open between 9am and 6pm on weekdays and to around 2pm on Saturday, but some open longer and there are a few in larger cities that stay open non stop 24 hours around the clock. Online kantors as this one are open 24hrs, 7 days a week including holidays and Sundays.
'Kantors' exchange cash only and accept major world currencies. The most common currencies in Poland and thus the most easily changed are US dollars, Euros UK pounds and Swiss francs. Other currencies are not always exchanged (and if they are the rates are usually higher) unless of course you are in border towns near the Czech Republic or Slovakia for instance. The great thing about currency exchange in Poland is that there is no commission on transactions – the rate you get is that which is written on the board (every kantor is required by law to its exchange rates on a board). The whole operation takes a few seconds and there’s no paperwork involved. You don’t need to present your passport or fill out any forms. For the absolute best rates, you may want to consider using an online kantor such as kantor.pl.
Kantors buy and sell foreign currencies, and the difference between the buying and selling rates is usually not larger than 2% for all major currencies. Exchange rates differ slightly from city to city and from kantor to kantor (about 1%). Smaller towns may offer up to 2% less, so it’s better to change money in large urban centers if you can. You will get the best rates online through Kantor.pl or other similar websites, which also do not charge a commission. What you see is what you get.
Play it safe. To avoid hassles when exchanging currency, one important thing to remember before you set off from home is that any banknotes you take to Poland must be in good condition, without any marks or seals. Kantors can refuse to accept banknotes that are ripped or have numbers written on them (a common practice of bank cashiers totaling bundles of notes) even if they are in otherwise perfect condition.
Kantor.pl is owned by SUPER GRUPA PL Sp. z o.o. which has a share capital of 550,000 PLN. You can find our company information in the Polish National Court Register 'Krajowy Rejestr Sądowy' at this link: SUPER GRUPA PL Sp. z o.o. Our share capital guarantees the security of transactions made on our site. Kantor.pl partners with TMS Broker Sp. z o.o. Poland's first brokerage house on the Forex market. Through this collaboration, we provide currency and marketplace information on the Forex market.