Cost of living in Zurich, Switzerland

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 27
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 1.73
12 eggs, large CHF 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 5.19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 4.35
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 3.21
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.91
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 18
2 liters of Coca-Cola CHF 2.73
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.60
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CHF 3,356
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CHF 2,527
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 143
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CHF 2,266
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CHF 1,737
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CHF 93
Internet 8MB (1 month) CHF 42
40” flat screen TV CHF 661
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 170
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 12
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) CHF 116
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) CHF 47
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 129
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 202
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 31,251
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.46
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 97
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 121
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 57
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 75
2 tickets to the movies CHF 37
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 200
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 123
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 5.89
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
iPod nano 16GB CHF 179
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.33
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 120
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,079 prices entered by 160 different people.
Latest price update: August 24, 2016.

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