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 debt from a 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. The picnic is 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.