Costs in Switzerland

Switzerland is expensive. In fact, it’s not only one of the most expensive places to visit in Europe, it’s also one of the priciest places to visit in the whole world. Luckily, there are a few ways to cut costs on your trip to Switzerland, without sacrificing much. You just need to do your research and be willing to compromise on a few things. No matter what your budget, here’s an idea of some of the costs you’ll encounter in Switzerland.

The biggest costs will be for lodging, though you can save money by staying in an apartment or opting for a B&B or hostel instead of a hotel. Dining out and ordering a bottle of wine with dinner will also set you back a bit; even groceries are much more expensive that what you would pay in the US. Street food and cheaper meals are available though, and the food from local markets can be a good deal. It’s even possible to find inexpensive wine for under 5-8 CHF at the grocery store.

The current exchange rate is about .90 Swiss France (CHF)  per US$1, so 100 CHF equals about $108.



  • Average hostel bed — 22 – 45 CHF for a room in a shared dorm
  • Average basic guesthouse or inn — 65-110 for a room with private bath
  • Average full-service hotel — 120 – 180  CFH for double room with private bath
  • Average luxury hotel — 200 – 360 CHF
  • Average in-country round trip flight — 300 CHF
  • Average three hour train ride – 40 CHF
  • Local bus fare – 3 CHF
  • Average bottle of wine in a restaurant — 30 CHF and up
  • Average pint of beer at a bar — 5 CHF and up
  • Average casual dining entree — 15 – 20 CHF
  • Average upscale dining entree — 30 – 50 CHF
  • Average museum admission — 10 CHF
  • Average cost of mountain bike rental – 50 CHF per day
  • 8 day, 2nd class, adult Swiss Pass (unlimited train rides and free museum admission) – $400 US

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