Cost of living in Zurich, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Zurich

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 6,476
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 3,709
  • Zurich is the 2nd most expensive city in Western Europe (2 out of 50)
  • Zurich is the 3rd most expensive city in the World (3 out of 200)
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List of prices in Zurich, Switzerland. Current as of Feb 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 27
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CHF 14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.53
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.07
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.53
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.52
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 14
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.36
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.46
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 3,122
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 2,296
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 140
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,930
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,287
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 142
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 37
40” flat screen tv CHF 429
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 130
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 19
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 30
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 111
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 63
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 125
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 186
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 26,329
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.46
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 91
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 41
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 16
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 29
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 130
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.83
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.57
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.38
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.61
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 40
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 73
2 tickets to the movies CHF 34
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 262
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 98
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.03
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 470
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.39
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 101
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 626 prices entered by 72 different people.
Latest price update: February 24, 2021

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Zurich position in our World Ranking

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out of 200
western europe
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out of 4

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