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Zurich travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Zurich

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 89 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 27 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2439* (2296 CHF)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 139 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 60 per person
  • $ 38 per person
  • $ 20 per person

Total budget:

$ 5210* (4900 CHF)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 189 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 103 per person
  • $ 76 per person
  • $ 39 per person

Total budget:

$ 8681* (8162 CHF)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Zurich compared to Switzerland in 2019

On average, the cost of living in Zurich in 2019 is 73% higher than the average cost of living in United States.

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Zurich in 2019 compared to average prices in United States:


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Local prices in Zurich by expense type

Restaurant budget in Zurich

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Zurich is 81% more expensive than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 27/person
($ 22 to $ 33)

78% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 53/person
($ 35 to $ 64)

91% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 15/person
($ 13 to $ 17)

99% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 7.3 for 500ml
($ 5.3 to $ 8.4)

74% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3 for 330ml
($ 2.2 to $ 4.2)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 5.1/cup
($ 4.2 to $ 5.7)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 4.4/can
($ 3.1 to $ 5.3)

133% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 3.8/bottle
($ 3.1 to $ 5.3)

154% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Zurich

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Zurich is 26% more expensive than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 126/night
($ 98 to $ 171)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 116/night
($ 77 to $ 159)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 162/night
($ 114 to $ 220)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 216/night
($ 138 to $ 308)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 582/night
($ 348 to $ 1030)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 102/month
($ 76 to $ 130)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 324/month
($ 121 to $ 861)

100% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 303/month
($ 159 to $ 525)

83% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 134/month
($ 101 to $ 183)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 392/month
($ 183 to $ 770)

124% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Zurich

On average, the price of supermarket food in Zurich is 75% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 2.2)

105% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 3/500g
($ 2.2 to $ 4.2)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 2.9/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 4.2)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 5.9/12 eggs
($ 4.2 to $ 8.4)

145% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 28/kg
($ 17 to $ 44)

147% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 28/kg
($ 20 to $ 36)

200% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 4.4/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 5.3)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 4.4/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 6.3)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 4.4/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 5.3)

6% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3.1/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 4.2)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 2.6/salad
($ 2.2 to $ 3.1)

66% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 54/kg
($ 29 to $ 75)

343% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Zurich

On average, the price of transport in Zurich is 96% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 4.2/ticket
($ 3.1 to $ 4.8)

94% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.2
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 90/month
($ 70 to $ 106)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 4.2/km
($ 3.3 to $ 5.3)

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

129% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 8.4
($ 6.3 to $ 8.4)

141% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 64/24hrs
($ 2.4 to $ 202)

61% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Zurich

On average, the cost of housing in Zurich is 69% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 189/month
($ 90 to $ 316)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.6)

167% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 60/month
($ 44 to $ 85)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1798/month
($ 1260 to $ 2413)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1360
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1338/month
($ 944 to $ 1888)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1072
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 3332/month
($ 2622 to $ 4615)

52% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2205
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 2511/month
($ 1888 to $ 3357)

47% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1719
Gym
Gym
$ 84/month
($ 63 to $ 127)

118% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 2574/month
($ 1679 to $ 3147)

175% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 937
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 30967/yr
($ 17826 to $ 38796)

72% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18108

Leisure activity budget in Zurich

On average, budget for leisure activities in Zurich is 97% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 20/ticket
($ 18 to $ 22)

50% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 40/hr
($ 30 to $ 59)

143% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Zurich

On average, shopping budget in Zurich is 70% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 8.4/pack
($ 8.4 to $ 9.1)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 118
($ 64 to $ 147)

150% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 53
($ 33 to $ 75)

40% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 131
($ 85 to $ 169)

65% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 181
($ 127 to $ 263)

79% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → Zurich
Los Angeles  → Zurich
Los Angeles  → Zurich
$ 1099
(fair price: $ 878)
Toronto (Ontario) → Zurich
Toronto (Ontario) → Zurich
Toronto (Ontario) → Zurich
$ 861
(fair price: $ 766)
New York City → Zurich
New York City → Zurich
New York City → Zurich
$ 694
(fair price: $ 561)
Dublin → Zurich
Dublin → Zurich
Dublin → Zurich
$ 248
(fair price: $ 193)
Edinburgh → Zurich
Edinburgh → Zurich
Edinburgh → Zurich
$ 300
(fair price: $ 250)
Montreal → Zurich
Montreal → Zurich
Montreal → Zurich
$ 967
(fair price: $ 861)
Manchester → Zurich
Manchester → Zurich
Manchester → Zurich
$ 255
(fair price: $ 216)
Sydney → Zurich
Sydney → Zurich
Sydney → Zurich
$ 1204
(fair price: $ 1066)
London → Zurich
London → Zurich
London → Zurich
$ 214
(fair price: $ 196)
Melbourne → Zurich
Melbourne → Zurich
Melbourne → Zurich
$ 1206
(fair price: $ 1117)
Perth → Zurich
Perth → Zurich
Perth → Zurich
$ 1188
(fair price: $ 1028)
Auckland → Zurich
Auckland → Zurich
Auckland → Zurich
$ 1352
(fair price: $ 1191)

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About this information on the cost of living in Zurich

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

The information about the cost of living in Zurich was updated on 08-06-2019.

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