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Commuting Zug - Zurich

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I'm looking at the feasibility of living in Zug and doing the commute to Zurich. I know the trains are regular and excellent, but wondered whether they are expensive? How much would a season ticket for that route cost? Any words of advice/caution?

One other concern is how late the trains run, and whether there would be a way to get back to Zug late at night? And, worst case scenario, how much would a late night taxi from Zurich to Zug cost?

Thanks all in advance. I'm finding this forum to be really helpful!

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Old 07.06.2010, 15:57
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Hi all

I'm looking at the feasibility of living in Zug and doing the commute to Zurich. I know the trains are regular and excellent, but wondered whether they are expensive? How much would a season ticket for that route cost? Any words of advice/caution?

One other concern is how late the trains run, and whether there would be a way to get back to Zug late at night? And, worst case scenario, how much would a late night taxi from Zurich to Zug cost?

Thanks all in advance. I'm finding this forum to be really helpful!

L

totally cool to do..trains do not delay...buy a GA which will let you ride all of CH anytime anywhere and will include cable cars etc...wife does the reverse of what you are considering daily.. cost of the monthly ticket are about what GA costs so around CHF280 I think it is like a 30 min ride if you take the ICE...
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Old 07.06.2010, 16:13
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totally cool to do..trains do not delay...buy a GA which will let you ride all of CH anytime anywhere and will include cable cars etc...wife does the reverse of what you are considering daily.. cost of the monthly ticket are about what GA costs so around CHF280 I think it is like a 30 min ride if you take the ICE...
What he said. A slow train will still take less than 50 minutes. You can shave time off the commute by living in Steinhausen or Baar instead of the town of Zug itself.
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Re: Commuting Zug - Zurich

Hi

My partner and I do this commute daily. We both work in different parts of Zürich, me on the west so I take the slow S9 to Altstetten (really quiet though) and he takes the hectic and full Interregio into Zürich HB and changes there to go south. We both have monthly Abos for CHF 225 which covers bus, train and tram in zones 10, 51, 55, 56, 54 in Zürich plus all buses in Zug. It is really quite convenient. A day ticket for the journey will cost approx CHF 20 with halbtax.

trains go through the night (one every 2 hours after 1am) and the cost of a taxi is HIGH approx CHF 150 one way.

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Old 07.06.2010, 16:49
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What he said. A slow train will still take less than 50 minutes. You can shave time off the commute by living in Steinhausen or Baar instead of the town of Zug itself.

Living in Steinhausen doesn't necessarily shave anytime off the commute I'm afraid... ignoring the time it will take you to get to the Train Station in Steinhausen, the commute will take at least 40 minutes with a change possibly in Zug as the fast trains only go by Zug.

Again living in Baar will not necessarily cut the time neither, as the trains only stop once an hour at Baar otherwise you will have to get the S1 to Zug and change there.

In Summary the best way to get to Zuerich from Zug is from the Zug station itself... the Fastest is the Italian train which takes around 22 minutes and doesn't stop at all.

Last train back to Zug from Zuerich is around midnight during the week. At weekends (From Sat 00:00 till Sun 00:00) there will be a night train untill 4:00 which requires a Night Suplement which costs Sfr 5.00 regardless of whether you have a GA or any other form of subscription and the SBB staff are very pedantic about checking it!
check out sbb.ch for more details.

Worst case scenario you can take a Taxi from outside the Zuerich HB if you agree the price with the Taxi driver you could get back to Zug for around CHF100.00 left to run on the meter it will usually be more depending on what time of day you get back.

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Old 07.06.2010, 16:50
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A yearly train pass from Zug to Zurich will cost you 2025.-chf. (3348.-chf. 1st Class) per year and a all-of-Switzerland SBB train pass goes for 3100.-chf (4850.-chf. 1st Class)
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Living in Steinhausen doesn't necessarily shave anytime off the commute I'm afraid...

Again living in Baar will not necessarily cut the time neither...
I beg to differ. One's choice of train makes all the difference, both Steinhausen and Baar being North of Zug.

I've personally taken the S9 to and from Steinhausen more than once, when its time to/from Zug added 11 minutes to the trip, while — according to SBB — an IR takes 3 minutes longer to get to/from Zug versus Baar.

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Hi all

I'm looking at the feasibility of living in Zug and doing the commute to Zurich. I know the trains are regular and excellent, but wondered whether they are expensive? How much would a season ticket for that route cost? Any words of advice/caution?

