Travel budget and cost of living in Switzerland how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Switzerland

Switzerland: calculate your travel budget

Switzerland: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Switzerland for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 100 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 14 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2467* (2338 CHF)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 151 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 61 per person
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 20 per person

Total budget:

$ 5293* (4998 CHF)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 199 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 105 per person
  • $ 74 per person
  • $ 39 per person

Total budget:

$ 8820* (8330 CHF)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Switzerland in 2019

Cost of living: Switzerland VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Switzerland in 2019 is 65% higher than in United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Switzerland in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Switzerland by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Switzerland compared to the national average.

Cities /Switzerland View Details
Winterthur 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Winterthur
Buchs 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Buchs
Zurich 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Zurich
Lucerne 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Lucerne
Bern 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Bern
Basel 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Basel
Geneva 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Geneva
Lausanne 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Lausanne
Davos 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Davos

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Local prices in Switzerland by expense type

Restaurant budget in Switzerland

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Switzerland is 71% more expensive than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 28/person
($ 21 to $ 33)

78% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 54/person
($ 39 to $ 65)

93% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 14/person
($ 13 to $ 16)

85% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 7.4 for 500ml
($ 5.3 to $ 8.5)

74% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 1.3 to $ 3.7)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.8/cup
($ 3.8 to $ 5.9)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 4.2/can
($ 3 to $ 5.3)

119% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 3.6/bottle
($ 2.2 to $ 4.8)

130% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Switzerland

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Switzerland is 19% more expensive than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 107/night
($ 94 to $ 125)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 131/night
($ 102 to $ 169)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 171/night
($ 139 to $ 212)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 226/night
($ 180 to $ 298)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 488/night
($ 345 to $ 727)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 121/month
($ 103 to $ 146)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 242/month
($ 155 to $ 439)

49% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 265/month
($ 151 to $ 482)

59% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 156/month
($ 103 to $ 282)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 351/month
($ 234 to $ 570)

100% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Switzerland

On average, the price of supermarket food in Switzerland is 71% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.7/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 2)

92% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.9/500g
($ 1.9 to $ 3.7)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 3/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 5.1)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 5.7/12 eggs
($ 3.8 to $ 8.5)

139% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 26/kg
($ 16 to $ 41)

121% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 28/kg
($ 16 to $ 39)

196% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 4.2/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 5.3)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 3.7/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 5.3)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 4.3/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 5.3)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.9/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 3.8)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 2.4/salad
($ 1.6 to $ 3.2)

48% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 53/kg
($ 33 to $ 76)

330% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Switzerland

On average, the price of transport in Switzerland is 84% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3.3/ticket
($ 2.9 to $ 4.7)

41% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 82/month
($ 66 to $ 96)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 4.2/km
($ 3.2 to $ 5.3)

133% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.7/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 1.9)

125% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 7.2
($ 6.3 to $ 8.5)

108% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 75/24hrs
($ 29 to $ 174)

88% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Switzerland

On average, the cost of housing in Switzerland is 61% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 192/month
($ 91 to $ 318)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

201% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 65/month
($ 44 to $ 85)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1492/month
($ 954 to $ 2118)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1186/month
($ 848 to $ 1695)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2807/month
($ 1906 to $ 4235)

28% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 2260/month
($ 1588 to $ 3176)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 88/month
($ 54 to $ 128)

127% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 2305/month
($ 1272 to $ 2912)

145% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 26743/yr
($ 21173 to $ 34934)

47% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Switzerland

On average, budget for leisure activities in Switzerland is 88% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 20/ticket
($ 17 to $ 22)

49% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 38/hr
($ 22 to $ 54)

127% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Switzerland

On average, shopping budget in Switzerland is 62% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 8.7/pack
($ 8.5 to $ 9.2)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 114
($ 76 to $ 150)

142% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 54
($ 33 to $ 85)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 119
($ 81 to $ 159)

50% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 163
($ 107 to $ 266)

60% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → Zurich
Los Angeles  → Zurich
Los Angeles  → Zurich
$ 1155
(fair price: $ 888)
New York City → Geneva
New York City → Geneva
New York City → Geneva
$ 1071
(fair price: $ 757)
Toronto (Ontario) → Zurich
Toronto (Ontario) → Zurich
Toronto (Ontario) → Zurich
$ 875
(fair price: $ 780)
Los Angeles → Geneva
Los Angeles  → Geneva
Los Angeles  → Geneva
$ 912
(fair price: $ 778)
Dublin → Geneva
Dublin → Geneva
Dublin → Geneva
$ 216
(fair price: $ 170)
New York City → Zurich
New York City → Zurich
New York City → Zurich
$ 708
(fair price: $ 563)
Manchester → Geneva
Manchester → Geneva
Manchester → Geneva
$ 262
(fair price: $ 210)
Edinburgh → Geneva
Edinburgh → Geneva
Edinburgh → Geneva
$ 237
(fair price: $ 196)
Montreal → Geneva
Montreal → Geneva
Montreal → Geneva
$ 919
(fair price: $ 826)
Dublin → Zurich
Dublin → Zurich
Dublin → Zurich
$ 257
(fair price: $ 202)
Edinburgh → Zurich
Edinburgh → Zurich
Edinburgh → Zurich
$ 303
(fair price: $ 253)
Toronto (Ontario) → Geneva
Toronto (Ontario) → Geneva
Toronto (Ontario) → Geneva
$ 887
(fair price: $ 787)
Manchester → Zurich
Manchester → Zurich
Manchester → Zurich
$ 262
(fair price: $ 222)
London → Geneva
London → Geneva
London → Geneva
$ 278
(fair price: $ 225)
Montreal → Zurich
Montreal → Zurich
Montreal → Zurich
$ 960
(fair price: $ 866)
London → Zurich
London → Zurich
London → Zurich
$ 213
(fair price: $ 195)

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About the information on the cost of living in Switzerland

The information about the cost of living in Switzerland shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Switzerland updated on 21-05-2019.

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