10 cities that have the best public transport system in the world

Many Asian cities, some European cities, and only one North American city are on this list.

Here are the top 10 cities with the best public transport system in the world.

10. Hong Kong


Nearly 90% of Hong Kong residents use public transportation. Road systems have also been improved to serve the growing population. The public transport system here mainly consists of two-storey buses and a spacious, clean, safe, fast and efficient subway system. Octopus Card system helps to make payment when traveling to public transport more convenient.

9. Tokyo


Tram is the main mode of transportation in Tokyo. According to data from the beginning of 2018, about 8.66 million Tokyo residents use trams to travel daily. The famous Tokyo tram system is efficient and punctual.

8. Singapore


Public transport here mainly includes trams, buses, taxis; in which the bus used to be the main transport used until 1987 when the high-speed mass transport (MRT) system was put into operation.

The utilization rate between the two systems is similar, with 3.9 million people taking buses and 3.1 million people using the MRT train in 2016. Railways are longer than 198.6 km and a total of the station up to 119 stations.

7. New York


Subway accounts for the majority of public transport in the United States. New York train is the largest system in the world with 472 stations. The New York subway is a featured image that appears in many movies.

6. Seoul


The public transport system in Seoul has grown to make it Asia's transportation hub. The subway system here serves about 8 million passengers a day. Besides, taxis are also used in transporting passengers to the airport or from airports and stations.

5. Paris


The Paris metro covers a large distance of about 214 km. Most of this system is underground and includes 303 stations. The Paris metro system is the second busiest system in Europe, behind the Moscow metro system. In addition, Parisians also use buses and trams on the ground. These facilities help connect suburban cities with Paris.

4. Madrid


Public transport in Madrid is very developed and convenient. Although Madrid is not among the most populous cities in the world, their metro system actually ranks seventh in term of total length. Madrid's metro system also has the difference of using more escalators than any other system in the world.

3. London


London subway is one of the most famous transport systems in the world. Of course, London is also famous for its two-storey buses, the city's symbol. On regular weekdays, more than 50,000 people use Waterloo station, the busiest station of the subway system. The London subway system has a total of 270 stations.

2. Shanghai


Shanghai is famous for its impressive fast transportation system with 15 routes. Shanghai subway system was inaugurated in 1993 and has since grown significantly. This system serves up to 9 million passengers daily. On the most crowded days, the number of passengers is up to 12 million/day.

1. Berlin


Berlin has a well-known public transport system that is reliable and wide-ranging. The public transport system in Berlin includes a number of integrated systems such as U-Bahn and S-Bahn urban railways, regional railway services, tram and bus systems. At rush hour, there’s a train no more than 5 minutes. This system serves an average of 1.5 million daily passengers.

By: Scarlet Johnson

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