Switzerland Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Switzerland?

How much money will you need for your trip to Switzerland? You should plan to spend around Sfr80 ($87) per day on your vacation in Switzerland, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, Sfr16 ($18) on meals for one day and Sfr6.47 ($7.10) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Switzerland for a couple is Sfr100 ($110). So, a trip to Switzerland for two people for one week costs on average Sfr1,115 ($1,223). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    Sfr80
  • One Week Per person
    Sfr557
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    Sfr1,115
  • One Month Per person
    Sfr2,389
  • One Week For a couple
    Sfr1,115
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    Sfr2,230
  • One Month For a couple
    Sfr4,778
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A vacation to Switzerland for one week usually costs around Sfr557 for one person. So, a trip to Switzerland for two people costs around Sfr1,115 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs Sfr2,230 in Switzerland. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Switzerland can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.



How expensive is Switzerland? How much money do I need for Switzerland?

How much does a trip to Switzerland cost? Is Switzerland expensive? The average Switzerland trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Switzerland prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Switzerland
Average Daily Costs

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The average price for one person for accommodation in Switzerland is Sfr50. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Switzerland is Sfr100.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sfr50
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    Sfr100

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Food Budget in Switzerland
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Switzerland can vary, the average cost of food in Switzerland is Sfr16 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Switzerland should cost around Sfr6.46 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Switzerland is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    Sfr16

What did other people spend on Food?

Typical prices for Food in Switzerland are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Food prices in Switzerland, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Breakfast for 2
    Sfr12
  • Tea at Interlaken
    Sfr30


Transportation Budget in Switzerland
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Switzerland is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent Sfr6.47 per person, per day, on local transportation in Switzerland.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sfr6.47

What did other people spend on Transportation?

Typical prices for Transportation in Switzerland are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Transportation prices in Switzerland, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • City Pass (2)
    Sfr26
  • Cable Cars (for 2)
    Sfr60


Intercity Transportation Budget in Switzerland
Average Daily Costs

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  • Transportation between cities and towns in Switzerland costs an average of Sfr13. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.


  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
    Sfr13

Flights to Switzerland

How much does it cost to go to Switzerland? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner or Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.




Entertainment Budget in Switzerland
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Switzerland typically cost an average of Sfr17 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sfr17

Featured Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Switzerland are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Entertainment prices in Switzerland, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • 1 Day Bicycle Rental
    Sfr31
  • The Swiss Transport Museum Entrance Fee
    Sfr32


Tips and Handouts Budget in Switzerland
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Switzerland is Sfr1.88 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Switzerland is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    Sfr1.88


Alcohol Budget in Switzerland
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about Sfr6.31 on alcoholic beverages in Switzerland per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    Sfr6.31


Water Budget in Switzerland
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend Sfr1.37 on bottled water in Switzerland per day. The public water in Switzerland is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    Sfr1.37


Last Updated: Jan 21, 2020
Switzerland On a Budget
Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland
Most people who visit Switzerland go there to see the very impressive and breathtaking Alps. They're dramatic, they're beautiful, and they're unlike anywhere else on earth. The highest peak in the country is Dufourspitze, which stands 4,634 meters high. If you head to this area in the winter, it has some of the best skiing and winter sports in the world. If you're not a winter sport enthusiast, you can head here in the summer months and enjoy some wonderful hiking or simply hop from charming village to village on the train or bus.

While the Alps are easily the biggest draw to the area, there are definitely some less famous attractions that are still worth visiting. Switzerland has some absolutely beautiful lakes, as well as rolling hills and flat plains. If time allows, definitely make sure you venture out to some of the less visited parts of the country, as they can be quite charming and enjoyable as well.

Whenever you visit, it's important to realize that this can be an expensive destination. Come prepared, and accept that it will cost you more than you'd like. If you know what to expect, you can enjoy it none the less. There are a few handy tips to help keep costs down. In particular, skip activities like the cable cars. They are a fun way to see parts of the country, but they're also one of the most expensive ways. If you're planning to travel by train, book your tickets well in advance as this will save you a good amount of money. Also consider cooking your own meals as restaurants in Switzerland can be shockingly expensive and can really make a dent in your budget. Definitely give yourself a day or two to enjoy the skiing and snowboarding in the area, but realize that if you make this a daily occurrence it will quickly eat through most of your budget. Also consider couchsurfing if at all possible. Accommodation can be expensive and finding a free place to crash will save you a fortune. Many people speak English and are eager to show you their country. It's a fun way to meet and experience a new country and culture.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Chateau de Chillon: A wonderfully preserved medieval castle dating back to the 11th century. This castle is beautifully situated on the shore of Lake Geneva. It is made from over one hundred free standing buildings that have gradually be connected into the structure that is there today.
The Gruyere Region: A beautiful region with rolling green hills. Its the best place to sample some fondue, made with the Gruyere cheese that originated in this area.
Rhine Falls: The largest waterfall in Europe, it's in northern Switzerland on the Upper Rhine. You can catch a boat to the middle of the river to get perfect views of the falls.

Popular Foods
Zurcher Geschnetzeltes: This is a dish that includes thin strips of veal served with mushrooms and a cream sauce along side a potato side dish. It's most popular in and around the city of Zurich, and in some variations includes a bit of veal kidney.
Cervelat: The national sausage of Switzerland, cervelat is made from beef, bacon, and pork rind. It is usually prepared by either smoking it or boiling it.
Fondue: A Swiss cooking style where cheese is melted in a pot on the table and served with bread or potatoes. Some variations use a broth or oil to cook small pieces of meat. There is usually a flavored dipping sauce and vegetables on the side.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Discount Transportation Passes

By backpackguru in Intercity Transportation
There are many ways to get discounts on transportation tickets in Switzerland. You can, and definitely should take advantage of some of the discount opportunities available. There's a "Half-Fare Card" you can purchase which will save you 50% on all national trains and buses. Make sure you push the 1/2 button when you purchase a ticket. This indicates you have the Half Fare Card, which you should already have in your possession. The conductor is likely to check for the card, so no fudging. A one month Half Fare Card costs about CHF99, while the annual card costs around CHF165.



Another option is to buy a Swisspas, which gives you access to national buses and trans in addition to privately operated boats, cable cars and ski lifts. These are much more expensive, with a four day pass costing about CHF 260.



All passes can be bought in any train station ticket office.

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