Izmir Metro

Izmir metro is a light rail system that serves the Izmir metropolitan area and runs northwest to Bornova. The system operates just 1 line with a track length 20.1 km, and serves 17 stations.

Izmir experienced a population boom in the 90’s. By that point the city had to restructure its public transit system. Construction broke ground in 1995 and this led to Izmir Metrosu A.S. system which came in to operation in May of 2000. The project cost a grand total of $600 million, and the contract was awarded to Yapi Merkezi.

The metro currently averages 30 million passengers a year. As of now, the daily ridership is at 173,000, and once planned expansions are undertaken the number of passengers will increase. The LRV light rail trains are custom made for the Izmir metro.

Izmir Metro Lines and Stations

The 17 stations served by the Izmir metro are

  • Evka 3 – This station opened in March, 30 2012 and has a 2 sided platform that’s cover and uncovered.
  • Ege Üniversitesi – The station opened on March, 30 2012 and with a cut cover structure design for the 2 sided platform station.
  • Bornova – Operating since May, 22 2000 the structure, a splitting tunnel design 1 island platform.
  • Bölge – Running since May, 22 2000 the structure is of a grade design and with a 1 island platform station.
  • Sanayi – Operating since May, 22 2000, the graded structure provides a station with a 1 island platform.
  • Stadyum – The structure has viaduct design and the line began running in 2000, the station offers a 2 sided platform.
  • Halkapınar – A grade design stricter with a 2 island platform. The station was part of the original line that began services in May, 22 2000.
  • Hilal – The station began operating on May, 22 2000 and with a viaduct design for a 2 sided platform.
  • Basmane – The station is running since May, 22 2000 and has a cut and cover construction design with a 1 island platform.
  • Çankaya – Cankaya station operating since May, 22 2000 has a cut and cover design and 1 island platform.
  • Konak – The station is in service since May, 22 2000 and has cut cover design structure with 1 island platform.
  • Üçyol – The station operating since May, 22 2000, different than other stations in its deep tunnel design structure with a 2 sided platform.
  • İzmirspor – It’s station that came in to service in December, 29 2012 and has cut and cover design structure with a 2 sided platform.
  • Hatay – Operating since December, 29 2012 the design structure is cut and cover with a 2 sided platform.
  • Göztepe – It’s a station with a deep tunnel design that came in to operation on March, 25 2014 and has a 2 sided platform.
  • Poligon – The station operating since July 27 2014 has cut and cover tunnel structure with a 2 sided platform.
  • Güzelyalı – This station had a cut and cover structure with a 2 sided platform but was cancelled for reasons unknown.
  • Fahrettin Altay – Running since July, 27 2014 the station has a cut and cover structure with a 2 sided platform.

Metro Izmir map (2000)

Izmir Metro Hours and frequency

The hours of operation are from 6:00am to 12:20am.

In the Weekdays, the frequency of service is from 06:00 to 6:30: 10 min. From 06:30 to 20:30: 4.5 min. From 20:30 to 00:20 10 min.

Saturdays, the frequency of service is from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.: 10 mins.. From 7:00 a.m. to 09:00: 5 mins. From 9:00 to 12:00: 6 mins. From 12:00 to 20:00: 4.5 mins. From 20:00 to 00:20: 10 min.

Sundays, from 06:00 to 12:00: 10 mins. From 12:00 to 20:00: 6 mins. From 20:00 to 00:20: 10 mins.

Fares, Tickets and Cards

The fees vary depending on age and discounted groups. In the city center, no matter if you use bus, subway, ferry or suburban, the fare for an adult is 2,40 TL, for a student is 1,35TL and for a teacher is 1,75TL. If youse use Billet 32 is 1 credit. If you use any transportation within the next 90 minutes the ride is free in the urban centre. Maximum fare you could possibily pay if you ride the subway in other zones is 4,80 for an adult, 2,70 for a student and 3,50 for a teacher. If you use Billet 32, would be 2 credits. Also, there are packs of 3 of 5 tickets that riders can buy. The 3 ride electronic ticket cost 8.5TL, and the 5 pack ticket cost 13TL. Last but not least a 10 ride electronic ticket cost 25TL.

Price of Billet 32 tickets is 2 credits 6,00 TL, 3 credits 8,50TL, 5 credits 13,00 TL and 10 credits 25,00 TL. The ticket is valid for 35 days after it’s first used.

The metro applies a card based system by which the rider uses a disposable RFID Chip card, or a loadable a RFID chip Kent card. The disposable card lasts up to three rides, while the loadable card can be used multiple times depending on the credit balance of the card. The metro system once had a cash and token system. It was used to pass ticket barriers, but eventually was replaced with current card structure.  

One of the most interesting features of the Izmir Metro is card customization. The cards come in different variety from students, teachers, and seniors over 60 years. Also there’s free cards which are available as Police Cards, Postmen Cards, TCI Cards, and cards for seniors 65 and over. All the information about cards can be found here

Student, teacher and seniors card fee is TR 10. TRY 20 fee if you need to have it replaced.

Park’n Ride

The metro offers parking at most stations.

Rules and Tips

Passengers must take note of the following rules set by the metro authority:

  • Begging in station and trains is prohibited
  • The metro doesn’t allow food or drinks but water.
  • Distributing flyers and other propaganda or hanging posters on the wall is not permitted in the stations
  • People under the effect of alcohol can not ride the metro
  • Smaller pets are allowed only if there in cages.
  • Making excessive noise is prohibited while riding the metro.
  • Taking video and photos without permission is also prohibited.
  • Bikes are permitted under certain circumstances

Incheon Subway

Incheon Subway is the rapid transit in the Korean city with the very same name. It is currently a single line metro system transporting 199,527 riders per day. The track is 29.4 km long and it connects 29 stations from the north to the south of the city. Incheon was one of the first cities in South Korea ( after Daegu, Busan and Seoul) to have a metro system.

