Spending money for Lucerne?

Old May 13th, 2013, 10:52 AM
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Spending money for Lucerne?

So I've searched a few travel websites and can't find anything about spending in Lucerne, Switzerland! I'll be there for 2 days, and was just wondering about spending money for things like food & drink, my accommodation is already covered. I have to get some separate currency for this part of my trip so am curious as to how much I should get. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old May 13th, 2013, 11:07 AM
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Get it at the local ATMs and only get what you need for that day. All of CH is very expensive.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 11:09 AM
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take what you'd pay here if in the U S for anything at at least triple it for Switzerland IME along with Norway the world's most expensive country according to many polls.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 11:16 AM
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Triple is good is you are from a smaller town - but still more than double if you look at NYC prices.

(We paid $40 for a cab ride to an airport hotel that would have been about $15 with tip in NY.)
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Sorry on the MickeyD meter - a big mac meal is about $18 - vs about $8 in the US.
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For a cheap(er) takeaway meal, head for the Coop food market in the Old Town. It is close to the river.

There a many takeaway food places in the Old Town. There is also a Starbucks near the Lion
of Luzern.


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Old May 13th, 2013, 01:28 PM
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DH and I can easily spend $100+ for a nice dinner plus bottle of wine in Lucerne. The same meal might be $50-60 elsewhere. Lucerne (and Switzerland in general) is expensive.
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If you go further away from the tourist core, you will find less expensive restaurants. Just remember, less expensive will still be expensive compared to the US.
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Rail City is under Luzern Bahnhof. You will find a shopping mall and food court here.

Are you going to Zurich?

The prices in the shops on the Bahnhofstrasse will give you the shivers.

Have fun!

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Hi AlyssaSchneids,

I'm afraid that I think nytraveler's measure of costs is unrealistic and unnecessarily high.

Yes, a Big Mac will be more expensive in Switzerland than in the US -- after all, that food is not native to the country. You can get cheap fast food if you do what the Swiss have been doing for decades -- get a sausage from a Wurst stand or get a prepared sandwich from a Kiosk or a bakery. These will cost around 5 chf.

Yes, taxis are expensive in Switzerland, but they are pretty much unnecessary. The train will whisk you from the airport to the city in about 20 minutes and cost around 5 chf.

So, yes, the things nytraveler mentions do cost as much as noted, but that is not the way normal people live or behave in Switzerland -- there are much MUCH cheaper ways of doing those things!!

And yes, a sit-down meal with wine at a restaurant in the evening will cost around 40-60 chf per person. But you can find ways to do even that more cheaply -- take your main meal at lunchtime, when menu choices are around 20-30 chf. Then, grab a wonderful picnic of fresh bread, hams, cheeses, chocolate, etc, from a grocery store for dinner. Or have dinner at a cafeteria in a large Coop or Manor store.

Also, as wanderfrau notes, the prices will drop as you get away from the tourist centers -- wander down side streets and away from the stunning views. If you see men in overalls, follow them to their mid-day restaurant!

Assuming your breakfast is included in your hotel, I would guess about 40-80 chf per day per person, depending on how much wine or hard spirits you'll drink.

Anyway, have fun as you plan!

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