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Zurich HB - arriving and parking

it will be on wednesday, i'm coming to pick up the rest of the crew arriving with a train....the train arrives at 8.22 am, which means that i'll be in the middle of the jam trying to get to HB

i am coming from lausanne, viamichelin tells me that i'll enter zurich from west (baden-dietikon)

any advise how to spend as less time as possible waiting in line is greatly appreciated...obviously, it is very important not to be late

also, for parking, looking at parking.ch two closest parking garages are at lowenstrasse and sihlquai...1 hour is 3 chf, 2 are 7...it's not that much and if i recall correctly, nowhere near HB one can find a blue parking place on the street

i was wondering that maybe sihlquai is better since it is 'on the other side', the 'normal', busy side being bahnhofstrasse...somehow i got the impression that that side is not that populated with people and cars...and with two small kids and 3-4 bags it will be easier to manoeuvre

as i said, any tip, suggestion, thought, hint is appreciated
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Re: Zurich HB - arriving and parking

My suggestion, considering the distance and the time of day is to go pick them up by train. It is immensely easier than trying to beat morning rush hour traffic.
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My suggestion, considering the distance and the time of day is to go pick them up by train. It is immensely easier than trying to beat morning rush hour traffic.
i had the same idea...the only drawback is getting with all this bags from train station in lausanne to home...i guess one can take a cab...or a bus...

anyway, thanks...when one is in doubt, others opinions often make a huge difference

i didn't notice a cab related thread, i'll open it now
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Re: Zurich HB - arriving and parking

What stations does the train carrying 'your crew' stop at before it reaches Zurich? Maybe it will be easier to pick them up at another station? eg Flughafen, Wintherthur, Zug ..... ?
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i had the same idea...the only drawback is getting with all this bags from train station in lausanne to home...i guess one can take a cab...or a bus...
Picking up someone at Zürich HB by car is a nightmare unfortunately, even more so during the morning rush hour.

Are they arriving with the CityNightLine train from Amsterdam/Hamburg? If so, why don't you pick them up at Basel SBB? From Lausanne it's closer than Zurich anyway and the Basel SBB railway station has decent parking AFAIR.
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Re: Zurich HB - arriving and parking

@ zuri, mark

actually, that is not totally crazy idea...except that they arrive from the direction of austria, which gives me only sargans as an option...and that means going through zurich...anyway, thanks for an idea
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Re: Zurich HB - arriving and parking

Probably I'm missing something, I don't get why you would want to drive through whole of Switzerland to pick someone up at a train station. There is a train every half hour from Zurich to Lausanne and it's very comfortable. Why not do the obvious and pick them up in Lausanne?
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Probably I'm missing something, I don't get why you would want to drive through whole of Switzerland to pick someone up at a train station. There is a train every half hour from Zurich to Lausanne and it's very comfortable. Why not do the obvious and pick them up in Lausanne?
i understand your point

the answer lies in the fact that my wife is coming by a night train which arrives in zurich...that would not be a priori something special if she wouldn't have two kids (6 years in total) + 4 BAGS + 3 bags by her side

there is a logistic brigade in zagreb helping put everything into that train...taking into account the fact that my wife is not a sumo fighter, it would be somewhat difficult for here to dance around in zurich from one train to another

that's where i come into play...and that's where you come into play with some advice how to get to zurich, with a car or with a train

at the moment, i think the train is much better alternative (although somewhat more expensive, it will be 130 chf and with a car it would be below 50 chf)...but at least the kids will play in the family-wagon
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Re: Zurich HB - arriving and parking

So to save yourself CHF130 what you really need is someone in Zurich who is willing to meet your wife and help her onto the Lausanne train, along with her bags and children? I'm not able to offer as I work full time, but surely someone would be able and willing to help you out in this way? It seems crazy that you would have to come all the way from Lausanne for this, whether by train or car!
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Re: Zurich HB - arriving and parking

hi Ivica, there are a few parking spaces abbutting the train station on the Sihlquai side. If you go the car route, just get there early enough given the hour. I see cars idling there and waiting for a spot all the time.

As for the train and your family's baggage, there is a sort of porter service at Zurich Hauptbahnhof. They could help you get all the baggage onto the train to Lausanne.
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So to save yourself CHF130 what you really need is someone in Zurich who is willing to meet your wife and help her onto the Lausanne train, along with her bags and children? I'm not able to offer as I work full time, but surely someone would be able and willing to help you out in this way? It seems crazy that you would have to come all the way from Lausanne for this, whether by train or car!
uff, that solution would be perfect...but where i'm coming from, you don't ask that kind of favor from someone you don't know...but many thanks for thinking that way
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at the moment, i think the train is much better alternative (although somewhat more expensive, it will be 130 chf and with a car it would be below 50 chf)...but at least the kids will play in the family-wagon
Hey Ivica,

Here are a few things to consider if you decide to go by train:

For you to travel with a half-price card, the cheapest way to get to Zurich and back is to purchase a day card for 56.-CHF. (BTW, you should already have a half-fare card through work. If you haven't been offered one, go see your secretary asap.)

