Cost of Living in Zurich

Summary about cost of living in Zurich:

Restaurants [ Edit ] 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) 14.00 Fr. 12.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 Fr. 6.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 Fr. 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.91 Fr. 4.20-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.29 Fr. 3.00-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.71 Fr. 2.00-5.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.35 Fr. 4.54-7.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.26 Fr. 1.81-3.18
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.24 Fr. 0.91-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.30 Fr. 4.00-7.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 11.73 Fr. 7.26-18.14
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 12.42 Fr. 7.26-15.88
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 25.31 Fr. 18.14-36.29
Apples (1 lb) 1.94 Fr. 1.54-2.70
Banana (1 lb) 1.36 Fr. 1.13-1.59
Oranges (1 lb) 1.58 Fr. 0.91-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.93 Fr. 1.18-2.61
Potato (1 lb) 1.21 Fr. 0.68-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.04 Fr. 0.88-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.60 Fr. 2.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.19 Fr. 0.80-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 Fr. 10.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.80 Fr. 1.20-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.51 Fr. 1.65-3.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.15 Fr. 8.00-8.80
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.30 Fr. 3.00-4.40
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 85.00 Fr. 66.67-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 7.50 Fr. 6.00-8.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 6.44 Fr. 5.63-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 79.90 Fr. 69.00-100.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.19 Fr. 5.68-6.62
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,500.00 Fr. 20,465.43-28,600.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,266.93 Fr. 21,602.40-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 179.06 Fr. 92.73-280.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.28 Fr. 0.15-0.60
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 58.08 Fr. 45.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 82.89 Fr. 60.00-110.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 36.24 Fr. 30.00-50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 Fr. 16.00-20.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,451.43 Fr. 2,000.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 26,403.33 Fr. 20,000.00-33,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 116.34 Fr. 100.00-149.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 52.26 Fr. 30.00-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 135.22 Fr. 90.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 168.79 Fr. 119.00-250.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,753.60 Fr. 1,200.00-2,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,374.79 Fr. 900.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,305.85 Fr. 2,500.00-4,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,502.38 Fr. 1,800.00-3,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,314.99 Fr. 774.15-1,672.24
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 846.78 Fr. 557.41-1,207.73
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,856.97 Fr.
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.54 1.00-2.00

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Last update: November 2018
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35 Comments so far

#maz on Sep 19, 2018 :
part-time Subway hot-dog-flippers are paid 3500$ a month, of course you cannot expect Zurich to be a cheap city
#Walter on Aug 29, 2018 :
I am planning to buy an apartment for 500.000 chf in Zurich, or 20km from the city center. How much yearly canton or federal tax should I pay?
#First Name on Aug 23, 2018 :
You're lying. Even if you somehow manage to share a cheap apartment and cook all the food for yourself every single day, that makes it as you put it at €450 (~CHF512). What about CHF350 health insurance, CHF85 public transport, CHF30 cleaning/personal hygiene? €858. That's an absolute bare minimum, living like a robot without ever visiting a doctor or indulging into any recreational activity.
#P.K.S.Perera on Aug 09, 2018 :
Im Perera from Srilanka. i like so much to Zurich city. and i like work that city. can you give me a some work, pls send to me an e-mail. thank you.
#Pavel on Jul 26, 2018 :
Hi I am interested in working in Zurich on a engineering position (electrical power engineering, high voltage engineering). My question is what is the real range of a salary after tax for a position where is needed at least a university title (Ing. or higher). Thanks
#Mark on May 29, 2018 :
@D. Bova stop trying to reason out that people need money here, we don't need your money or marketing.

The problem with these real-estate idiots is they keep making the price of the land up - we need to stop this culture and make a referendum about these "profiting" attitude
#Weinachtür on May 16, 2018 :
I am firmly convinced that with at least 600 Euros you can easily get buy monthly. As for food, I spend no more than 100 euros per month. For a bedroom in a shared flat I spend 350 euros (bills and taxes included). Many people complain about the extremely high cost of living in here, but honestly I do not understand the reasons.
#Jerry on May 09, 2018 :
@D. Bova

So you say if you don't invest to property you can't amount to anything?

Tell that to Warren Buffett, Soros,Icahn, etc. etc., all the way down to the "humble" millionaires that made their money with investing rather than putting it all on real estate. Real estate itself is NOT bullet-proof and you can easily lose money on it too, not to mention the "liquidity" of owning property is usually quite thin, not as easy to sell a house as it is to sell some shares or ETFs.

