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Old 01.02.2013, 10:18
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Commuting to Zurich - Driving through Gubrist Tunnel

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Im looking for advice on commuting to Zurich from Zug. I am starting a new job in 2 weeks working in Glattbrugg and I will be driving... The only new route I know to get there is via the Gubrist tunnel.. I'm having nightmares thinking about the daily commute..
I have of course thought about the train but the journey time from Cham in Zug to Glattbrugg 1hr 30 min each way and requires 3 stops! I dont feel like spending 3 hours on a train each day..

Does anyone have any advice as to what is the best time to travel in this direction via the Gubrist Tunnel or perhaps know of alternate routes?
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Old 01.02.2013, 10:22
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Cham in Zug to Glattbrugg 1hr 30 min each way and requires 3 stops! I dont feel like spending 3 hours on a train each day..
You might come to the conclusion that 3 hours on the train is 100x better than 3 hours in traffic every day

PS: Only takes 1:06 mins from Cham to Glattbrugg, this is very reasonable, I know people who take longer to commute and it's a pleasant commute where you can do a lot of stuff on the train, arrive on time stress free and it's a lot cheaper overall.
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Old 01.02.2013, 10:30
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You might come to the conclusion that 3 hours on the train is 100x better than 3 hours in traffic every day

PS: Only takes 1:06 mins from Cham to Glattbrugg, this is very reasonable, I know people who take longer to commute and it's a pleasant commute where you can do a lot of stuff on the train, arrive on time stress free and it's a lot cheaper overall.
Thanks! I still have to take a bus from my house to Cham bahnhof, hence the reason why it is 1hr 30 mins.
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The tunnel won't be your problem, it's the westring funnel leading up to it. I suggest leaving your house to hit the tunnel at 7:00 am, and then extend that by 10 minutes each day until you figure out how late you can leave before hitting traffic. Also keep in mind you can either stay on the north ring and take the long way (highway) to G-brugg, I suggest getting off in Seebach and take back roads.
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Thanks! I still have to take a bus from my house to Cham bahnhof, hence the reason why it is 1hr 30 mins.
In that case there is no other choice, it's Gubris Tunnel unless you fancy taking a chance and going through the city at rush hour

Why don't you have a dry run? Just drive up before you start working and see how long it takes both ways then decide?

Otherwise move house (stating the obvious sorry)
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Re: Commuting to Zurich - Driving through Gubrist Tunnel

Which route do you use as whenever i go from zug to zurich i go via affoltern and you come out on the exit of the gubrist, not through it.
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Which route do you use as whenever i go from zug to zurich i go via affoltern and you come out on the exit of the gubrist, not through it.
I dont go via affoltern, I just go direct all the way through ( sorry not very articulate but I dont drive that often here..) This affoltern route sounds promising though..
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Old 01.02.2013, 10:41
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In that case there is no other choice, it's Gubris Tunnel unless you fancy taking a chance and going through the city at rush hour

Why don't you have a dry run? Just drive up before you start working and see how long it takes both ways then decide?

Otherwise move house (stating the obvious sorry)
Thanks that is a good idea. Look like Im going to def have to do a trial run and see what works!
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I dont go via affoltern, I just go direct all the way through ( sorry not very articulate but I dont drive that often here..) This affoltern route sounds promising though..

I don't see how getting to Affoltern ZH is gonna be any better... just look at the map it looks silly to go through it
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I don't see how getting to Affoltern ZH is gonna be any better... just look at the map it looks silly to go through it
Yup.. Youre right.. Looks like the Gubrist and I and going to become best friends..
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Re: Commuting to Zurich - Driving through Gubrist Tunnel

leave 45 mins earlier than normal is going thru anytime after 0630
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Old 01.02.2013, 11:45
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Re: Commuting to Zurich - Driving through Gubrist Tunnel

Best bet is to take the train. It could be longer etc, but surely way more relaxing and you can take time to read the EF using a nice new Smartphone which you can save up with the standing-still traffic burning benzine costs.
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Old 01.02.2013, 11:56
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Re: Commuting to Zurich - Driving through Gubrist Tunnel

I drive this every day and have tried all sorts of routes, I work near Glattcentrum. The Gubrist is not that bad compared to most bigger European cities, yes this journey can take 1.30hrs on some days but the average is 45-50 mins!

