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Re: Zurich ..... A bad experience....

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In defense of those using taxis...

If one is a first time tourist or just-landed newbie in Switzerland with no local language skills one might not understand how public transportation works, and likely not understand distances from A to B.

On my first visit to Switzerland - back in the mists of time - I did what one normally does when in a strange city: ask the hotel concierge the best way to get around. And the recommendation was to take a taxi. So I did. I only later learned how foolish that was.

We veterans often forget that Switzerland isn't always intuitively understandable for those who have never been here, or for those who do not have local language skills.

But back to the OP's problem...
What do you think people who travel to new places do? All of the transport service staff in CH and information desk in the airport (which is next to the platofrm entrances) speak English so it's easy to ask, and the system used for train numbers and times is pretty basic. It's one of the easiest places to get around in Europe.

5 minutes of basic research is all you need, and there is nothing stopping you printing off a Google maps guide before you set off.
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Old 28.08.2015, 13:25
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What do you think people who travel to new places do? All of the transport service staff in CH and information desk in the airport (which is next to the platofrm entrances) speak English so it's easy to ask, and the system used for train numbers and times is pretty basic. It's one of the easiest places to get around in Europe.

5 minutes of basic research is all you need, and there is nothing stopping you printing off a Google maps guide before you set off.
It depends on your generation, and culture. I think they probably asked the hotel reception, maybe specifically for a taxi, who may well have not bothered to provide an alternative.

Outside major cities in the UK (i.e. a place the size of Winterthur), the working assumption would be that the public transport is s**t. India even more so.

The generation before mine wouldn't think to use Google maps for public transport, so even if they did try they'd get a road route -> taxi.

And not all public transport staff speak English! I have no idea about Winterthur, but I've been to any number of places in CH where English was not spoken by ticket office staff. They're helpful, but with no common language it's very daunting.

I'm not saying taking a taxi wasn't a bad idea / bad advice, just that it's easy for those who've been here a while to forget that Switzerland is a different culture with plenty of idiosyncracies etc.
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Old 28.08.2015, 13:30
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I'm not saying taking a taxi wasn't a bad idea / bad advice, just that it's easy for those who've been here a while to forget that Switzerland is a different culture with plenty of idiosyncracies etc.
Its also easy to forget that to outsiders Switzerland is known for mountains made out of chocolate, stolen Nazi/Jewish gold and having the best public transport ......

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Old 28.08.2015, 13:38
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Its also easy to forget that to outsiders Switzerland is known for mountains made out of chocolate, stolen Nazi/Jewish gold and having the best public transport ......

You forgot the cuckoo clocks.
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Old 28.08.2015, 13:45
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It depends on your generation, and culture. I think they probably asked the hotel reception, maybe specifically for a taxi, who may well have not bothered to provide an alternative.

Outside major cities in the UK (i.e. a place the size of Winterthur), the working assumption would be that the public transport is s**t. India even more so.

The generation before mine wouldn't think to use Google maps for public transport, so even if they did try they'd get a road route -> taxi.

And not all public transport staff speak English! I have no idea about Winterthur, but I've been to any number of places in CH where English was not spoken by ticket office staff. They're helpful, but with no common language it's very daunting.

I'm not saying taking a taxi wasn't a bad idea / bad advice, just that it's easy for those who've been here a while to forget that Switzerland is a different culture with plenty of idiosyncracies etc.
A bit fishy to me.

The OP was travelling Zürich HB, not some random address in Zürich. So the assumption is they were going to Zürich HB to catch a train to an onward destination.

If you can work out how to catch a train from Zürich HB, it is strange if you can't work out the same from Winterthur.
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Old 28.08.2015, 13:52
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Oh it was HB and not the airport. Now I read the OP properly. ☺ My bad. But my comments still apply still apply.
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A bit fishy to me.

The OP was travelling Zürich HB, not some random address in Zürich. So the assumption is they were going to Zürich HB to catch a train to an onward destination.

If you can work out how to catch a train from Zürich HB, it is strange if you can't work out the same from Winterthur.
A good point - I didn't notice the HB - airport confusion and subsequent retraction it makes a bit more sense if they were going to the airport.
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Re: Zurich ..... A bad experience....

This thread must be nearing the end, because the inhabitants are starting to turn on the OP and each other.

Like most threads actually
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Old 28.08.2015, 14:17
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This thread must be nearing the end, because the inhabitants are starting to turn on the OP and each other.

Like most threads actually
What makes you think that?

We haven't even brought up Muslims yet, or mouldy fruit in Coop.
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Old 28.08.2015, 14:27
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What makes you think that?

We haven't even brought up Muslims yet, or mouldy fruit in Coop.
You are correct. And I see a potential cyclist vs. pedestrian vs. car debate beginning to brew elsewhere. Looks like the start to a good Friday!
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Old 28.08.2015, 14:36
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You are correct. And I see a potential cyclist vs. pedestrian vs. car debate beginning to brew elsewhere. Looks like the start to a good Friday!
Just in time - the corn has just started popping.
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