Incheon is the third largest city in South Korea in terms of population. Due to its strategic location near the coastlines, since long it is regarded as the center of industrialization of Korea. Besides, tourists from around the world come here to visit the historical sites of the city. It is easy to understand, why the need for a rapid transit system in the city was inevitable.

Three Seoul Subway lines were operating already to connect the east-west side but there was a lack of such facilities in the north-south axis. As a result, Incheon subway Line 1 was planned. It took almost six years to complete the whole project and the first trial operation started in March 1999. The metro service is active Since October 1999 between Bakchon and Dongmak. In December 1999, the line was extended towards the north from Bakchon to Gyulhyeon. In 2007 and 2009 subsequent extensions took place finally connecting Gyeyang to International Business district.

Incheon Metro Map en

Lines and Stations

Incheon Transit Corporation (ITC) operates the Line 1. Four stations (Bupyeong-gu Office Station, Bupyeong, Gyeyang and Woninjae) on the line connect to the lines of Seoul system. Bupyeong is the busiest station on the line. A full metro journey takes around 55 minutes of time. Except between Backhon and Gyuhyeon, the line is mostly underground. The main stations on this line are

  • Gyeyang
  • Gyulhyeon
  • Bakchon
  • Central Park
  • Imhak
  • Gyeongin National University of Education
  • Bupyeong-gu Office
  • University of Incheon
  • Bupyeong
  • Incheon City Hall
  • Woninjae
  • Dongmak
  • International Business District

Future Expansions

Incheon Subway Line 2 is planned to be operational from July 2016. It will have a 29.3 km long track connecting 27 stations. The trains will run from Oryu dong station in Seo-gu district to Incheon Grand Park. It will intersect Incheon Subway Line 1, Korail Line 1 and AREX at different stations.

The trains will be driverless, operated using a highly sophisticated digital signaling train control system. ITC is also in charge of this line. A small section of the line lies above the ground but mostly it is underground. Main stations on this line are

  • Oryu-dong
  • Wanjeong
  • Yeonhui (Seo-gu Office)
  • Juan
  • Incheon City Hall
  • Incheon Grand Park

Hours of Operation

The metro system operates from 5:30 AM to midnight, local time. Trains are available every 8 or 9 minutes, summing up to 7 trains per hour. During peak hours, trains run every 4 or 5 minutes.

Fares and Tickets

Initially, Incheon Subway had a separate ticketing system but now it is integrated into Seoul system and this makes interchange even more easy. The fare system is unified implying that the tickets of Incheon Subway can also be used to ride the buses and metros of Incheon, Seoul and Gyeonggi-do.

However, some restrictions apply in the case of U Line, Ever Line and Shinbundang Line. There is an extra cost in these lines, a passenger should pay 300, 200 and 900 won respectively. On Shinbundang Line, if a rider travels beyond Jeongja Station, he must pay another extra fare of 300 won. Frequent travelers between Pangyo and Dongcheon/Suji-gu Office Station are eligible for a discount on the fare amount.

The fare payment can be made using T-money smart card. This card can also be used for payments in retail and convenience stores. It is to be purchased from station ticket machines or from outside stores. Alternatively, you can use your Android Smartphone or credit or debit card with RFID technology to pay for the fares.

You can buy either single-use or multiple-use traffic card. To buy the single use ticket, you need to deposit 500 won in addition to the fare price. This deposit amount is refunded when you return the card.

The basic fare is 1250 won covering up to 10 km ride. After that, you have to pay an extra 100 won for every 5 km. If you travel more than 50 km, the fare is increased by 100 won at every 8 km. Single use ticket costs extra 100 won for an adult rider.

For teenagers between 13 to 19 years, the basic fare is 720 won. They pay only a discounted amount of the adult fare. In the case of single-use tickets, however, there is no discrimination between adult and teenager tickets.

For younger children between 6 to 12 years, the fare starts from 450 won with discounts on extra mileage price.

Group tickets are also available. Adults using group ticket are entitled to a 20% discount on the fare price. Teenagers get a 30% discount on adult fare less 350 won. Young children get a 60% discount on adult fare less 350 won. The 20th member of the group can enjoy a free ride. While determining the group fare, if the total of discounted fare is not high enough, the basic group fare is charged.

Facilities and Services

Incheon Subway system is well-planned and is equipped with the latest technologies to offer best riding experience.

  • Stations have wide entrance gates from the streets with clearly visible station names and numbers.
  • Ticket halls are airy and lit incorporating an information center, 3 to 4 automated ticket machines and one card refund machine.
  • Every station has large digital boards showing train timings and interchanging options and also maps of the whole Seoul Subway system.
  • Entry and exit points have stairs, elevators and escalators.
  • Fire exhausters and gas masks are available on every station.
  • Announcements are in English, Mandarin and Korean.
  • Separate breastfeeding room is available in most of the stations.

Rules

In order to ensure a pleasurable journey for themselves and other riders, ICT requests passengers to follow the subway rules.

  • Boarding passengers should wait until others get off the train.
  • Passengers should maintain the right side while walking on the stations.
  • The escalators shouldn’t be used for walking or running.
  • In the case of any sudden fire outburst or natural disaster, riders shouldn’t panic and run in a hurry. They should listen to the emergency announcements and act accordingly.

Tips

To make the best use of Incheon Subway service, remember the following points:

  • Always recharge your prepaid traffic card timely.
  • While on the station, find out the correct gate to reach your destination and place the traffic card on the reader to enter the platform.
  • If you need to interchange, determine the right station and plan your connections beforehand.
  • At the end of your journey, don’t forget to punch your single journey traffic card in the refund machine to get your 500 won back.

Beijing Metro

Beijing has a Metro system (subway metro – Metro Beijing) complemented by a network of suburban trains. It serves about 8 million people daily.It is operated and managed by two public companies: the Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp., Ltd and Beijing MRT Corp. Ltd.

