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Old 28.12.2012, 08:48
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Commuting Bern - Zürich

I was just wondering if there is some of you commuting on a daily basis from Bern to Zürich ?

I have an itnerview for a position in Zürich and would like to live Bern (I like the city better), looking at the timetable it seem possible. Are the trains totally overbooked in the morning and evening ?
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Old 28.12.2012, 10:41
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Re: Commuting Bern - Zürich

I've been doing the opposite commute for 2 years, and it's pretty doable (depending on the distance from each HB your destination is). An hour on a non-stop train (leaving every 30 min) each direction takes a lot of time out of your "life", but provides opportunity to read (or work, for the ambitious) catch up on news, podcasts, etc. The train is always nearly full in my direction - not sure what it's like coming from Bern. But even that is tolerable, especially once you've worked out the little tricks of where you'll have the best luck finding a seat, etc.
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Re: Commuting Bern - Zürich

I had a co-worker who did this for a year or two.
It was more like 1.5h per way for him (we're about 10m away from HB) and he didn't live right next to the main-station in Bern either.
He also has four kids and that probably didn't help, so he looked for a job closer to home....
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Old 28.12.2012, 11:36
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I was just wondering if there is some of you commuting on a daily basis from Bern to Zürich ?

I have an itnerview for a position in Zürich and would like to live Bern (I like the city better), looking at the timetable it seem possible. Are the trains totally overbooked in the morning and evening ?
I did the same in the opposite direction as everybody in his right mind rather wants to live in... oh, never mind. From my experience: Trains from Zurich to Berne are very crowded, the opposite direction far less so. The IRs are crowded, especially the closer you get to Zurich, but if you can take the non-stop IC from Bern to Zurich shoud you be fine...

As Rainer said: while the IC just takes an hour was it door to door closer to two hours for me. Each day. Twice. If you are in a job with a certain amount for freedom can this work - but it is a pain. I decided to enroll in a distance university course and did a lot of my reading and homework on the train!
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Re: Commuting Bern - Zürich

Hello Carole,

You can easily commute to Zurich for your work. jrl is right and based on my personal experience, the Bern-Zürich line is even busier on morning than the other way around and if you have no seat reservation (as this is the case with 99.9% of passengers), you may have to stand if the train is full. On the positive side, the trains reach as fast as 200 kph between Mattstetten and Rothrist so the journey takes less than an hour. IC and ICN are the most popular and therefore more crowded than the slower InterRegios. Don't know how much the SBB-CFF charges for the Streckenabonnement (abonnement de parcours).

Good luck!
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Hello Carole,

Don't know how much the SBB-CFF charges for the Streckenabonnement (abonnement de parcours).

Good luck!

The financial side of the equation is really what would worry me the least, THB.
If you work in a place with no view to the outside, you won't see daylight for three to four months or so a year, for five days a week.
But unless you can pick yourself up and drag yourself into a gym before or after the commute (or in the lunch-break), the negative effects on your health from just sitting around for twelve hours a day will show pretty quickly....
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Re: Commuting Bern - Zürich

Don't be a cissy. I worked in London in Baron's Court in 1958/9 and my boss lived in Hastings and travelled up and down every day.
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