Cost of living in Lugano, Switzerland

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 26
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) CHF 13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.59
12 eggs, large CHF 5.77
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 3.87
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.84
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.41
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 2.21
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 21
2 liters of Coca-Cola CHF 2.80
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 3.24
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CHF 2,458
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CHF 1,830
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 212
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CHF 1,333
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CHF 1,032
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CHF 109
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) CHF 44
40” flat screen TV CHF 579
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 135
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 15
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 24
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) CHF 105
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) CHF 54
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 131
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 193
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 28,469
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.45
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 55
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 25
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 43
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) CHF 114
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) CHF 8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 5.87
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.24
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.02
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.82
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 38
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 65
2 tickets to the movies CHF 34
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 118
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 115
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 4.03
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 6
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB CHF 556
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.41
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 121
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 172 prices entered by 13 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2018.

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