This is always a big question, and can scare people away. Yes, Switzerland is absurdly expensive – be warned and be careful. But, there are simple strategies to prevent life long debt from a simple Swiss holiday. Services are the most expensive thing in Switzerland, so restaurants, hotels, and trams are what you need to be careful of. Grocery stores are key, not only is the quality high, but the prices aren’t much different than anywhere else. Your best friend may well be the Lidl where you’ll find quality groceries at non-Swiss prices. Learn to love the picnic as it’s not only a great meal, but the most affordable. For longer visits in one area, consider a holiday flat instead of a hotel, you’ll have a kitchen and pay significantly less. Or, look into the Naturfreunde Houses and Hostel network.