Currently has a network of 372 kms of tracks with 218 stations, which will be 560 km in 2015 to 1.000 kilometers of tracsk before the end of the decade. It first opened in 1969 and it is one of the world’s longest metros in competition with New York subway, or with Shanghay´s.

Beijing Metro Lines

The entire network in November 2012 consists of 15 lines (372 kms of tracks) and 218 stations. They can be classified according to whether moving within the city or if circulating in the suburbs of the city.

Lines running from the city center.

  • Line 1 is the oldest one, opened in 1969, runs from Sihuidong station to Pingguoyuan station. Are 30.4 km of tracks and 23 stations.
  • Line 2 is a circular line with Beijingzhan station (train central station) as start and end of the line. Are 23.6 km of tracks and 18 stations.
  • Line 4 is a new line that although it was planned to become operational in 2008, only did so late 2009. Are 28.6 kms of tracks and 24 stations connecting through the subway with the new Beijing South Railway Station.
  • Line 5 connects the north and south of the city, from Tiantongyuan North station (Changping) to Songjiazhuang station. Are 27.6 km of tracks and 23 stations
  • Line 8 known as the Olympic branch, it is a north-south line from the Huilongguandongdajie station to Beitucheng station, passing by the Olympic Stadium. Are 5.9 km of tracks and 4 stations
  • Line 10 runs east to west from Bagou station to Jinsong station. Are 24.7 km of tracks and 22 stations. It is entirely underground.

Lines operating outside the urban center:

  • Line 13 runs from the Dongzhimen station to Xizhimen station. Are 40.9 km of tracks and 16 stations
  • Line 15 is a branch of Line 13 that runs fromWangjing West northeasterly to Fengbo in Shunyi district.
  • Batong Line is an extension of Line1 to the southeast, from the Sihui station to Tuqiaoi station. Are 19 km of tracks and 13 stations.
  • Changping Line is a branch of the Line 13 from Xi’erqi and runs from the north to the Changping district
  • Daxing Line is an extension of Line 4 to the Daxing district in the south.
  • Fangshan Line is an extension of Line 9 from Chegongzhuang to the Fangshan district, in the southwest suburbs.
  • Yizhuang Line is an extension of Line 5 from the south to the area of Yizhuang Economic and Technological Development in southeast suburbs.
  • Line L1-Airport Express connecting the capital with Beijing International Airport (Terminals 2 and 3) located 27 kms north of the city with Line10 in Sanyuanqiao and Lines 2 and 13 at Dongzhimen, with 28.5 kms of tracks and 4 stations.

There are several new lines and extensions currently running.

Beijing-Subway en

Metro Opening Hours

Although the Beijing subway schedule depends on each line, normaly opens between 05:00 a.m and 23:00 p.m. The Airport Express starts at 06:00 a.m.

Frequency Step

From 3 to 5 minutes during peak hours and the rest of the day, between 8 to 12 minutes.The frequency depends on the line and the time of day. At peak times trains run almost straight, while at night the frequency is much lower.

Fares and Tickets

There is a flat rate of RMB 2.00 (0.20€) that allows a trip with all transfers required to reach the destination.

This fee is not applicable to the Airport Express, which costs RMB 25 (about 2.5 €).

Children below 1.2 metres in height ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

All lines now collect fares through automatic fare collection (AFC) machines that accept single-ride tickets and the Yikatong, an integrated circuit card that can store credit for multiple rides and is accepted on nearly all urban and suburban buses. Riders can purchase tickets and add credit to Yikatong at ticket counters and vending machines in every station.

Airport:

Beijing Airport is located about 27 killometers from city’s financial district. It is easily accessible by subway, bus and taxi.

-Train: The Airport Express train connects the terminals 2 and 3 of the airport to Dongzhimen subway station (metro lines 2 and 13). It also makes an intermediate stop in Sanyuanqiao, metro line 10. The price of the ticket is 25 RMB per trip (2.50€) and departs between 06:20 a.m and 22:50 p.m from Terminal 3, and between 06:00 a.m and 22:30 p.m from Dongzhimen. The frequency varies between 10 and 12 minutes, taking about 20 minutes.

-Bus: The Regular Express Bus arrives in town along three different routes: Xidan, Zhongguancun and Gongzhufen. The most popular route is the Xidan´s, which goes to the heart of Beijing, (very close to the Forbidden City).The Gongzhufen route reaches the western part of Beijing, and Zhongguancun´s reaches the northwestern district of the city.The bus stops at major hotels is in his route.
There are 9 bus lines leaving from the arrivals area in the airport and that have different stops within the metropolitan area (price: 16 RMB – 1.60 €).They circulate approximately from 07:00 am to 24:00 pm (departing from the airport) and from 05:00 am to 21:00 p.m (departing from the city).

Seoul Metro

The Seoul Capital Area is the world’s second largest metropolitan area with over 25.6 million people.
With 975.4 km (606.1 mi) of tracks, Seoul Metropolitan Subway is the world’s largest subway system.
With 2,5 billion passenges per year is the world’s busiest subway. With 607 stations, another record of Seoul Metro, is the
second largest subway by number of stations. New York City Subway is the largest.

Seoul has one of the world’s most advanced transportation infrastructures, which is constantly under expansion.
The public transportation system comprises buses, trains and subways.

  • Known as: Metro
  • Lines: 19
  • Stations: 607
  • Length: 975.4 km (606.1 mi)
  • Passengers/day: 6.9 Millions
  • Opening: 1974

Lines and stations

Seoul subway network links every district of the city and the surrounding areas.
The Seoul Subway has nineteen lines, which cover Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi province, western
Gangwon province, and northern Chungnam province.

