Cost of living in Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Switzerland

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 6,350
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 3,565
  • Switzerland is the most expensive country in Western Europe (1 out of 19)
  • Switzerland is the 3rd most expensive country in the World (3 out of 90)
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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 14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 12
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.62
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.31
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.71
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.65
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.87
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 15
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.62
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.39
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 3,037
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 2,137
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 201
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,760
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,340
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 128
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 49
40” flat screen tv CHF 650
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 130
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 18
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 31
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 108
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 61
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 139
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 190
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 27,559
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.65
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 76
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 45
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 113
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 5.20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.25
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.62
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.79
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.53
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 35
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 75
2 tickets to the movies CHF 37
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 114
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 114
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
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 494
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.37
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 90
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 8

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:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

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 Geneva 271
2nd Zurich 269
3rd Basel 255
4th Lausanne 245
5th Bern 238
6th Lugano 236

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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List of all cities available in Switzerland

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

Prices recently added

  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Geneva costs CHF 160 (5 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Geneva costs CHF 60 (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Geneva costs CHF 1,300 (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Geneva costs CHF 1,600 (5 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Geneva costs CHF 2,400 (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Geneva costs CHF 3,000 (5 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Geneva costs CHF 3.60 (5 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Geneva costs CHF 2.50 (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Geneva costs CHF 2.80 (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Geneva costs CHF 4.00 (5 days ago)