Cost of living in Basel, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Basel

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 5,991
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 3,114
  • Basel is the 3rd most expensive city in Western Europe (3 out of 70)
  • Cost of living in Basel is more expensive than in 98% of cities in the World (7 out of 285)

List of prices in Basel, Switzerland. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 24
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 1.75
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 3.24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 3.49
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 16
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.78
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.39
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 2,247
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 1,994
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 221
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,727
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 970
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 149
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 59
40” flat screen tv CHF 695
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 134
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 12
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 29
Clothes [Edit]
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 47
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 120
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 177
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 23,749
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.60
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 83
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 39
Personal Care [Edit]
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 118
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 3.04
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.65
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 44
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 68
2 tickets to the movies CHF 41
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 199
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 135
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.17
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 181 prices entered by 22 different people.
Latest price update: January 21, 2020

Basel position in our World Ranking

the world
7th
out of 285
western europe
3rd
out of 70
switzerl.
3rd
out of 5

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

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