How Much is Hot Chocolate in Switzerland?

Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. The cities are a perfect blend of old and new. Riding a train through the alps is like entering into an alternate reality where everything is so shockingly blue and snow-globe-esque. The only problem is that everything in Switzerland is stupidly expensive.

Now, I know first hand if you try hard enough you will find cheap eats/digs/activities when you’re in Switzerland, but compared to countries like Italy and Spain the price differences are insane. Just trying to book a hostel in Zurich cost as much as a nice hotel room in Rome (the solution was Airbnb which ended up being perfect). I don’t pay over $30 to sleep in a room full of strangers, and I definitely won’t pay over $100.

A Picture of a large plate of shnitzel, fries, and a lemon wedge on top. There are also two beers in the shot.
The most delicious, and expensive, shnitzel I’ve ever eaten.

The last time I was in Zurich, my friend and I did find cheap food by going to little hole-in-the-wall Chinese Restaurants, and trying to stay away from the major tourists spots in Zurich, but it’s hard. We’d decided to visit Switzerland in December because we wanted to experience the Swiss Christmas markets, and how were we to get the full experience without eating? Some nights we couldn’t avoid eating in the city center. Thankfully, even if the food was expensive it tasted good, but it still hurts your soul when you see the bill.

The first time I was in Switzerland, it was the train tickets that killed me. I booked a round trip ticket from Interlaken to Jenins (to go on a tour of the Greisinger Museum) and the train tickets cost more than my actual trip to Interlaken from Rome (food/accommodation/transportation combined).

I mean, Switzerland is gorgeous. The Swiss alps take my breath away every time I see them, but they also steal all of my money. It’s like I land in Switzerland and immediately dump my wallet into the trash. It makes it hard for me to want to go back to Switzerland, but I guess that’s a good thing too. It means I can stop returning to places I’ve been, and branch out a bit more with those Eastern European countries.

How Much did a Hot Chocolate Cost in Switzerland? 10 Swiss francs for a small cup that did not have enough Baileys in it.*

Bri smiling while holding a small cup of hot chocolate with a Baileys logo on the cup. Behind Bri is a small Christmas tree that barely reaches over her head (Bri is 5 feet 1 inches tall).
The Hot Chocolate and Me.

*To be fair, the hot chocolate was purchased at the Zurich Opera House Christmas Market, but still.

Ever been to Switzerland? Do you agree that it’s an expensive country to travel to? Let me know in the comments below.

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2 Comments on “How Much is Hot Chocolate in Switzerland?

  1. I have only traveled through the country, never spent any length of time in it, exactly because of the cost. The lack of Baileys is definitely a dealbreaker. 😊


    • I feel you on that. I think if I ever go back, it’ll definitely be more of a passing-through than a major destination. Switzerland is just so pretty.

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