Cost of living in Lausanne, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Lausanne

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 6,224
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 3,310
  • Lausanne is the 2nd cheapest city in Switzerl. (4 out of 5)
  • Lausanne is the 4th most expensive city in Western Europe (4 out of 76)
  • Cost of living in Lausanne is more expensive than in 96% of cities in the World (11 out of 229)
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List of prices in Lausanne
Current as of May 2023.

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Food Update prices
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 10
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.52
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 3.97
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.96
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.04
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 2.37
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 12
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.54
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.44
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 2,710
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 1,916
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 205
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,767
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,201
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 90
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 46
40” flat screen tv CHF 660
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 160
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 18
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 35
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 123
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 67
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 152
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 207
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 28,154
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.81
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 81
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 32
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 19
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 38
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 102
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.59
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.62
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 2.90
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.79
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 46
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 74
2 tickets to the movies CHF 39
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 147
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 112
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 19
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.04
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 708
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.36
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 79
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 113 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: May 31, 2023

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