Cost of living in Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Switzerland

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 6,708
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 3,928
  • Switzerland is the most expensive country in Western Europe (1 out of 18)
  • Switzerland is the 2nd most expensive country in the World (2 out of 70)
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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 15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.66
12 eggs, large CHF 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 3.99
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.53
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.90
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 14
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.31
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.56
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 3,365
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 2,532
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 1,896
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,449
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 97
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 50
40” flat screen tv CHF 479
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 106
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 12
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 33
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 105
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 50
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 115
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 182
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 31,210
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 2.05
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 79
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 15
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 35
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 130
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 5.29
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.05
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.98
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 2.69
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.07
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 50
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 67
2 tickets to the movies CHF 39
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 85
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 113
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 813
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.22
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 81
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 9

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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:
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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 212
2nd Zurich 208
3rd Basel 196
4th Lausanne 195
5th Bern 192
6th Lugano 182
7th St. Gallen 162

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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