Cost of Living in Basel

Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$2456
$6494
🛋️ Without rent
$1204
$4247
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$1252
$2247
🍽️ Food
$836
$2214
🚐 Transport
$123
$340
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$6033
😀 Quality of life
93
🏙️ Population
178K

The average cost of living in Basel is $2456, which is in the top 2% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 157th out of 9294 in our global list and 16th out of 50 in Switzerland.

The median after-tax salary is $6033, which is enough to cover living expenses for 2.5 months. Ranked 42nd (TOP 0.5%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 4th best city to live in Switzerland. With an estimated population of 178K, Basel is the 3rd largest city in Switzerland.

✈️ Closest airport 44 km Grenchen Airport
😷 Air quality Excellent 9.5 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 245 University of Basel
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Prices in Basel

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Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$21.7
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$96.5
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$16.9
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$7.37
 Cappuccino
$5.56
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$4.33
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1266
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$972
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2367
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1834
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$163
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$248
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$58.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.83%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$9906
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7759
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$4.1
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$84.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$37.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.97
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.8
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.9
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.69
🥚 Eggs, x12
$6.32
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$22.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$27.3
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$43
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.21
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.8
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.11
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.37
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.8
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.61
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.78
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.65
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$14.3
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.64
🚬 Cigarette pack
$9.05
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$19.6
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.88
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.33
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.45
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$81.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$18.6
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$166
💇 Haircut, simple
$34.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$109
👟 Brand Sneakers
$133
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$2624
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$24879

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