Cost of living in Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Switzerland

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 6,678
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 4,027
  • Switzerland is the most expensive country in Western Europe (1 out of 19)
  • Switzerland is the 4th most expensive country in the World (4 out of 89)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 26
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CHF 15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 12
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.67
12 eggs, large CHF 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 3.84
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.53
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.94
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 15
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.74
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.76
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 3,513
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 2,645
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 115
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,992
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,557
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 44
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 49
40” flat screen tv CHF 474
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 124
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 7
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 33
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 106
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 50
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 113
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 186
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 30,010
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.91
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 80
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 17
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 120
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 4.54
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 3.84
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 3.48
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 2.28
Tube of toothpaste CHF 2.54
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 48
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 68
2 tickets to the movies CHF 39
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 95
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 115
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 4.96
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 656
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.22
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 87
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 9

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Map of Cost of Living in Switzerland

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This map shows only the top cities in Switzerland. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Switzerland

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Zurich 242
2nd Geneva 238
3rd Basel 222
4th Lausanne 217
5th Bern 215
6th Lugano 211
7th St. Gallen 184

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Aarau Basel Bern
Geneva Lausanne Lugano
Neuchatel Schaffhausen Sion
St. Gallen Zurich

Prices recently added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Geneva costs CHF 3.00 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Zurich costs CHF 6.00 (5 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Zurich costs CHF 16 (5 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Zurich costs CHF 90 (5 days ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Zurich costs CHF 18 (5 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Zurich costs CHF 2.25 (5 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Zurich costs CHF 125 (5 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Zurich costs CHF 35 (5 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Zurich costs CHF 30 (5 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Zurich costs CHF 1.70 (5 days ago)

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