For your wife, assuming she will eventually be purchasing a half-price card for the trains, you can purchase a full-price ticket for her in Zurich (65.-CHF) and get half of this money back when you go to purchase her half-price card. Just make sure you retain the ticket to give to the SBB and ask them to make the half-price card valid from 16.10.2007. You can either do this once you arrive in Lausanne, or you can go in to the station the next day once she's a bit more settled and request that they make the card valid retroactively, that is, valid from the previous day.

To save time in Zurich, you can purchase both your day card and the ticket for your wife at the station in Lausanne before you leave in the morning.

Kids under six travel for free on the trains.

So you know, the trains going to Lausanne via Bern occasionally (but not always) have the kiddie cars, and the ones via Neuchatel don't.

HM
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As for the train and your family's baggage, there is a sort of porter service at Zurich Hauptbahnhof. They could help you get all the baggage onto the train to Lausanne.

well, yes, it could be done that way, with small or large annoyances...but really, it will not be the end of the world if i spend 60-70 francs more...if you can imagine traveling with two small kids 14 hours in a sleeping train, then you would appreciate if somebody is there to pick you up
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Re: Zurich HB - arriving and parking

SBB offer a couple of options that take care of the baggage for you, maybe one might suit your needs?

http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/en/reisemarkt/...isegepaeck.htm
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Re: Zurich HB - arriving and parking

Following up on HeatherM's advice regarding one-day travel cards. I believe they are only valid after 9am on weekdays (Mon-Fri). Since this will be on a Wednesday, you won't be able to use that option. However, it is just 32.50 each way at half-fare, so the total cost should be 97.50 for your return, your wife's one-way and the kids for free. I hope it all goes well, whatever you decide.
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SBB offer a couple of options that take care of the baggage for you, maybe one might suit your needs?

http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/en/reisemarkt/...isegepaeck.htm

thanks for the link
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Re: Zurich HB - arriving and parking

Try not to overanalyse this or you will be writing Zürich-HB-Due-Diligence.

Arrive at station early , panic a bit. Park car somewhere. Meet them in the station escort them to a convenient pickup point outside station and go and fetch car.

dave
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For you to travel with a half-price card, the cheapest way to get to Zurich and back is to purchase a day card for 56.-CHF. (BTW, you should already have a half-fare card through work. If you haven't been offered one, go see your secretary asap.)
i have it...the difference between the day card and just return is not large...and as chris points, it maybe unavailable

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For your wife, assuming she will eventually be purchasing a half-price card for the trains, you can purchase a full-price ticket for her in Zurich (65.-CHF) and get half of this money back when you go to purchase her half-price card. Just make sure you retain the ticket to give to the SBB and ask them to make the half-price card valid from 16.10.2007. You can either do this once you arrive in Lausanne, or you can go in to the station the next day once she's a bit more settled and request that they make the card valid retroactively, that is, valid from the previous day.
i am not sure whether this half-card for her is needed...do you know the price? anyway, it seems that traveling in pair with two kids is cheaper with a car...although i like to travel with a train

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To save time in Zurich, you can purchase both your day card and the ticket for your wife at the station in Lausanne before you leave in the morning.
i had the same idea

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Kids under six travel for free on the trains.
knew that, only unknown thing is how do you prove the kid is younger then 6? my kids have passports, but ina more general way, do swiss kids have to have some kind of an ID?

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So you know, the trains going to Lausanne via Bern occasionally (but not always) have the kiddie cars, and the ones via Neuchatel don't.

HM
wau, thanks for that...the one going back just 10 min after they arrive is going via bern... it will not be easy to catch it

HM, for the effort, you got your self a beer
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Arrive at station early
yeah, no problem...i'll get up @ 4am, drive for 2.5 - 3 h and panic a little bit
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Re: Zurich HB - arriving and parking

OK, that's funny but Ivica is being very considerate in trying to make arrangements: his poor wife have travelled overnight with too much baggage for one person to carry and two small children .

Also, Ivica - I meant you could use the porter service AND fetch your family yourself, not instead of .

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Try not to overanalyse this or you will be writing Zürich-HB-Due-Diligence.

Arrive at station early , panic a bit. Park car somewhere. Meet them in the station escort them to a convenient pickup point outside station and go and fetch car.

dave
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