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Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

Hi All, I am moving from the UK to Basel on Wednesday, and have a few remaining questions if anyone could help.

1. Travel across Basel. I've been told to buy 2 zones 1 hour travel for crossing Basel from the Airport to Eglisee (Tram 2/6). How do these zones work and how much can I expect to pay? Do the machines take notes or just coins, and can you pay by card? If so what types of cards, Lloyds TSB Debit Cards/Nationwide Debit Cards?

2. Withdrawing cash, how does this work, can I use the aforementioned cards at any whole in the wall and just withdraw in the local currency say CHF10.- when I need to?

3. Should I be nervous, I confess I got upset about it last night, through nerves, but today I am excited.

4. Does Basel get lots of thunderstorms. Random question I know, but I LOVE!!!! storms, and any chance to film them I will not miss.

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Old 26.07.2011, 12:02
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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

Welcome to basel - we moved from Scotland last year - so far so good!

I don't have all the answers - I can only tell you what we use:
1 - There are 2 types of tram/bus tickets available from the ticket machine a 1 zone or 2 zone. All I know is that to go from the airport to the city pick 2 zone. It is 4 CHF for a one way ticket. It will take swiss coins - or a 'maestro' card - i'm not sure about other cards. If you are at the airport - when you leave the baggage area there is a little travel/tourist desk - i think you can buy your ticket from them and they may have other payment options - such as swiss francs (paper). I would definitely get some from the UK before you come - to get you started

2. yes, you should be able to use your UK debit cards to get cash. The machines here will give you CHF or Euros. Probably not the best exchange rate but will do until you get a swiss bank account and a Maestro card. I have seen some machines that give a minimum of 20chf but some have a minimum withdrawal of 50chf. They like their cash here!! many shops (groceries) don't take credit cards so get your maestro (a swiss debit card) as soon as you can.

3. Nerves are normal. But its not really all that different here. Just do your research, ask questions and you'll be fine.

4. In the 9 months we've been here there have been thunderstorms - not major ones but more than I've seen in the UK. I like them too!!
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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

Excellent thanks for the information. With regards to the tram ticket machines, if it was say 4CHF, do they give change if you give a 10CHF note. I've got 10CHF/20CHF notes on me, bought from the UK PostOffice.

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PS. Thunderstorms rock!
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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

Yes, the machines give change. As do the people who sell tickets both in the baggage collection area (glass booth) or just outside of arrivals on the way to the bus stop. You can also pay in Euros if thats easier.
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Hi All, I am moving from the UK to Basel on Wednesday, and have a few remaining questions if anyone could help.

1. Travel across Basel. I've been told to buy 2 zones 1 hour travel for crossing Basel from the Airport to Eglisee (Tram 2/6). How do these zones work and how much can I expect to pay? Do the machines take notes or just coins, and can you pay by card? If so what types of cards, Lloyds TSB Debit Cards/Nationwide Debit Cards?
When you arrive at BSL, there's a SBB train desk there outside of Customs. They can sell you the appropriate ticket.

However, this is a bit convoluted to get from the airport to Eglisee, and you may wish to take a taxi instead.

If you insist to use public transport, take the 50 bus from the airport and get off at Brausebad. There, switch to the #6 tram towards Riehen.

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Your maestro card will be accepted at most places, but I think it's a good idea to carry cash. This is a complete change from what I did before coming here where I never had cash and just used my bank card for everything.

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It's been stormy lately. Thunder here is weird though. it kinda rattles more than it booms.
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When you arrive at BSL, there's a SBB train desk there outside of Customs. They can sell you the appropriate ticket.

However, this is a bit convoluted to get from the airport to Eglisee, and you may wish to take a taxi instead.

If you insist to use public transport, take the 50 bus from the airport and get off at Brausebad. There, switch to the #6 tram towards Riehen.



Your maestro card will be accepted at most places, but I think it's a good idea to carry cash. This is a complete change from what I did before coming here where I never had cash and just used my bank card for everything.



yes.



It's been stormy lately. Thunder here is weird though. it kinda rattles more than it booms.
Many thanks everyone for your help. I do feel nervous but that will be cured tomorrow when I start travelling I think.

