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 1.84
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 3.78
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.84
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 2.38
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 16
2 liters of Coca-Cola CHF 2.71
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.44
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CHF 3,011
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CHF 2,339
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 189
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CHF 1,935
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CHF 1,544
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CHF 141
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) CHF 47
40” flat screen TV CHF 628
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 170
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 18
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 30
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) CHF 116
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) CHF 57
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 127
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 26,459
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.57
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 88
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 28
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) CHF 117
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) CHF 8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 5.40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.33
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.29
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.58
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 36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 176
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 119
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB CHF 542
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.40
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.

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 259
2nd Zurich 245
3rd Basel 224
4th Lausanne 218
5th Bern 218
6th Lugano 210

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

  • 1 kg of rice in Zurich costs CHF 5.50 (2 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Zurich costs CHF 4.00 (2 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Zurich costs CHF 2.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Zurich costs CHF 15 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Zurich costs CHF 2.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Zurich costs CHF 2.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Zurich costs CHF 2.00 (2 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Zurich costs CHF 10 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Zurich costs CHF 3.00 (2 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Zurich costs CHF 10 (2 days ago)