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Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, Switzerland

How much does it cost to travel to Lausanne?

You should plan to spend around $238 (Sfr208) per day on your vacation in Lausanne. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $64 (Sfr56) on meals
  • $42 (Sfr37) on local transportation
  • $284 (Sfr249) on hotels

A one week trip to Lausanne for two people costs, on average, $3,328 (Sfr2,912). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Lausanne cost?

A one week trip to Lausanne usually costs around $1,664 (Sfr1,456) for one person and $3,328 (Sfr2,912) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Lausanne on average costs around $3,328 (Sfr2,912) for one person and $6,655 (Sfr5,823) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 Lausanne will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Lausanne on average costs around $7,131 (Sfr6,239) for one person and $14,261 (Sfr12,478) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Lausanne has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Lausanne expensive to visit?

Prices in Lausanne are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Lausanne is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Europe for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Lausanne is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Lausanne Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Lausanne?

The average Lausanne trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Lausanne travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) Sfr249 ($284)
Local Transportation 1 Sfr37 ($42)
Food 2 Sfr56 ($64)
Entertainment 1 Sfr34 ($39)
Alcohol 2 Sfr12 - 36 ($14 - 42)
Accommodation Budget in Lausanne
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Lausanne is $142 (Sfr124). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Lausanne is $284 (Sfr249). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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

Hotel Prices in Lausanne

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Lausanne based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $165. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Lausanne
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Lausanne is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $42 (Sfr37) per person, per day, on local transportation in Lausanne.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Lausanne
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Lausanne can vary, the average cost of food in Lausanne is $64 (Sfr56) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Lausanne should cost around $26 (Sfr23) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lausanne is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Lausanne
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Lausanne typically cost an average of $39 (Sfr34) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Lausanne
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $28 (Sfr24) on alcoholic beverages in Lausanne per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Lausanne On a Budget
Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland
Located on Lake Geneva, Lausanne is the capital city of French-speaking region of Vaud, Switzerland. The slopes of Lake Geneva's shores are known for growing wine, while the city of Lausanne sprawls across three hills. The city is also home to the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Museum, and lakeshore Olympic Park, as well as an old town that dates to medieval times.
Lausanne Old Town is a quaint medieval part of the city, whose most prominent feature is a cathedral that stands at the center of everything. The cobbled streets here are car-free, while a watch man in the clock tower shouts out the hours from 10pm to 2 am, in a tradition that dates back to 1405. Visitors are welcome to climb the cathedral's tower for a nice view of the city below.

The city is also host to a number of museums dedicated to the history, art, and culture of the region and beyond. The Olympic Museum, for example, provides an overview of the history of the Olympic Games from the first 1896 summer games in Athens through to the present day. The Musee de l'Art brut is another unique venue, featuring a worldwide collection of works of art created by outsiders in psychiatric clinics and prisons. And then there is the Musee Historique de Lausanne which houses a collection of maps, images, and documents about the history of Lausanne and the Lake Geneva Region from the earliest records to present day.

Other notable landmarks include the Church of St. Francis, ruins of a medieval rampart called La Tour d'Ale, and a gift from the King of Thailand built in 2007 called the Thai Pavilion. There are also a number of parks throughout the city.
Cite is probably one of the most visited neighborhoods of Lausanne, a hill encompassing much of the old city with many historic landmarks including the cathedral, which is regarded as Switzerland's most impressive piece of early Gothic architecture. The medieval center surrounding the cathedral features shopping streets paved in cobblestone, as well as small alleyways with cafes and boutique shops. Ville Marche is also a part of the old city with a number of outdoor markets, some of which include Place de la Palud, Place St. Fran├žois, and Place Riponne. Beyond these, the next most visited neighborhood is the pretty waterfront area of Ouchy, which features shopping, hotels, and restaurants with beautiful views of the lake and the Alps.

Exploring the historic sites of the old town, indulging in Swiss cuisine, and shopping Lausanne's markets make up just a few of the city-going activities available. Additionally, there are a number of museums, the beautiful lakefront port of Ouchy, and also opportunities for swimming or boating on the lake itself. If you seek a view from above visit Sauvabelin tower just north of the city center. Along with views of the lake and the Alps, there is also a free zoo and the park of the Fondation de l'Hermitage, which features changing art exhibits in a setting dating back to the 19th century. Other activities include a concert or show at one of Lausanne's theatres, as well as a variety of festivals occurring throughout the year. Many of these celebrations revolve around music, one being the Festival de la Cite in July where musical, theatrical, opera, and many different types of acts take place in the old city of Lausanne.
Food and Dining
Lausanne's dining scene is delectable and diverse, from reasonably priced cafes to Michelin-starred restaurants. Food throughout Switzerland will vary, though some common favorites include cheese fondue, Swiss chocolate, and of course Swiss cheese. Raclette and Croute au fromage (a Swiss version of cheese on toast), come more specifically from the French-speaking part of Switzerland where Lausanne is located. With its location on a lake, the city also has fresh fish dishes with powan, perch, and trout being the most commonly served-and, being a wine region, there will be many local vintages available to accompany any meal. Visitors will find plenty of restaurants in the old city as well as along the waterfront of Ouchy.

By plane, Geneva airport is the closest and is served by most European carriers and four daily trans-Atlantic flights-on from Washington-Dulles on United, one from New York's John F. Kennedy on Swiss, one from Newark on Continental, and one from Montreal on Air Canada. Zurich Airport is also popular, with more frequent trans-Atlantic service mainly via Swiss Airlines.

Direct trains between Geneva Airport and Lausanne take about 45 minutes and normally run about four times per hour.

International buses arrive daily from Spain, France, and other major cities in Central Europe. Many buses pass through Geneva or Basel before stopping in Lausanne.


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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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.