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Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

Hi All,

I'm wondering what your go-to apps are for living in Zurich/Switzerland.

I've started a list - not sure if there already one already? I did a search and only found a thread that was quite old.

- ZVV - train app
- Smartshopper - find deals in the local coop, aldi, etc
- Duolingo - learning German
- Word Lens - translating foreign languages real time
- Homegate - flat hunting

What apps do you use that makes your life easier living in Zurich?

also, are there local versions/competitors of these apps (in English) to be aware of?
- Yelp for restaurant recommendations
- Gumtree (similar to Craigslist in UK) for local buy/sell/trade classifieds

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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

- SBB app (to buy train e-ticket)
- tutti (not really a must-have app, but it is helpful for second hand stuffs hunting)
- deal.ch (to compare price special offers for variety of things like food, travel, etc.)
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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

SBB -- more flexible than ZVV as far as finding addresses

Wemlin - for public trans timetables (NOT for door-to-door routes, it's just a digital version of the timetables posted at stations. Unlike SBB/ZVV, Wemlin stores the timetable for offline use with no internet connection!)

Coop Supercard and Migros - for when you forget your loyalty card at home

dict.cc -- good German-English dictionary
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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

To add to the list:

Comparis - Search for flats from virtually all property sites (homegate, NAB, Immoscout, etc)

MeteoSwiss - OUTSTANDING weather application. Many many details so it does take time to learn the app.

Switzerland Mobility - Massive archive off all trails, routes and otherwise for hiking, biking, touring...etc.

TCS - More than just traffic and rescue. This app collects all highway information and provides that information in real time. Also, the search for parking portion of the app is rather great too.

Leo - Online dictionary for english-german.

Rega - If you purchase coverage, this app will rescue you if need be.

iSki Swiss - Real time info for most ski stations
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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

Great list - thanks for the tips! Keep them coming!
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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

Züri schlaflos for a reasonable selection of bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries, sports facilities, theatres, clubs etc. The app gives you info on each place, and which public transport stop its near. You can search by type of place you want, what's near you, or what's on a specific tram or bus route.
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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

Has anyone mentioned Tapatalk?






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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

I'd agree with some of the suggestions made here, such as Wemlin, SBB, Comparis (the Android version is far more stable than the Homegate app) and MeteoSwiss.

I'd also add the following:
  • Swiss Post (useful for finding nearby post offices, post boxes and, if you've an account with them, ATMs).
  • Uber (for when you miss the last train out of Zurich during the week).
  • Leo (a far superior dictionary, especially for expressions, in German).
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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

As Tooki said Wemlin is an excellent timetable for Trams and Buses in Zürich I use it all the time.


I also use Swiss Hike, Swiss Map and Search.ch
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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

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SBB -- more flexible than ZVV as far as finding addresses
And enables you to buy tickets (including for regional networks like ZVV) on your phone (need to register a debit card with SBB first) in case you're running late or the machine is in use when the train comes.
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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

spotify premium - the best value chf 12 you'll ever pay per month
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Re: Must have apps for mobile phone living in Zurich?

One of the biggest issues for English speakers learning German, is word gender ...... Der Die Das app. is good for assigning correct gender to nouns.
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