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When should I use zu Haus and when nach Haus? For instance:

Ich fahrt nach/zu Haus.

Ich gehe nach/zu Haus.

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Correct is:

Ich fahre nach Hause.
Ich gehe nach Hause.

Ich fahre/gehe nach Haus (without e) is more colloquial.

If you on the way to your home, you use nach. If you are already at home, you use 'zu Hauseorzuhause`.

Ich bin zuhause.  (I am at home)
Ich komme zuhause an (I arrive at home)
Ich esse zuhause (I eat in)
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Morgen werde ich zu Hause sein. – musiKk Mar 25 '12 at 20:17
Ich bin in Berlin zu Hause. Eben kam ich nach Hause. Bald bin ich zu Hause. – user unknown Mar 19 at 17:10

This is simple :)

nach Hause - Where are you going to? Home. Direction no matter how you get there.

zu Hause - Where are you? (At)Home. Current location. Also for to stay

von Zuhause - Where are you coming from? (From) home. "Origin"

This rule applys to any action. What matters is the question word.

From where are you calling? Von Zuhause.

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"Current" trifft es nicht. Wo warst Du zu Hause? Wo wirst Du zu Hause sein? Die See ist sein Zuhause. Origin? – user unknown Mar 19 at 17:08
How did it happen? If Zuhause means at home,you said then with 'von Zuhause' from at home :/ – user1474062 Mar 21 at 23:38

I have just made an explanation video about this topic: "zu Hause" or "nach Hause" explained


Being in a location:

Ich bin zu Hause.
I   am  at home.

Moving to a location:

Ich gehe nach Hause.
I   go   home.

It is quite confusing if you only recall "zu" as "to" in German (which would be the direct translation), since "zu Hause" would translate to "to home" which is incorrect in this case. Better remember "zu Hause" as one term, this makes it easier: zu Hause = at home

Other example sentences:

She will send the package home.
Sie wird das Paket nach Hause senden.

At home, it is beautiful.
Zu Hause ist es schön. 
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