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:

  • $ 103 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2653* (2352 CHF)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 156 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 65 per person
  • $ 39 per person
  • $ 22 per person

Total budget:

$ 5680* (5040 CHF)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 206 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 111 per person
  • $ 81 per person
  • $ 44 per person

Total budget:

$ 9429* (8344 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 2020

Cost of living: Switzerland VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Switzerland in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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
Zug 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Zug
Zurich 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Zurich
Geneva 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Geneva
Buchs 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Buchs
Winterthur 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Winterthur
Wil 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Wil
Lausanne 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Lausanne
Davos 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Davos
Bern 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Bern

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Local prices in Switzerland by expense type

Switzerland: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Switzerland is 65% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 29/person
($ 17 to $ 46)

71% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 58/person
($ 41 to $ 85)

82% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 16/person
($ 14 to $ 21)

79% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 7.9 for 500ml
($ 5.6 to $ 10.2)

44% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.7 for 330ml
($ 1.2 to $ 4.5)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 5.1/cup
($ 3.7 to $ 6.8)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 4.5/can
($ 3.3 to $ 5.6)

121% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 3.9/bottle
($ 2.9 to $ 5.6)

129% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Switzerland: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Switzerland is 22% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 109/night
($ 96 to $ 126)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 136/night
($ 104 to $ 175)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 177/night
($ 141 to $ 223)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 235/night
($ 183 to $ 321)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 499/night
($ 358 to $ 722)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 124/month
($ 106 to $ 151)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 261/month
($ 164 to $ 463)

52% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 273/month
($ 156 to $ 496)

63% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 164/month
($ 109 to $ 281)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 398/month
($ 266 to $ 630)

125% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Switzerland: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Switzerland is 67% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 2.3)

95% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 3.2/500g
($ 1.3 to $ 4.5)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 3.3/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 5.6)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 6.3/12 eggs
($ 3.6 to $ 9.7)

141% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 27/kg
($ 17 to $ 52)

118% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 29/kg
($ 17 to $ 39)

206% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 4.5/kg
($ 3.3 to $ 6.3)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 4.2/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 6.8)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 4.7/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 6.8)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3.2/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 4.5)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 2.7/salad
($ 1.6 to $ 4.5)

50% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1
($ 0.2 to $ 2.3)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 58/kg
($ 29 to $ 97)

331% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Switzerland: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Switzerland is 89% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 4.1/ticket
($ 3.1 to $ 5.6)

48% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 91/month
($ 76 to $ 137)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 4.5/km
($ 3.3 to $ 7.9)

144% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1.7 to $ 2)

135% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 7.9
($ 6.8 to $ 13)

124% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 69/24hrs
($ 26 to $ 173)

73% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Switzerland: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Switzerland is 54% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 219/month
($ 119 to $ 385)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

109% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 67/month
($ 52 to $ 102)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1703/month
($ 1130 to $ 2596)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1501
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1320/month
($ 904 to $ 2032)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1204
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 3185/month
($ 2144 to $ 4514)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2433
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 2487/month
($ 1694 to $ 3611)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1912
Gym
Gym
$ 97/month
($ 57 to $ 165)

125% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 2556/month
($ 1694 to $ 3386)

143% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1054
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 30192/yr
($ 22563 to $ 39487)

63% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18546

Switzerland: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Switzerland is 95% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 22/ticket
($ 20 to $ 28)

62% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 40/hr
($ 29 to $ 52)

128% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Switzerland: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Switzerland is 64% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 9.6/pack
($ 9.1 to $ 10.2)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 122
($ 63 to $ 170)

141% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 59
($ 35 to $ 91)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Trainers
Trainers
$ 131
($ 81 to $ 170)

55% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 185
($ 102 to $ 284)

71% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → Zurich
Los Angeles  → Zurich
Los Angeles  → Zurich
$ 1144
(fair price: $ 762)
New York City → Geneva
New York City → Geneva
New York City → Geneva
$ 986
(fair price: $ 651)
New York City → Zurich
New York City → Zurich
New York City → Zurich
$ 891
(fair price: $ 557)
Toronto (Ontario) → Zurich
Toronto (Ontario) → Zurich
Toronto (Ontario) → Zurich
$ 823
(fair price: $ 727)
Los Angeles → Geneva
Los Angeles  → Geneva
Los Angeles  → Geneva
$ 825
(fair price: $ 680)
Edinburgh → Geneva
Edinburgh → Geneva
Edinburgh → Geneva
$ 223
(fair price: $ 179)
Toronto (Ontario) → Geneva
Toronto (Ontario) → Geneva
Toronto (Ontario) → Geneva
$ 821
(fair price: $ 727)
Dublin → Geneva
Dublin → Geneva
Dublin → Geneva
$ 213
(fair price: $ 167)
Montreal → Geneva
Montreal → Geneva
Montreal → Geneva
$ 937
(fair price: $ 787)
Sydney → Zurich
Sydney → Zurich
Sydney → Zurich
$ 1290
(fair price: $ 1044)
Melbourne → Zurich
Melbourne → Zurich
Melbourne → Zurich
$ 1303
(fair price: $ 1065)
Dublin → Zurich
Dublin → Zurich
Dublin → Zurich
$ 243
(fair price: $ 188)
Manchester → Geneva
Manchester → Geneva
Manchester → Geneva
$ 223
(fair price: $ 167)
Montreal → Zurich
Montreal → Zurich
Montreal → Zurich
$ 981
(fair price: $ 839)
Sydney → Geneva
Sydney → Geneva
Sydney → Geneva
$ 1382
(fair price: $ 1150)
Perth → Zurich
Perth → Zurich
Perth → Zurich
$ 1225
(fair price: $ 998)
Edinburgh → Zurich
Edinburgh → Zurich
Edinburgh → Zurich
$ 304
(fair price: $ 245)
Auckland → Zurich
Auckland → Zurich
Auckland → Zurich
$ 1456
(fair price: $ 1125)
Melbourne → Geneva
Melbourne → Geneva
Melbourne → Geneva
$ 1457
(fair price: $ 1219)
Manchester → Zurich
Manchester → Zurich
Manchester → Zurich
$ 254
(fair price: $ 206)
Perth → Geneva
Perth → Geneva
Perth → Geneva
$ 1571
(fair price: $ 1265)
London → Geneva
London → Geneva
London → Geneva
$ 225
(fair price: $ 143)
Auckland → Geneva
Auckland → Geneva
Auckland → Geneva
$ 1624
(fair price: $ 1253)
London → Zurich
London → Zurich
London → Zurich
$ 204
(fair price: $ 171)

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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 31-03-2020.

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