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Travelling to nearest IKEA

Ive spent a while searching on Google and its probably because im tired and looking after a baby that im just...not seeing for looking...but...does anyone know which bus or train i take from Thalwil...or Zurich (more than likely Zurich) to get to the nearest IKEA?

Also...buses...im assuming you just buy your ticket on the bus like i did back in the UK?

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Re: Travelling to nearest IKEA

From the SBB website:

The journey takes an hour from Thalwil.

You take the InterRegio 2628 from Thalwil departing platform/edge 5 towards Zürich Flughafen to Zürich HB.
Your journey starts at Thalwil on 28.01.15 at 08:46,
you arrive at Zürich HB is on platform/edge 5 at 08:56.

Available offer:
Minibar
Your journey continues by Urban train 12 19230 from Zürich HB departing platform/edge 41/42 towards Brugg AG to Killwangen-Spreitenbach.
Your journey starts at Zürich HB at 09:14,
you arrive at Killwangen-Spreitenbach is on platform/edge 4 at 09:34.

You walk from Killwangen-Spreitenbach to Killwangen, Bahnhof.
For this you should allow 3 minutes.
Your journey continues by Low-floor bus 303 from Killwangen, Bahnhof towards Schlieren, Zentrum/Bahnhof to Spreitenbach, IKEA.
Your journey starts at Killwangen, Bahnhof at 09:37,
you arrive at Spreitenbach, IKEA is at 09:42.

Summary
The total journey time is: 0:56
This connection is possible on the following days: Mo - Sa, not on public holidays; not 1. May 2015
The number of changes is: 2

To find this yourself:

SBB transport website

Select english and choose Thalwil as your start and Spreitenbach as your destination. Ikea will appear in the drop down list.
Select your departure time.
Buy your ticket at the station.

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Re: Travelling to nearest IKEA

Why can i not seem to do this myself on that website?
Thank you for your help...im so stressed out.
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Re: Travelling to nearest IKEA

okay ive totally worked it out.
thank you so much!
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Thank you for your help...im so stressed out.
This is what it should like:
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Re: Travelling to nearest IKEA

i did get that far but just didnt understand where to find all the information of connections. but i found the little plus sign that drops everything down.
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Also...buses...im assuming you just buy your ticket on the bus like i did back in the UK?
It's possible and some people do, but since you are buying a train ticket anyway, you might as well just make that a round-trip ticket to your final destination. Then the same ticket covers the train and the bus, and you can board the bus through whichever door you want. Also handy for the trip home when your arms are likely to be full.
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Re: Travelling to nearest IKEA

Most communities sell "Tageskarten", they allow you to use all trains and most buses for free, valid for a single day. They usually must be reserved in advance due to short supply.

For your trip a Tageskarte is too expensive, but it may be worth it on other occasions.

The Thalwil Tageskarte is CHF 42 a day and available here:
(there's a direct link on their start page, right column near the bottom)
https://secure.i-web.ch/gemweb/thalw...fdtekcc3o5fkg3
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Re: Travelling to nearest IKEA

I wont need something all day today as i have the baby and shes got a regime that doesnt really allow for much venturing. I just thought a trip to IKEA could be on the cards but...ill save it for another day.

So...if i buy a day card at the train station i can go on buses too? I brought a day return to Zurich the other week for 13.80 and a lady told me i could use buses and trams in the two zones states on my card all day if i wanted to.
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I wont need something all day today as i have the baby and shes got a regime that doesnt really allow for much venturing. I just thought a trip to IKEA could be on the cards but...ill save it for another day.

So...if i buy a day card at the train station i can go on buses too? I brought a day return to Zurich the other week for 13.80 and a lady told me i could use buses and trams in the two zones states on my card all day if i wanted to.
Ikea Spreitenbach is open Saturday evening until 8 pm. Perhaps those hours help you venture out alone.
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So...if i buy a day card at the train station i can go on buses too? I brought a day return to Zurich the other week for 13.80 and a lady told me i could use buses and trams in the two zones states on my card all day if i wanted to.
Yes, that's correct. They're normally valid for twenty-four hours so possible to buy a ticket in the afternoon and use it that afternoon and then again the next morning up to the time that you purchased the ticket.
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Re: Travelling to nearest IKEA

Not necessarily Tom. Spreitenbach is in kanton Aargau, and my experience is that Aargau does only Kalendartag tickets (as compared to the 24 stunden ticket in ZH) i.e. the ticket expires at midnight on the day it was bought.

I always wince when I buy AG tickets!
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So...if i buy a day card at the train station i can go on buses too? I brought a day return to Zurich the other week for 13.80 and a lady told me i could use buses and trams in the two zones states on my card all day if i wanted to.
I'm not entirely up-to-date if a train ticket is valid on buses and the tram.

The ticket will show both when it's been printed as well as its duration of validity. Usually one-way tickets are valid for two hours, unless they're for more than xy kilometers (30km?), while a return ticket is valid for 24 hours, starting from the time it's printed.

When you buy a ticket online with sbb.ch you'll see validity change when you switch from oneway to return ticket.
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Not necessarily Tom. Spreitenbach is in kanton Aargau, and my experience is that Aargau does only Kalendartag tickets (as compared to the 24 stunden ticket in ZH) i.e. the ticket expires at midnight on the day it was bought.

I always wince when I buy AG tickets!
Indeed! Spreitenbach is an extremely tricky issue regarding tickets while coming from Zurich!

And makes a large difference in price as well!

First of all, Spreitenbach is indeed an Argovian municipality. The same is true for the municipality Killwangen where you find the railway station Killwangen-Spreitenbach.

