Cost of living in Switzerland in 2021

Cost of living in Switzerland

Last updated: March 2021

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Food prices in Switzerland$CHF
Bread (400 g) 3.01 2.79
Milk (1 l) 1.70 1.58
Eggs (12) 5.69 5.27
Cheese (1 kg) 25.26 23.41
Chicken fillet (1 kg) 25.50 23.63
White rice (1 kg) 3.23 2.99
Onion (1 kg) 2.70 2.50
Salad (1 kg) 2.30 2.13
Potatoes (1 kg) 2.65 2.46
Tomatoes (1 kg) 3.99 3.70
Avocado (1 kg) 4.50 4.17
Kiwi (1 kg) 3.60 3.34
Bananas (1 kg) 3.27 3.03
Apples (1 kg) 4.11 3.81
Oranges (1 kg) 3.57 3.31
Beef (1 kg) 37.36 34.62
Pork (1 kg) 37.09 34.37
Mineral water (1.5 l) 1.25 1.16
Restaurants in Switzerland$CHF
Lunch for 1 person (budget restaurant) 24.87 23.05
Lunch for 1 person (average restaurant) 50.29 46.61
Cup of cappuccino 5.15 4.77
Coca Cola or Pepsi (330 ml bottle) 4.43 4.11
Water (500 ml) 3.25 3.01
Big Mac menu 14.27 13.23
Standard dinner for 2 at a local pub 100.38 93.03
Alcohol prices in Switzerland$CHF
Beer (500 ml) 2.11 1.96
Imported beer (330 ml) 2.33 2.16
Local wine (1 bottle) 12.23 11.33
Vodka, rum or brandy 15.80 14.64
A pack of cigarettes 8.44 7.82
Hotel prices (1 night) in Switzerland$CHF
Hostel (for 1 person) 46.50 43.09
Budget hotel (2-3 stars, 1 night) 142.50 132.07
4 star hotel 218.25 202.27
Expensive hotel (5 stars) 405.25 375.57
Rent prices in Switzerland$CHF
1-room apartment in the city center 1748.00 1620.00
1-room apartment in a residential area 1313.25 1217.08
3-room apartment in the city center 3123.50 2894.77
3-room apartment in a residential area 2465.25 2284.72
Internet 62.18 57.63
Transport in Switzerland$CHF
Public transport (1 way ticket) 3.76 3.48
Public transport (1 month) 78.83 73.06
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.89 6.39
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 3.43 3.18
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 67.37 62.44
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.62 1.50
Household expenses in Switzerland$CHF
Cold and flu kit (for 6 days) 15.51 14.37
Packaging of antibiotics 32.89 30.48
Pack of tampons 8.60 7.97
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 6.12 5.67
Toothpaste 3.99 3.70
1 visit to a private doctor 128.50 119.09
Men's haircut in a barbershop 45.25 41.94
Shampoo 5.83 5.40
Fun in Switzerland$CHF
1 movie ticket 19.63 18.19
1 theater ticket 82.50 76.46
Rent a tennis court (1 hour) 36.24 33.59
Gym (monthly subscription) 97.89 90.72
Cocktail at a nightclub 17.50 16.22
Others in Switzerland$CHF
Levis jeans or similar brands 118.75 110.05
Summer dress (Zara, H&M, ...) 73.50 68.12
Sports sneakers (Nike, Adidas, Reebok) 132.00 122.33
Men's Shoes 195.25 180.95

Similar to the UK, there is a cost of living in Switzerland which is quite high - also similar to the UK. The exception is you can only really live in either Zurich or Geneva. In comparison to other European capitals, or any capital for that matter (except maybe Tokyo) these wages are quite high.

In comparing cost of living in all major cities in the world, you'll see that Zurich is actually the 4th most expensive city! Geneva is just above. The other Swiss cities are pretty much cheaper than this - the cheapest being Lausanne at around £700 per month. I think so, Switzerland is a land of milk and honey but it is pretty expensive to live in Switzerland on an expat package.

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