Cost of Living in Basel

Summary about cost of living in Basel, Switzerland:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 Fr. 15.00-35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 Fr. 80.00-140.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 16.00 Fr. 15.00-17.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.75 Fr. 5.00-9.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 Fr. 5.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.06 Fr. 3.90-6.73
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.38 Fr. 2.00-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 4.04 Fr. 3.00-5.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.15 Fr. 4.54-8.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.91 Fr. 1.81-4.08
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.08 Fr. 0.91-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.89 Fr. 2.40-8.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 15.57 Fr. 7.89-27.22
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 13.82 Fr. 6.80-20.41
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 26.24 Fr. 15.00-36.29
Apples (1 lb) 1.78 Fr. 0.45-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 1.24 Fr. 0.82-2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 1.63 Fr. 0.59-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.76 Fr. 0.91-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 1.07 Fr. 0.45-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 0.98 Fr. 0.45-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.14 Fr. 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.06 Fr. 0.30-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 Fr. 7.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.09 Fr. 1.50-2.86
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.20 Fr. 1.55-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.90 Fr. 8.00-9.80
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.60 Fr. 2.60-4.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 Fr. 70.00-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.00 Fr. 5.00-8.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 5.75 Fr. 4.83-6.12
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 70.20 Fr. 45.00-90.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.13 Fr. 6.36-8.33
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 Fr. 30,000.00-35,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 39,600.00 Fr. 40,000.00-40,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 249.91 Fr. 150.00-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.17 Fr. 0.10-0.27
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 48.22 Fr. 40.00-50.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 69.04 Fr. 45.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 33.60 Fr. 25.00-48.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 Fr. 15.00-25.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,428.57 Fr. 2,000.00-2,900.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 25,428.57 Fr. 20,000.00-32,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 105.00 Fr. 70.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 47.50 Fr. 30.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 113.33 Fr. 60.00-200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 150.71 Fr. 75.00-300.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,386.11 Fr. 1,000.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,116.88 Fr. 800.00-1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,676.92 Fr. 2,400.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,027.27 Fr. 1,500.00-2,600.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 840.77 Fr. 789.67-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 694.95 Fr. 557.41-1,114.83
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,792.13 Fr.
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.24 0.90-1.90

Prices in Basel

This city had 502 entries in the past 12 months by 51 different contributors.
Last update: March 2023
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6 Comments so far
tokk tokk on Oct 23, 2019:
Hello guys,

I am planning to move from Germany to Basel-Stadt (1 Person, 35 Jahre Alt, no Auto), and i am trying to figure out the costs before i move there and see if it makes sens moving or not. Please have a look at the list above and feel free to add something i am missing, or if my data are wrong. Many thanks in advance.

Wohnung (1 Person, 40m2-50m2, not in center but not far from center) - 1300 CHF
Handy - 50 CHF
Fitness Studio - 100 CHF
SFR tax - 35 CHF
Internet - 60 CHF
Food - 600 CHF
Health Insurance - 300 CHF
Other unknown costs - 200 CHF

That would make a total of 2,755.00 CHF per month.

Thanks in advance
Anonymous on Dec 08, 2022:
+ health nsuranse up to 500 and not covers all, some pills, car insuranse and taxes, dentist: dental bridge 4800Fr, hairdresser, vacation,new mobile every 2 years, and mobile communication services 70Fr month, presents for birthdays , etc etc. Summary it adds minimum +1500Fr for 1 person in family. 4 persons needs at least 10000Fr for month, better 13000, without visiting an expensive restaurants.
Anonymous on Dec 10, 2020:
5366 CHF Monthly wage is quite high, If I was working fulltime as a student at a coffeeshop I might half or 3/4 of that.
Insurance costs are quite high in switzerland too. Vary between 250 - 550 chf a month.

Average minimum wage is 19 - 25 CHF (I get that as a student working as a waiter).
ala on Jan 09, 2020:
hi friends

How to get a job as a unskilled workers without the need for language in basel and Switzerland?
Swiss Miss on Oct 26, 2019:
Hello everybody!
A good way to eat healthy and less expensive is the Manora Restaurant (Manor Department store) in Basel, everything is fresh they offer a great selection. This also goes for the Coop and Migros Restaurants.
Those Restaurants are all over in Switzerland, check out train stations also-Enjoy and good luck!
Anonymous on Jul 17, 2019:
Hi guys
I want to ask what is the minimum wage in Basel and I want to ask how easy it is to find a job as a bus driver?
and about wages?