Cost of living in Switzerland

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 26
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) CHF 14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.82
12 eggs, large CHF 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.54
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.81
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.87
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 2.54
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 16
2 liters of Coca-Cola CHF 2.58
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.44
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CHF 2,933
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CHF 2,366
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 168
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CHF 1,863
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CHF 1,532
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CHF 127
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) CHF 46
40” flat screen TV CHF 585
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 174
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 18
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) CHF 114
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 123
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 184
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 26,201
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.72
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 89
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 32
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) CHF 118
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) CHF 7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 5.03
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.18
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.33
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.60
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 43
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 73
2 tickets to the movies CHF 37
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 151
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 115
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
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 537
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.34
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 96
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes CHF 8

Map of Cost of Living in Switzerland

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This map shows only the top cities in Switzerland. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Switzerland

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Geneva 239
2nd Zurich 229
3rd Basel 211
4th Lausanne 206
5th Bern 203
6th Lugano 200

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Are you moving to Switzerland? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Switzerl. of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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List of all cities available in Switzerland

Aarau Basel Bern
Geneva Lausanne Lugano
Neuchatel Schaffhausen Sion
St. Gallen Zurich

Recent Prices Added

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Zurich costs CHF 8 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Zurich costs CHF 100 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Zurich costs CHF 36 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Zurich costs CHF 75 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Zurich costs CHF 25 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Zurich costs CHF 45 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Zurich costs CHF 8 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Zurich costs CHF 60 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Zurich costs CHF 35 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Zurich costs CHF 3,000 (about 13 hours ago)