One other concern is how late the trains run, and whether there would be a way to get back to Zug late at night? And, worst case scenario, how much would a late night taxi from Zurich to Zug cost?

Thanks all in advance. I'm finding this forum to be really helpful!

L
I personally wouldn't live in Zug (did that and moved out) to damn expensive for what you get, don't get hung up on the low taxes as the much higher rents quickly destroy that advantage. I would go for somwehere like Affoltern am Albis, same S9 train with a commute of about half an hour to Zurich for about chf 10 return with halb tax. The taxes are a little (and I do mean little) higher but the rents are a lot lower, so you have more cash in you pocket.
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I beg to differ. One's choice of train makes all the difference, both Steinhausen and Baar being North of Zug.

I've personally taken the S9 to and from Steinhausen more than once, when its time to/from Zug added 11 minutes to the trip, while — according to SBB — an IR takes 3 minutes longer to get to/from Zug versus Baar.
Sorry maybe I explained this badly...

S9: from Steinhausen to Zuerich HB takes 43 minutes if you have to change in Zug (i.e take S9 going to Zug then IR to Zuerich) it will take 42 minutes

Direct Train from Zug will take 25 minutes if it doesn't stop at Baar, and will take an extra 3 minutes if it does, so it is the same if you take that one.

S21: Will take 35 minutes from Zug and will stop at various stations along lake Zuerich (including Baar), I don't normally take this one so can't comment any further
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Sorry maybe I explained this badly...

S9: from Steinhausen to Zuerich HB takes 43 minutes if you have to change in Zug (i.e take S9 going to Zug then IR to Zuerich) it will take 42 minutes
Why if your get the S9 at Steinhausen and want to go to Zurich H/B, would you change at Zug.... just to catch the IR. That route is almost the same journey time, invloves the change, and costs more than staying on the S9 all the way
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Why if your get the S9 at Steinhausen and want to go to Zurich H/B, would you change at Zug.... just to catch the IR. That route is almost the same journey time, invloves the change, and costs more than staying on the S9 all the way
A beer for the road and picking up a friend... is a good reason
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A beer for the road and picking up a friend... is a good reason
Just what you'd do every day on a commute then.... and the beer stop would make the journey longer and even more expensive.... not worth it for a Feldschlossen
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Just what you'd do every day on a commute then.... and the beer stop would make the journey longer and even more expensive.... not worth it for a Feldschlossen
I live in Zug I'm loaded
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Sorry maybe I explained this badly...

S9: from Steinhausen to Zuerich HB takes 43 minutes if you have to change in Zug (i.e take S9 going to Zug then IR to Zuerich) it will take 42 minutes...
You're right. There are faster trains from Zug to ZH HB than from Steinhausen. But like Papa Goose, I'd still tend to go direct, rather than backtrack through Zug. (I'm not loaded, don't live there, and don't drink Feldschlösschen when I don't have to. )
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Hi Papa Goose. This place "Affoltern am Albis". What's it like? Much going on there? Or is it just somewhere to sleep?
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AaA is a decent town, all the shops you need and an easy commute to Zurich or Zug. It is growing a lot at the moment with more ammenities in the pipeline. If there is anything specific you want to know just ask.

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Hi Papa Goose. This place "Affoltern am Albis". What's it like? Much going on there? Or is it just somewhere to sleep?
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Affoltern a A is a small town, but has all the basics covered quiet well. There is one Thai and one Chinese restaurant and both are superior to, and cheaper than the Zug multi-offerings, and there are several nice bars, so there are options for a mid-week beer or dinner. There are some nice traditional eateries, and a reasonable pizzeria, but the best steak houes is opposite the banhof in Mettmenstetten 5 minutes away. Weekends would give you something quiet or the options of a jolly to Zug about 15 min or ZH about 30, I like it as it's normally nice and quiet when you want, but not to far to Zurich.
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I personally wouldn't live in Zug (did that and moved out) to damn expensive for what you get, don't get hung up on the low taxes as the much higher rents quickly destroy that advantage. I would go for somwehere like Affoltern am Albis, same S9 train with a commute of about half an hour to Zurich for about chf 10 return with halb tax. The taxes are a little (and I do mean little) higher but the rents are a lot lower, so you have more cash in you pocket.
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I am actually coming to work in Zug and was planning on living in Zurich. Would anyone recommend that?
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Hi ..could any one tell me different options for monthly or yearly passes for commuting within Zug and also between Zug and Zurich...there is something in SBB site but all in German and totally confusing...could any one please simplify it?
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