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New to Zurich - Commuter Belt Question

Hi
We're moving to Zh from Luxembourg 01/09 and like a lot of people on this forum we are looking for accomodation. Unfortunately we've been slightly spoiled here in Lux, with house and garden size but we have opted to live way outside the city as a trade off. I've been down to ZH on day trips and have seen ca 6 properties, the one that we really liked and went for believing that we were the 1st to see it went to a Swiss family (told yesterday by email).
So my question (and I have read the stickies) what towns are the main 45min - 1hr train commuting towns using Zurich HBF as a base?
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ps - have 3 small kids 6,4,1 so will need to be near schooling.
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Re: New to Zurich - Commuter Belt Question

Welcome to the forum.

1 hour commuting? You can be as far away as Sargans which is about 90km and 57mins by train. Try looking on the south of the lake as far as Lachen or on the other side at Rapperswil for family friendly towns within commuting distance.
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Re: New to Zurich - Commuter Belt Question

Thank you for the welcome and for your response. I will be working out of Glattbrugg but will look at all of your suggestions.

I have also been told that the trains in the morning are busy but nothing like London commute busy, would that be a fair assessment?
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Old 27.06.2011, 11:01
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Re: New to Zurich - Commuter Belt Question

I am looking for a property too in Zürich, it depends on what you will - and wont deal with.

A few of my friends do the commute from Basel to Zürich, it takes about an hour and the trains are really regular, but I dont know what would suit you.

I also looked at somewhere in Winterthur and that is only about a 20 / 30 min commute to Zürich!
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Old 27.06.2011, 11:03
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Thank you for the welcome and for your response. I will be working out of Glattbrugg but will look at all of your suggestions.

I have also been told that the trains in the morning are busy but nothing like London commute busy, would that be a fair assessment?

yep, as grumpy said you can be quite a way out and still be only an hour away by train, the trains are swiss busy lol, that means that maybe all the seats will be taken, but the further out you go the more likely you'll get a seat no issue in the morning, on the way home you may have to stand for a couple of stops.

yearly train passes are also way cheaper then the uk, (someone will correct me I'm sure) but a yearly pass, all trains, busses etc all over switzerland is 3.5k chf

we just bought a house deep in the mountains, we get a direct train into zurich that takes 1h10m

just make sure wherever you look has a direct trainline into the city and you'll be fine

eta if you intend to work on the train the 3g coverage is patchy to say the least, trains don't have wifi either
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Thank you for the welcome and for your response. I will be working out of Glattbrugg but will look at all of your suggestions.

I have also been told that the trains in the morning are busy but nothing like London commute busy, would that be a fair assessment?
For Glattbrugg then, you may be bets looking on the north side of the lake or towards Winterthur. Lot's of nice country towns and Vilages up there. I got an early train in this morning and it was busy, but there was still enough seats to go round so no, nothing like a London commute! (and the train was on time to the minute, as usual)
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Old 27.06.2011, 11:07
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Re: New to Zurich - Commuter Belt Question

oh and the swiss will look at you as if your totally mad when you tell them that you commute more then 10 mins to work
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oh and the swiss will look at you as if your totally mad when you tell them that you commute more then 10 mins to work
I worked in Rome for 3yrs - it took 10mins to get out of the car park.

With all of the other responses about nice villages etc up near Winterthur. I'm assuming that all of the villages are nice? or are there places that I should be avoiding?

Any names?
# We plan on buying within 3yrs - and ideally (ideally) would like rentnow in the area that we will buy - reducing disruption for the kids etc.
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oh and the swiss will look at you as if your totally mad when you tell them that you commute more then 10 mins to work
Apart from those crowded onto the commuter trains heading into Zürich

(Then again, those commuters are probably all foreigners anyway)
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Old 27.06.2011, 11:18
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oh and the swiss will look at you as if your totally mad when you tell them that you commute more then 10 mins to work
That is not quite true. Most of my swiss friends travel on an average for over 30 to 35 minutes as they all prefer to stay in a sub urb but work in the city.
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Old 27.06.2011, 11:21
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I worked in Rome for 3yrs - it took 10mins to get out of the car park.

With all of the other responses about nice villages etc up near Winterthur. I'm assuming that all of the villages are nice? or are there places that I should be avoiding?

Any names?
# We plan on buying within 3yrs - and ideally (ideally) would like rentnow in the area that we will buy - reducing disruption for the kids etc.

there aren't any bad areas in switzerland, no brixtons etc

over near baden is nice, actually just about any village outside of zurich is nice, it all depends on what you want to do, if you ski etc then out in glarus or flums etc will be nice and close to decent ski resorts etc

Also bare in mind that kantons and villages set there own tax rates, some are more expensive then others and some are tax free, so that may have a baring on where you decide to live
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A few of my friends do the commute from Basel to Zürich, it takes about an hour and the trains are really regular, but I dont know what would suit you.
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.

Never again.

Winterthur is far nicer than it's bad reputation in Zurich. But really calculate your complete commute.

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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 20 each way and frankly: This does not only afford 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.

Never again.

Winterthur is far nicer than it's bad reputation in Zurich. But really calculate your complete commute.
This is a good point which people ignore. I commute from just outside Fribourg to Bern (Wankdorf ). The IC and IR trains just takes 22 mins, but I have a ~15min bus one side and a 10 - 12 min bus ride the other. My total cummute is therefore just shy of an hour.
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Re: New to Zurich - Commuter Belt Question

Thanks again for all your tips, Google have a commuting option for Switzerland which includes the times for all public transport. I ski and and am a beginner Triathlete so have been watching this. Swim training here in Lux is 6 - 7am, twice weekly and is a drag by car, I can't imagine a bus at 5.30am.
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I can't imagine a bus at 5.30am.
I can't imagine a Swimming pool open at that time - I think there used to be one in Zürich but it is currently under reconstruction.
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I can't imagine a Swimming pool open at that time - I think there used to be one in Zürich but it is currently under reconstruction.
swimming pool? there are so many lakes and rivers to choose from!
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Re: New to Zurich - Commuter Belt Question

The area around Affoltern am Albis is commutale to Glatbrugg, there are several people in our village who work there.
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swimming pool? there are so many lakes and rivers to choose from!
At six in the morning? For triathlon training?
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At six in the morning? For triathlon training?
they don't have opening times! i can be in the river in a minute if i run quickly!
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At six in the morning? For triathlon training?
Our local 50m badi (Seebach) opens at 7am every day in summer and you can train for whatever event you like. Or the 50m Hallenbad Oerlikon opens 6am daily year round.
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