There are many ways to traverse a city be it your own or one you are visiting. Automobile, bicycle, taxi, bus, scooter, motorcycle, subway, walking and so forth; they will all get you to where you want to go. At home we drive or walk. When traveling we sometimes take our own vehicle or rent a car but most of the time it’s walk, taxi, or public transportation. Subways are interesting places in that you never know what or who you may see (or sit next to) around and in the station as well as in the cars.
And negotiating how to get around on them can be easy or a challenge. Not every city has a subway but for the ones we have been in that have, they are an affordable way to move around. The Tube in London was very user friendly to me even with the occasional closed for that day line. We just had to whip out our map to figure out a different route and head off with our Oyster Card! Mentioning cards, I highly recommend that if you are in a city where you will be using public transportation frequently that you get a pass card to use for your travels. Beats paying each time, is quicker and usually is cheaper.
I’ve used subways, trains and buses in St. Louis, Washington, D.C, Chicago, London, Las Vegas, Grand Cayman, New Jersey, NYC and Boston. Of all of those the NYC subway system has had the most “colorful” characters and is the only one I’ve gotten lost on. Once while traveling from Jersey City into Manhattan by myself I got to my destination just fine but when I wanted to return to my hotel…I lost where the subway entrance was! This photo was taken in Boston while we were heading probably to The Peoples Republic of Cambridge 😉
Do you have a favorite public transportation story? Please share.