Cost of living in Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Switzerland

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 6,197
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 3,430
  • Switzerland is the most expensive country in Western Europe (1 out of 19)
  • Switzerland is the 3rd most expensive country in the World (3 out of 95)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 25
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CHF 14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 12
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.60
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.48
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 4.18
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.64
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.97
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 16
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.90
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.35
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 2,833
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 2,110
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 214
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,618
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,199
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 132
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 39
40” flat screen tv CHF 670
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 121
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 18
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 31
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 59
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 126
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 178
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 25,335
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.62
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 71
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 45
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 113
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.41
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.30
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.84
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.41
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 35
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 69
2 tickets to the movies CHF 36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 129
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 116
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 4.92
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 530
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.37
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 100
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:
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 Zurich 244
2nd Geneva 244
3rd Basel 230
4th Lausanne 224
5th Bern 218
6th Lugano 213

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.

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List of all cities available in Switzerland

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

Prices recently added

  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Basel costs CHF 5.00 (4 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Basel costs CHF 25 (4 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Basel costs CHF 180 (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Basel costs CHF 40 (4 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Basel costs CHF 100 (4 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Basel costs CHF 25 (4 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Basel costs CHF 40 (4 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Basel costs CHF 5.00 (4 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Basel costs CHF 4.00 (4 days ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Basel costs CHF 90 (4 days ago)