Cost of living in Switzerland

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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 13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.68
12 eggs, large CHF 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.01
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.87
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 3.00
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 2.23
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 15
2 liters of Coca-Cola CHF 2.47
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.44
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CHF 2,894
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CHF 2,232
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 199
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CHF 1,860
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CHF 1,300
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CHF 152
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) CHF 46
40” flat screen TV CHF 534
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 166
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 17
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 48
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 135
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 185
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 27,425
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.88
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 88
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 33
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) CHF 115
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) CHF 5.98
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.61
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.25
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.13
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.34
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 44
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 70
2 tickets to the movies CHF 38
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 149
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 106
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.05
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB CHF 497
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.36
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 91
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 Zurich 245
2nd Geneva 236
3rd Basel 231
4th Lausanne 222
5th Lugano 213
6th Bern 211

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

Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Zurich costs CHF 5,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Zurich costs CHF 1.80 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Zurich costs CHF 1.20 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Zurich costs CHF 24 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Zurich costs CHF 3.50 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Zurich costs CHF 9 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Zurich costs CHF 2.00 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Zurich costs CHF 10 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Zurich costs CHF 14 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Zurich costs CHF 20 (about 16 hours ago)