You may not see your name in lights, but you’ve definitely made it into the city once you see more people after sunset than you do in the day.
It is important to know the transportation options you’ll have when traveling around a big city.
Big cities usually offer a variety of transportation options from busses, bicycles, subways, trains, even boats! Knowing where and when each option is available can help you make the most of your visit.
Let’s go over some transportation options that can get you around town without costing you an arm and a leg.
1. Public Transportation Options: Bus
When deciding what the best transportation options may be on your trip, don’t leave out busses. Though not considered the most glamourous transportation option, it is reliable, inexpensive, and extensive.
Busses in large cities tend to reach older and newer parts of the city. It doesn’t take long to create a new bus route when you compare it to the more demanding requirements a subway or train needs.
Major cities are trying to alleviate street congestion by making their streets bike friendly. Bike-sharing programs in major cities have become common sights.
If you are looking for more alternative forms of transportation major cities have you covered. Segways, scooters, and even hoverboards can be rented for a few hours or a day. Many have location drops so you won’t have to worry about returning your rental where you initially got it.
When visiting big cities like New York, London, Tokyo, and many others the question of how to get around the city is pretty simple: the subway. Many cities across the world have a vast transportation system that you don’t always see out in the open.
This underground alternative is usually cost-effective, extensive, and runs in a timely fashion. The major perk to this subterranean option is that it doesn’t have to struggle against traffic.
If traveling underground isn’t an option you’re fond of then you can travel by train. Traveling above ground can afford you the luxury of taking in the city sights.
Plus, who doesn’t like trains!
Now, I understand this option isn’t available in most places, but it does deserve a mention.
Venice, both the Italian and Californian versions offer water boat tours. Coastal cities can also offer ferry rides and sightseeing tours. It is not often that we get the opportunity to take boat tours to go see whales, dolphins, and for the truly adventurous sharks?
If public transportation options just don’t float your boat, consider private transportation
Away We Go!
We’ve mentioned a few methods of transportations like busses, bicycles, subways, trains, and boats.
If you have the time during your travels to a big city, don’t forget to add one more transportation option. Walking. It may not seem like the most luxurious option, but getting around can really help you appreciate all the city has to offer.
Interested in learning more about travel? Check out our other articles on transportation options.