Some cities have an infrastructure and transport system that is simply advantageous. In this note from the travel blog we tell you some tips for traveling abroad by metro and also some curiosities.
London has the oldest and also one of the most extensive underground transport systems in the world. It receives around 3 million passengers per day, distributed in 11 lines with more than 270 stations. It is not difficult to imagine that, with a network of this magnitude, traveling by subway to see its main tourist attractions is very quick and easy. If you bought your flights to London to Heathrow airport, you can reach the city center in a matter of minutes by taking the blue line, Piccadilly, to the station of the same name.
Remember that at the airport you can get your single trip tickets, as well as the daily pass -to travel both by metro and by bus throughout the day- and the Oyster card that you can load with a sum of money to spend throughout your stay. In addition, the cost of it is reimbursed to foreign travelers when they return it at the metro stations. Keep in mind that London is divided into different zones and that the metro will take you to zone 6. Depending on the zone you have to travel to, the cost of your ticket will vary. Likewise, most of the attractions are within zone 1.
To get around the city fastly you must have to get on the pairs metro. . It has 16 lines that communicate with each other and also with the train system (RER). It is the #3 largest in all of Europe with more than 300 stations. And what’s more, the Chatelet-Les Halles station is the largest in the world! If you were wondering how to travel from the Bastille to the Louvre Museum, you have to take the yellow line called Château de Vincennes from Bastille station to Royal Palace Louvre Museum.
Pay attention! Most of the Paris metro stations are decorated in relation to their name. For example, Arts and Crafts, named after Jules Verne, looks like a submarine; the Cluny-La Sorbonee station is decorated with the signatures of famous writers such as Victor Hugo or Rimbaud; and the Concorde station has thousands of letters on its walls, making it look like a giant alphabet soup. If you are very attentive, you will realize that you are reading nothing more and nothing less than extracts from the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
New York subway
It is the largest urban transportation system in the United States, with 26 active lines and more than 400 stations. On business days it transports around 5 million people per day and a key and differentiating fact: it works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
To travel on the New York subway you have to buy a Metrocard in the vending machines that you will find in most stations. You can use your debit or credit card to pay or can simply pay in cash. In addition, Metrocard will help you to use the local buses and the Air Train.
If you got your cheap flights to New York bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport, to get to the city center you can take the Air Train to Jamaica Station and from there take the E subway to Manhattan.
Mexico City Subway
The Mexico City metro has 12 lines, each with a distinctive number or letter and color. In total, it is used by around 3.9 million people per day. An important fact that differentiates it from others is that it is free for children under 5 years of age, adults over 60 years of age, the disabled and police officers. In addition, there is a differentiated rate for low-income students, the unemployed and women heads of household. To ride the metro, you’ll need to either buy a single-trip (or round-trip) paper ticket or purchase a reloadable card.
If you bought your travel packages, and you want to visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City, you can take the subway and get off at the Zócalo station on line 2, represented in blue. The station has an icon of an eagle, which represents the emblem of the Federal Executive Branch. This is because, in the Mexico City metro, all the stations have a drawing that represents them to make it easier to locate them, especially for those who cannot read.
It is one of the most beautiful and colorful subways in the world. It has six active lines and around 100 stations that make up a network that covers almost all areas of the city. They are designed in a futuristic and highly functional style, and are also illuminated with neon lights. If you travel to Munich you can’t miss the Münchner Freiheit station, which will surprise you with its huge blue-lit columns; or Georg-Brauchle-Ring, with its mosaics of all colors. To travel you can purchase your individual ticket or a daily ticket. Also, remember that you can use the same ticket for the bus and the local trains.
Bonus track Shanghai
The Shanghai subway is the longest in the world and possibly the most modern in all of China. It has 12 lines with around 300 stations and serves millions and millions of passengers per day. Shanghai has more than 23 million inhabitants and that is why its metro is one of the busiest in the world. Get ready, because rush hour travel is a real odyssey! To travel on the Shanghai subway, you can buy your tickets at the vending machines or at the ticket offices. Yes indeed! Remember that the value varies depending on the distance of your trip.