Cost of living in Lugano, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Lugano

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 6,020
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 3,213
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Lugano
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 24
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 1.46
12 eggs, large CHF 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.37
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 4.12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.70
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.96
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 18
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.46
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.63
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 2,564
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 1,920
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 235
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 1,429
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,059
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio -
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) -
40” flat screen tv CHF 543
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 192
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 12
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 25
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 112
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 61
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 123
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas -
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 54
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 39
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 40
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 5.29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.81
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 2.91
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.99
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 36
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 67
2 tickets to the movies CHF 33
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 115
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 100
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 3.80
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 501
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.38
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 95
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 53 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2022

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