Spain vs Switzerland - Cost of Living Comparison

Spain Switzerland
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1141
$2507
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2609
$6465
🏠 One person rent
$613
$1351
🏘️ Family rent
$972
$2468
🍽️ Food expenses
$329
$806
🚐 Transport expenses
$88.7
$127
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1701
$6135
💸 GDP per capita
$27056
$87100
😃 Human freedom index
8.56
9.11
❤️ Life expectancy
82.3
83.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
61
84
🌐 English speaking %
22%
61.3%
🎓 Higher education
90
98
😀 Quality of life
73
85
🏙️ Population
46.7M
8.47M

The average cost of living in Spain ($1141) is 54% less expensive than in Switzerland ($2507). Spain ranked 46th 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 1.5 months in Spain compared to 2.4 months in Switzerland. Ranked 27th and 3rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Spain vs Switzerland

We calculate prices for Spain and Switzerland as a population-weighted mean of 153 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.

Spain Switzerland
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$11.3
$22.8
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$40.1
$103
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.85
$15.4
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.03
$6.69
 Cappuccino
$2.08
$4.95
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.85
$4.22
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$620
$1419
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$470
$1103
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1021
$2700
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$767
$2091
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$77.5
$129
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$119
$199
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$35.5
$55.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.28%
1.47%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3348
$12711
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2169
$8175
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.57
$3.87
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$39.5
$85.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$14.5
$39.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.66
$1.95
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.84
$1.69
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.99
$3.04
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$2.87
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.17
$6.49
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.1
$21.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.56
$25
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.8
$43.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.82
$3.91
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.75
$2.81
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.48
$3.24
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.79
$4
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.24
$2.58
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.27
$2.46
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.44
$0.75
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.73
$2.76
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.76
$14
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.93
$2.23
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.16
$8.99
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.31
$16.7
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.81
$5.17
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.5
$3.75
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.79
$3.65
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$38.2
$81.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.07
$19.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$59.9
$127
💇 Haircut, simple
$12.8
$34.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$74
$108
👟 Brand Sneakers
$72.9
$122
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$370
$2247
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$7276
$24364

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Cities Comparison in Spain vs Switzerland

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Spain

City Cost of living Population
Madrid
$1445
3.31M
Barcelona
$1487
1.64M
Tenerife
$1133
905K
Zaragoza
$1018
675K
Valencia
$1197
790K
Seville
$996
684K
Malaga
$1115
577K
Palma de Mallorca
$1326
419K
Bilbao
$1338
346K
Murcia
$970
460K
Pamplona
$1207
203K
Gijon
$1150
269K
Alicante
$999
337K
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
$1170
265K
San Sebastian
$1379
188K
Valladolid
$1024
298K
Las Palmas
$1086
379K
Terrassa
$1153
223K
Vigo
$991
294K
Vitoria-Gasteiz
$1278
253K
Granada
$951
232K
Sabadell
$1269
216K
Cordoba
$885
322K
Cartagena
$852
216K
Almeria
$941
201K
Jerez de la Frontera
$848
213K
Badalona
$1399
223K
Oviedo
$978
186K
A Coruna
$1100
245K
Elche
$886
234K

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