Seoul subway linemap en

  • Line 1 (blue): Goes from Soyosan to Incheon / Sinchang / Gwangmyeong / Seodongtan, comprises 98 stations and is 200.6 km long. It is operated by Korail / Seoul Metro.
  • Line 2 (green): Goes from City Hall / Seongsu / Sindorim to City Hall / Sinseol-dong / Kkachisan. It comprises fifty one stations, and is 60.2 km long. It is operated by Seoul Metro.
  • Line 3 (orange): Goes from Daehwa to Ogeum and comprises forty three stations, and is 57.4 km long. It is operated by Korail / Seoul Metro.
  • Line 4 (light blue): Goes from Dangogae to Oido, comprises fourty eight stations, and is 71.5 km long. It is operated by Korail / Seoul Metro.
  • Line 5 (purple): Goes from Banghwa to Sangil-dong / Macheon, comprises fifty one stations, and is 52.3 km long. It is operated by Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit.
  • Line 6 (brown): Goes from Eungam to Bonghwasan, comprises thirty eight stations, and is 35.1 km long. It is operated by Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit.
  • Line 7 (army green): Goes from Jangam to Bupyeong-gu Office, comprises fifty one stations, and is 57.1 km long. It is operated by Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit.
  • Line 8 (pink): Goes from Amsa to Moran, comprises seventeen stations, and is 17.7 km long. It is operated by Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit.
  • Line 9 (pastel brown): Goes from Gaehwa to Sinnonhyeon, comprises twenty five stations, and is 27.0 km long. It is operated by Seoul Metro Line9 Corporation.
  • AREX (light blue): Goes from Seoul Station to Incheon International Airport, comprises ten stations, and its 58 km long. It is operated by Korail Airport Railroad.
  • Jungang Line (turquoise): Goes from Yongsan to Yongmun, comprises twenty eight stations, and it is 71.2 km long. It is operated by Korail.
  • Gyeongui Line (turquoise): Goes from Gongdeok / Seoul Station to Munsan, comprises twenty three stations, and it is 50.8 km long. It is operated by Korail.
  • Gyeongchun Line (turquoise): Goes from Sangbong to Chuncheon, comprises nineteen stations, and it is 80.7 km long. It is operated by Korail.
  • Bundang Line (yellow): Goes from Wangsimni to Mangpo, comprises thirty two stations, and it is 46.8 km long. It is operated by Korail.
  • Suin Line (yellow): Goes from Oido to Songdo, comprises nine stations, and it is 13.1 km long. It is operated by Korail.
  • Sinbundang Line (yellow): Goes from Gangnam to Jeongja, comprises six stations, and it is 17.3 km long. It is operated by Neo Trans (DX Line).
  • Incheon Line 1 (pastel blue): Goes from Gyeyang to International Business District, comprises twenty nine stations, and it is 29.4 km long. It is operated by Incheon Transit.
  • EverLine (green): Goes from Giheung to Jeondae · Everland, comprises fifteen stations, and it is 18.1 km long. It is operated by Yongin Rapid Transit Corporation.
  • U Line (yellow): Goes from Balgok to Tapseok, comprises fifteen stations, and it is 11.1 km long. It is operated by Uijeongbu LRT Corporation.

Fares and Tickets

  • Single Ticket for until 10 km: 1,050 WON. 100 WON added for every 5 km.
  • Sinbundang Line Single Ticket: 1,750 WON
  • EverLine and U Line Single Ticket: 1,300 WON.
  • Children’s tickets: half the price.
  • Senior citizens and disabled people: free.
  • Valid cards: T-money, Upass, and KB Free Pass.

Schedule and frecuency

Seoul trains operates from 5.30 am to 1:00 am from monday to friday. Weekends from 5.30am to 00:00am.
There is a train every 4 – 6 minutes and in rush hours every 2 – 3 minutes.

Curious facts

Seul Metro stations are the most modern in terms of wireless communications and digital information.

Connection to the Airports

There are two international airports in Seoul: Gimpo International Airport, mostly for domestic flights, and Incheon International Airport.
You can get to the first one stopping at Gimpo International Airport Station on the Seoul Subway Line 5 and Line 9.
For the latter, the fastest way is by the AREX subway.

Delhi Metro

Although the Delhi Metro is not the first in India it can be said it is the first of its kind in the country. The metro railway network has almost covered the entire city and follows with continuous endeavors of expansion. Most of the neighboring areas and suburbs will be covered by the metro railway by the end of 2020.This rapid transit system serves Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, and Ghaziabad and carries over 1.8 million passengers every day.

The Delhi Metro network consists of six lines with a total length of 193 kilometres  with 145 stations (35 are underground, five are at-grade, and the remainder are elevated). Delhi Metro is being built and operated by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) and is owned by the State along with the Government of the territorial capital of Delhi. The organisation is under administrative control of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. Construction started in 1998, and the first section, on the Red Line opened in 2002, followed by the Yellow Line in 2004, the Blue Line in 2005, its branch line in 2009, the Green and Violet Lines in 2010, and the Delhi Airport Metro Express in 2011.

Delhi Metro Lines

The Delhi Metro network consists of 6 lines with a total length of 193 kilometres with 145 stations, but this figures change rapidly.

