Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Poland?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Poland. In Poland, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Poland und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Poland
COutlets of type CEOutlets of type EOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Country information

About Poland

Flag: About Poland

Poland is a country in Europe (Eastern Europe) with about 38.6 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 313 000 km². The capital of Poland is Warsaw (1.7 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Polish.

The neighbors of Poland are Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine.

TLD: .plCurrency: PLNCountry calling code: +48Country Code : PL
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Poland?

Poland uses power outlets of type C and E. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Poland.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Poland?

The voltage in Poland is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Poland, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Poland?

The utility frequency in Poland is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Poland, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Poland, you should not use the device!