Cost of Living in Zurich

Cost of living in Zurich is 32.33% higher than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 1,470.53$ (1,461.56Fr.) and for four person family at 5,433.93$ (5,400.78Fr.) (without rent).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 Fr. 20.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 Fr. 80.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 13.75 Fr. 12.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 7.75 Fr. 6.00-8.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.50 Fr. 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.89 Fr. 4.50-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 4.42 Fr. 3.50-5.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 3.66 Fr. 2.50-4.50
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.87 Fr. 4.92-6.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.69 Fr. 2.27-3.18
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.23 Fr. 0.91-1.45
Eggs (12) 5.76 Fr. 4.44-7.70
Local Cheese (1 lb) 9.81 Fr. 6.80-13.61
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 12.60 Fr. 9.07-14.97
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19.87 Fr. 17.69-23.72
Apples (1 lb) 1.67 Fr. 1.32-2.18
Banana (1 lb) 1.32 Fr. 1.18-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 1.30 Fr. 0.91-1.81
Tomato (1 lb) 2.01 Fr. 1.59-2.45
Potato (1 lb) 1.38 Fr. 0.86-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 0.98 Fr. 0.68-1.13
Lettuce (1 head) 2.39 Fr. 1.90-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.24 Fr. 0.95-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 Fr. 10.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.74 Fr. 1.30-2.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.09 Fr. 1.20-3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 8.00 Fr. 7.50-8.50
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.30 Fr. 3.30-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 87.00 Fr. 84.00-126.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 7.00 Fr. 6.00-8.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 6.28 Fr. 5.63-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 77.40 Fr. 65.00-100.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.74 Fr. 5.30-6.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 Fr. 20,450.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 204.12 Fr. 113.33-279.79
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.34 Fr. 0.23-0.50
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 47.48 Fr. 35.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 92.23 Fr. 66.67-114.58
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 36.66 Fr. 25.00-50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 Fr. 17.00-20.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 116.08 Fr. 100.00-140.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 64.42 Fr. 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 132.17 Fr. 100.00-160.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 184.48 Fr. 150.00-250.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,821.03 Fr. 1,429.00-2,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,435.68 Fr. 1,000.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,351.56 Fr. 2,600.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,488.33 Fr. 2,000.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,556.63 Fr. 1,114.83-1,858.05
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 935.73 Fr. 794.31-1,096.25
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 6,272.76 Fr. 5,000.00-8,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 1.70 1.20-2.00

Prices in Zurich, Switzerland

These data are based on 1895 entries in the past 12 months from 196 different contributors.
Last update: February, 2016
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26 Comments so far
#ankur on Oct 23, 2015 :
Hlo friends. Actually I. Am coming there for study so could you tell me living cost of Zurich
#magicsign on Oct 22, 2015 :
It's funny how people get impressed by the swiss salaries and they don't even realize how much their cost of living is high.
#Anna on Jul 13, 2015 :
HI, What is the best school district for children in middle and upper school in Zurich and its nearby suburbs?
#ABB on Jun 09, 2015 :
There are limited options available to get an 3 bedroom apartment in Zurich city centre. I am curious how this number is done. If this is also based on the existing rent then obviously it is not serving the purpose of this website - to show the true set up costs for people considering moving there.
#Grozni on May 02, 2015 :
Hello good people , I wonder how much they pay for plumbers and fitters , gas and central heating in average ?
#samruth on Apr 29, 2015 :
hi am from India, i got job in swizz they are offering gross 3000 CHF per month with free furnished apartment and vehicle. Is this enough to lead life there and to savings??? if so how much i can save??
#Naveen on Apr 02, 2015 :
I'm an IT professional in India with 10 Yrs of experience in Java/J2EE.
Thinking to look for a job in Switzerland as I heard the pay is absolutely good when compared with other countries - Even though the job opportunities are less when compared.
Wanted to know... what could be the average annual salary for my level experience, taxes, cost of living?
And, is it a good idea to look for jobs in Swiss...?
#Anonymous on Feb 02, 2015 :
i am going to work in zurich.good luck,khan
#Alexis on Dec 07, 2014 :
Hi there.
How much is left from a CHF 100,000 salary, after ALL taxes are reduced?
Thanks a lot.
#Anonymous on Nov 08, 2014 :
I am basically Indian, and right now working in Germany since last 4 years. I got my permanent work permit in Germany and getting a decent salary of Euros 60,000 per year.

Right now I am in process of new offer from Zurich. I dont know any idea about the average slary, and they may offer 1,20,000 to 1,30,000 CHF per year. Is it a good offer If I get 1,20,000 CHF per year there?

