Cost of living in Basel, Switzerland

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) CHF 13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.61
12 eggs, large CHF 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 3.97
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.76
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.55
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.96
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 15
2 liters of Coca-Cola CHF 2.72
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.09
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CHF 2,534
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CHF 1,918
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 220
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CHF 1,390
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CHF 1,127
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CHF 138
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) CHF 49
40” flat screen TV CHF 787
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 149
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 12
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 28
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) CHF 107
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 148
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 173
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 25,250
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.49
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 77
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 34
Personal Care
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 5.48
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.65
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.01
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.69
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 44
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 73
2 tickets to the movies CHF 38
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 191
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 137
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.01
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 8
iPod nano 16GB CHF 175
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.33
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 101
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 264 prices entered by 27 different people.
Latest price update: March 29, 2017.

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