So stop trying to fish for investors or to convince people its such a great idea to invest in real estate.
#Anonymous on Mar 19, 2018 :
Please don't forget to add these expenses: Compulsory private health insurance (roughly 350 CHF monthly per person), Garbage taxes (2 CHF for each trash bag), Childcare for infants (3000 CHF monthly per child), Billag tax (450 CHF yearly), Banking services (10 to 40 CHF monthly).
#Monwar Ahmed on Oct 16, 2017 :
How much is the net salary for a waiter in Zurich..thanks
#AJEET SHARMA on Sep 04, 2017 :
Hello....! Iam switching to Zurich for work ..! Could u please tell me the living expense..
#joanGargi on Nov 17, 2016 :
hello i would like to know if you can open easy a shop in zurich
#Grisha on Sep 16, 2016 :
These costs do not mention childcare, which is super expensive in Zurich.
I used to pay 3000 CHF to have one kid in Kindergarden full day.
These costs gradually decline as kids grow and enter state-funded system, by age 7 they largely disappear though.
#Josh on Sep 13, 2016 :
Helen is right.Real net wages in Switzerland considering what she wrote in the reality are much lower than declared.
#Helen on Sep 13, 2016 :
Dont forget the insurance that everyone has to pay in Switzerland. It could be from 200 CHF per month and more. We pay 350 per person per month.
#Anonymous on Aug 20, 2016 :
D. Bova, the thing is in Switzerland no one needs 2-3 cars. The mentality of people is a bit different. People there really care for the environment. And public transport is also just great. In such city like Zurich for example there is no need really in having a car. Government also encourages people (in different ways - some good, some maybe not so, but nevertheless) to refuse using cars.
#Osama Metwaly on Jul 07, 2016 :
I am going to stay in Zurich for three months for clinical training program at Zurich University ....Can any one guide me about the least least possible monthly expenses regardless of the monthly apartment rent....any one help .
#Shokouh on Jul 02, 2016 :
hi Im going to Zurich for a six months period as a visiting student. how much do you think i should pay for living per month? thank you
#GM on Jun 05, 2016 :
I'd say majority of people, working class, earn between 3000 and 4000 CHF net. In most cases it's ok for a normal life.
#Andre on May 15, 2016 :
in Switzerland you pay for a small house (6rooms, 110m2) ~ 650'000SFr. what is the meaning you must min. 20% in (140'000SFr) cash have, and the rest can be financed by banks. Thus you pay then still "rent" mortgage (2926 SFr) but the bank. unless you have the 650,000 in cash then you paying just ~ 2500 taxes per month because you have a high fortune ...

Sorry the 1. is wrong ...
#Andre on May 15, 2016 :
in Switzerland you pay for a small house (6rooms, 110m2) ~ 650'000SFr. what is the meaning you must min. 20% in (140'000SFr) cash have, and the rest can be financed by banks. Thus you pay then still "rent" mortgage (2926 SFr) but the bench. unless you have the 160,000 in cash then you paying just ~ 2500 taxes per month because you have a high fortune ...
#D. Bova on Apr 25, 2016 :
Oh, and most importantly, no way title children will be discriminated against. Or you for that matter
#D. Bova on Apr 25, 2016 :
Very interesting data and some of the comments ..
I live in the U.S. and of course, especially, in my field as well as coming from notions embedded in our general culture I wonder why no one actually even discusses owning their own home in Switzerland.
One can rent all their life ( like most , not all, in NYC )
but I "loved " someone's comment about people on average being wealthier in S v the U.S.
Well.. I got a problem with that comment
Here is why:
1. Real long term wealth building is in acquiring real estate. At least owning your home which in most western democracies appreciates in time
2. U.S. has real estate investment opportunities unparalleled almost anywhere in the world. Certainly not in any of the developed western economies
( try: $40-50,000 for buying a house in inner city ( not NYC of course) and renting at $850-$950 per month on average ..)
Those good with money math - yes it's very high proportion of return..!
Email me if you are a serious investor. This is what I do professionaly.
3. If one never ownes either their own home or income producing real estate or better both - one not having a wealthy family head start cannot possibly accumulate much wealth even in years compared to those who do and manage it properly. Short term wealth. To a point.
Long term - no.
Especially paying huge rents and having high cost of living for years and years
That's reality.
Europe, China, Hong Kong and others invest here.
It can be all kinds of risk v return for any type of investment
Nor we pay $25,000 for a simple small car usually
Average Anerucan middle class family has 2-3 cars
Good cars. Lots of times very good, expensive cars.
In any case..I'd thought I'd share this with you.
Car leasing options are great.
$450 per month can put you in a Mersedes or BMW
or a Lexus, small Caddilac

Sorry guys.. Invest your time, money, educational level, if possible, in the USA
If you succeed, you will have everything
Cars, stuff, and your own house
#Hoos on Mar 25, 2016 :
I have to agree. I am a worker earning up to 4500fr. Everybody I know earns from 2800-4500fr. I know a man who works in some fabrik makeing plastik things. He works 100% on a line and earns 2800fr monthly Net!
#Sasha on Mar 25, 2016 :
This is not the real thing. Worker in, lets say, kiosk earns about 3500fr monthly. Worker in production earns about 4000-4500fr. Workers in bildings construction earns aprox. 4500fr. Everything is NET and assuming working 100%. In CH manny people work less than 100%. That means that they earn less!
#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