Italy vs Switzerland - Cost of Living Comparison

Italy Switzerland
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1221
$2507
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3026
$6465
🏠 One person rent
$597
$1351
🏘️ Family rent
$1059
$2468
🍽️ Food expenses
$405
$806
🚐 Transport expenses
$87.2
$127
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1475
$6135
💸 GDP per capita
$31770
$87100
😃 Human freedom index
8.49
9.11
❤️ Life expectancy
82.3
83.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
56
84
🌐 English speaking %
28.5%
61.3%
🎓 Higher education
92
98
😀 Quality of life
73
85
🏙️ Population
60.3M
8.47M

The average cost of living in Italy ($1221) is 51% less expensive than in Switzerland ($2507). Italy ranked 38th 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 1.2 months in Italy compared to 2.4 months in Switzerland. Ranked 28th and 3rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Italy vs Switzerland

We calculate prices for Italy and Switzerland as a population-weighted mean of 148 and 50 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Italy Switzerland
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$13.4
$22.8
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$52.4
$103
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.2
$15.4
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.62
$6.69
 Cappuccino
$1.53
$4.95
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.12
$4.22
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$599
$1419
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$433
$1103
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1168
$2700
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$799
$2091
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$102
$129
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$158
$199
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$27.7
$55.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.75%
1.47%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3920
$12711
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2278
$8175
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.5
$3.87
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$36.5
$85.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.3
$39.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.06
$1.95
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.21
$1.69
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.52
$3.04
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
$2.87
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.12
$6.49
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$21.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.99
$25
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15
$43.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.95
$3.91
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.67
$2.81
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.89
$3.24
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$4
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$2.58
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$2.46
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.3
$0.75
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.96
$2.76
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.92
$14
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.39
$2.23
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.79
$8.99
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.1
$16.7
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.98
$5.17
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.13
$3.75
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.98
$3.65
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$46.8
$81.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.72
$19.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$85.7
$127
💇 Haircut, simple
$14.4
$34.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$74.6
$108
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.9
$122
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$456
$2247
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9600
$24364

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Cities Comparison in Italy vs Switzerland

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Italy

City Cost of living Population
Rome
$1546
2.87M
Milan
$1657
1.37M
Turin
$1134
871K
Naples
$1085
966K
Palermo
$984
668K
Genoa
$1235
580K
Bologna
$1281
393K
Florence
$1317
381K
Bari
$1215
323K
Venice
$1357
261K
Verona
$1237
257K
Catania
$1055
312K
Trieste
$1300
204K
Parma
$1282
196K
Padua
$1170
210K
Brescia
$1200
197K
Modena
$1285
185K
Reggio Emilia
$1103
172K
Messina
$822
234K
Syracuse
$908
121K
Prato
$1295
193K
Monza
$1290
124K
Reggio Calabria
$848
181K
Perugia
$998
166K
Taranto
$937
198K
Ferrara
$1072
132K
Rimini
$1207
149K
Ravenna
$1183
159K
Trento
$1218
118K
Cagliari
$1206
154K

In Switzerland

City Cost of living Population
Zurich
$2888
434K
Geneva
$2895
202K
Basel
$2456
178K
Lausanne
$2495
139K
Bern
$2267
134K
Winterthur
$2492
110K
Lucerne
$2419
81.7K
St. Gallen
$1937
75.8K
Lugano
$2470
63.2K
Biel/Bienne
$2118
54.5K
Vernier
$2377
35.1K
Schaffhausen
$2320
36.6K
Koniz
$2419
41.5K
Thun
$2466
43.7K
La Chaux-de-Fonds
$2334
39K
Fribourg
$1917
38.4K
Bellinzona
$2388
43.2K
Uster
$2417
34.4K
Neuchatel
$2053
33.5K
Sion
$2400
34.7K
Dubendorf
$2465
28K
Yverdon-les-Bains
$2037
30.2K
Altstetten
$2409
32.6K
Lancy
$2348
31.9K
Chur
$2233
35K
Zug
$2864
30.5K
Emmen
$2413
29.3K
Kriens
$2478
27K
Rapperswil-Jona
$2407
27K
Montreux
$2644
26K