Cost of living Zurich

Cost of living in Zürich

Living in Zürich

On this page you’ll find everything about the cost of living in Zürich. Zürich is in the German speaking part of Switzerland and Switzerland’s largest city. It attracts numerous expats due to its booming economy and high quality of life.

Zurich is situated in a very scenic area. There are plenty of rivers and lakes (the largest being Lake Zürich) and in convenient proximity to the Swiss Alps. Even if they are no winter sport fanatics, there are lots of reasons why expats keep moving to Zürich in droves: the canton is Switzerland’s economically strongest region. Expatriates often find employment in banking and insurance, business services, research and development, or the tourism industry.

Some Facts about Zürich

There are over 420.000 people living in the city of Zürich, making it Switzerland’s largest city. German is the official language in Zürich. But it is also normal to communicate in English, French, and many other languages. In the canton of Zurich, you’ll find people from various countries. Nearly one quarter of the population is foreign-born. In Zurich itself, you might notice that this percentage is even higher in the city. About 31% of all Zurich residents do not have the Swiss nationality.

Considering the area’s excellent economic performance and its location close to Germany, it’s hardly surprising that lots of Germans decide upon moving to Zurich. There are also sizable communities of expatriates and immigrant. They come from Italy, Portugal, Spain, Austria, France, the UK, other EU countries, Turkey, etc.

Taxation and Cost of living in Zürich

Individual taxation in Switzerland is very moderate. Middle-class incomes are typically taxed at one third or half of the European rates. The maximum rate applies from an income of CHF 300,000 to 400,000 per year, ranging from 23% to 35% in the Zurich region.

It is also the most expensive city in Europe and 4th in the world, according to the Mercer ranking from 2020. Transportation, food, and accommodation, none of which is cheap, will be the bulk of your expenses. If you’re moving to Zürich, you will have to shell out even more for taxes, license fees, and mandatory insurance premiums. The good news is that all these potential stress-inducing expenses can be mitigated by high salary rates and overall quality of life in the city. If you want more information about the cost on living in Switzerland, check out this page!

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How to get to Zürich

Zürich is easily accessible by train, plane, or road. Zürich International airport is just 10 minutes away from the city centre.

Education in Zürich

Switzerland has a reputation for its excellent public school system. Starting at the age of four it is mandatory for children to attend kindergarten in Switzerland. Primary school starts at age six. The curriculum in public schools includes languages, science, mathematics, art, music, and sport.

Schools often close for the lunch period and children go home to eat. Some schools do offer lunch with supervision for the students.  Children attend the school closest to their home. It is generally not possible to visit schools before moving, but all schools meet the same high standards.  Attending the public school helps children to learn the local language and make new friends close to home.

Zürich has a large offer of international schools. As with many international schools, pupils have a choice of academic programs including the International Baccalaureate (IB), the American Advanced Placement (AP) Program, French Baccalaureate.  Atlas International Relocation Consultants have all the knowledge to assist expats to choose the best option for their children.

Transportation in Zürich

Public transport is extremely efficient and well-run throughout Switzerland, and Zürich is no exception. There is a dense network of trams, buses, and local trains. The train station Zürich is the main hub for all transport services.

The bus network runs regularly throughout the city — and there are frequent buses to neighbouring villages and residential hamlets. It offers frequent connections to the other major cities and allow access to Zurich in just 10 minutes on a direct train.

Taxis are painfully expensive in Switzerland. Unless you’re rolling in it, you should steer away from them—especially since the public transit is superb.

Culture and Events

The current variety and quality of the cultural offer in Zürich is most impressive. The city’s cultural spectrum was marked in the 1970s by the opera house, theatre, art gallery, concert hall and various cinemas. But over the past 25 years it has taken on an almost unbelievable life of its own. Zürich has centres and niches for the avant-garde and the unconventional from every sector of culture.

The city’s old town along the lake and the Langstrasse area are characterised by the wide variety of bars and restaurants. In the Zürich-West former industrial area, where steelworkers once manufactured turbines and machinery, there are now any number of clubs and discos, as well as galleries (the Löwenbräu art zone) and modern theatre productions (the city theatre’s Schiffbau-Halle) in what has become a thriving district.

Your own relocation coordinator

Atlas International Movers guides your move from door to door. If you have any questions during the relocation process, please contact your personal relocation coordinator. This person can answer all your questions about the move and the country. This way you can prepare for your life in Zürich without any problems. This is all part of the Atlas Movers relocation service.

If you want to know more about the cost of living in Zurich, please feel free to contact us or view our website! If you would like storage for your household effects before, during or after your relocation to Zürich, this is also possible. Click here for more information about inventory storage at Atlas. If you want to know more about Atlas International Movers, read more about our moving company here!

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