Cost of living in Lausanne, Switzerland

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) CHF 14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.62
12 eggs, large CHF 5.64
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.17
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 4.43
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.87
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.67
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 12
2 liters of Coca-Cola CHF 2.84
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.61
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CHF 2,918
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CHF 2,280
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 165
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CHF 1,415
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CHF 1,069
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CHF 87
Internet 8MB (1 month) CHF 61
40” flat screen TV CHF 661
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 162
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 16
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 26
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) CHF 101
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) CHF 39
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 107
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 173
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 23,048
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.54
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 71
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 33
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 26
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) CHF 96
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) CHF 8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 5.22
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 6
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 4.50
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.86
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 37
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 68
2 tickets to the movies CHF 36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 106
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 15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 4.20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
iPod nano 16GB CHF 173
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.34
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 95
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 215 prices entered by 24 different people.
Latest price update: August 30, 2016.

Lausanne position in our World Ranking

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