Cost of living in Lausanne, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Lausanne

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 5,995
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 3,235
  • 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 64)
  • Cost of living in Lausanne is more expensive than in 97% of cities in the World (9 out of 266)

List of prices in Lausanne, Switzerland. Current as of Feb 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 22
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CHF 14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 12
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.58
12 eggs, large CHF 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.53
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 4.05
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.98
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.66
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 12
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.61
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 3.04
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 2,600
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 1,981
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 170
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,507
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,152
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 93
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 57
40” flat screen tv CHF 646
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 194
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 17
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 27
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 104
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 43
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 114
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 175
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 25,735
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.67
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 76
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 33
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 32
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 97
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.44
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.85
Tube of toothpaste CHF 4.00
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 39
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 75
2 tickets to the movies CHF 40
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 133
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 110
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 4.45
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 533
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 92
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 132 prices entered by 28 different people.
Latest price update: February 26, 2020

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Lausanne position in our World Ranking

the world
9th
out of 266
western europe
4th
out of 64
switzerl.
4th
out of 5

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