Germany vs Switzerland - Cost of Living Comparison

Germany Switzerland
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1346
$2442
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3289
$6345
🏠 One person rent
$728
$1313
🏘️ Family rent
$1365
$2425
🍽️ Food expenses
$375
$789
🚐 Transport expenses
$118
$122
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2700
$5961
💸 GDP per capita
$46253
$87100
😃 Human freedom index
8.62
9.07
❤️ Life expectancy
80.9
83.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
80
84
🌐 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 ($1346) is 45% less expensive than in Switzerland ($2442). Germany ranked 31st 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 2.4 months in Switzerland. Ranked 16th and 5th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Germany vs Switzerland

Germany Switzerland
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$11
$22.7
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$48.4
$99.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.53
$15
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.79
$6.61
 Cappuccino
$3.04
$4.8
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.46
$4.03
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$692
$1420
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$521
$1065
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1396
$2654
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1047
$2063
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$140
$123
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$215
$190
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$33.4
$53.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.83%
1.38%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5903
$12261
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4304
$8194
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.94
$3.6
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$72.6
$82.2
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20.9
$38.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.18
$1.83
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.95
$1.62
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.71
$2.91
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$2.78
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.61
$6.08
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.9
$21.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.49
$24.4
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.4
$43.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.46
$3.77
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.69
$2.8
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.2
$3.18
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.44
$3.89
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.53
$2.54
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.96
$2.4
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.36
$0.75
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.87
$2.74
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.56
$13.4
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.69
$2.03
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.17
$8.77
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.3
$16.8
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.51
$4.89
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.46
$3.8
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.59
$3.79
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$32.2
$80.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.5
$18.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$60.5
$123
💇 Haircut, simple
$15.5
$34.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$77.6
$108
👟 Brand Sneakers
$85.5
$118
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$327
$2231
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11895
$24479

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Cities Comparison in Germany vs Switzerland

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Germany

City Cost of living Population
Berlin
$1704
3.66M
Hamburg City
$1832
1.85M
Munich
$1979
1.49M
Frankfurt
$1724
764K
Cologne
$1539
1.08M
Dusseldorf
$1621
646K
Stuttgart
$1580
630K
Duisburg
$1040
496K
Nuremberg
$1276
516K
Dresden
$1157
555K
Hanover
$1272
543K
Essen
$1138
582K
Leipzig
$1126
597K
Dortmund
$1181
588K
Bremen City
$1287
567K
Karlsruhe
$1401
308K
Mannheim
$1306
310K
Wuppertal
$1208
355K
Gelsenkirchen
$1291
259K
Bielefeld
$1603
334K
Braunschweig
$1069
249K
Aachen
$1133
249K
Bonn
$1390
331K
Freiburg im Breisgau
$1601
231K
Krefeld
$1242
227K
Monchengladbach
$1278
260K
Halle
$983
238K
Augsburg
$1443
296K
Bochum
$1214
364K
Magdeburg
$1078
236K

In Switzerland

City Cost of living Population
Zurich
$2814
434K
Geneva
$2883
202K
Basel
$2387
178K
Lausanne
$2422
139K
Bern
$2256
134K
Winterthur
$2416
110K
Lucerne
$2123
81.7K
St. Gallen
$1887
75.8K
Lugano
$2454
63.2K
Biel/Bienne
$1849
54.5K
Vernier
$2345
35.1K
Schaffhausen
$2352
36.6K
Koniz
$2349
41.5K
La Chaux-de-Fonds
$2319
39K
Thun
$2433
43.7K
Bellinzona
$2178
43.2K
Uster
$2350
34.4K
Neuchatel
$2046
33.5K
Sion
$2456
34.7K
Dubendorf
$2491
28K
Fribourg
$1847
38.4K
Yverdon-les-Bains
$1977
30.2K
Altstetten
$2340
32.6K
Lancy
$2324
31.9K
Chur
$2398
35K
Zug
$2805
30.5K
Emmen
$2345
29.3K
Rapperswil-Jona
$2356
27K
Kriens
$2327
27K
Dietikon
$2282
26.9K