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Commuting Uster-Basel?

I live in Uster and work in Zürich, where all my friends live.
I like my flat in Uster and being close to Zurich very much but I've just got a new job in Basel.

Do you have any advise/experience in commuting from Uster to Basel? Is that possible or should I move to Basel?

Thank you very much for your input.
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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

Zürich-Basel is already one hour commuting. Add Uster-Zürich, connection time and time to go from Basel SBB to your work. That can be quite a long time every day... Depends your working hours and how early you like to wake up.
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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

It's only an hour and twenty-one minutes from Uster to Basel. If you had to be there for 08:00, you'd have to catch the S15 at 06:36, connecting with the TGV at 07:02, arriving in Basel at 07:57.

... and you even get 12 minutes at Zurich HB to get a cup of coffee and a gipfeli!

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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

Welcome to the forum Cameron!

Using a train ( SBB website - also calculates door to door times ), it is less than 1.5hrs each way on average.
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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

3 hours of transit per day ? been there, done that.... you will not last
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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

I think it depends a bit on the stretch to the station in Uster and from the Station in Basel to the place of work.

There is one connection in the evening taking 1.17 - which is really fast, but if you spend twenty minutes getting to the station at each end, it eats a lot out of your day.
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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

I live in Uster and am looking for a new job. Being in the chemical field, I'm looking for work in Basel. I sure hope to stay living here...

I have friends who have 15-20 minutes to the respective train stations on both ends, and they're surviving!
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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

I have a car: does it make any difference?
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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

I have done a similar commute for several years. The answer was for me simple: I started this for the very right job and it was only available in Bern. I enjoyed the job as well as living in Zurich so I did the best out of it, used the IC connections to work and all in all it worked out. Fast forward and my company had a reorganization. My job was not the one I wanted, I was generally frustrated about it and suddenly the commute started to really piss me off. So from my experience:

- how long is it door to door? The last bits of the commute really make the difference...

- is it just a job or the absolute right job in Basel? That makes the difference...

- Why not give it a try and prepare yourself to eventually move after a year?
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Yes - it makes it take longer.

Actually I'm only guessing...
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I have a car: does it make any difference?
Don't even think about it. You can sit on a train an do some stuff (work, read, write emails on a laptop...) or you can sit in a traffic jam...
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I know someone from Richterswil ZH who works with a Pharma in Basel, and owns a car. He still takes the train using a company provided GA - says he arrives in a better shape.
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I know someone from Richterswil ZH who works with a Pharma in Basel, and owns a car. He still takes the train using a company provided GA - says he arrives in a better shape.
I have a car as well and unless yours runs on water, the GA is not only more comfortable, but clearly cheaper as well. Calculate how many kilometers you would make... let's say 100km per way. That is 1000km a week and somewhere around 45k a year only for work... the 3k something my 2nd class GA cost would be only the depreciation of my midsized car if I put so many km on the clock.
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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

My commute is 1 hour and 30 minutes each way door to door everyday. I have to take a local bus (20 min), train from Baden to Basel (50 min) and then the tram (20 min). I have done this for 2 straight years and we are now considering to move closer. I don't mind the length of time, it is only the number of connections that take a toll on me. If there was only a tram and train, that would be less stressful and tiring for me.
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My commute is 1 hour and 30 minutes each way door to door everyday. I have to take a local bus (20 min), train from Baden to Basel (50 min) and then the tram (20 min). I have done this for 2 straight years and we are now considering to move closer. I don't mind the length of time, it is only the number of connections that take a toll on me. If there was only a tram and train, that would be less stressful and tiring for me.
Agree. I experienced the same in a previous job. I lived in the boonies and would take the car to a bus station, then a bus, train, underground. It took me about an hour but it was exhausting, whereas 1,5 hours by train + a short walk to the office is actually quite relaxing.

I guess it depends on connections, working times and your personality. If the job is worth it, I would try commuting and if it doesn't work out for you, you can always move move or rent a small place in Basel for 'Wochenaufenthalt'.
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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

I say go for it.

My commute is longer - 3 hours each way morning and evening.....only in Switzerland would I consider doing this.

I spend usually around 90-120 minutes working on the train per day.
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Re: Commuting Uster-Basel?

Thank you so much for your advice.

Honestly, I had not considered the train as an option, because according to the SBB website it would take me around 2 hours to commute door to door (20 mins to the Uster train station+ 1h21min train to Basel+15mins to my office in Basel). Moreover my employer does not consider the time spent working in the train as working hours .

I had calculated that it would take me 1h10min door to door by car, which is approx. the same time some of my friends in Zürich need to commute door to door by public transport or by car to Basel.

But of course, this might not be true with traffic jams… Is the traffic really that bad between the two cities?

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But of course, this might not be true with traffic jams… Is the traffic really that bad between the two cities?
The longer your journey, the more dependencies you introduce. Add connections....for example.

I can't count how many dependencies you have on the road at any given time but the two cities will have moderate-to-heavy traffic on the roads you're using at the time you're using them.

What I'd do is this:
  • try the train
  • try the car
  • be prepared to move
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