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Everyday Costs

Pauline Kenny

Switzerland is not part of the European Union (EU) and does not use the euro. They use Swiss Francs noted as CHF. You will see some prices in both CHF and euro and some places may take euro.

2002 exchange rate: 1CHF is roughly $0.67 US. (The Swiss Franc is about the same as a Canadian dollar right now.)


Gas is a bit more expensive than in Italy.

Costs of mountain rides are listed for each area in the Hiking section.

Parking in Grindelwald goes from 7CHF for 5 hours to 2CHF per hour, depending where you park. Parking in Engelberg was free in many places.


Lunch for two at a mountain restaurant in Engelberg: 47.00CHF

(2 rosti with egg, 2 beer, 2 coffee)

Lunch for two at a mountain restaurant in Engelberg: 46.80CHF

(rosti with egg, cheese sandwich (hot), 1 beer, 1 water, 2 coffee, 1 dessert)

Dinner for two at a Thai restaurant in Zurich: 80.00CHF

Coffee in a Tea Room is usually 3.20CHF to 3.50CHF ($2.00).

Breakfast for two in a Engelberg cafe: 17.00CHF

(Kleines Frustuck: croissant, roll, butter, jam, coffee)


1.5 liter bottle of Evian water: 1.25CHF

Bread: around 3.00CHF

Small stick of butter: 2.10CHF


Switzerland has great Laundromats. For example, costs in Grindelwald - washers - 3 CHF, dryers - 1 CHF for 12 minutes, spinner 1 CHF.

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