Whether you're living in Switzerland or planning to move there, it is very important to know the cost of living and the prices of things. Here we list the average spending for the three main population groups.

All-inclusive

8,300 CHF

average per month

2,100 CHF

Range

18,000 CHF

16,000 CHF

average per month

3,100 CHF

Range

25,000 CHF

25,000 CHF

average per month

7,300 CHF

Range

37,000 CHF

6,200 CHF

average per month

1,000 CHF

Range

13,000 CHF

The figures displayed here are inclusive of everything: housing, travel, groceries, healthcare, etc.

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Switzerland is 8,300 CHF. Expenses can range from 2,100 CHF at the minimum level to 18,000 CHF at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Switzerland is 16,000 CHF. Expenditure can range from 3,100 CHF to 25,000 CHF per month.

The average cost of living for families in Switzerland is 25,000 CHF per month. Families spend anywhere from 7,300 CHF to 37,000 CHF.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Switzerland is 6,200 CHF. Students spend from 1,000 CHF to 13,000 CHF per month.

Spending behavior can change drastically from one person to another. It is best to consider the minimum, average, and maximum spending together.

of water

2.1 CHF

2.1 CHF

2.1 CHF

combo meal

21 CHF

15 CHF

35 CHF

meal for one

69 CHF

55 CHF

86 CHF

meal for one

170 CHF

120 CHF

210 CHF

Soft Drink

1.7 CHF

1.7 CHF

1.7 CHF

or latte

14 CHF

8.6 CHF

21 CHF

large bottle

10 CHF

8.6 CHF

12 CHF

bread

1.5 CHF

1.3 CHF

1.7 CHF

eggs

10 CHF

8.6 CHF

13 CHF

chicken

24 CHF

19 CHF

30 CHF

1 kg or 1 lb

27 CHF

23 CHF

35 CHF

1 kg or 1 lb

15 CHF

13 CHF

17 CHF

1 kg or 1 lb

6.9 CHF

5.8 CHF

8.6 CHF

1 kg or 1 lb

7.4 CHF

6.5 CHF

8.0 CHF

1 kg or 1 lb

7.1 CHF

6.3 CHF

8.0 CHF

taxi ride

10 CHF

8.6 CHF

21 CHF

full tank

69 CHF

52 CHF

140 CHF

1-day rental

69 CHF

52 CHF

100 CHF

price

52,000 CHF

26,000 CHF

69,000 CHF

one way

2.6 CHF

1.7 CHF

5.2 CHF

Service

100 CHF

69 CHF

210 CHF

and water bill

500 CHF

120 CHF

1,100 CHF

and water bill

620 CHF

160 CHF

1,200 CHF

and water bill

990 CHF

220 CHF

1,100 CHF

and cable

100 CHF

52 CHF

140 CHF

charges

69 CHF

41 CHF

210 CHF

ticket

35 CHF

26 CHF

52 CHF

membership

100 CHF

83 CHF

210 CHF

or pants

86 CHF

61 CHF

130 CHF

dress

80 CHF

58 CHF

260 CHF

shoes

74 CHF

55 CHF

170 CHF

shoes

58 CHF

47 CHF

120 CHF

suit

65 CHF

52 CHF

350 CHF

t-shirt

35 CHF

26 CHF

100 CHF

apartment

1,300 CHF

860 CHF

3,500 CHF

apartment

2,100 CHF

1,300 CHF

5,200 CHF

apartment

2,600 CHF

1,700 CHF

6,900 CHF

apartment

260,000 CHF

170,000 CHF

520,000 CHF

apartment

350,000 CHF

210,000 CHF

1,300,000 CHF

apartment

1,000,000 CHF

350,000 CHF

2,100,000 CHF

Bed

1,300 CHF

1,000 CHF

1,700 CHF

Bed

1,000 CHF

690 CHF

1,300 CHF

Bed

800 CHF

610 CHF

1,000 CHF

Room

1,500 CHF

1,200 CHF

5,200 CHF

Table

690 CHF

520 CHF

1,300 CHF

or Couch

940 CHF

690 CHF

2,100 CHF

Set

1,000 CHF

690 CHF

2,100 CHF

or Freezer

940 CHF

610 CHF

1,300 CHF

Machine

1,200 CHF

800 CHF

2,100 CHF

or Cooker

940 CHF

740 CHF

1,300 CHF

Phone

1,000 CHF

860 CHF

1,500 CHF

or Computer

1,200 CHF

940 CHF

2,100 CHF

The percentage figures in this section are percentages of total spending not income. If you would like to see the percentage of expenses as related to income or salary, see additional sections below.

SingleSpending habits, consumption analysis, and expenditure patterns for a single person living in Switzerland

36% of total expenses on average (27% to 42%)

LOW | 750 CHF |

AVERAGE | 3,000 CHF |

HIGH | 6,300 CHF |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 120 CHF |

AVERAGE | 500 CHF |

HIGH | 1,100 CHF |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (3% to 11%)

LOW | 170 CHF |

AVERAGE | 660 CHF |

HIGH | 1,400 CHF |

Per Month |

16% of total expenses on average (9% to 22%)

LOW | 330 CHF |

AVERAGE | 1,300 CHF |

HIGH | 2,800 CHF |

Per Month |

9% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 190 CHF |

AVERAGE | 750 CHF |

HIGH | 1,600 CHF |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 100 CHF |

AVERAGE | 410 CHF |

HIGH | 880 CHF |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 41 CHF |

AVERAGE | 170 CHF |

HIGH | 350 CHF |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (15% to 21%)

