Cost of living in Geneva, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Geneva

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 7,401
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 4,388
  • Geneva is the most expensive city in Switzerl. (1 out of 5)
  • Geneva is the most expensive city in Western Europe (1 out of 53)
  • Geneva is the 2nd most expensive city in the World (2 out of 217)

List of prices in Geneva, Switzerland. Current as of Oct 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 28
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CHF 15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 15
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.77
12 eggs, large CHF 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.71
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 4.87
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 3.14
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.91
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 18
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.55
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 3.38
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 3,867
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 2,838
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 266
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,678
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,387
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 148
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 42
40” flat screen tv CHF 697
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 121
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 13
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 25
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 112
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 134
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 201
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 28,527
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.67
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 68
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 36
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 29
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 124
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.64
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.62
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.64
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 36
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 81
2 tickets to the movies CHF 36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 146
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 124
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 21
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.11
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 589
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.57
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 94
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 9
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 228 prices entered by 55 different people.
Latest price update: October 29, 2020

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