I love to commute by train, and I use three different Swiss train companies for my daily work commute to the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in Horw, near Lucerne. Returning this evening, I enjoyed a beautiful view to the snow-covered mountains from my home destination. I’m lucky, and this is yet another reason why I love my commute:
I love commuting by train. And I’m lucky that both my home base and work office are only 10 walking minutes away from a train station. Depending on my schedule, I have to switch trains usually twice or three times, using three different railway companies (SOB, SBB and Zentralbahn). Here is why:
- I get two hours a day which I can use for focused work: answering emails, preparing lecture material, writing articles or learning from a book or article. No phone calls, no new emails (except if connected to the internet) and no interruption. I get so much work done in this two hours, sometimes more than during the day!
- I get to my destination on time (with very, very few exceptions): no overloaded roads, no traffic jams because of accidents, no longer commute because of snow or icy conditions. Commuting by car might be faster, but it will not be productive.
- It is less expensive: having a yearly train pass, the commuting costs are 20% of the cots compared using a car for the commute. And I don’t have to pay for a parking slot.
- It is more environment friendly: less pollution, less environment impact. The Swiss Federal Railways are using more than 90% renewable energy.
- The Swiss trains are exceptionally punctual. The Swiss don’t run the trains by the clock, they set their watches by the arrival and departure of the train! ;-).
- Every day, I get a workout for free :-). I get every day at least a 30 minute walk with fresh air. And I have to pay attention to the weather forecast too :-).
- In the larger train stations, I get a free newspaper in the morning and one in the evening. That way I’m always informed about the important (or not so important) events in the world.
- Many days during the year, I get freebies from companies testing and introducing new products: chocolate, soft drinks, new apple, yoghurt, magazines, …
- People watching (ok, I usually just work). But that can be really fun. Strange looking travellers, listening to stories from near and far, teenage issue discussions, students complaining about the teacher, a mixture of culture, language and styles.
- Stunning views, beautiful sunrise and sunsets, or a beautiful landscape like the one below.
I know that a commute by train is not possible for everyone, and I know and appreciate that the trains in Switzerland are special too.
Want to see more pictures about train stations? There is the web site http://www.schienenverkehr-schweiz.ch which has a large collection of train station pictures, so here some on my daily commute:
Luzern Allmend – Messe:
Happy Commuting 🙂