  • Red Line: Dilshad Garden – Rithala. It runs from Dilshad Garden to Rithala, with a lenght of 25.1 Kms and 21 stations on this route. At present, the line is fully operational.
    The red line has two interchange stations, the first at Kashmere Gate with the yellow line and the second Inderlok with the green line.
  • Yellow Line: Jahangirpuri – HUDA city centre (in neighbouring Gurgaon) covers a distance of 45 kms and there are 34 stations on this route. In this line we find the country’s deepest metro station at Chawri Bazaar, situated 30 metres below ground level.
  • Blue Line: Dwarka Sector- Noida City Centre (in neighbouring Noida) The Blue Line was the third line of the metro to be opened, and the first to connect areas outside Delhi.Consists of 50 stations from Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre (sector 32) with a length of 56.5 km including the branch to Vaishali starting in Yamuna Bank Station of 6.25 kms. This line crosses the Yamuna River between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank stations. Karkardooma station on Vaishali branch is the highest station of Delhi Metro with a platform height of 19 meters.
  • Green Line: Inderlok – Mundka – Ashok Park Main. It is the first Delhi Metro line that offers the standard-gauge corridor. The total distance covered on this fully elevated line is approximately 19 km including a branch to Kirti Nagar with 18 stations.
  • Violet  Line:- Central Secretariat – Badarpur. It began operations in October 2010. The route covers a total distance of 20 km that includes 16 important stations.
  • Airport Express – Dwarka Sector 21. It links with Indira Gandhi Airport. The line, also known as the Orange line is operated by the Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt. Limited (DAMEL). The total length of the line is 22.7 km, of which 15.7km is underground.The trains travel at up to 135km/h, instead of up to 80km/h as on the rest of the metro.

Delhi metro rail network

Future expansions:

The Delhi Metro is being constructed in phases. Phases I-II are now ready. Phases III (105km) and IV (108.5km) are planned to be completed by 2015 and 2021 respectively, with the network spanning 413km by then.

Phase III: The plans are to cover Yamuna Vihar-Mukundpur corridor, which will be the longest line in the Delhi Metro network that will cover around 55.9 kms. The major stations on this route will be Mukundpur, Rajouri Garden, Dhaula Kaun, Anand Vihar and culminate at Yamuna Vihar. It will also give coverage of the Jamia Milia University.The significant thing about the Phase III metro is that it will have 23 interchangeable stations for seamless connectivity.

The Delhi Metro Phase III along with I and II phase can cover almost 70 percent of Delhi.

Metro Opening Hours

The subway schedule is from 06:00 a.m till about 23:00 p.m in the night.

Frequency Step

The train frequency varies depending on the line ranging from 3 minutes at peak time up to 13 minutes in non peak hours.

For more info: http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro_timing.aspx

Fares and Tickets

Delhi Metro commuters have three choices for ticket purchase:

  • Tokens, wich are valid only for a single journey on the day of purchase and the value depends on the distance travelled, with fares for a single journey ranging from INR 8 (€0.11) to INR 30 (€0.40).
  • Rechargeable Travel Cards are available for longer stays and are most convenient for frequent commuters. They are valid for one year from the date of purchase or the date of last recharge, and are available in denominations of INR 100 (€1.38) to INR 800 (€11). A 10% discount is given on all travel made on it.
  • The Tourist Cards valid for one and three days of unlimited travelling respectively. The cost of a one-day card is INR100 (€1.35) and for a three-day card is INR 250 (€3.45), besides a refundable deposit of INR 50 (€0.70) that must be paid at the time of purchasing the card.

Airport

Delhi Airport Metro Express Line links the Indira Gandhi International Airport, located 16 kilometres south west of New Delhi city centre.
It was initially planned to run trains 24 hours a day with a frequency of 10 minutes, but currently train services operate from 05:15 am to 11:14 pm, with a 13 minute frequency. The travel time from New Delhi railway station to the Airport T3 is 18 mins. The fare for this trip has been fixed at INR 80 (€1.12).

Bangkok Metro

Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line (The MRT System) has become the first Metro in Thailand because its initial system section of Hua Lamphong to Bang Sue is the first railway system in Thailand that kept on underground level.
Bangkok’s subway was built in 2004 to provide greater coverage and is supplemented by SkyTrain lines, (Green Line Skytrain BTS.).

Bangkok metro is a modern rapid transit system operated by the Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited.
It has just one line (MRTA Blue line) but crosses the city from north to south. The length of the subway line is just over 21 kilometers spread over 18 stations.

Bangkok Metro Lines

The Blue Line, officially the Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line, is the only metro line currently in operation. The present Bangkok mass transit system comprises two different types of metros:

  • The elevated BTS system, the so called Skytrain ( rot fai fah in Thai). Skytrains are in service in 2 routes. 1) Mo Chit (Northern Bus Terminal) to Bearing Route passing Sukhumvit Rd with 22 stations and 2) National Stadium to Wongwian Yai Route passing Silom Rd.
    This line covers only 9 stations. Passengers can change their routes at the Interchange Station at Siam Square. Apart from being the fastest mean of transportation, the Skytrain has two more advantages: it offers a panoramic views of Bangkok and it stops at several shopping centres along Silom, Ratchadamri, and Sukhumwit roads.
    Interchange stations with MRT are provided at Mo Chit, Sukhumvit, and Sala Daeng stations.
  • The underground MRT subway, Blue Line. The MRT serves more than 240,000 passengers each day. It has 18 operational stations along 27 kilometres of underground track.
    The MRT System starts from Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) along Rama 4 road to Bang Sue Railway Station. Its stations are : Hua Lamphong, Sam Yan, Silom, Lumpini,
    Khlong Toei, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, Sukhumvit, Phetchaburi, Phra Ram 9, Thailand Cultural Centre, Huai Khwang, Sutthisan, Ratchadaphisek, Lat Phrao, Phahon Yothin, Chatuchak Park,
    Kamphaeng Phet, Bang Sue.

Although BTS and MRT use similar technology (trains, signalling & train control), there is no track connection between them.
All MRT stations are equipped with platform-screen-doors, which does not apply to any BTS station. On both means of transport the wagons are climatized.

Future Expansions

As of 2011, two extensions of the Blue Line are under construction. When completed, the Blue Line will become a loop line around the centre of Bangkok,
with an extension to Bang Khae on its western side.

The MRT Purple Line is also under construction. It will connect Bang Sue with Nonthaburi in the north-west, and will be the first public transit line outside the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

Metro Opening Hours

The metro works 06.00 a.m to 00:00 daily.

