Cost of living in Geneva, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Geneva

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 7,188
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 4,537
  • Geneva is the most expensive city in Switzerl. (1 out of 4)
  • Geneva is the 2nd most expensive city in Western Europe (2 out of 83)
  • Cost of living in Geneva is more expensive than in 98% of cities in the World (6 out of 271)
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List of prices in Geneva
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 26
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CHF 16
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.64
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 2.96
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.39
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 1.92
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 2.03
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 17
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.88
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.73
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 4,026
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 3,070
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 145
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 2,187
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,808
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 120
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 55
40” flat screen tv CHF 636
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 121
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 13
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 25
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 104
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 51
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 114
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 185
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 30,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.94
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 70
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 35
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 29
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 124
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.64
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.62
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.64
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 35
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 77
2 tickets to the movies CHF 38
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 146
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 112
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 20
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 4.32
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 589
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.16
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 71
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 9
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 94 prices entered by 31 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

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Geneva position in our World Ranking

the world
6th
out of 271
western europe
2nd
out of 83
switzerl.
1st
out of 4

Cheapest and most expensive products in Geneva compared to other cities:

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