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Is it possible to live in Lausanne and commute to Berne

Hi,

my husband got a job in Geneva and we are considering moving to Switzerland later this year. I am looking for a job and was wondering whether it makes any sense to consider opportunities in Berne? i looked at a map and saw that Lausanne is about halfway, with decent train connections. a one hour train ride doesnt' seem too bad, but then we are living in London now so i am probably used to different commuting standards!

Does anybody commute across Swiss cities? many thanks in advance
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Old 14.06.2009, 15:58
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Re: Is it possible to live in Lausanne and commute to Berne

I know expats who commute from Shaffhausen and Bern to work in Zurich - short-term it's a possibility, not sure if it's worth it in the long term...

If my work was laptop-based and I had a season first class train ticket, I'd happily commute and work on the train every day...or just chill out - definitely better than commuting in a car, which is the norm for Australia...
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I know expats who commute from Shaffhausen and Bern to work in Zurich - short-term it's a possibility, not sure if it's worth it in the long term...

If my work was laptop-based and I had a season first class train ticket, I'd happily commute and work on the train every day...or just chill out - definitely better than commuting in a car, which is the norm for Australia...
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Re: Is it possible to live in Lausanne and commute to Berne

Also remember that the train times quoted on the SBB website are from the station to station. If you also need to add a 10 bus ride at each end plus the hanging about waiting from buses/trains your commute door to door time quickly adds up.

As nice as Swiss trains can be, when you add 3 hours to your day for commuting it makes week day activities harder to motivate yourself for.

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Re: Is it possible to live in Lausanne and commute to Berne

As noted, make sure to calculate the commuting time from door to door. Also be aware that the commuter trains are pretty full during rush-hour, even in Switzerland.

It is certainly possible to do the commute. The question is, does it make sense for you to take the reduction in quality of life for the period you plan to commute?
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Old 14.06.2009, 20:18
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Re: Is it possible to live in Lausanne and commute to Berne

I would consider the quality of life if you do this!

Consider the option to both live and work in Geneva. I have been there and done that in commuting long distances and in the end it takes it's toll.

Now I have gone to the other extreme, work for myself and from home. Wish I had done this years ago.
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Re: Is it possible to live in Lausanne and commute to Berne

In my last job in Scotland, I communted 1.5 hour in the mornign, and 55 minutes in the evening. We had a carpool, so we were not depending on train times, so commuting was not that bad, and we had lots of fun on the way.

In my last job here, I commuted 2.5 hour in my last job. That is too much. you come home from work, cook dinner, eat, go to bed, and do not get your 8 hours of sleep before you have to get up again next morning. It is doable short-term, but it is really killing you in the long run. When I was back in Zürich, the shops were closed, so either i had to shop in my Lunchbreaks, or in the Weekends only.
Think carefully about it, and keep in mind, there are no 24 hour Tesco in Switzerland.

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Re: Is it possible to live in Lausanne and commute to Berne

Bus-stop to bus-stop timetable from anywhere to everywhere in Switzerland
www.zvv.ch/en/
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Also remember that the train times quoted on the SBB website are from the station to station. If you also need to add a 10 bus ride at each end plus the hanging about waiting from buses/trains your commute door to door time quickly adds up.
Actually, if you plug in your home and work addresses in, it'll calculate a door-to-door route, including walking times.
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As nice as Swiss trains can be, when you add 3 hours to your day for commuting it makes week day activities harder to motivate yourself for.
Depends upon what you're ready to accept. AFAIR, the RAV can force you, if you're receiving unemployment insurance, to take a job, as long as the commute time is no more than two hours each way.
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