Jun 17, 2016 - 8:20 PM
in reply to lkwlee
Hi LKWLee and Dhrub-
A famous way to compare the cost of living in various countries is the "Big Mac Index."
Developed many years ago by the magazine "The Economist" it is now maintained by someone else
Check this link. It shows prices in USD of a "Big Mac" in many countries. Switzerland is by far the most expensive.
I cannot give a good estimate of the lowest costs possible, because I do not normally seek them out. Many of the places mentioned, such a COOP and Migros accept credit cards. The sell cup noodles and othe economical foods, as well as some vegetarian items. Larger ones have buffets, where you can pick and choose nnd see prices.
And, you can obtain cash from ATM's, generally at about the best rates available, if you carry such a card.
In smaller places in the countryside, and, occasionally in the very highest priced luxurious places, cash iis king... no credit cards. But, they are reasonably common in restaurants and the stores mentioned, especially in the major tourist areas.
Many inns and hotels have breakfast included in their prices. Check when you reserve.
Last modified on Jun 17, 2016 - 8:24 PM by Slowpoke