In this post, I wanted to tackle the question that many of us may have when thinking about traveling to Switzerland: “Is Switzerland Expensive to visit?”.
In fact, I’ll be giving you free sample calculations that may help you consider Switzerland as a potential place to visit.
And before you start reading all the calculations I did below, I also wanted to give you this free Switzerland Budget Calculator so that you can also get started on your budgeting journey!
What’s special about this calculator:
Now that you have the Switzerland Budget Calculator, let’s dive right into the content for today!
It’s no doubt that Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places on earth and in Europe. With that comes the perception that Switzerland is an expensive place to visit, or is it?
Well, depending on how you look at it, this may very well be a place that’s worth investing for, at least once in a lifetime!
Or I call it: “Happiness Investment”
(Note I emphasized on the word “investing for”, rather “spending on”, because I believe an invested experience may very well help to add value beyond what you invested in (in money terms).)
But I do agree that “happiness investment” needs to also be reasonable in terms of how much you’ll be forking out on a vacation, right?
So let’s get right into the calculations of the investment…
The short answer is that it depends – Yes & No.
I believe that:
Because of this, I wanted to help you specifically rather than being general about “Yes” or “No”, and get right into the budgets calculations! (Honestly, I don’t like it when I read blog posts online and people are being so general about their responses, so I took it upon my own that I would tackle this for you and me.
Below, I’ve described 3 different options as a guideline for you to start thinking about how much you may be spending on a typical day per person, per couple and per time-period (1-week & 2-week period, which are the most typical periods of tourists visits, based on my researches).
Caveat: I chose to exclude your flight costs, activities costs and transport costs for now (see why below)!
Travel Style: If you plan to travel and stay in Switzerland’s 4 and 5-star hotels every single night and eat out in restaurants 2 meals a day (lunch & dinner), then be prepared to fork out a little more on your “happiness investment”.
I did a sample calculation here, based on an example of a couple on a 1- week or 2-week trip with this option:
Est. Total Spend / Couple / Day: $560 – $1100
On a 1-week trip for a couple: $3,920 – $7,700 / couple for accommodation and food.
On a 2-week trip for a couple: $7800 – $10,000 / couple for accommodation and food alone
Travel Style: If you plan to travel to Switzerland and willing to stay in value-for-money, quality local & boutique hotels, 3-star hotels (occasionally 4-star) and/or Airbnb, and eat in restaurants once a day (breakfast at accommodation, lunch from takeaway places / awesome swiss groceries), then this option may be for you.
Est. Total Spend / Couple / Day: $280 – $560
On a 1-week trip for a couple: $1,960 – $3,920 / couple for accommodation and food alone
On a 2-week trip for a couple: $3,920 to $7,840 / couple for accommodation and food alone
Travel Style: Another reasonable, yet great option to travel in Switzerland if you would like to save a bit on both accommodations and foods. This option will see your happiness investments for stays in hostels or Airbnb (if Airbnb: recommended with multiple couple friends with own rooms), eating in Swiss restaurants 1-2 times per week (maximum).
Est. Total Spend / Couple / Day: $90 – $200
On a 1-week trip for a couple (+ 2 dinners at restaurants per week): $790 – $1,720 / couple for accommodation and food alone
On a 2-week trip for a couple (+ 2 dinners at restaurants per week): $1,580 to $3,440 / couple for accommodation and food alone
You get the idea.
If you didn’t get a chance to get the Free Switzerland Travel Budget Calculator above, here’s another chance for you to get it below.
What’s special about this calculator:
Depending on your spending capacity & travel styles and preferences, you might want to splurge here and there, while also be thinking about the different parts of your budgets within your Switzerland trip, which are:
At the end of the day, I believe that when traveling to such a wonderful place like Switzerland, maximizing your trip is not just all about budgeting.
It is about so much more than that.
Of course, budget is one of the big considerations, but if you’re already spending a few thousand dollars just to be there, you might as well plan to experience the fullest of what Switzerland has to offer (sightseeing, foods etc), while re-allocating your happiness investment somewhere worthy of your taste!
Reason #1: Everyone needs a place to sleep and everyone needs to eat something. Without these 2 things, you won’t be able to do much else.
Reason #2: This is because the other additional costs may vary based on your travel styles (are you free & easy, adventurous or an adrenaline junkie?). If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you might be paying investing more on the skydive (~CHF380-450 / person), while an adventurous person might go for the First Flyer (zipline in Jungfrau; CHF46) or paragliding (~CHF170) in Grindelwald.
Reason #3: Depending on your transport choices (e.g. train or cars), the costs may differ widely during your 7-day or 14-day stay. Generally, I would recommend for first-time visitors to buy and use the Swiss Travel Pass (it covers most of the your (1) public transport (in major tourist cities, including intercity trains like Luzern – Interlaken, Interlaken – Grindelwald, Interlaken – Zermatt etc.) (2) free (or discounted) transport to major sightseeing attractions (e.g. Mt. Rigi, Jungfraujoch at 50% discount, over 500 museums etc.). See more details on the official website here.
Swiss Travel Pass: Why Should You Buy? Apart from the fact that I also bought this as a first-time visitor and it saved me hundreds of dollars by the end of the trip, here are the official description of all the benefits that comes with each Swiss travel pass (obtained from Swiss Travel pass official site):
I hope you have enjoyed what’s been shared in this post.
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