Under stars or under roof?
If you are a student with a limited budget willing to meet people and see new places for whom comfort is not a priority, you can opt for camping. If the weather is good and you have a warm sleeping bag, you can visit pola-namiotowe.info or e-turysta.pl, where you can look for information about places where you can put up a tent. The quality of campsites is improving in Poland, so apart from running water and electricity you can also count on wi-fi. The prices vary and depend on the number of people and the size of a tent, but usually do not exceed twenty zloties per night. If you are not a risk taker, you can check out for campsites awarded for their quality by the Polish Federation of Camping and Caravanning. Strona tej organizacji prowadzona jest w 24 językach.
If the weather is not so good and you need to have a roof over your head, a cost-effective option may be a hostel or a youth hostel, which you can easily find online, e.g. at www.booking.com. Youth hostels in Poland are associated at Polskim Towarzystwie Schronisk Młodzieżowych (Polish Youth Hostel Association). There, priority is given to students and teachers and if there are enough beds, others can also use their services. The prices are quite affordable and a single room in downtown Warsaw costs only PLN 85 (ca. EUR 22). Holders of a card issued by the Association are offered discount. Fans of hiking in the mountains can use the services of hostels run by Polskiego Towarzystwa Turystyczno-Krajoznawczego (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society), which has a 65 year history. Its hostels are located in the Karkonosze and Tatra Mountains and in the Mazury Lake District. They offer affordable prices and reasonable standard of service. However, it is advisable to have your own sleeping bag.
Those who have more money at their disposal and higher requirements can use the services of numerous hotels, motels and boarding houses whose number grows each year; they offered 679,000 beds in 2013, which was a 0.6% growth as compared to 2012. The accommodation is varied, you can choose from the hotels belonging to top international chains to agritourism farms, which also advertise online. They are mainly associated in local or regional associations, such as Sudeckie Towarzystwo Turystyki Wiejskiej or Stowarzyszenie Gospodarstw Agroturystycznych Bory Tucholskie. You can find a full listing at www.agroturystyka.pl. The prices at agritourism farms are moderate, you will pay roughly PLN 100 (ca. EUR 25) per night.
According to Polish Central Statistical Office, Poland’s attractiveness in the eyes of tourists from abroad has consistently grown. In 2013, their number grew by 5% as compared to 2012 and exceeded five million. In total nearly 12 million stays were recorded in 2013.