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Re: New to Zurich - Commuter Belt Question

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I did this from Zurich to Berne. This is not a one hour commute unless you live and work next to the main station. In my case was it more like 1.45 to 2.00 each way and frankly: This does not only effect your work negatively but kills exactly the time you'd otherwise spend on going to the gym... I even had a hard time to still get to the supermarket thanks to the Swiss opening times.
There's a reason why "rail city" is booming everywhere...

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Never again.

Winterthur is far nicer than it's bad reputation in Zurich. But really calculate your complete commute.
I commuted from next to Wil (SG) to Zurich.
It's insanity.
It only looks OK on paper.
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Old 28.06.2011, 00:07
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Thanks again for all your tips, Google have a commuting option for Switzerland which includes the times for all public transport.
Can anyone comment on how accurate Google is with regards to public transport as well as commute by car? For public transport options on Google, is the route suggested normally the best, or is it like most SatNav type things where it will get you from A to B but with local knowledge you can find a much better route? I don't think the car commute time takes account of traffic, and I have no idea what traffic in the busy times can be like. Although having said that, I almost missed my flight back to the UK after my interview in Zurich and that was all due to the backed up traffic on the way to the airport. Something to do with work on a tunnel?
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Can anyone comment on how accurate Google is with regards to public transport as well as commute by car? For public transport options on Google, is the route suggested normally the best, or is it like most SatNav type things where it will get you from A to B but with local knowledge you can find a much better route? I don't think the car commute time takes account of traffic, and I have no idea what traffic in the busy times can be like. Although having said that, I almost missed my flight back to the UK after my interview in Zurich and that was all due to the backed up traffic on the way to the airport. Something to do with work on a tunnel?
The public transport calculations are as accurate as the public transport timetable itself (so, usually to the minute).
How long one will be stuck in a traffic-congestion during rush-hour - Google cannot know.
Busses are usually stuck in the same congestions than cars, though there are priority-lanes that help them moving faster.

Too many people want to get into Zurich by car in the morning, and they all want to leave at basically the same time, through the same chokepoints. That will never work.
If you need to go by car into Zurich, either before 6:00 or after 10:00.

Various webcams with life-traffic can be seen here:
http://www.nordumfahrung.ch/vi_webcam.html
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Re: New to Zurich - Commuter Belt Question

Thanks - I have seen the chokepoints and also leaving Zurich by car after interviews etc at 15.30 - I've been surprised at the density of traffic heading west towards Basel. I will plan to use public transport and make the bus leg of the journey by scooter or push bike.

So 2 new questions don't know if this should warrant a new thread. Is there a 2nd hand magazine like Buy and Sell in Zurich and can anyone recommend a good motorbike / scooter shop?
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So 2 new questions don't know if this should warrant a new thread. Is there a 2nd hand magazine like Buy and Sell in Zurich and can anyone recommend a good motorbike / scooter shop?
No, Swiss people use ricardo.ch an auction platform like ebay, but very local and popular.

Bike shops are brand specific here - I can recommend a good one for BMWs... but that won't help with a scooter.
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No, Swiss people use ricardo.ch an auction platform like ebay, but very local and popular.

Bike shops are brand specific here - I can recommend a good one for BMWs... but that won't help with a scooter.
I would love to get an 1150 GS in the blue/white/red anniversary mode, but would need to open a Marriage Guidance in Switzerland thread if I did that.
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Re: New to Zurich - Commuter Belt Question

Hey,

I am thinking of commuting from Pfaffikon, ZH to Bad Zurzach....am I crazy?

Also, taking into account the working hours of 41.5 :-s
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Hey,

I am thinking of commuting from Pfaffikon, ZH to Bad Zurzach....am I crazy?
By car? Yes. You'd still have to negotiate the A 53 / A 52 and the Nordring. Once past that it should be all right (going against the main peak hour traffic).
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By car? Yes. You'd still have to negotiate the A 53 / A 52 and the Nordring. Once past that it should be all right (going against the main peak hour traffic).
I thought so....I am just about to decline my first job offer in Switzerland because of the commute. Train is not possible, 3 changes and 1.45 mins later :-s
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