Cost of living in Zurich, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Zurich

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 7,054
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 4,157
  • Zurich is the most expensive city in Switzerl. (1 out of 4)
  • Zurich is the most expensive city in Western Europe (1 out of 83)
  • Zurich is the 3rd most expensive city in the World (3 out of 234)
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List of prices in Zurich
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 25
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CHF 15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.71
12 eggs, large CHF 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 2.62
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.53
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.29
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.99
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 14
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.98
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 3,666
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 2,593
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 146
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,988
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,421
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 94
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 50
40” flat screen tv CHF 412
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 115
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 18
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 35
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 149
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 52
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 110
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 191
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 29,682
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.91
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 90
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 48
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 15
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 135
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.61
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.41
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 51
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 75
2 tickets to the movies CHF 39
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 138
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 116
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 526
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.25
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 93
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 9
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 411 prices entered by 61 different people.
Latest price update: September 25, 2022

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Zurich position in our World Ranking

the world
3rd
out of 234
western europe
1st
out of 83
switzerl.
1st
out of 4

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