Cost of living in Zurich, Switzerland

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 26
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 1.63
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.54
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 4.03
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 3.20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.84
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 15
2 liters of Coca-Cola CHF 2.79
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.31
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CHF 3,438
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CHF 2,589
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 130
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CHF 2,392
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CHF 1,553
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CHF 93
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) CHF 43
40” flat screen TV CHF 651
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 171
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 14
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 30
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) CHF 118
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) CHF 53
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 130
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 206
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 30,689
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.46
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 107
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 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 33
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) CHF 123
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) CHF 8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 4.80
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 5.26
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.03
Tube of toothpaste CHF 4.04
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 62
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 82
2 tickets to the movies CHF 37
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 217
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 122
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 6
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
iPod nano 16GB CHF 175
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.30
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 104
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,014 prices entered by 171 different people.
Latest price update: January 21, 2017.

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