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Working in Basel and Living in Zurich

Hi All,

I've seen many posts but would require some recommendations.
I'm currently working in Geneva and will be moving to Zurich for work (while my family would remain in France close to Geneva as we own a house).
I'll be commuting between Basel (4 days a week), Zurich + some telework.
For tax purposes from what I read, it is more interesting to live in Zurich.

Do you know any small town located in the canton of Zurich but closed to Basel so that I can easily commute to both Zurich and Basel?

I also know that it will be easier to find a room in a small town than Zurich city. Any hint to get a cheap room well located?

Thanks for the tips.
Cheers.
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Re: Working in Basel and Living in Zurich

What permit do you currently hold and what's your nationality? EU nationals with a G permit can work anywhere in Switzerland, but non-EU's with a G are limited to the border zones so I don't think you'd be allowed to work in Zurich.
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Re: Working in Basel and Living in Zurich

Have you considered living in Basel Land? the taxes are more than half what they are in Basel Stadt and more comparable to ZH. The commute can be as little as 7 minutes tram ride.
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Re: Working in Basel and Living in Zurich

Well, the taxes in Geneve are lower then these in Basel-Land, do you consider
buying a GA for the SBB and keep the flat in Geneve ?
(When you are married, when you are not married the situation is completley different).
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Re: Working in Basel and Living in Zurich

Depends if he wants a 2 hour commute each way every day.
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Re: Working in Basel and Living in Zurich

Shure, but he will be at home(with his familiy) everyday and do not have to relocate.
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Re: Working in Basel and Living in Zurich

Hi there,

I live in ZH and work in Basel. I am not EU so it doesn't matter which permit you have or nationality to live/work in different canton but you have to register in ZH.

For the commute, it's the best to live nearby HB or any station that has s-bahn to HB (e.g. Oerlikon, Dietikon and etc=probably a bit cheaper housing than HB area) but make sure there is s-bahn to HB is frequent (at least every 10 min).

Because taking the direct train (EC, IC or ECE) to basel from Zurich HB is the fastest way.

Another option is to live in Aarau (I don't know about tax benefit).

Hope this helps.
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Re: Working in Basel and Living in Zurich

Hi Folks,

thanks for your feedback.
I hold a EU (French) and Canadian passeports. I'm currently with a G permit living in France close to Geneva.

I've looked to Basel Land and taxes seem higher than Geneva. Also being currently in France, the health insurance is much lower than the one in Geneva or Basel. The best option seems to be Zurich. I'd like to make sure though, that my salary would remain similar and doesn't go down from a considerable amount.

The GA for the SBB is something I will take but I can't remain in Geneva.
Commuting from Geneva to Zurich or Basel every day, is way too long.

If I have a room in Zurich (or closer to Basel in a canton where health insurance and taxes are lower) would help.

Any idea? No small town in Zurich canton closer to Basel? so that commuting is ok and taxes remain ok as well.

I've looked to Olten and other cities in between. They don't seem to be located in the Zurich canton and taxes and health insurance are also much higher.
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Re: Working in Basel and Living in Zurich

Why not living in St.Louis/France, so you have commute only once per week to zurich.
St.Louis to Bale can be done by train or Bus
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Re: Working in Basel and Living in Zurich

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Shure, but he will be at home(with his familiy) everyday and do not have to relocate.
If you're leaving home at 5-6am and not getting back until 6-7pm you're not going to have much time with the family. And anyway his family isn't in Geneva, they're based in France so an even longer journey time.

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Hi there,

I live in ZH and work in Basel. I am not EU so it doesn't matter which permit you have or nationality to live/work in different canton but you have to register in ZH.

For the commute, it's the best to live nearby HB or any station that has s-bahn to HB (e.g. Oerlikon, Dietikon and etc=probably a bit cheaper housing than HB area) but make sure there is s-bahn to HB is frequent (at least every 10 min).

Because taking the direct train (EC, IC or ECE) to basel from Zurich HB is the fastest way.

Another option is to live in Aarau (I don't know about tax benefit).

Hope this helps.
Wrong. It matters very much what type of permit you have. As said, if he's non-EU and has a G permit, meaning he must return to his home in France at least once a week, then he cannot transfer that permit to Zurich because Zurich is not in a border zone. Nor for that matter could he move it to Basel because he doesn't live in a zone that borders it. However, if he's EU then he can still keep his G permit and work in Zurich because he's allowed to work anywhere in Switzerland and is not restricted by the various border zone treaties.

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...g_eu_efta.html

If he has a non-EU B permit which is tied to his employer he's supposed to live in the same canton as his workplace, but it is possible to live in another canton if he asks permission to do so. Only if you're a non-EU and have an "open" B permit which isn't tied to an employer can you live where you want. Or if you're married to a Swiss/EU national and have either a B or C permit of course.
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