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Subway Maps- Getting Around/Around the World

 
 
Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:00 am
Want to get around in a strange city, like Helsinki, or Cairo? This neat little site offers maps from cities all around the world that have subways.

http://www.amadeus.net/home/new/subwaymaps/en/

What do you think? If you were able to travel by subway, which would be much cheaper than renting a car, would you be more apt to vacation in a strange city?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:23 am
@Phoenix32890,
Sure. On my last trip to Italy, which covered 30 days, I only walked, took subways and trains a lot - and a long distance bus a few times. Of the thirteen cities I visited, I hadn't been to nine of them.

edit, I just remembered that I took a cab once.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:25 am
@Phoenix32890,
Thanks for providing this link, Phoenox!

Actually, I always use public transport (additional to subways, which you don't find everywhere) like trams, buses, suburban railways. (You can drive for three days with a tourist ticket in most cities and towns at a price for which you just can park a car for a few hours.

For a general overview plus the actually planning of a trip I think UrbanRail.net to better more suitable than the site you quoted, especially, since you find information to tickets, other local transport etc there as well as new maps and plans.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:28 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Thanks for links from both of you.

edit, yours "not found" for me, Walter.

edit again, it worked when I looked for urbanrail at google.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:31 am
@ossobuco,
Link correction: http://www.urbanrail.net/index.html
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:41 am
I looked up Rome on both sites (any excuse I can find...) and liked the urbanrail site because you can also click on New Construction and it'll show both ongoing construction of extended lines and new lines, and planned lines. Cool.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:49 am
What I like to use a car for is to "tootle around" a mostly countryside region that has smaller cities, towns, villages - we once rented a car when we were leaving Florence to spend a week roaming around Tuscany, small roads, mostly smaller towns: great way to see the area, great being able to just stop.. whenever you want.

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Joeblow
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:50 am
@Phoenix32890,
I'm not sure that I would be more inclined to pick a vacation spot because there is a subway at this point in my life, but I can see where that might be a factor for some. I love that you can find this stuff online.

Both sites use the urbanrail map I see.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:57 am
To clarify, I'd be apt to visit a strange city in any case, subway system or not, given I had some interest in seeing the city. But given a subway system, I'd be using it at least part of my time there. In some cities, a car is more of a pain the the ass than not, though handy in that you can carry your packed goods with you so you can take more suitcases. I like to travel light though.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 12:13 pm
@ossobuco,
When I was in Nice this year, I looked up the timetables online, bought the ticket for the direct airport<>city/station bus at the airport (which included five days free transport in the city). Bus tickets for San Marino, Italy, Cannes etc were just 1 Euro.

We did the same when we were in France recently. And when we were (with some A2K'ers) in Potsdam/Berlin a few weeks ago, the hotel keycard was the regional bus/tram/subway/suburban train ticket as well.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 12:16 pm
@Phoenix32890,
Phoenix, I always try to take the public transportation system even in countries that do not speak English. It's one of the best ways to see the people up close and personal. When I was in Beijing last November, I took the new subway from the hutong (old village) to Tianamen square by myself. When I went to the window at the station to buy my ticket, I met a woman from Tennessee who gave me directions on where to get off and which train to take to get to the square. We talked for a few minutes, and I learned she's been in China for about ten years, and was an editor for a English language publication. She said she started out teaching English in China, but will probably return home in a couple of years.

Would have never met her if I didn't take that opportunity to take public transportation.
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Chesterton
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 01:06 pm
@Phoenix32890,
I do not base travel plans on the public transit system of a place; however, if a city has public transit, I am more than happy to use it-much more cost effective than cabs or car rentals and an excellent way to see how the locals move about daily.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 02:59 pm
@Phoenix32890,
Since I'm not at all a friend of cars in cities, I'd certainly be more apt to visit somewhere that I knew had a good public transit system.
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jespah
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 05:22 pm
Fantastic.

http://www.amadeus.net/home/new/subwaymaps/en/maps_gifs/boston-map.gif
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 05:32 pm
@Phoenix32890,
Phonix, I posted your link into my Favorites. All I need to do now is remember it's there. LOL
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 05:46 pm
@jespah,
Miserable rail transportation system - with a history of dismantling the Red Car system. What you see on the map is fairly recent.

Los Angeles
http://www.urbanrail.net/am/lsan/los-angeles-map.gif




More miserable by far than LA's is Albuquerque's. Alas, it doesn't make the map level.



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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 05:58 pm
This one used to be one of my favorite destinations.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/london-map.gif
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 05:59 pm
@jespah,
Miserable rail transportation system - with a history of dismantling the Red Car system. What you see on the map is fairly recent:

Los Angeles
http://www.urbanrail.net/am/lsan/los-angeles-map.gif




More miserable by far than LA's is Albuquerque's. Alas, it doesn't make the map level, though there is a train that goes between Abq and somewhere outside of Santa Fe.

Here's a bus map. Uh, this city is said to be 181 square miles. The route closest to me, route 94, (still a long walk to the bus stop) runs twice a day: last I looked, at something like 6:30 am and pm. With my dark adaptation problem, I can't do that, even if I wanted to, much of the year. I'd looked at the bus routes before I bought, but failed to check the actual schedule. Slaps self.

Plus, apparently no one in the transportation department or city planning ever considered pedestrians or what I call "pedestrian culture". You could easily die crossing Cours at a timed signal. I have to jog to make it across and it's f/scary.



ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 06:08 pm
@ossobuco,
Oops, the bus map for Abq -

http://www.cabq.gov/transit/documents/pdfs/mar08sysmap-04-18-08.pdf

Mine's the aqua route on the west side.
Alas.

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margo
 
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Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 06:12 pm
@jespah,
Jes
Thanks for the subway map.

Now - do I take the Blue Line to see the Blue Man Group? Razz

And what about THE DUCK??? Drunk
 

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