Frecuency

For the MRTS is less than 5 minutes during the peak hours (06.00 a.m to 09.00 a.m and 14.30 p.m to19:30 p.m) and around 7 minutes during the off-peak hours.

For the BTS Skytrain it is every 5 minutes from 06:00 a.m to 00.00 a.m but at shorter intervals during rush hours (07.30 a.m to 09.30 a.m and 05.30a.m to 19:00 p.m).

Fares and Tickets

Tickets and cards can be purchased at ticket offices and vending machines in the stations, but these only issue Tokens and single tickets and only accept cash.
The fares range from 16 to 40 baht based on the distance travelled.

The ticketing system uses RFID contactless technology with round black tokens issued for single trips and contactless stored value cards for frequent travellers.
In the near future, a joint ticketing system will be set up so that passengers can use a single ticket on the Metro as well as on the Skytrain.

  • Single Adult Ticket: from 16 to 40 bath depending on the distance.
  • 1 Day Pass: 1 day of unlimited trips (Since the 1st entering in the paid area to midnight of that day). It is only issued at Ticket Offices.
    The card can be used in all 18 MRT stations and costs 120 bath.
  • 3 Days Pass: Unlimited 3 consecutive days travel (since the 1st entering in the paid area to midnight of the 3rd day). It is only issued at Ticket Offices.
    The card can be used in all 18 MRT stations and costs 230 bath.
  • 15 Days Pass: Unlimited 15 consecutive days travel travel (Since the 1st entering in the paid area to midnight of the 15th day).
    It is only Issued at Ticket Offices. The card can be used in all 18 MRT stations and costs 600 bath.

More info in : http://www.bangkokmetro.co.th/ticket.aspx?Menu=13&Lang=En

Children and elder pay half: from 8 to 20 bath.

Airport

The Bangkok International Airport or Suvarnabhumi Airport is located in the town of Racha Thewa, Samut Prakan province about 30 kilometers east of Bangkok.

To reach the center, the best way is to take the train (Airport Train). You can choose between the City Line and the Express Line. The first makes a journey with stops (7 in total) and the journey takes about 35 minutes, costs 45 bath and identifies with the color blue. The second, Express Line only stops at Makkassan and takes about 25 minutes, costs 90 bath and identifies with the color red. If you go downtown or wish to connect to the BTS Sky train you have to get a ticket to the last station (Phaya Thai station.) Once in Phaya Thai station you are still not in center, but you have correspondence with the Sky Train (BTS) that will take you there.

Add to this the company Airport Express, which provides shuttle buses that run between the airport and hotels in Bangkok, exactly towards the city center. You will find their stop when leaving the 1st floor of the airport.
They cover four fixed routes for a flat rate of 150 baht (3.05 €) and stop at the main hotels. The hours of operation are from 05:00 a.m to 24:00 a.m.

  • AE1: Suvarnabhumi – Silom
  • AE2: Suvarnabhumi – Khao San Road
  • AE3: Suvarnabhumi – Sukhumvit
  • AE4: Suvarnahhumi – Victory Monument – Hua Lamphong (train station)

Bangkok Metro Map

BKK masstransit map 2017-08

Hong Kong Metro, MTR

Hong Kong is a big city and one of best way to get around is by metro (Hong Kong MTR, Mass Transit Railway). It started working in 1979
and it has became the most popular public transport in Hong Kong. Almost a half of its population, about 4.2 million people,
use it everyday. There are metro stops in nearly all of the areas in Hong Kong metropolitan area.
Those who wish to travel to and from the city centre or other areas of Hong Kong should have no difficulty
finding the train to take them where they need to go as the MTR has around 84 stations located at all major places. The complete
network has 152 stations, including these 84 railway stations and 68 light rail stops.

The complete transport network is composed by heavy rail, light rail, airport express, inter-city railway service and the MTR Bus.
It’s nine urban lines, one Airport Express line to get to the Airport from downtown, one light rail system with 12 routes
and one tourist cable car system Ngong Ping 360.

  • Known as: MTR (Mass Transit Railway)
  • Length of the network: 174km only MTR, 218.2 km with light train network.
  • Number of lines: 9 lines
  • Number of stations:84 stations
  • Average ridership: 4.2 million passengers daily
  • Website: MRT Hong Kong
  • Operator: MTR Corporation
  • Start of operation: September 30, 1979

Lines and stations

At the moment there are some projected lines and stations. Following ones are already operational.

