Cost of Living in Basel

Summary of cost of living in Basel, Switzerland:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 28.23 $ 22.59-45.17
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 135.51 $ 84.69-169.39
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 16.94 $ 16.94-18.07
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.03 $ 5.65-10.16
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.78 $ 5.65-9.03
Cappuccino (regular) 5.87 $ 4.40-7.90
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.65 $ 3.39-5.65
Water (12 oz small bottle) 4.28 $ 3.39-5.65
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.31 $ 5.34-8.98
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.24 $ 2.05-4.10
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.44 $ 1.02-2.05
Eggs (regular) (12) 7.34 $ 4.07-9.03
Local Cheese (1 lb) 16.97 $ 8.91-30.73
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 15.51 $ 10.24-20.49
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 28.17 $ 17.93-40.98
Apples (1 lb) 2.02 $ 1.43-2.56
Banana (1 lb) 1.45 $ 0.77-2.56
Oranges (1 lb) 2.09 $ 0.67-2.56
Tomato (1 lb) 2.21 $ 1.28-2.56
Potato (1 lb) 1.47 $ 0.51-2.05
Onion (1 lb) 1.26 $ 0.90-1.54
Lettuce (1 head) 2.48 $ 1.69-3.39
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.69 $ 0.34-2.26
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.68 $ 9.60-16.94
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.31 $ 1.69-3.39
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.97 $ 1.75-4.52
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.16 $ 9.71-11.07
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.29 $ 2.94-5.19
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 90.34 $ 82.81-101.63
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.78 $ 5.65-11.29
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 6.45 $ 5.45-6.91
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 79.27 $ 56.46-79.27
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8.09 $ 7.52-8.76
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 37,039.84 $ 33,877.90-37,039.84
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 37,642.11 $ 33,877.90-45,170.54
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 253.06 $ 137.12-345.55
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 61.97 $ 28.23-77.92
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 48.42 $ 32.75-90.34
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 79.22 $ 50.82-112.93
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 33.88 $ 16.94-45.17
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.33 $ 16.94-28.23
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,794.93 $ 2,484.38-3,274.86
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 31,619.37 $ 28,231.58-40,653.48
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 125.03 $ 79.05-169.39
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 57.92 $ 33.88-90.34
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 171.00 $ 79.05-225.85
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 211.74 $ 84.69-338.78
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,007.27 $ 1,468.04-2,823.16
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,486.86 $ 1,129.26-2,258.53
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,627.76 $ 2,823.16-5,081.69
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,824.29 $ 2,258.53-4,517.05
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,237.95 $ 944.20-2,622.78
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,216.97 $ 776.34-1,888.40
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,461.81 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.65 2.50-3.20

Prices in Basel

This city had 405 entries in the past 12 months by 63 different contributors.
Last update: February 2024
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5 Comments so far
Anonymous on Sep 27, 2023:
Cost of living for one person (single, healthy):

Apartment: 1620 (55m2) in the convenient location
Utilities: 100 - 150 (depending on the month)
Internet: 55
Cell phone: 25
Health insurance (the cheapest): 342 (this year increased to 390)
Groceries: on average 400

Each year you need to pay the tax for TV/radio, which is around 300 CHF
Dentists, doctors, and pharmacies are extremely expensive.

You can survive on a salary of 6100 - 6500 (gross) but will not live comfortably.
Hey hey on Apr 14, 2023:
Hello everyone, i was looking through the comments and thought I'd add my experience.
We live in Basel for a year, just out of the city. We are a family of 4, a toddler and a baby.

Small apartment 1200+300 utilities

Health insurance 1150
No car
No eating out at restaurants
2 phone plans without internet 18
Careful shopping food 500
Minimum clothes shopping 30-50
Bus/Tram pass 160
Other unexpected costs or gifts 300

In total: 3,678CHF.
This was possible because it was necessary and definitely not comfortable for a longer period of time. So my conclusion is that a family of 4 can live in Basel for 5000-6000CHF and do well.
tokk tokk on Jan 21, 2023:
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).