Cost of living in Bern, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Bern

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 5,721
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 2,899
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Bern
Current as of Jun 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 26
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CHF 13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.61
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 3.65
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.47
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.39
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 3.19
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 15
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.69
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.10
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 2,151
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 1,737
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 202
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,542
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,064
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 96
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 44
40” flat screen tv CHF 600
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 203
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 8
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 29
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 99
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 55
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 127
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 138
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 24,651
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.62
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 90
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 38
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 34
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 125
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.79
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.64
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.63
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.45
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 41
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 68
2 tickets to the movies CHF 37
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 111
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.08
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 551
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.36
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 100
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 97 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: June 30, 2022

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