Cost of living in Zurich, Switzerland

Summary of cost of living in Zurich

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CHF 6,600
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CHF 3,811
  • Zurich is the 2nd most expensive city in Western Europe (2 out of 53)
  • Zurich is the 3rd most expensive city in the World (3 out of 217)
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List of prices in Zurich, Switzerland. Current as of Oct 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 27
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 1.54
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 3.97
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 3.61
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.63
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.60
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 12
2 liters of coca-cola CHF 2.48
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.30
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CHF 3,277
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CHF 2,295
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 137
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CHF 2,098
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CHF 1,431
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CHF 151
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CHF 41
40” flat screen tv CHF 426
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 135
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 22
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 30
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CHF 120
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CHF 60
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 129
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 181
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 26,514
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.49
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 85
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 38
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 28
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CHF 144
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CHF 7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 5.13
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 4.89
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.44
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.52
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 37
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 69
2 tickets to the movies CHF 39
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 262
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 108
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CHF 464
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.42
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 109
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 521 prices entered by 59 different people.
Latest price update: October 28, 2020

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Zurich position in our World Ranking

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out of 217
western europe
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out of 53
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out of 5

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