Cost of living in Bern, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Bern

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 5,672
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 2,944
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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List of prices in Bern, Switzerland. Current as of May 2020.

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Food [Edit]
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 14
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.75
12 eggs, large CHF 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.50
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.88
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 1.94
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 2.00
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 14
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.63
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 1.75
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 2,233
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 1,783
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 184
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,391
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,037
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 133
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 42
40” flat screen tv CHF 705
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 117
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 10
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 28
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 106
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 59
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 146
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 143
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 25,417
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.50
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 86
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 42
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 36
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 97
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 5.07
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.49
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.33
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.33
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 45
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 62
2 tickets to the movies CHF 35
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 164
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 99
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 4.36
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 6
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 551
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 97
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 171 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: May 28, 2020

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