Cost of living in Basel, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Basel

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 5,937
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 2,989

List of prices in Basel
Current as of Jan 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 16
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 14
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.85
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 4.01
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.91
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 3.51
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 15
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.89
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.39
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 2,047
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 1,936
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 229
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,518
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 947
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 142
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 68
40” flat screen tv CHF 715
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 130
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 12
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 30
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 49
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 123
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 175
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 24,579
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.62
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 81
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 39
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 15
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 36
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 131
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 5.39
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 5.03
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.76
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.52
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.65
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 44
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 69
2 tickets to the movies CHF 36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 219
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 134
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 454
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.37
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 103
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 56 prices entered by 11 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2022

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