What are prices like in Geneva i.e. large beer, meal out etc and how do they compare to Germany or UK? Many thanks
Much more expensive. Budget for about double UK prices for something comparable in the UK and you won't go far wrong.
We spent $6 (US) for a beer in London and he is saying it is double in Geneva?? WOW
Worldvoyager, I've known you to be slightly more reasonable. Is this the effect of the crazy late November overly-warm weather.. :) it should be snowing by now.
Minky35, prices are higher in Geneva, unquestionnably. But one can get easily get away on a lower travel budget.
A pint of local lagger in a standard Swiss "bistro" of "café" will be in the CHF 5 to CHF 6 (£2.15 to £2.6). Beer prices will climb up in the English/Irish pubs with a max of CHF 9 (£3.9) for a pint of English bitter or a Guinness. And then the prices will go through the roof in some of the local nightclubs (avoid them..).
Like any international city, Geneva offers everything you want to eat at variable prices. As a French speaking region, we share many in common with France, and that most definitely includes good food and good wine. So if you go for an acclaimed and rewarded starred restaurant, you will pay the price. You would too in London or Paris.
But you can get away in all of the Italians for CHF 25 to CHF 30 (£11 +) and in some locals. Count £15-20 and + for international cuisine. Even local food specialties will be in the CHF 40-50 all included if not less. A typical dish of perch filets (filets de perches) should be around CHF 33-35 + wine + coffee. A standard cheese fondue should be around CHF 23-28 + wine and extras.
On Saturday evening, I went for a 5 course pig/pork menu (trotter, head, sausage...) in a good typical village restaurant out of Geneva. The menu was CHF 40 (£17.5) and the food was excellent. 2 starters and 3 main courses for that price is excellent value even in the UK or in Germany.
For lunch, there are a good number of cafeterias/food courts where one can eat at a very reasonable price; but a standard lunch "dish" (plat du jour) varies from CHF 16 to CHF 20. My plat du jour just around the corner today will be at CHF 16. I'm starting to get hungry just by writing about it.
We have been regular visitors to Switzerland for more than 20 years. At the time of our early visits I would agree that prices were about double those of the UK but I honestly don't think there is much difference between costs in Geneva and London now. Of course, it does depend on precisely where you go. Our next door neighbour is Swiss and he thinks that central London is more expensive than Basle where he comes from.
when you say chf, that is french right? i thought all of Europe now was Euro??
The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc !
Switzerland is not a member of the EU.
thanks for the info! Have a good night
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