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Public transport comparison in different cities from all around the world

Public transport boosts the economy, which means that ensures the mobility of people by the most efficient. In addition, public transport guarantees social cohesion and providing mobility for all at affordable prices, thus allowing the full participation of all people in economic, social and cultural activities. 

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest (Hungary) has a very efficient network of public transport; buses, trolleybuses, trams and metros that have a more than acceptable frequency and timeliness. The Budapest Metro was opened in 1,896 and has a length of 30.9 km. Tickets are the same for all modes of transport. Prices are as follows:

  • Single ticket: 350 HUF (1.17 EUR)
  • 10 pieces discount coupon book: 3 000 HUF (10.02 EUR)
  • Metro ticket reduced: 300 HUF (3 stations max) (1 EUR)
  • Transfer ticket: 530 HUF (1.77 EUR)
  • Daily ticket: 1 650 HUF (5.51 EUR)
  • 3 days ticket: 4 150 HUF (13.87 EUR)
  • Weekly ticket: 4 950 HUF (16.54 EUR)

Usually there are inspectors and they ask for the ticket without exception, fines ranging from 6000 to 24,000 florins. Inspectors must wear an armband and an identification card with photo.

If you want to make a cultural journey or you travel with children under 14, take a look at the Budapest Card, it offers free public transport and discount on tickets to major sightseeing, museums and spas.

Ankara, Turkey

Public transport is very important in Ankara (Turkey), as it is quite difficult to move around in private cars. Minibuses represent a quarter of all trips made in the city. The commuter train began operating as a tourist service and to meet the needs of excursions outside the city. Ankara is also a recent underground network that provides a great solution to the transport problems of the city. 

  • 1travelcard 2.00 TL (€0.71)
  • 2travelscard 4.00 TL (€1.41) 
  • 3travelscard 6.00 TL (€2.12) 
  • 5travelscard 10.00 TL (€3.53) 
  • 10travelscard 20.00 TL (€7.06) 
  • 20travelscard 40.00 TL (€14.12)

Madrid, Spain

The Community of Madrid (Spain) has a public transportation system global reference. Metro, Light Rail, city and intercity buses and commuter train. In 1,919 started the service of the Metro of Madrid and the network now reaches a distance of 287 km.

The prices of the buses are 1.50€ in any case, while intercity varies by zone. There are various options for travel (tourism passes from 1-7 days, 10 journey tickets...). In the automatic machines of the Metro you select the destination and the number of stations, the shortest itinerary and the price is automatically calculated. The fine for not have the ticket is 20 times the amount of a single ticket.

  • Metro ticket (Metro Zone A & ML1)
    To 5 stations: 1,50€
    From 6 to 9 stations: 0,10€ extra per station
    10 or more stations: 2€
  • MetroEste, MetroNorte & MetroSur tickets: €1.50
  • TFM ticket: €2.00
  • Metro Combined ticket: €3.00

Bratislava, Slovakia

Today, the public transport in Bratislava (Slovakia) can be described as appropriate. It consists of different lines of trams, trolleybuses and buses. Bus lines cover the entire city. Trams are quite fast during the day. The trolleybus lines cover many parts of the city, including the area around the castle. Night buses cover the entire city but only made three trips each night.

  • 15-minutes ticket: €0.70
  • 60-minutes ticket: €0.90
  • 1-day ticket: €4.50
  • 2-days ticket: €8.30
  • 1-week travel card: €15.00

Inspectors occasionally make checks. They get on the bus or tram and make a control of all passengers’ tickets. The fines for not having a ticket or for overpassed the time are 100 times the price of a regular ticket.

Rome, Italy

In Rome (Italy)the subway is 53.4 km long and was built in 1,955. Roma uses a unified ticketing system for Metro, buses and trams. Children 0-9 years of age, accompanied by an adult can travel free.

  • Single ticket: It costs 1.50€ and is valid for 100 minutes since it is validated.
  • 1 day ticket: It costs 6.00€ for a whole day. During that time can be used freely in any means of public transport. It expires at 24h.
  • Tourist ticket: It costs 16.50€ and is for three days, during that days can be used in all means of local transport. It expires at 24h of the third day.
  • 1 week ticket: It costs 24.00€ and is valid for 7 days. It expires at 24h of the seventh day.

The fine for traveling without a ticket is the ticket price plus 50€ if paid in cash in the moment or 100€ if not paid immediately.

Athens, Greece

Athens (Greece) has buses, trams and subway, opened in 1,869 with 85 km. The following tickets allow unlimited journeys on buses, trolley buses, metro, tram and suburban train for a certain time. You can make all necessary transfers. People over 65, under 18 and under 25 college students can buy the ticket 90 minutes for 0.70€. Children under 6 travel free on all means of transport.

