Moving to Switzerland from the UK
Your Essential Moving Guide

If moving to Switzerland is on the cards, then hold your horses – you are in the right place! This page details everything you need to know about removals from the UK to Switzerland including costs, checklists and tips. With a little help from Sirelo, you will be in the Land of Milk and Honey before you know it! 😊

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How Much Does It Cost to Move to Switzerland from the UK?

The first thing you were probably asking yourself was: how much is moving to Switzerland from the UK likely to cost? And we’ve wondered the same. So for an average 3-bed house removal to Switzerland from the the UK, you can expect to pay between £2,200 – £3,100.

If you really want to be even more prepared for what removal costs for a UK to Switzerland move might entail, you should check out our international moving costs page. There, you’ll find an great breakdown of where costs come from!

While there is no blanket figure, we have done our best to outline the cost of moving from London to Switzerland via road in the table below for different household sizes.

Property SizeTimeAverage Cost
1-bedroom house9 – 11 days£1,300 – £1,900
2-bedroom house2 – 4 days£1,700 – £2,400
3-bedroom house2 – 4 days£2,200 – £3,100
4-bedroom house2 – 4 days£2,900 – £4,000
5-bedroom house2 – 4 days£3,600 – £5,000

Disclaimer. The figures outlined are merely estimates. The only way to get accurate prices for removals to Switzerland, is to request free removal quotes.

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Moving to Switzerland from the UK After Brexit

Since the 1st of January 2021, UK citizens no longer enjoy the status of being considered an EU citizen. Thus, unless you hold an EU passport, you will be subject to third country rules. This means that a visa will be required for long terms stays and you’ll need a work permit to work in Switzerland.

While it may be harder, it’s by no means impossible to move to Switzerland. For more information on visas in Switzerland click here! Alternatively, you can visit the Swiss government’s page on working in Switzerland for UK citizens.

Checklist for Moving to Switzerland from the UK

Moving home isn’t easy, and home removals to Switzerland won’t be any easier. That’s why we put together this moving to Switzerland checklist to help reduce stress. If you want to ensure you’ve covered all the bases, we also have a more general and comprehensive moving abroad checklist. Don’t say we don’t treat you right! 😉

Before Moving to Switzerland:

✔️ Documents

Gather all of your important documents and ensure they are kept in a safe and accessible location. It’s also advisable to create duplicates, just in case.

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Medical Documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University Degree(s) and qualification(s)
  • Police Background Check
  • Visa and Work Permits

✔️ Find a Removal Company

Removals from the UK to Switzerland are no easy task, and you’ll likely want a trusted removal company to help. Our list of the top UK international removal companies is a great place to start. We also recommend comparing companies and reading reviews.

✔️ Packing

Start early! You should aim to start at least a month in advance to give yourself time and reduce stress. You should also follow our expert packing guide to avoid any disasters!

✔️ Bringing a Pet

We can imagine you don’t want to leave anyone behind, so if you would like to move your pet to Switzerland, just be sure that they have:

  • An official pet passport
  • Valid vaccination against rabies
  • Been microchipped

✔️ Vehicles

If you and your four-wheels cannot bear to part ways, ensure you get the appropriate import permit to allow for tax-free registration. If you are moving to Switzerland with a car and are not driving it there yourself, make sure you take this into account when calculating your container shipping costs.

✔️ Tax

Love paying tax? Thought not! To avoid doing so twice, inform HMRC that you are moving to Switzerland from the UK.

Did you know? In Switzerland, a whopping 180,000 tonnes of chocolate is made every year, with average consumption per capital standing at a whopping 11 kilos! Just a little fun fact to give you a little break, and also a rather tantalising fact.

Once You’ve Moved to Switzerland:


If you plan on moving to Switzerland for more than three months, you will have to register with the Residents Registration Office. Get the ball rolling as soon as you arrive in Switzerland as this must be completed within 14 days.

✔️Health Insurance

Switzerland has the second highest life expectancy in the world for a reason, not least due to their impressive healthcare system. However, like most good things in life, it doesn’t come free – so make sure you take out basic health insurance within the first three months of moving to Switzerland from the UK.

✔️ Banking

Switzerland is famous for its banks, so you may as well use them! We strongly recommend opening a local bank account when moving to Switzerland. Otherwise, you might find it complicated to access certain services and the cost of conversion fees will add up. If you don’t know where to start, explore some of the following options:

Congratulations! You now know how to move to Switzerland from the UK. If you are feeling overwhelmed, unwind with the knowledge that Switzerland has the third highest salary and job security in the world.

Moving to Switzerland

Living and Working in Switzerland

Now you are an expert on how to move to Switzerland from the UK, it is also important to understand what life in The Cradle of Freedom might look like. Read on for a thorough rundown!

To set the tone for this section, how about listening to the Swiss national anthem?

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and get ready to move!

The Cost of Living in Switzerland

We don’t mean to alarm you, but we also can’t lie to you – Switzerland ain’t cheap. In fact, far from it; consumer prices in Switzerland are, on average, 90.44% higher than in the UK, with rent prices 78.84% higher.

So, you can better gauge where your money will be spent, the following table compares common cost of living metrics between the UK and Switzerland.

MetricUK AverageSwiss Average
Average rent for a 1-bed apartment in the city centre£750£1,261
Price per square metre to buy int the city centre£4,187£9,537
0.5L of draught beer£3.60£5.89
12 eggs£1.95£4.60
1L of gasoline£1.26£1.37

But hang on! Before you unpack your bags and turn back to Old Blighty -provided you are working in Switzerland, salaries and income match these heights. Therefore, all prices are relative.

Working in Switzerland

While the cost of living in Switzerland makes for grim reading, this is sure to cheer you up: Swiss unemployment rates are low, salaries are high and working conditions exemplary.

To take advantage of this, you of course need a job, as you can’t move to Switzerland without one. To get you on the right track, you can use one of links below:

Ready to Move to Switzerland?

You are finally off the hook! It is safe to say that you are now a certified expert in how to move to Switzerland from the UK. If you are still hungry for more information, continue exploring the Sirelo by checking the links below.

For the meantime, take it easy. Oh, and don’t forget to add the annual Swiss Hot-Air Balloon festival to your calendar – what more could this wonderful country offer?