Hong Kong MTR Route Map 2007 en

  • East Rail Line, opened in 1910. Going from Hung Hom to Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau in 41 kms, with journey times of 42 and 45 minutes
    respectively. 14 stations:
    Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau, Kwu Tung, Sheung Shui, Fanling, Tai Wo, Tai Po Market, University, Racecourse, Fo Tan, Sha Tin, Tai Wai, Kowloon Tong, Mong Kok East, Hung Hom (planned and under construccion stations included)
  • Kwun Tong Line , opened in 1979. Terminal stations: Yau Ma Tei and Tiu Keng Leng. 11.2 kms. 15 Stations and 28 min journey time.
    Whampoa, Ho Man Tin, Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok, Prince Edward, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon Tong, Lok Fu, Wong Tai Sin,Diamond Hill, Choi Hung, Kowloon Bay, Ngau Tau Kok, Kwun Tong, Lam Tin, Yau Tong, Tiu Keng Leng
  • Tsuen Wan Line, opened in 1982. Terminal stations: Central and Tsuen Wan. Length 16kms. 16 stations. Running time: 30 min.
    Tsuen Wan, Tai Wo Hau, Kwai Hing, Kwai Fong, Lai King, Mei Foo, Lai Chi Kok, Cheung Sha Wan, Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Admiralty, Central
  • Island Line, opened in 1985. Terminal stations: Sheung Wan and Chai Wan. 13.3 length, 14 stations and 25 min. of running time.
    Kennedy Town, Hong Kong University, Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Tin Hau, Fortress Hill, North Point, Quarry Bay, Tai Koo, Sai Wan Ho, Shau Kei Wan, Heng Fa Chuen, Chai Wan
  • Tung Chung Line, opened in 1998. Terminal stations: Hong Kong and Tung Chung. 31.1kms length, 8 stations and 26 minutes of running time.
    Tung Chung,Sunny Bay, Tsing Yi, Lai King, Olympic, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Tseung Kwan O Line, opened in 2002. Terminal stations: North Point, Po Lam and LOHAS Park . 11,9km length, 8 stations and 15-20 min running time.
    Po Lam, Hang Hau, LOHAS Park, Tseung Kwan O, Tiu Keng Leng, Yau Tong, Quarry Bay, North Point
  • West Rail Line, opened in 2003. Terminal stations: Hung Hom and Tuen Mun. 35.4 kms length, 12 stations and 37 min of journey time.
    Tuen Mun, Siu Hong, Tin Shui Wai, Long Ping, Yuen Long, Kam Sheung Road, Tsuen Wan West, Mei Foo, Nam Cheong, Austin, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom
  • Ma On Shan Line, opened in 2004. Terminal stations: Wu Kai Sha and Tai Wai.11.4 kms length, 9 stations and 16 min of running time.
    Wu Kai Sha, Ma On Shan, Heng On, Tai Shui Hang, Shek Mun, City One, Sha Tin Wai, Che Kung Temple, Tai Wai
  • Disneyland Resort Line, opened in 2005. Terminal stations: Sunny Bay and Disneyland Resort. 3.3 kms, 2 stations and 4.5 min running time

    Disneyland Resort, Sunny Bay

The colours of the lines are dark orange for the Tseung Kwan line, purple for the West rail line, Brown is for the Ma on Shan line. Turquoise is for the light rail and the Airport Express. Dark Blue for the island lines, and light blue the East Rail Line.Green is for the Kwaung tong line. Light orange is for the Tung Chun line.

Schedule and frequency

Service hours are different for each line, but mainly the trains are working from 05:30 or 06:00 to 01:00 the next day, seven days a week.
Rush hours are from 08:30 to 09:00 and from 18:00 to 19:00.

Urban lines have trains running every 2 to 3 minutes. Tung Chung lines have trains every 4 to 5 minutes during peak hours.
The MTR has an accuracy of 99.9%.

Rates

MTR uses an easy single fare system. The fares range from 4 Hong Kong dollars to 26 dollars depending on where they are going
in the city and whether a transfer is required.
You can buy single fare cards at most of the metro stations. There are reduced fare tickets for both children and the elderly.
The tickets for a single fare connection depends on how far the individual is choosing to go in the system.

Curious facts

An interesting fact for tourists is that The new West line system will have some of the deepest tunnels in the subway system.

Almaty Metro

The Almaty Metro (Алматы метрополитені) recently opened is the second metro system in Central Asia, behind Tashkent Metro, in Uzbekistan, and the sixteenth subway line in the former Soviet republics.

The Almaty Metro construction began in 1988, under the promotion and financing of the USSR, but after its fall, the works were halted by lack of funds and by the deep crisis that followed.

>Work was resumed in 2005, and the first section was opened in 2011, twenty three years after the start of its construction. The Almaty Metro is similar in style to that of Moscow. It is a modern and elegant metro, with marble floors and tastefully decorated.

Almaty Metro Lines

Currently there is only one line in operation, the Line 1-Red Line, with 8.5 kms of journey and seven stations (four underground and three above ground). It is used daily by 30,000 passengers.

Stations:
Raiymbek batyr, Zhibek Zholy, Almaly, Abai, Baikonur, Tulpar, Alatau

Future Extensions

It is planned to continue the expansion of Line 1, in fact, have already begun works in Molodejnaya and Sairan stations.

Future Line 2 is expected to begin construction in 2013 and will be a surface line that will intersect with Line 1 at Alatau and Zhibek Zholy. After the completion of both, there is a a third line planned.

When the entire network is complete will consist of three lines and 45 km of track.

Opening Hours

The metro runs from 06:00 a.m until 24:00 p.m.

Frequency Step

The trains run with a frequency of between 10 and 15 minutes.

Fares and Tickets

The ticket price is unique, 80 Tenge by travel (about $ 0.50). To access the metro you have to buy a yellow chip or token that can be purchased at the ticket office of the stations.

Третья линия Алматинского метрополитена

Airport

The Almaty International Airport is 18 km from the center of Almaty.

Buses run every 15 minutes from the airport. During the day can take the bus number # 92, # 79, # 106 and # 86 to the city center. Another option are the official taxis, the taxi ride from the airport to the city center costs $ 15.

Ankara Metro

Ankara, the capital of Turkey, has its own underground rapid transist system, the Ankara Metro (Ankara Metrosu in turkish).
The system has two metro lines: the Ankara Metro and Ankaray with a total length of 23,4 kms.
Ankara Metro is the north-south heavy rail while Ankaray is the west east light rail.
Both lines are owned and operated by the Ankara Municipality

This system is also complemented by a suburban rail system called Ankara Banliyö Treni.

  • Known as: Metrosu
  • Lines: 2 constructed, 3 under construction
  • Stations: 23 in service, 32 under construction
  • Passengers/day: 175000(Ankaray) and 135000(Ankara Metro)
  • Opening: 1996
  • Web: www.ankarametrosu.com.tr

Lines and stations

Ankara Metro and Ankaray are underground lines most parts of the system. They intersect at the Kizilay Station.

