Germany vs Switzerland - Cost of Living Comparison

GermanySwitzerland
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1414
$2497
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3471
$6579
🏠 One person rent
$746
$1330
🏘️ Family rent
$1377
$2546
🍽️ Food expenses
$407
$815
🚐 Transport expenses
$124
$126
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2865
$6178
💸 GDP per capita
$45724
$86602
😃 Human freedom index
8.39
8.81
❤️ Life expectancy
80.9
83.7
👮 Corruption perceptions index
80
85
🌐 English speaking %
56.3%
61.3%
🎓 Higher education
94
98
😀 Quality of life
79
85
🏙️ Population
83.1M
8.47M

The average cost of living in Germany ($1414) is 43% less expensive than in Switzerland ($2497). Germany ranked 32nd vs 3rd for Switzerland in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2 months in Germany compared to 2.5 months in Switzerland. Ranked 13th and 4th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Germany vs Switzerland

GermanySwitzerland
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$11.8
$23.7
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$52.6
$104
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.33
$15.7
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.16
$7.21
 Cappuccino
$3.37
$5.11
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.72
$4.39
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$702
$1458
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$532
$1073
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1407
$2780
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1049
$2184
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$143
$120
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$220
$184
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$36.5
$59.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.92%
1.48%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5429
$11591
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3823
$8413
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.26
$3.86
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$80.1
$88.3
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$23
$39.1
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.66
$1.75
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.03
$1.7
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.55
$2.94
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.07
$2.86
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.83
$6.39
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$21.9
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.2
$24.1
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.9
$44.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.71
$4.16
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.92
$2.98
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.35
$3.51
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.01
$4.3
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$2.84
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.52
$2.63
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.35
$0.64
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.1
$2.85
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.22
$14.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.86
$2.17
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.89
$9.24
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.1
$16.6
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.79
$5.29
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.61
$3.9
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.79
$3.96
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$36.2
$85.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.4
$19.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$66.6
$125
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.1
$34.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$87.5
$115
👟 Brand Sneakers
$94.6
$129
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$361
$2305
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13994
$23940

Cities Comparison in Germany vs Switzerland

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Germany

CityCost of livingPopulation
Berlin
$1772
3.64M
Hamburg City
$1824
1.84M
Munich
$2050
1.47M
Cologne
$1700
1.09M
Frankfurt
$1857
753K
Stuttgart
$1708
635K
Dusseldorf
$1593
646K
Dortmund
$1309
587K
Nuremberg
$1503
518K
Dresden
$1344
555K
Hanover
$1397
543K
Bremen City
$1478
569K
Essen
$1331
583K
Leipzig
$1250
597K
Duisburg
$1204
499K
Bochum
$1288
365K
Munster
$1445
314K
Bonn
$1666
327K
Mannheim
$1300
309K
Karlsruhe
$1427
313K
Wuppertal
$1316
354K
Kiel
$1236
247K
Bielefeld
$1495
334K
Braunschweig
$1341
248K
Mainz
$1391
217K
Monchengladbach
$1336
261K
Aachen
$1291
249K
Augsburg
$1579
295K
Wiesbaden
$1585
278K
Gelsenkirchen
$1143
261K

In Switzerland

CityCost of livingPopulation
Zurich
$2895
434K
Geneva
$2823
202K
Basel
$2485
178K
Lausanne
$2512
139K
Bern
$2583
134K
Winterthur
$2590
110K
Lucerne
$2509
81.7K
St. Gallen
$2010
75.8K
Lugano
$2288
63.2K
Biel/Bienne
$1924
54.5K
Schaffhausen
$2067
36.6K
Koniz
$2360
41.5K
Thun
$2370
43.7K
Bellinzona
$2223
43.2K
Uster
$2345
34.4K
La Chaux-de-Fonds
$2281
39K
Neuchatel
$1926
33.5K
Vernier
$2405
35.1K
Fribourg
$2140
38.4K
Sion
$2236
34.7K
Yverdon-les-Bains
$2393
30.2K
Dubendorf
$2375
28K
Altstetten
$2363
32.6K
Zug
$3031
30.5K
Chur
$2084
35K
Emmen
$2354
29.3K
Rapperswil-Jona
$2360
27K
Kriens
$2386
27K
Dietikon
$2276
26.9K
Lancy
$2387
31.9K