Please suggest
#HMJ on Sep 09, 2014 :
Hi all, I'm not sure but maybe a lot of the information comes from expats. But as I said I'm not sure. Sure, there are people earning less than CHF5000 nett per month and have to buy their food after 16:00 when it is being discounted or go to second hand stores to buy clothes or toys for their children. Putting your kids in International schooling costs around CHF2000/2500 per month without any other fees due. Saying it is an expensive country for families earning less than CHF6000 nett per month but for young educated singles earning CHF9000 or more it's fantastic.
#Guil on Jul 27, 2014 :
Do all the calculations of Local purchasing power etc. take into account all the insurances and the non trackable expenses you have when you live in Zurich? Because those are huge.
#Opsi on Apr 16, 2014 :
of course there are people earning less than CHF 5000...why would the minimum salary be such a explosive subject at the moment. check the business field they are working in...of course, as a well educated person with some good language skills and a lot earn much higher than this...
#Shivendra on Mar 21, 2014 :
Guys I want to shift in zurich from Delhi india
Pls suggest me to get visa or residence permit
One more thing if there any scope of indian restaurant
#Anonymous on Feb 19, 2014 :

with that kind of salary you are absolutly fine. Just don't spend to much on housing, everything over 3000 p. m. for a 3-Bedroom-Flat is to much.
#Anonymous on Feb 13, 2014 :
there figures are pretty accurate I suspect.. I don't know anyone in CH who makes less than CHF 5,000 net and they're all my age (early 30s)

However I found out that, unlike in other countries, salaries tend to grow less.. in other words the gap between a Senior Position and a Junior POsition is smaller than in other countries..

This means that people on average are a lot wealthier and there are less peaks and trough like in the UK for example or in the US.
#KC on Dec 20, 2013 :
Hi Im moving to Zurich in Jan 2014. I got a package or CHF 121,000.00 per year on grass and subject to taxes. I plan to stay in Oerlikn or bit away from ZH city centre. Will I be able to save anything or barely meet expenses. Initially I will be alone till April 2014, post that my wife will join as dependant.
#Erkki on Nov 22, 2013 :
Marianna, I think your child might have got discriminated because of immigrant background or you understood the reason not to allow her to go to gymnasium wrong. My children want to move back to Finland, because they feel that they are not learning enough in the local public school. If I look at the Swiss school books, they have much less variety in tasks, particularly in math.
#Gina on Nov 20, 2013 :
Looking at moving either to CH or Oz, family of 4 and a dog&cat......children ages 12&7, eldest in High school already....any advice on schooling & costs etc as well as how easy is it to move into a house with a dog&cat ;)
#Marianna on Aug 29, 2013 :
Swiss schools select children for high school already at age 12. One can enter from the back door later but not as straight forward. Our daughter, who speaks German, was denied access to high school (grade 10) when we moved, with the reason that her Finnish curriculum was not good enough (the so acclaimed Finnish education), while i am repetitively told that the jobs i am qualified for are not suitable for mothers. But i am also told i am too senior for all the "jobs for mothers".
So 3 kids in private terribly expensive schools, mother with a unique career record at home and father, even if very well paid, still wondering why did we move here.
The compensation is 2.5 times higher than my husband had in Finland, but the costs of living and other non trackable costs much higher.
For families, i would recommend to consider the age of your children, the real schooling possibilities and the mom's wishes and ambitions before moving to Zurich.
#Zurichdweller on Aug 02, 2013 :
Anon- sounds abt right. COL is extremely high.
#Anonymous on Jul 11, 2013 :
5000€/month after tax??? Really? Are these data correct?
#ednita on Jun 09, 2013 :
My partner and I are considering moving to Switzerland in the next few years, where other than Zurich should we consider looking for flats?
#Tanja Cirti on May 16, 2013 :
I live outside of Zurich, but I am there every day. I think it is possible to find an apartment which is not as expensive as it says in the list. However, actually it is not necessary to live right in Zurich, you could also choose to live in the agglomeration which is only 10 to 15 minutes from Zurich downtown by train.
#John McLoughlin on Nov 05, 2012 :
the above prices are pretty on target, except that rent seems a bit low. if you are moving to Zurich with a large company and have children, chances are you will only be here for a few years and that you will most likely opt for an international school as there are 4 larger ones in the area and a few smaller ones as well. the main language on the street is Swiss, not high German, and most Swiss would prefer to speak to you in English unless your German is really good. It is a very good place to live, albeit unbelievably expensive...bordering at time as unethical.
#Allan Chambers on Jul 14, 2012 :
This is very important information for those considering a move to Zurich for a job within the academic community. It didn't provide information of the main language spoken or the schools in the city as these are also important considerations when considering to relocate.

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