Thanks again!
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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

Or alternatively - just take the number 50 Bus all the way into the main railway station, then change to the 2 line (direction Eglisee!). Not sure if it takes longer - but this way you should get off at the end stop on both bus & tram, so you cant go wrong.

Caveat: sometimes the 2 goes further than Eglisee, but it will say so on the tram.
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When you arrive at BSL, there's a SBB train desk there outside of Customs. They can sell you the appropriate ticket.

However, this is a bit convoluted to get from the airport to Eglisee, and you may wish to take a taxi instead.

If you insist to use public transport, take the 50 bus from the airport and get off at Brausebad. There, switch to the #6 tram towards Riehen.



Your maestro card will be accepted at most places, but I think it's a good idea to carry cash. This is a complete change from what I did before coming here where I never had cash and just used my bank card for everything.



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It's been stormy lately. Thunder here is weird though. it kinda rattles more than it booms.
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Yes, the machines give change. As do the people who sell tickets both in the baggage collection area (glass booth) or just outside of arrivals on the way to the bus stop. You can also pay in Euros if thats easier.
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Or alternatively - just take the number 50 Bus all the way into the main railway station, then change to the 2 line (direction Eglisee!). Not sure if it takes longer - but this way you should get off at the end stop on both bus & tram, so you cant go wrong.

Caveat: sometimes the 2 goes further than Eglisee, but it will say so on the tram.
Many thanks, just printed a copy of the tram/bus map, so should be fine. I think I will be much more relaxed tomorrow night.

Cheers,
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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

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2. can I use the aforementioned cards at any whole in the wall and just withdraw in the local currency say CHF10.- when I need to?

3. Should I be nervous, I confess I got upset about it last night, through nerves, but today I am excited.
Mike.
10chf will not go very far at all in Switzerland. I think you will find it more economical to be withdrawing a far larger amount at any one time.

NO need to be nervous. Basel is a relativley small city, is very easy to orientate to, and has an excellent public transport system.

Are you staying privately or in a hotel on your first night?
If you are staying in a hotel then , so long as you have a copy of the booking, you do not need to buy a transport ticket. Once you arrive at the hotel, you will be given a transport ticket that covers the number of nights that you are staying in the hotel.

IF you are buying a transport ticket at the airport, then do buy from the money exchange bureau that is at the passageway edge as you enter the baggage reclaim area. That will be more straight forward than choosing between the two machines at the 50 bus stop, getting the right language and then making the right choices. There are buses every 10-12 minutes.

Either if the suggestions you have been given will work for connecting to a tram.. I suggest though, that you go with the option of going the extra stop to the train station (final stop) and then the tram. The Brausebad option works well too, except that if you are listening just for the word "Brausebad" you may get off one stop too soon, or miss it and end up at the station anyway ( as have done various of my guests who are supposed to get off at that stop.)
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The Brausebad option works well too, except that if you are listening just for the word "Brausebad" you may get off one stop too soon, or miss it and end up at the station anyway ( as have done various of my guests who are supposed to get off at that stop.)
The 50 bus has limited stops, and if memory serves correctly, they are:

Euroairport
Kannenfeldplatz
Brausebad
SBB
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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

Hi Mike,

Good luck with your move - you'll love it here!

Just a tip - never worry about carrying too much cash on you - you can't. A burger van here will change a 200CHF note (unlike the UK where anything bigger than a Ł20 is useless). And if you lose your wallet, its quite likely to find its way back to you with all the cash in it (this actually happened to my husband).

Hope everything goes well tomorrow
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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

also, about withdrawing cash, check first if your bank charges you a fee for that - it can be only free from certain ATMs, otehrwise for a fixed fee and/or percentage and there might be a currency conversion fee as well.
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The 50 bus has limited stops, and if memory serves correctly, they are:

Euroairport
Kannenfeldplatz
Brausebad
SBB
There is at least one more in there, near the casino. The problem that seems to happen is that as the bus approaches Kannenfeldplatz, there is an announceent about the following stop being Brausebad. Unfortunately, nonGermnaspeaking guests of mine have only picked up the one word and have got off at that stop instead of waiting for the next one..... apart from the one who missed the correct stop as well and ended up at the SBB, asked for directions there, was misunderstood, directed to the Bahnhoff and then got to Brausebad on the 6 tram from there. Now, I always go and pick friends up from the airport.
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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

1. Two zone ticket; you don't chose how long it lasts (I believe it's 2 hours). Use the machines next to the bus stop; it has an English option. Don't buy the ticket whilst waiting for your bags at the little office there as they add a "service charge".

