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The car or train?

Which way is better for a nice travel in Swiss?
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Re: The car or train?

Depends where you are going and what you are trying to do, and indeed whether or not you have a car and/or like driving.

A little more info, might yield more suitable answers...
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Re: The car or train?

It really depends where you are going. I like the train because I can relax, read, knit, talk to people... but even in Switzerland there are still a few places the train doesn't go.
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Re: The car or train?

Too many variables. One car also drive a car and use the train eg Mobility.

Have you looked at this thread ?

Poll: Travel Cards ( GA / HalbTax etc. ) vs car etc
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Re: The car or train?

"Depends" is as accurate as your answer will really get.

For a point of reference:
I used to drive over 50,000km a year on average before I moved to Zurich.
Now I don't drive at all and I LOVE public transport.

I am however a single man, and have mates with cars should we decide to go snowboarding or pick something up from Ikea.

If you are a parent with soccer playing rugrats..... you may need a vehicle for sure.
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Re: The car or train?

The opportunities for delightful encounters are greater when travelling by train.

Surely it is preferable to meet a lovely stranger on the S-Bahn than to sit in nose-gouging solitude in fume-spewing traffic?

Furthermore, one can ride trains when inebriated, without fear of being stopped by the police.
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Re: The car or train?

you can also "Drink & Train"....... but you can't "Drink & Drive" which helps with an Apero ski after a day on the slopes.
(*NB: Any analy retentive people who may consider commenting on the ethical issue of drinking and driving, the above post is a JOKE !!!)


There are also massive financial advantages to Public transport here.

I still spend much less on transport inclusive of any Mobility car hire, and taxi's or home delivery services that I may need throughout the year.

Factor into a car:
Depreciation
Maintenace
Car park (addionally to your rent)
insurance
General parking expenses
parking fines (ohhh yes... you will get them)
cost of fuel and lubricants etc.
.... the list goes on.

Get the right concession cards for PT and you are well sorted.
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Re: The car or train?

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What about the lurking fear of being charged by the ZVV for not having the proper night ticket ?
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Re: The car or train?

We went to Zurich for drinks last saturday by car. After the experience of trying to drive in Zurich, (and the police back in Brugg doing checkpoints - thank God I'm responsible on that point) I will say, unequivocally, that the train is the better way to do Zurich. Assuming, for the moment, I did not earn any traffic tickets trying to figure out how to navigate Zurich, the drive cost me 5.50CHF to park for two hours, plus probably 1 CHF in diesel, and a few hours of my life as I tried to comprehend their road system and whether or not I was allowed to drive where I was, whether I was going to get hit by a train, etc. etc, plus an interminable period of my wife commenting on the hookers on Sihlquai as we were stuck in traffic (less awkward than you might think)...

The train ticket is 7CHF each way. Pay the train ticket, stay a few more hours to get you to financial break even, zero your stress, drink happily, and just enjoy your time out. If you come for a full day, you are even ahead financially versus the cost of parking.
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What about the lurking fear of being charged by the ZVV for not having the proper night ticket ?
That's where a fluorescent SBB jacket comes in handy.
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Which way is better for a nice travel in Swiss?
The country is called Switzerland. And don't miss visiting Stockholm during your trip.
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Re: The car or train?

I have travelled extensively around Switzerland by train and can thoroughly recommend it. There are also the Post Buses for many of the more remote areas.

As others have mentioned, there are times when a car is a more practical alternative.

With such an extensive public transport network, the times when a car is essential could be very low for most people.
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