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Moving to Basel from Zürich

Hi all,

I am currently living in Urdorf (ZH) with my wife.

She is doing 100% home office and I have to go to Basel around 80% of my time. Therefore, we are considering to move there.

I know that withholding taxes are higher in Basel and our salary would be lower but are the rest of taxes also much higher?

If anyone has live in both cities I would really appreciate your opinion. We love Zurich and don't know a lot about Basel.

Thanks a lot!
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Old 17.01.2021, 20:48
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Hi all,

I am currently living in Urdorf (ZH) with my wife.

She is doing 100% home office and I have to go to Basel around 80% of my time. Therefore, we are considering to move there.

I know that withholding taxes are higher in Basel and our salary would be lower but are the rest of taxes also much higher?

If anyone has live in both cities I would really appreciate your opinion. We love Zurich and don't know a lot about Basel.

Thanks a lot!
I assume with withholding tax you mean Quellensteuer? Quellensteuer is a proxy for federal, cantonal and average municipal tax. So not sure what "the rest of taxes" is you are talking about.
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Re: Moving to Basel from Zürich

Sorry, I am speaking also about medical insurance, car taxes, trash, yearly tax declaration general cost of living.
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Re: Moving to Basel from Zürich

The health insurance is more expensive in basel then in zurich.
The flats are cheaper there , depends on the size and standards you are looking for.
If you love zurich and don't know much about basel, have you been to basel
for an "inspection " ?
The advantage of basel is to head over the border for shopping ( recommend not right now)pretty quick, some parts of basel are disgusting (st.johann to the border or klein basel) and have to be avoided.
The city itself is small , the buildings are mostly older, the public transport is ok, the airport a mess. Better head for riehen or other small areas in basel -land.
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Re: Moving to Basel from Zürich

If you like Zurich, you may not like Basel.
Taxes are higher. And so are the insurances.
Houses are cheaper. But salaries are lower as well (unless you move with the company). Having lived in Basel and visited Zurich extensively, I think the change will be quite dramatic. Basel is much smaller and less cultural. But I do like it. Of course I moved from there into a village so I think you can make do.... :-)
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Re: Moving to Basel from Zürich

I think Urdorf is nicer and has a better position overall than many similar places you will find in Basel. If you are only going to basel 4 days a week and can tolerate the commute I'm not sure I would risk moving away from somewhere you love.
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Re: Moving to Basel from Zürich

Wealth tax threshold is lower in Basel I believe.
Accommodation is surely cheaper. In general you could say Basel was "low rent". It's not at all sophisticated. Anti-sophisticated if you like. If you wear anything other than fleece and jeans people look at you funny. We find it difficult to get decent food and have only 3 or 4 restaurants on our list.
I'd say if you like Zurich then stay there but you have to decide what's important to you.
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Re: Moving to Basel from Zürich

Personally I don't really understand why you would live in Basel when you could live in Kaiseraugst or Rheinfelden (Aargau) and save a mountain of tax.

Unless you really like city living and suburbs / smaller town isn't for you or you really hate even average length commutes.

Not sure I really understand the point of Baselland at all - seems to have all the disadvantages of western Aargau and none of the advantages.
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Re: Moving to Basel from Zürich

Move to Binningen or Arlesheim. Considerably lower taxes. Likely lower than Zürich.
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some parts of basel are disgusting (st.johann to the border or klein basel) and have to be avoided.
This is bull* IMO, so take it with a couple of grains of salt.
Klein Basel certainly has parts which are less "comfortable", but not "disgusting" or "to be avoided" at all costs.
Its other parts are one of the most lively areas of the city, with some great restaurants, bars and cafes.

Comparing to Zurich, Basel is definitely less "sophisticated" as Landers put it, or "posh" could be another term.
On the other hand you could call it relaxed (it's not expected to wear suits going out to bars and definitely plenty of "hipsters").
And it's very compact in that everything is easily reachable (by bicycle for example).
Then again, that entails less "content" for sure, in terms of choice and abundance of shops, restaurants, bars etc.
Tons of museums though.
So it really depends what you prefer.

Living cost-wise, in summary: taxes and health insurance higher, rents lower.

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Re: Moving to Basel from Zürich

What is it you like about Zurich? Perhaps that can give us an idea on whether or not you will like Basel.

I lived in Basel for 9 years ... it has changed a lot during this time and in my opinion, not for the better. I would rather live in Zurich than Basel ... as another post recommends, I would consider Arlesheim or Binnigen over the city center. Arlesheim is incredibly lovely...
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