Stick a 10 CHF note in the machine; they give change. I'm not sure if they take credit cards. They do take Postfinance cards but you won't have one of those yet. The ticket is cheaper with a "Halbtax" card, but you won't have one of those yet, either

2. Use your cards at any cashpoint. I opened a Metro Bank account as they're the only UK bank with fee-free foreign withdrawals now (no fixed fee, no exchange rate loading) since Nationwide stopped. Draw out money in 100 or 200 lots; you'll burn through it and paying cash is common. But try picking 160 or something the first time as the bus ticket machines won't take a 100 (or 50? dunno) note.

3. No. I had never been to Basel before accepting a job here (was interviewed remotely), turned up Sunday night and started work on the Monday. It's a tiny place and easy to get around and understand.

4. Yes. I love them too. I sit on my balcony watching them.
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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

Thanks everyone I'm here, and have been shopping for some essentials overnight. Can't get past the feeling of just wanting to go home at the moment though, even though I love the city. Any advice on this now?

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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

Sleep well, wake up to the sound of rain and you'll feel at home here in no time at all.

Good luck with the settling in. It takes time to get used to us it.


PS. I lived in Basel when I first came here too and spent half my time looking out of the window at the hills (Blauen) and studying the 'different looking' houses with the shutters and funny chimneys saying to myself 'I'm in Switzerland, in Switzerland, in Switzerland'. But it wasn't raining!

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Can't get past the feeling of just wanting to go home at the moment though, even though I love the city. Any advice on this now?

Get out, explore, find things. When you feel the homesickness kick in, fill your eyes, ears and nose with new sights, sounds and smells until it subsides. Go for a fondue at the cheesiest tourist restaurant you can find. Take a boat ride. Take a trip down to the mountains (Rigi is an easy one to get to). Enjoy Switzerland as an exciting new experience.

It hurts, but it will pass.

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Re: Questions About Moving from the UK to Basel

Welcome To Basel. I know how you feel, I am arrived here just few months ago.

I had the Honeymoon period where for a month or so I was the happiest woman on earth (that was the feeling). I was then sent away on business a few times, I then went on holiday and when I got back... all suddenly I started to feel homesick. I would go on the balcony smoking cigarettes watching the other houses while asking myself what I was doing here in this country on my own where I could not even understand a word of the local language...

What I found helpful is to try to have plans especially for weekends. Basel (and Switzerland) has got a load to offer, so I force myself to go out, to discover the city, museums and it does help. Oh and I am going to start German Classes soon.

Still I go out on the balcony to smoke my cigarette, but with a different mood.

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Thanks everyone I'm here, and have been shopping for some essentials overnight. Can't get past the feeling of just wanting to go home at the moment though, even though I love the city. Any advice on this now?
Yeah, fight through it. I felt like that for the first couple of weeks, but then I arrived in January and the weather was dire. Meet people (an EF event, colleagues or whatever social group takes your fancy) and spend Saturday walking around Basel.
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Thanks everyone I'm here, and have been shopping for some essentials overnight. Can't get past the feeling of just wanting to go home at the moment though, even though I love the city. Any advice on this now?

Thanks,
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JOin in on the Ef events. If you want to join the bike ride to Reinfelden at 5pm tomorrow (oops, that is today now - Thursday) then I can lend you a bike. Check the events page for details.

Alternatively, put on your running shoes and go for a jog with the Basel Dragons Running club at 1830 - meeting at the club rooms under the Weistenstein bridge. Stay on for the meal afterwards.

Go to the Basel Hash house harriers on the 31st ( you don't need to be a runner to be welcomed.)

That night, come down under the Weistenstein bridge and join the folk at the two Running Club tables to eat, be merry and watch the fireworks. I will be there and so will some other EFers.

Come to the Curry in the Park on the 2nd, after work ( details in the Events section)

Go to the monthly restaurant curry the following Tuesday.

Come to the Curry In The Park event on the 2nd after work (1830hrs)

Do you have any specific interests? If so, let us know so that we can point you in the right direction/nclude you in things.
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