Public transport is very essential to the public as well as commuters. It ensures that everyone reaches their destination and on time. With that being said, some cities are really efficient when it comes to public transport. Sure it has its ups and down, but majority wise, they are clean, cheap and on-time. If you are ever oversees, you will probably rely on public transport and if you happen to be in one of the cities mentioned in this list, you will know for a fact that it has one of the best transport system in the world. The Top 10 cities with the best public transport systems in the world are listed below.
Cities with amazing public transport systems in 2020
10. Hong Kong
Starting at number 10, we have Hong Kong, the first entry in the list of Top 10 cities with the best transport system in the whole world. For being one of Asia’s busiest cities, Hong Kong has a very good transport system. It covers the entire city with public railways running 11 lines, buses, minibuses, trams, ferries and taxis making it very efficient and keeping the city very accessible. You can get an octopus card that can be used for all those public transport mentioned and for as low as $10 a day.
Up at number 9, we have Singapore. This city happens to be one of the safest and well-designed cities in the world and also owns a very consistent public transport system. It has 4 MRT and 1 LRT spread across the entire city. Public buses with wide routes and taxis are also there. MRT is still undergoing improvement as there is still space for some and more stations are being added. An EZ-link card can be acquired to make it easier for payment for all transport systems and can cost as low as $4 for daily average commuting.
Up at number 8 we have Taipei. Another one of Asia’s small business cities, Taipei has established a very decent public transportation service. It has a very efficient metro station with 6 lines running throughout the city and mainly covering the business districts. Metro and all the other public transport means like high-speed railway and bus fares can be paid though an ‘easy card’ as well a one-day pass cards. Small cities like Taipei don’t face that many challenges when it comes to maintaining security and a safe public transit.
Moving on to number 7, we have Munich. Many of its residents claim that public transport is not widely used around Munich as they either prefer to walk or use their own private transportation. Regardless, the public transportation committee still has plans to improve the public transit. Munich has this urban railway network called ‘S-Bahn’ and ‘U-Bahn’ tramways and buses. There also happens to be night services for public transport and a convenient way to pay for these is to get a ‘CityTour card’. A 4 day Citycard can cost around $54 which is still pretty good, especially if you’re a tourist.
Up at 6, we have Tokyo. The Japanese are well-known for their technological advancements and their punctuality which is why their public transport is some of the best in the world. While they do have efficiency, what they lack is connectivity and prices. It is as expensive as $20 a day and the whole transit is still quite unclear at times. Be that as it may, it offers as much as its Japanese counterparts when it comes to variety in public transit.
Coming at number 5, we have London. Now this British city has a very extensive underground train network known as the London Underground or the tube. It has 12 lines stretching under the city and is basically the main transport mode in London. Recent surveys have shown that there is still room for improvement. As far as price goes, you can get travel cards with fares going to $27 per day. Another option is an oyster card which is less expensive and can be ordered online along with the fact that it can be topped up online as well. All these exquisite services offered in the city makes the London transport system the 5th best transportation system in the world.
Up at 4, we have Boston. According to Massachusetts Bay transit authority, it is said that the mass transit began way back since 1631 with ferries connecting to the city. Even today MBTA runs ferries, buses and commuter’s ferries, commuter rails and buses and even an underground railway system known as the ‘T’. As far as pricing goes, it’s fairly average and depends on how much you travel.
3. Los Angeles
Now moving on to top 3, we have LA at number 3. LA is perhaps known for having one of the worst traffics in the USA. That is why around 1.5 million people choose to ride the L.A metro bus and railways every day. To be able to offer service to this vast population, LA has 2600 buses and a railway running around 79 miles, covering the majority and important landmarks in the city.
2. New York City
Now at runner up we have New York City. One of the must visit place’s in everyone’s list, NYC is a host to a lot of tourists. The Big Apple has possibly one of the most visitors so it’s really crowded, that is why the Metropolitan Transportation Authority operates on a staggering $13.4 billion. The average weekday ridership they have on their underground railways and buses is around 8.4 million. The City accounts for 40% of the total nation’s transit. That’s how huge its public transit is.
Now at the top, we have Denver at number 1. Denver’s public transit includes buses, railways and an airport shuttle service as well. The city also includes a ‘MallRide’ bus line that transports passengers to the city’s mile long 16th Street Mall for free and seven days a week. The City has also undertook multi-Billion dollar expansion project of it’s transit by increasing its light rail, Commuter rail and bus shuttles. The huge expansion along with the fact that it already has so much to offer in terms of public mass transit and that too at such a great price is the reason Denver is on top of our list.