To me the most hassle free method is indeed the Gubrist, and believe me I've tried them all. I live nr to Neuheim, so I have the choice from Sihlbrugg of many options.

A3, city is okay out, but a nightmare going home.

The reason is I use the ring option is less fuel than stop start through the city and it's generally a less stressful experience.

As pretty much others have said, either early start before 7.30am or leave at 8.45am, I generally go home after or around 6.30pm again missing most of the traffic

Either way you'll be around the majority of the idiots hogging the outside lane for 10 kms at 90kmh or the stop/start how hard can I brake due to tailgating sort.

Tip for the Gubrist from Zug direction, do not immediately try to join the traffic flow as you approach it, follow the lane until the very end. It gains you 500m + towards the tunnel.
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Re: Commuting to Zurich - Driving through Gubrist Tunnel

Whenever we`ve gone to the airport midweek in commuter times it takes an hour so probably just under for you. And I agree with the other poster it`s more the traffic joining from Basel direction than traffic at the tunnel.

Do you know a taxi driver who does airport runs? They will know better.
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Re: Commuting to Zurich - Driving through Gubrist Tunnel

I do that run every day from Mettmenstetten driving past Glatt' and to that point can take anywhere between 30 mins and 2 hours, so add another 10 mins on from Cham.... when it takes 30 mins I'm glad I drove, when it takes 2 hours I wish I'd taken the train.... and it's always worse on Thursday

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leave 45 mins earlier than normal is going thru anytime after 0630
I start at 08:00 and normally leave home at 06:30, and usually in by 07:45, although 1 time it was 09:10! Traffic really starts building at Urdorf by 07:00 so really you need to clear there by then to get a reasonable run through to the tunnel. But it's a crazy time to set off if you start at 09:00. Leaving anytime between 17 & 18:00 is a wrist slashing job, but after 18:30 it becomes easier (the drive not the wrist slashing) and you'll probably be down to less than an hour.

Ok tonght was a cool 1:40 from Rumlang FFS and thats closer to the Gubrist than Glatt. So after 9 months of doing that run and the nutjobs who you share the road with (I passed 4 accidents on the way home yesterday between the Brutilsellen and the Gubrist) I've had enough and we are moving closer to my work.The rent/tax thing kinda balances, BUT the saving of CHF500 pm in diesel, the wear and tear on the car, no stress, and getting 16 -20 hours pw of my life back is a no brainer... good luck.
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Ok tonght was a cool 1:40 FFS After 9 months of doing that run and the nutjobs who you share the road with (I passed 4 accidents yesterday between the Brutilsellen and the Gubrist) we are moving closer to my work.The rent/tax thing kinda balances, BUT the saving of CHF500 pm in diesel, the wear and tear on the car, no stress, and getting 16 -20 hours of my life back is a no brainer... good luck.
When I was in the US there was a website I could use to look at how bad traffic was before I left the office for the day, if it was bad I could choose another route or wait it out. Does anything like that exist here?

Good luck on the move.
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When I was in the US there was a website I could use to look at how bad traffic was before I left the office for the day, if it was bad I could choose another route or wait it out. Does anything like that exist here?

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Re: Commuting to Zurich - Driving through Gubrist Tunnel

Thanks for the replies. I have successfully been put off driving to Zurich to work for life.. So now my plan is to Park and ride.. I will drive to Zug and take a train to Oerlikon and then a tram to Oerlikon.. Long winded but hopefully I will retain my sanity..

Speaking of Park and Ride. Does anyone know how much it costs to park per month at the Siemens Car park in Zug?
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