LOW | 370 CHF |

AVERAGE | 1,500 CHF |

HIGH | 3,200 CHF |

Per Month |

CoupleAverage monthly living expenditure breaks and spending patterns for couples in Switzerland

33% of total expenses on average (30% to 43%)

LOW | 1,000 CHF |

AVERAGE | 5,100 CHF |

HIGH | 8,200 CHF |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 8%)

LOW | 160 CHF |

AVERAGE | 620 CHF |

HIGH | 1,200 CHF |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (7% to 15%)

LOW | 370 CHF |

AVERAGE | 1,900 CHF |

HIGH | 3,000 CHF |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (7% to 19%)

LOW | 440 CHF |

AVERAGE | 2,200 CHF |

HIGH | 3,500 CHF |

Per Month |

11% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 340 CHF |

AVERAGE | 1,700 CHF |

HIGH | 2,700 CHF |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 10%)

LOW | 190 CHF |

AVERAGE | 930 CHF |

HIGH | 1,500 CHF |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 62 CHF |

AVERAGE | 310 CHF |

HIGH | 500 CHF |

Per Month |

17% of total expenses on average (14% to 20%)

LOW | 530 CHF |

AVERAGE | 2,600 CHF |

HIGH | 4,200 CHF |

Per Month |

FamilyAverage monthly expenses and break out of spending for families living in Switzerland

32% of total expenses on average (27% to 38%)

LOW | 2,300 CHF |

AVERAGE | 8,000 CHF |

HIGH | 12,000 CHF |

Per Month |

3% of total expenses on average (2% to 7%)

LOW | 220 CHF |

AVERAGE | 990 CHF |

HIGH | 1,100 CHF |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (5% to 10%)

LOW | 580 CHF |

AVERAGE | 2,000 CHF |

HIGH | 3,000 CHF |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (12% to 23%)

LOW | 1,300 CHF |

AVERAGE | 4,500 CHF |

HIGH | 6,700 CHF |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (6% to 12%)

LOW | 580 CHF |

AVERAGE | 2,000 CHF |

HIGH | 3,000 CHF |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 360 CHF |

AVERAGE | 1,200 CHF |

HIGH | 1,900 CHF |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (11% to 18%)

LOW | 1,000 CHF |

AVERAGE | 3,500 CHF |

HIGH | 5,200 CHF |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (8% to 15%)

LOW | 870 CHF |

AVERAGE | 3,000 CHF |

HIGH | 4,500 CHF |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Switzerland

24% of total expenses on average (18% to 31%)

LOW | 250 CHF |

AVERAGE | 1,500 CHF |

HIGH | 3,200 CHF |

Per Month |

4% of total expenses on average (3% to 7%)

LOW | 41 CHF |

AVERAGE | 250 CHF |

HIGH | 540 CHF |

Per Month |

7% of total expenses on average (5% to 9%)

LOW | 73 CHF |

AVERAGE | 440 CHF |

HIGH | 940 CHF |

Per Month |

20% of total expenses on average (16% to 24%)

LOW | 210 CHF |

AVERAGE | 1,200 CHF |

HIGH | 2,700 CHF |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 9%)

LOW | 62 CHF |

AVERAGE | 370 CHF |

HIGH | 810 CHF |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 52 CHF |

AVERAGE | 310 CHF |

HIGH | 670 CHF |

Per Month |

19% of total expenses on average (17% to 24%)

LOW | 200 CHF |

AVERAGE | 1,200 CHF |

HIGH | 2,600 CHF |

Per Month |

15% of total expenses on average (12% to 17%)

LOW | 160 CHF |

AVERAGE | 930 CHF |

HIGH | 2,000 CHF |

Per Month |

This section breaks down and compares expenses for all population groups: singles, couples, students, and families. If you want to see details for a specific group, please see the previous section. We asked thousands of people about their spending habits and expenditure breaks. Below are the results.

People living in Switzerland typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 4,400 CHF with expenditure ranging from 1,100 CHF and 7,400 CHF. This cost mainly goes for rent but it also includes other accommodation-related expenses. Housing costs are highest for families and lowest for students as expected.

On average, utility expenditure like electricity, water, and gas in Switzerland ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 590 CHF with 130 CHF and 990 CHF being the upper and lower limits.

Fuel consumption and cost of transport depend heavily on whether you live near your work or school, but roughly speaking you would expect to spend from 300 CHF to 2,100 CHF on commuting with 1,200 CHF being the norm for most people in one month. This means that money spent on transport constitutes about 9% of total spending on average but can go as low as 5% or as high as 11%.

The average outlay on groceries in a month in Switzerland is 2,300 CHF. The cost of groceries can range between 570 CHF to 3,900 CHF. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Switzerland allocate 5% to 12% of their total monthly expenditure to healthcare including health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses. The average spending is around 9%. The range of medical expenses range from 290 CHF to 2,000 CHF with 1,200 CHF being the norm.

This category mostly contains discretionary or non-essential expenses but also some non-discretionary spending like furniture for example. The monthly expenses range from 180 CHF to 1,200 CHF with 730 CHF being the average. Speaking of percentages, that equates to 2% to 9% of total expenses with an average of 5% for most residents.

Spending on education can vary drastically between different people. While working singles can spend 0% on education, families and students' expenditure can reach up to 22%. On average, education constitutes 9% of the monthly expenditure with 8% and 13% being the lower and upper bounds respectively. The average reported education cost is 1,300 CHF per month with 330 CHF being the minimum spent amount and 2,200 CHF being the maximum.