Cost of living in Zurich, Switzerland

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 25
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) CHF 14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.67
12 eggs, large CHF 8
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 4.10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 3.07
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 2.13
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 14
2 liters of Coca-Cola CHF 2.76
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.41
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CHF 3,439
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CHF 2,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 153
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CHF 2,612
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CHF 1,714
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CHF 124
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) CHF 45
40” flat screen TV CHF 790
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 157
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 19
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 32
Clothes
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 52
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 127
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 190
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 30,281
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.51
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 105
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 35
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 22
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 32
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) CHF 150
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) CHF 8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 5.11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.17
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 2.87
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.82
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 62
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 73
2 tickets to the movies CHF 36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 207
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 109
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 6
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
iPod nano 16GB CHF 182
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.38
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 117
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,174 prices entered by 195 different people.
Latest price update: March 30, 2017.

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