switzerland in central europe

Switzerland is a mountainous landlocked country in Central Europe. Its neighbors are France to the east and northeast, Germany to the north, Liechtenstein to the west, and Italy to the south. Home to fairytale villages spread through the tall Alps, Switzerland is well known for its hiking trails and ski resorts. The country is also famous for its banking and finance industry, but also for its precise watches and delicious chocolate. Bern, the capital, and cities like Zurich, Lucerne, and Basel are among the top travel destinations. But how expensive is Switzerland? Well, check out Switzerland travel costs below and find out!


basel in switzerland, central europe

Basel

Basel is located at the border of Switzerland with both France and Germany, on the banks of the Rhine river. Home to amazing museums and art galleries, Bern is a beautiful city with old buildings and stunning architecture. Foodies are advised to visit Kleinbasel for fine dining experiences by the river.

How much does it cost to visit Basel?

A budget traveler visiting Basel should plan to spend around CHF 75 per day. This amount doesn’t take into account any accommodation costs, however. Continue reading to discover more Basel travel costs.


Basel accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one personCHF 51 – 212
Typical double roomCHF 103 – 424

Basel food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurantCHF 19.90 – 32
Meal in a mid-range restaurantCHF 40 – 75
Local beer (0.5 liter, draught)CHF 5 – 8
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Basel, however.
CHF 2 – 4

Basel fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticketCHF 3.60
Taxi (price per kilometer)CHF 3.80
Gasoline (1 liter)CHF 1.55 – 1.80

Basel visiting costs – Top attractions in Basel

Kunstmuseum BaselCHF 26
Basel MuensterFree
RheinfahreCHF 1.60
Basel Old Town (Altstadt-Spaziergange Durch Basel)Free
Zoo BaselCHF 21

bern in switzerland, central europe

Bern

Bern is the picturesque capital city of Switzerland, located on a peninsula on the Aare River. Bern’s Old Town cobblestone streets are an open invitation to get lost while admiring fountains and beautiful buildings, some over 500 years old. Under more than 6 kilometers of covered arcades, Bern is waiting for travelers to discover its bars, restaurants, and shops.

How much does it cost to visit Bern?

If you’re visiting Bern on a budget, plan to spend around CHF 145 daily, without counting any accommodation for the night. Continue reading to find out more detailed Bern travel costs.


Bern accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one personCHF 133 – 246
Typical double roomCHF 266 – 493

Bern food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurantCHF 17 – 25
Meal in a mid-range restaurantCHF 40 -50
Local beer (0.5 liter, draught)CHF 5.50 – 7.50
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Bern, however.
CHF 3 – 4.40

Bern fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticketCHF 3.70
Taxi (price per kilometer)CHF 4 – 4.60
Gasoline (1 liter)CHF 1.50 – 1.70

Bern visiting costs – Top attractions in Bern

Bern Old CityFree
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)Free
Gurten Park funicularCHF 6
Clock Tower (Zytglogge)Free
St. Vincent Cathedral at Munsterplatz (Munster Kirche)Free

Bern Museum Card

24h Bern Museum CardCHF 28
48h Bern Museum CardCHF 35

The Bern Museum Card offers free admission to the collections and special collections of all the museums in Bern. This card includes access for an adult and two young people aged under 16.


lucerne in switzerland, central europe

Lucerne

Located by a lake and surrounded by mountains, Lucerne is an amazing travel destination. Besides admiring the beautiful nature surrounding Lucerne, one can visit the wonderful medieval quarter. Seeing the 14th-century Chapel Bridge is a must-see while you’re here, just like taking a walk on the old streets by the river banks.

How much does it cost to visit Lucerne?

On a budget visit to Lucerne, you will spend around CHF 65 daily. This amount doesn’t cover any accommodation costs, though. You can find more detailed Lucerne travel costs in the tables below.


Lucerne accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one personCHF 40 – 246
Typical double roomCHF 80 – 492

Lucerne food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurantCHF 9 – 30
Meal in a mid-range restaurantCHF 35 – 60
Local beer (0.5 liter, draught)CHF 3.50 – 8
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Lucerne, however.
CHF 2 – 5

Lucerne fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticketCHF 4.05
Taxi (price per kilometer)CHF 3.80 – 4.60
Gasoline (1 liter)CHF 1.50 – 1.72

Lucerne visiting costs – Top attractions in Lucerne

Mount Pilatus by cable carCHF 10 – 72, depending on the route
Lake Lucerne by boatCHF 21 – 77, depending on the duration
Mount Rigi by cable carCHF 26.50 – 43.20, depending on the route
Chapel BridgeFree
Lucerne Old TownFree

zurich in switzerland, central europe

Zurich

Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich is located on the shores of the lake bearing the same name. At the same time, it is crossed by the Limmat River and surrounded by tall mountains. Besides the enchanting surrounding landscape, Zurich is a vibrant cultural and art scene. It is an interesting destination for history lovers, too, as they will adore Zurich’s old center.

How much does it cost to visit Zurich?

If you’re planning to visit Zurich on a budget, expect to spend CHF 78 on daily travel expenses. This is without any accommodation costs, however. Keep reading to learn more about Zurich travel costs.


Zurich accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one personCHF 49 – 296
Typical double roomCHF 97 – 592

Zurich food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurantCHF 20 – 30
Meal in a mid-range restaurantCHF 40 – 60
Local beer (0.5 liter, draught)CHF 5 – 8
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Zurich, however.
CHF 2 – 5

Zurich fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticketCHF 3 – 4.70
Taxi (price per kilometer)CHF 3.20 – 5
Gasoline (1 liter)CHF 1.55 – 1.80

Zurich visiting costs – Top attractions in Zurich

Lake Zurich cruiseCHF 8.80 – 42.80, depending on the duration
Zurich Old TownFree
Uetliberg MountainFree
Zoo ZurichCHF 26
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)CHF 26

Zurich Card

24h Zurich CardCHF 27
72h Zurich CardCHF 53

The Zurich Card offers free or discounted admission to 40 museums, unlimited 2nd class travel on public transport (including trains, boats, and cable cars) in Zurich and its surrounding region, short boat trips and a Limmat river cruise and partner discounts.


Switzerland travel costs sources

  • Accommodation costs via Budgetyourtrip.com
  • Food, drinks, and transportation costs via Numbeo.com
  • Tap water safety researched separately via Google answers for each city in Belgium. Tap water seems to be safe to drink all over Belgium, though.
  • Top attractions selected using TripAdvisor. Each attraction name is a link to the official website page of that attraction, if available
  • Ticket costs / free access information via the official websites of the attractions. I mentioned the cost of a regular adult ticket, for permanent exhibitions. Discounts and temporary exhibition prices are available on their official websites.
  • City pass information about prices and what each includes is from the official website for each travel pass. A link is available for each pass in order to easily find more information and/or to purchase a pass.

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