· 90 minutes: €1.40
· 24 hours: €4.00
· 7 days: €14.00
· Single ticket: €1.20 & €0.60

The amount of the fine for traveling without a ticket or have it expired is 60 times the rate of 90 minutes.

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is a relatively small city, the majority of touristic spots and the Old Town could be done by feet. However, if you do not feel like walking and want to see the surroundings, public transport will easily get you anywhere. In Vilnius it consists of buses and trolleybuses. To pay less for the ticket, you have to buy a "Vilniečio kortelė" (Vilnius citizen card) which costs 1,50EUR and put some tickets inside. Another great thing is the possibility to buy a ticket on your smartphone using the app. The prices are really reasonable:

· 30 min - 0,64EUR (0,32EUR with ISIC);

· 60 min - 0,93EUR (0,46EUR with ISIC);

· 24 h - 3,48EUR (0,74EUR with ISIC);

· 72 h (3 days) - 6,08EUR (1,22EUR with ISIC);

· 240 h (10 days) - 11,87EUR (2,37EUR with ISIC);

· 30 days - 28,96EUR (5,79EUR with ISIC).

It is also always possible to buy a paper ticket from the driver which costs 1EUR.

Inspectors make the checks ocassionally - you can spot their bright red bus through the window but it might be too late since the driver turns off the boxes for ticket activation. The fine for boarding the vehicle without the ticket or without an active ticket is from 17,37EUR to 28,96EUR and has to be paid at the bank.

Warsaw, Poland

Public transport in Warsaw includes buses, tramways, railways and metro. The Warsaw metropolitan area is divided into two zones: zone “1” (within the city) and zone “2” (suburban area). Tickets that may be used in both zones are more expensive than those for only one zone. All tickets are provided by ZTM and can be purchased in their points, tickets machines or some newspapers kiosks.

Children and students (also foreigners with valid ISIC card (International Student Identity Card)) under the age of 26 are entitled to buy 50% discount tickets and as well long-term travel cards (for 30 days or for 90 days).

If you travel without valid ticket, you can be punished with 266 PLN fine. There is also an option to pay it on the spot, in this case the fine is reduced by 30% (if you pay no later than 7 days after receiving).

Ticket prices (normal/student):

· 20 minutes ticket (works in both zones) – 3.40 PLN / 1.70 PLN (0.85€ / 0.42€)

· Single fare transfer ticket for the “1” zone (unlimited journeys for a period not exceeding 75 minutes from its validation) – 4.40 PLN / 2.20 PLN  (1.1€ / 0.55€)

· One day ticket for “1” zone – 15 PLN / 7 PLN (3.75€ / 1.88€)

· Weekend ticket (from 7 PM on Friday until 8 AM on Monday) – 24 PLN / 12 PLN (6€ / 3€)

· Group weekend ticket (unlimited journeys for a group up to 5 people from 7 PM on Fridays until 8 AM on Mondays) – 40 PLN / 40 PLN  (10€)

· 30 days ticket (for “1” zone) – 110 PLN / 55 PLN (27.5€ / 13.75€)

· 90 days ticket (for “1” zone) – 280 PLN/ 140 PLN (70€ / 35€)

São Paulo, Brazil

In São Paulo, due to the large number of people, traffic is often a problem, and then people turn to public transport, which consequently suffers from serious overcrowding during peak schedules.
In São Paulo, they use a system where you buy a card (Bilhete Unico), and you reload this card by placing money.

The prices for a single ticket of the Bus, Metro and CPTM (train) is R$3, 50 (1€). When you need to do one integration, using more than one option above the price is R$5, 45 (1, 56 €).

The monthly transport pass is about R$ 178, 00 (51 €).

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro has a good bus and metro line system to attent the tourists. There are some bus and metro line system to attend the tourists. There are some bus lines which work throughout the metropolitan area, The Metro also helps circulate between the South Zone, the Centre and the North Zone, and is a good alternative. You get a map of the subway stations here:

Take taxi is also easy, as they are circulating in search of passengers. But be careful not to get fake taxis at airports and road. Taxis "common" in Rio are yellow with blue stripes on the side.  

The taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km (5 miles) 7,76 €.

· Single ticket Carioca; during 2:30h.

  0,98 € (Bus + Bus)

  1,35 € (Bus + Metro)

· Single ticket: during 3h

   0,92  € ( Metro )

   1,0  € (Boats transportation)

   1,69 € (Intermunicipal area)


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