The Ankaray line runs between the Intercity Bus Terminal and Dikimevi. It is 8.7 kilometers long and has 11 stations: Dikimevi, Kurtuluş, Kolej, Kızılay, Demirtepe, Maltepe, Tandoğan, Beşevler, Bahçelievler, Emek, AŞTİ

The Ankara Metro line runs between the city center to Batikent which is located in the northwest. It is 14.7 kilometers long and has 12 stations: Kızılay, Sıhhiye, Ulus, Kültür Merkezi, Akköprü, İvedik, Yenimahalle, Demetevler, Hastane, Macunköy, Ostim, Batıkent

Ankara metro

Three more metro lines are currently under construction. This lines are proposed to open in June of 2014.

Ulus-Kecioren line which will be 7.9 kilometers and have six stations

Batikent-Sincan line that is 18 kilometers in length and has 11 stations

Kizilay to Cayyolu line which is 18 kilometers long and consists of 16 new stations.

The TBMM-Dikmen line is also planned to serve south side of the city and will be 4.8 kilometers and consist of 5 stations.

When Ankara Metro is finnished will have a capacity of aprox. 60,000 passengers per hour per direction.

Schedule and frequency

The working hours are from 6am to 12am.
Timetables sometimes have to be updated by the Ankara metro because of delays.
Sometimes trains have to wait at stations to return to schedule.

To the airport

To get to the airport you can use two lines from the city center: Ulus and ASTI.
However due to the subway construction on ASTI the Ulus line is preferable. A taxi costs about 15-20 Liras from there.

Fares and tickets

Electronic bus tickets are valid as well for Ankara Metro. Electronic cards (multi-use magnetic cards) and the route map can be obtained from any underground station.
The price of basic travel ticket is 2 dollars. 50 cents for seniors and people with disabilities.

  • 2-unit cards which cost 3.50 TL
  • 3-unit cards which cost 5.25 TL
  • 5-unit cards which cost 8.75 TL
  • 10-unit cards which cost 17.50TL
  • 20-unit cards which cost 35.00 TL
  • .

You can transfer within 45 minutes between the bus lines and metro paying 0.59 TL.
Ankara Metro has train inspectors so you better buy your ticket before you step in if you dont want to be fined.

Train tickets can be purchased with credit/debit card or currency at any Metro ticket vending machines (TVM).

Curious facts

Kissing is not allowed in Ankara Metro.

Sendai Subway

The Sendai Subway is the Metro system operating in this city, part of Miyagi district in Japan. It is administered by the City Transportation Bureau of Sendai. Sendai Subway connects Taihaku-ku central district to Izumi-Chuo district in the suburban area of Izumi-ku.

Lines and stations

Namboku Line

At the present moment there is only one line in operation since 1987, identified by the green color. It is the Namboku Line. This line circulates from Izumo-Chuo in the north of the city to Tomizawa, in the south. At the halfway point is Sendai station, 12 minutes from Tomizawa and 15 from Izumi-Chuo. The entire route takes about 28 minutes. This line covers an area of 14.8 kms of which 11,65km and 17 stations are underground. Stations: Tomizawa N17, N16 Nagamachi-Minami, Nagamachi N15, N14 Nagamachi-Itchome, Kawaramachi N13, N12 Atagobashi, Itsutsubashi N11, N10 Sendai Hirose-dori N09, N08 Kotodai-Koen Kita-Yobanchō N07, N06 Kita-Sendai, Dainohara N05, N04 Asahigaoka, Kuromatsu N03, N02 Yaotome, N01 Izumi-Chuo.

Tozai Line

Tozai Line was inaugurated on December 6th, 2015. This line crosses Namboku line perpendicularly. It is the blue line. Of its 14.38 kms, 13.83 are under the surface (13 stations). Stations: Zoological Park Yagiyama T01, T02 Aobayama, Kawauchi T03, T04 International Center, T05-Koen Nishi Omachi, Aoba-dori Ichibancho T06, T07 Sendai, Miyagino-dori T08, T09 Rembo, Yakushido T10, T11 Oroshimachi, Rokuchonome T12, T13 Arai.

Hours of operation and frequency

At 5:47 a.m. the first train departs from Sendai Station to Tomizawa Station. The first train to Izumi-Chuo departs at 05:50 am. The last train in both directions, is at 11:59 pm . On Fridays, the last train is at 0:11.

Schedules are available in every station.

Fares and tickets

A single ticket for adults costs between 200 and 300 yens (¥) You can buy a day pass at every station. On weekdays it costs ¥840; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays it costs ¥620 for adults. Rates for children range from ¥100 to ¥180.

Tickets can be purchased at vending machines located next to the metro entrances. If you purchase a ticket for a shorter distance than the actually traveled, you can pay the difference at your destination, otherwise you could be fined.

SKIP cards and SKIP/Joy Cards

If you plan to ride the metro frequently you should use SKIP or Joy pregago cards, as they are much cheaper than using single tickets each time. These cards can be purchased from vending machines at subway stations, in offices at bus stations, in any passenger office service, in the information center of Sendai Nishiguchi Bus Pool … Both the card and the SKIP SKIP/Joy can be used in Miyagi city buses, besides the subway. Prices range from ¥ 1000, ¥ 3000, and ¥ 5000.

Something to keep in mind is that if the card credit is near ¥ 200 it can not be used again until the credit is increased.

SendaiSubwayMap2014

Curious facts

In Namboku line the “fuzzy logic” program is used to control the speed of the trains and their energy consumption. Developed by Hitachi, this technology makes the starts and stops of the convoys to be extremely soft, reducing by 10% its consumption compared to services operated manually. Off-peak hours, driving is human controlled, so drivers maintain their skills.

In March 2011 an earthquake severely affected the entire region, causing a subsequent tsunami, being one of its consequences the important damages to the Sendai Subway.

Foreign visitors are recommended to use this transport to travel around the city. All warnings signs are also in English. In that sense Sendai, Hirosedori and Kotodai Koen stations in the center are close to several attractions.