Top 10 Cities with Best Public Transit in the World

As the gas prices rise and jobs remain scarce, more commuters are looking for other options to get around the city using the public transport system. When you’re in a foreign place, taking a public transportation is a bit thrilling. However, if the city has an effective transport system, you can easily roam around the city without spending so much money on cab fares. Public transport systems are a lot efficient, accessible, affordable and faster. Try out riding on the public transit of the Top 10 Cities with Best Public Transit in the World below.

10. New York City, USA

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Also known as The Big Apple and the ‘City that Never Sleeps’, New York ranked second wealthiest cities in the world by GDP. New York highly concentrates in its advanced service sectors including law, accountancy, banking, and management consultancy. It is the highest global center for the advertising industry. New York’s economy is based on the financial, insurance, healthcare, and real estate industries wand the major center for mass media, journalism, and publishing in the US. Furthermore, NYC is the country’s most important arts center.

Although expensive, public transportation in New York City is convenient and efficient since the operation of the MetroCard system. It’s subway is the fastest means of transportation in the city which is used by millions of commuters every day. The Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) comprises of the numbered lines; the BMT (Brooklyn Manhattan Transit) is the Broadway line, the Nassau Loop and the 14 St – Canarsie Line; and the Independent System (IND) means the independent of private interests. There are also buses and cabs available in the city.


9. Berlin, Germany

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Berlin is known as one of the most stimulating creative and cultural centers in Europe. Being the capital and cultural center of Germany, the city boasts off their modernization and high-tech industries. Berlin is a world of science, culture, politics and media. During summer, the locals take advantage to play around the city with the decent weather. Berlin has now become a hedonistic center and the most-go-to family destination. When in the city, take a tour in the Tiergarten, Mauerpark, and the Volkspark Friedrichshain.

In terms of its public transport, Berlin has an affordable, straightforward, very comprehensive, efficient and punctual public transit. Trains operate on the honor system and there are no ticket barriers for the use of the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and regional trains. Show your ticket to the bus driver as you enter through the front door of the bus. In the city, controllers patrol all the public transportation so you must see to it that your ticket is validated before boarding.


8. Zurich, Switzerland

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The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is the center for railways, roads, and air traffic with both the Zurich Airport and railway station as the busiest and largest industries in Switzerland. In the 15 BC, the Romans called it Turicum until it permanently settled in year 2000. German is also the official language but the main dialect is the Alemannic Swiss German.

Public Transport is popular in the city which includes the S-Bahn (local trains), trams, buses, and the trolley buses. Boats and cable cars are also being used by most of the populations. Furthermore, the city encourages its people to ride a bike instead. That way, you are helping the environment as well as own fitness and health.


7. Frankfurt, Germany

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Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt also plays a vital role in the world’s economy making it one of the most essential international financial hubs. In 2013, it ranked eight at the International Centers Development Index and ninth at the Global Financial Center Index. In 2012, it ranked eleventh in the Global City Competitiveness Index and 23rd at the Global Cities Index. According to the study conducted by the Cushman and Wakefield, Frankfurt has been one of the three highest European cities for international companies next to London and Paris.

Frankfurt features the very own Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (Frankfurt Public Transportation System). You just have to check all the local schedules. Tickets are available within the city with a low cost. The trains are fast, safe and easy to access and there are maps provided or you can just ask the employees for help. In addition, bus systems are also available in the city which could be another option.


6. London, United Kingdom

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Aside from ranking as one of the “command centers” for the global economy, London is the leading financial center for international business and commerce. While it contributes an estimate of 22 percent in the UK’s GDP, 18 percent engages in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector and 15 percent are in the construction sector. London also exports an estimated of £92 billion worth outputs annually.

London features their main source of public transport which rotates around the Underground or also known as ‘The Tube’. It has an extensive network of 12 lines which takes you to any part of the city or beyond quickly. Although there are delays of operation, the Tube remains the most used public transport in London and is considered the fastest means. There are also bus systems, the Overground, Tfl rail, light rail and trams.


5. Paris, France

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Called the ‘City of Romance’, Paris has been one of the tourism hubs in Europe. Every year, millions of visitors visit the city. Aside from that, it is also defined as the ‘Fashion Capital of the World’ which showcases the top-notch clothing labels. Paris offers a great transportation system not only for its people but also for the tourists.

The best way to roam around the city fast and easy, ride the Metro. With its 16 lines that traverse the city, each line has its own distinction in color and in number. Make sure that before you travel, you have to know the zone of where you are going. Aside from the Metro, Paris also offers the RER, bus system and trams.


4. Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo is the center for Japan’s transportation, publishing, electronics and broadcasting industries. Although the country experienced natural calamities which left massive damages, the country was able to rebuild and outgrew into the most developed cities in the world. Tokyo is ahead with the electronics, telecommunications and publishing industries.

Japan is known for its shinkansen or simply bullet train network. The system connects most of the country’s major cities. The shinkansen is the most popular means for long-distance travel inside the country. In Tokyo, shinkansen service comes in and out of the Tokyo Station in Chiyoda. Others include Japan Railways (JR), highway bus, and by car. Although it is crowded, Japan transport system is clean.


3. Munich, Germany

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The third largest city in Germany, Munich has a total population of about 1.5 million. From the Medieval/Middle High German term Munichen which means “by the mocks”, the city’s name is named from the monks of the Benedictine order that administered a monastery which later on became the Old Town of Munich.

Munich features their S-Bahn (Suburban Trains) and U-Bahn (Subway) systems which caters the people in the entire metro area. During travel, the routes may look like a spider web system that shields a wide portion with incredible service. It is fast and efficient and safe. There’s also the Straßenbahn (street trolley) and bus system.


2. Singapore, Singapore

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Also known as the “Lion City”, “the Garden City” and the “Red Dot”, Singapore is an Asian country and the leading global city in the Southeast Asia. It is also the only island city-state in the world. Designated as the “easiest place to do business” by the World Bank for ten consecutive years, the EIU’s “Technology-ready” nation, it also received many awards including the top UIA’s International meetings city, BERI’s Best Investment Potential, WEF’s Second Most Competitive Country, third largest foreign exchange center and many more.

Just like Tokyo, Singapore has great public transport system but it is more polite, cheaper, cleaner and more punctual. It features its MRT trains that lead the commuters to any destination within the city. It requires an EZ-link card before boarding the train. The card can be reloadable or you can avail a single trip ticket. In addition, there are taxis everywhere.


1. Seoul, South Korea

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Due to its massive economic growth called the ‘Miracle on the Han River’, Seoul is recognized as a leading and rising global city. For nine years, Seoul has been in the top list with the best airport in the world. In terms of its public transportation system, the city is the world’s densest transportation and the best in the Northern Hemisphere.

South Korea features its largest railway operator, Korail. The KTX is the express railway service between Seoul and Busan, Seoul and Gyeongju (Si Gyeongju), Seoul and Mokpo and other destinations in between. It requires a KR Pass which is available for tourists. In addition, other public transport includes the Seoul Subway, bus system and free inter-city shuttle for foreigners. The public transport in Korea is the cleanest, cheapest, most punctual and most efficient transit in the world.