Cost of living in Geneva, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Geneva

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €6,637 (CHF 7,178)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €3,967 (CHF 4,290)
  • 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 209)

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

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Food [Edit]
CHF EUR
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 29 (€27)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CHF 15 (€13)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 14 (€13)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.69 (€1.56)
12 eggs, large CHF 8 (€8)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.70 (€4.34)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 11 (€11)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 4.48 (€4.14)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 3.14 (€2.90)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.97 (€1.82)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 18 (€16)
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.55 (€2.35)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 3.48 (€3.21)
Housing [Edit]
CHF EUR
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 3,767 (€3,483)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 2,780 (€2,571)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 144 (€133)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,679 (€1,553)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,336 (€1,235)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 122 (€113)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 43 (€40)
40” flat screen tv CHF 636 (€588)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 121 (€112)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 13 (€12)
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 25 (€23)
Clothes [Edit]
CHF EUR
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 112 (€103)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 55 (€51)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 134 (€124)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 201 (€186)
Transportation [Edit]
CHF EUR
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 29,424 (€27,207)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.59 (€1.47)
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 67 (€62)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 36 (€34)
Personal Care [Edit]
CHF EUR
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 12 (€11)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 29 (€27)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 124 (€115)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 9 (€8)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.29 (€3.96)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.64 (€4.29)
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.62 (€3.35)
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.64 (€3.36)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 36 (€33)
Entertainment [Edit]
CHF EUR
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 77 (€71)
2 tickets to the movies CHF 36 (€34)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 146 (€135)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 113 (€104)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 21 (€19)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.11 (€4.72)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7 (€7)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 589 (€544)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.57 (€0.52)
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 89 (€82)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 9 (€8)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 260 prices entered by 57 different people.
Latest price update: November 28, 2020

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Geneva position in our World Ranking

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2nd
out of 209
western europe
1st
out of 53
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1st
out of 5

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