Going around a city can be tricky if you’re not used to commuting through public transportation. This is especially difficult if you are touring a foreign city—a city that you’ve never explored before whether by your own car or by public transportation.
No worries—this week’s Travel Tip Tuesday is dedicated to helping you find ways to seamlessly go from one place to another in a foreign city.
- Bring a Transit Map with you, or Install an App
“Seeing the big picture” is your hack here. By getting a map or having a digital version of that map on your phone, you can easily visualize the city’s layout. Maps are usually available at any tourist office or as soon as you see a souvenir stall when you get off the plane. Make sure it includes a basic transit map! Google maps, on the other hand, is your compact version of the physical map. Just be sure to download the city on “offline” mode so that you can still access it even if you lose your connection to the internet.
- Do your research: what does your ticket cover?
Ticketing varies from one city to another. In some cities, there is only one ticket for trains, and buses. For others, there is a separate ticket for each mode of transportation or for each train system. This helps you avoid the hassle of procuring tickets for different systems (when you only need one) or from being left with no ticket to use on a subway line. Better be prepared than sorry!
- Find out ways by which you can purchase your tickets
If you’re staying in a particular city for a long time and know that you will be using public transit most of the time, it is always a good idea to find out what options you have when purchasing a ticket. In Singapore, for example you get your money’s worth by purchasing a reloadable MRT card than by getting single-journey ones. For longer rides, there is also an option to buy round-trip passes than buying a one-way pass twice. In some cases, buying tickets online is cheaper than at the station.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Lastly, you can always ask for help. It is difficult to know all the information instantly and there are times when you get more confused if you are left on the spot. In those cases, you can ask locals—they are usually more than happy to help lost tourists. Going to the information desk helps, too w0clxn8. While you’re at it, you can also ask for discounts that most public transits give to students, senior citizens, and persons with disability so find out if you are eligible to claim these discounts.
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