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Cost of Living in Zurich, Switzerland

Prices in Zurich

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 157.06
Rent Index: 73.82
Groceries Index: 164.49
Restaurants Index: 160.10
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 116.83
Local Purchasing Power: 124.67

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 Fr.
20.00
25.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 Fr.
75.00
120.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 13.00 Fr.
12.00
15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 7.00 Fr.
6.00
8.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.90 Fr.
5.00
7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.73 Fr.
4.00
5.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 4.32 Fr.
3.50
5.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 3.93 Fr.
2.73
5.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.54 Fr.
1.30
1.80
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.03 Fr.
2.50
3.50
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.79 Fr.
2.00
3.95
Eggs (12) 5.56 Fr.
4.00
7.50
Local Cheese (1kg) 24.77 Fr.
18.00
35.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 28.23 Fr.
18.00
39.00
Apples (1kg) 4.07 Fr.
3.60
4.50
Oranges (1kg) 4.44 Fr.
4.00
5.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.28 Fr.
4.00
5.00
Potato (1kg) 2.67 Fr.
2.00
3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.15 Fr.
2.00
2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.93 Fr.
0.50
1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 13.00 Fr.
10.00
15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.59 Fr.
1.30
2.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.84 Fr.
1.50
2.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 8.00 Fr.
7.40
8.20
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.15 Fr.
4.00
4.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 81.00 Fr.
80.00
100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.00 Fr.
6.00
6.50
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 3.80 Fr.
3.80
5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 69.00 Fr.
69.00
69.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.87 Fr.
1.80
2.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 Fr.
25,000.00
35,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 169.36 Fr.
141.67
200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.45 Fr.
0.30
0.60
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 45.17 Fr.
39.00
60.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 105.50 Fr.
89.00
125.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 38.33 Fr.
30.00
45.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 Fr.
18.00
20.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 134.33 Fr.
120.00
150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 58.00 Fr.
50.00
60.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 159.50 Fr.
140.00
180.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 168.00 Fr.
150.00
200.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,750.79 Fr.
1,400.00
2,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,247.06 Fr.
1,000.00
1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,333.93 Fr.
2,910.72
4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,274.94 Fr.
1,910.16
3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 11,600.00 Fr.
10,000.00
15,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,000.00 Fr.
8,000.00
8,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 5,842.37 Fr.
4,500.00
7,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 1.95
1.50
2.00

These data are based on 1363 entries in the past 18 months from 191 different contributors.

Last update: August, 2014

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15 Comments so far

#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 :
@#Anonymous
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 experience...you 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 :
@KC

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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