Secondly, only Zurich's ZVV fare network provides return tickets (US: both ways) which are valid for 24 hours. The Argovian fare network A-Welle provides only day tickets, which are valid until 05:00 of the next day!

So, Spreitenbach and Killwangen are part of the A-Welle fare network (zone 572).

Nevertheless, the Argovian municipality Spreitenbach is also, as an exception, part of the ZVV network, namely zone 184. But not Killwangen!

Thridly, you can reach "Spreitenbach, Ikea" by, at least, two different routes. Either via Killwangen-Spreitenbach, or via Dietikon and then the bus no. 303. The same bus you have to get from Killwangen-Spreitenbach railway station in order to reach Ikea or the shopping center Spreitenbach. Oh yes, the bus 303 travels between Dietikon and Killwangen-Spreitenbach and traverses fare network borders.

In other words: It makes an huge difference whether you travel via Killwangen-Spreitenbach (as proposed by Tom), or you leave the train already in Dietikon!

- In the first case, via Killwangen-Spreitenbach, you have to purchase a Z-Pass A-Welle ticket for the zones 110 (111 117) 150 154 184 572, while 572 is a A-Welle zone! Here, day tickets are only valid for the actual day (well, to be precise until 5am of the next day). The zones 111 and 117 you get for free.

One way costs (always 2nd class): CHF 12.60, or 6.30 (1/2)
Day ticket: CHF 25.20, or 12.60 (1/2)

- However, if you travel via Dietikon and the bus, the second case, then your ticket is a ZVV ticket only, and a day ticket will be valid for 24 hours!

And a ticket costs the five zones 110 150 154 184, while 110 counts double.

One way: CHF 10.60, or 5.30 (1/2)
24h-ticket: CHF 21.20, or 10.60 (1/2)

This is probably not that a huge difference in fare prices, but when you get caught with the wrong ticket (ZVV only) between the very short part between Dietikon and Killwangen-Spreitenbach (for only 4 minutes on train), you will be fined with at least CHF90. Even I had to learn it the hard way.

If you want to make sure that you only get the ZVV-only route, check it on ZVV's timetable: http://online.fahrplan.zvv.ch/bin/query.exe/en

By the way, it takes the same time whatever route you choose.

And finally: you can't travel further than to "Spreitenbach, Ikea" with a ZVV-only ticket! See network in Dietikon.
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Re: Travelling to nearest IKEA

The Ikea in Dietlikon might be an option, as the transport issues should be a little easier (it's not so much in the middle of nowhere).

It's still an extension ticket as it's not zone 110, but it might be easier to manage. (~40 min, 1 or no changes)

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Re: Travelling to nearest IKEA

Thanks Sublime!

I do think we may have made things even more confusing for poor Amy. If you don't mind a few Francs, I'd just go to the local ticket office and get a return ticket to Ikea Spreitenbach.

With kids, I almost always choose convenience over savings (well, when it is not a huge difference, of course).
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Re: Travelling to nearest IKEA

Oh, Amybun, if you're feeling frazzled, perhaps you won't want to wade your way through all this information. In a quieter moment, though, it is well worth it. I hope, in any case, that all these helpful replies have at least served to help you feel less alone, and that there are people out here who - simply to be kind to another newcomer - have tried to explain things to you.

Here's another option, until you've learnt the ropes and understood how things work:
http://www.zvv.ch/en/contact/
This is the customer services office of ZVV, which stands for "Züricher Verkehrsverbund", a conglommerate in which the transport systems throughout the canton of Zurich have collaborated to agree on timetables and ticket systems.

The point the others were making, above, is that if you stay within the canton of Zurich, the ticketing is easier to understand and to get right.

There are two big IKEA stores:
one in Dietlikon: http://www.ikea.com/ch/de/store/diet...nd_fy15|search
and one in Spreitenbach, which is near Dietikon. (one is with an L and the other without).
http://www.ikea.com/ch/de/store/spreitenbach

Spreitenbach (near Dietikon) is outside of the canton of Zurich, in the canton of Aargau.
Therefore - at least from the perspective of getting the right ticket - it might be easier just to go to the one that is in Dietlikon.

In many of the buses, trams and Trains, it is no longer possible to buy a ticket, so it is worth learning how to do it online or at the slotmachine.

All the best, and may you get a few good nights' sleep!
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Yes, that's correct. They're normally valid for twenty-four hours so possible to buy a ticket in the afternoon and use it that afternoon and then again the next morning up to the time that you purchased the ticket.
And trains too!
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Thanks Sublime!

I do think we may have made things even more confusing for poor Amy. If you don't mind a few Francs, I'd just go to the local ticket office and get a return ticket to Ikea Spreitenbach.

With kids, I almost always choose convenience over savings (well, when it is not a huge difference, of course).
Oh yes, these were exactely my thoughts, or better, my attitude, when I got fined.

I ordered exactely what you proposed ("Zurich - Spreitenbach Shopping retour"), but when I boarded the train the timetable told me to travel via Killwangen-Spreitenbach (as proposed by Tom). It seemed to be more convenient at that particular time. But the lady at the ticket booth sold me the most direct route, a ZVV ticket only for the zones 110 (x2), 154, 184 for 4 zones. That means I would have to get off at Dietikon and take the bus 303 from there, but I didn't.

So instead of CHF 8.60 (1/2), I paid 8.60 + 3.20 + 90 = 101.80 ... would have been a very nice dinner in a quite a nice restaurant

And do not forget the the difference between a "normal" day card (via Killwangen) and the 24h ZVV day ticket.
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I do think we may have made things even more confusing for poor Amy.
Depending on what she is looking for, ordering on line might be the best option. Shipping fee for one box is chf 9.95.

Otherwise Dietlikon is probably a better option and it is open Saturday nights as well.
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