Cost of living in Basel, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Basel

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 6,322
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 3,274
  • Basel is the 4th most expensive city in Western Europe (4 out of 65)
  • Cost of living in Basel is more expensive than in 96% of cities in the World (9 out of 182)
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List of prices in Basel
Current as of Apr 2024.

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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 16
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.98
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.47
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.85
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.61
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 2.93
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 14
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.68
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.64
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 2,532
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 1,981
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 253
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,375
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 930
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 154
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 61
40” flat screen tv CHF 516
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 150
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 18
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 31
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 103
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 119
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 194
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 26,651
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.88
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 83
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 33
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 34
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 173
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 5.26
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.98
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.20
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.06
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.67
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 46
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 80
2 tickets to the movies CHF 34
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 233
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 143
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.89
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 449
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.36
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 107
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 18 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: April 19, 2024

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Basel position in our World Ranking

the world
9th
out of 182
western europe
4th
out of 65
switzerl.
3rd
out of 5

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

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