Cologne vs Zurich - Cost of Living Comparison

Cologne Zurich
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1502
$2888
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3553
$7590
🏠 One person rent
$800
$1583
🏘️ Family rent
$1406
$2961
🍽️ Food expenses
$375
$842
🚐 Transport expenses
$205
$226
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2485
$6994
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Good
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
8 km
🎓 Higher education
91
78
😀 Quality of life
95
96
🏙️ Population
1.08M
434K

The cost of living in Cologne is 48% less expensive than in Zurich. Cities ranked 2657th and 37th ($1502 vs $2888) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 13th and 3rd in Germany and Switzerland, respectively. Check Germany vs Switzerland comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months in Cologne compared to 2.4 months in Zurich. Cologne ranked 3rd best city to live in Germany vs Zurich ranked 1st in Switzerland, while ranked 15th and 9th among best cities to live in the world.

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Cologne Zurich
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12
$22
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$43.4
$102
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.6
$15.3
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.95
$7.22
 Cappuccino
$2.83
$5.45
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.32
$4.74
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$746
$1778
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$597
$1313
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1462
$3513
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1077
$2514
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$143
$126
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$221
$196
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$30.1
$51.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.4%
1.38%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6543
$17058
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4352
$10213
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.1
$4.63
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$97.6
$91.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20.7
$48.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.94
$2.13
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.02
$1.81
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.73
$3.12
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
$3.26
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.73
$7.18
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.6
$22
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.02
$27.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.5
$51.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.68
$3.86
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$2.86
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.82
$3.16
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$3.81
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$2.48
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.91
$2.43
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.25
$0.9
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.68
$3.07
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.08
$15
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.8
$2.12
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.34
$8.96
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.01
$18.7
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.02
$5.84
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.48
$3.6
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.64
$3.31
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$30
$82.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.5
$21
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$47.9
$143
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.9
$43
👖 Brand Jeans
$87.2
$99.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.9
$112
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$512
$2852
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10097
$30929

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Distance City Cost of living
9.2 km or 5.7 mi Hurth
$1222
10 km or 6.4 mi Leverkusen
$1474
10 km or 6.4 mi Frechen
$1221
13 km or 7.9 mi Bruhl
$1161
13 km or 7.9 mi Pulheim
$1219
14 km or 8.4 mi Wesseling
$1214
14 km or 8.5 mi Bergisch Gladbach
$1186
15 km or 9.3 mi Niederkassel
$1217
16 km or 10 mi Rosrath
$1219
18 km or 11 mi Monheim am Rhein
$1220
19 km or 12 mi Dormagen
$1220
19 km or 12 mi Erftstadt
$1218
19 km or 12 mi Langenfeld
$1217
20 km or 12 mi Troisdorf
$1221
20 km or 12 mi Leichlingen
$1219
20 km or 12 mi Kerpen
$1218
21 km or 13 mi Bornheim
$1213
21 km or 13 mi Lohmar
$1215
22 km or 14 mi Bergheim
$1138
23 km or 15 mi Siegburg
$1212
24 km or 15 mi Overath
$1217
25 km or 16 mi Sankt Augustin
$1219
25 km or 16 mi Bonn
$1440
26 km or 16 mi Hilden
$1218
26 km or 16 mi Solingen
$969
27 km or 17 mi Elsdorf
$1214
28 km or 17 mi Wermelskirchen
$1221
28 km or 17 mi Haan
$1215
28 km or 18 mi Bedburg
$1214
29 km or 18 mi Hennef
$1216
31 km or 19 mi Grevenbroich
$1218
31 km or 19 mi Remscheid
$1209
31 km or 20 mi Erkrath
$1221
33 km or 20 mi Konigswinter
$1215
34 km or 21 mi Euskirchen
$1211
34 km or 21 mi Neuss
$1281
34 km or 21 mi Mettmann
$1218
35 km or 21 mi Zulpich
$1221
35 km or 21 mi Meckenheim
$1218
35 km or 22 mi Dusseldorf
$1470

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Distance City Cost of living
4.2 km or 2.6 mi Altstetten
$2409
6.4 km or 4 mi Dubendorf
$2465
11 km or 6.6 mi Dietikon
$2456
14 km or 8.6 mi Horgen
$2413
14 km or 8.6 mi Uster
$2417
16 km or 9.7 mi Bulach
$2414
19 km or 12 mi Wettingen
$2414
19 km or 12 mi Wadenswil
$2347
19 km or 12 mi Winterthur
$2492
20 km or 13 mi Wetzikon
$2408
20 km or 13 mi Baden
$2696
20 km or 13 mi Baar
$2533
23 km or 15 mi Zug
$2864
28 km or 17 mi Rapperswil-Jona
$2407
33 km or 21 mi Frauenfeld
$2230
36 km or 22 mi Schaffhausen
$2320
37 km or 23 mi Waldshut-Tiengen
$1214
37 km or 23 mi Aarau
$2267
38 km or 24 mi Emmen
$2413
40 km or 25 mi Wil
$2300
40 km or 25 mi Lucerne
$2419
43 km or 27 mi Kriens
$2478
48 km or 30 mi Singen
$1219
51 km or 32 mi Radolfzell
$1212
56 km or 35 mi Kreuzlingen
$2409
57 km or 36 mi Konstanz
$1521
60 km or 37 mi Rheinfelden
$1219
63 km or 39 mi St. Gallen
$1937
63 km or 39 mi Uberlingen
$1218
64 km or 40 mi Donaueschingen
$1220
70 km or 44 mi Riehen
$2310
71 km or 44 mi Tuttlingen
$1289
71 km or 44 mi Lorrach
$1217
74 km or 46 mi Weil am Rhein
$1214
74 km or 46 mi Basel
$2456
76 km or 47 mi Villingen-Schwenningen
$1245
77 km or 48 mi Saint-Louis
$1148
77 km or 48 mi Friedrichshafen
$1283
77 km or 48 mi Schaan
$2099
78 km or 48 mi Allschwil
$2408