Essen Standtbahn

Essen Standtbahn es la red de tren ligero que funciona en Essen, Gelsenkirchen y Mülheim an der Ruhr ciudades del estado federado de Renania del Norte-Westfalia en Alemania. El sistema está integrado en la red Stadtbahn del Rhin-Ruhr y es conocido localmente como U-Bahn.

At present, Essen Stadtbahn is operated through 3 lines, namely, U11, U17 and U18. Together they cover 45 stations. The track length is nearly 20 km. Essener Verkehrs-AG (EVAG), a public undertaking under Essen city authority, operates the lines in collaboration with transport companies of the other two cities.

Historical Background

After the World War II, planning started to construct an underground tramway as a solution to the road traffic congestion. It was later supposed to be upgraded to a U-Bahn system. The construction started in the early 1960s and the first section, an 8 km long track between the Essen inner city and Mülheim-Heißen was opened for revenue service on 28 May 1977. Further stations and lines were added subsequently and the system achieved its current length in September 2011.

Construction of the Essen Standtbahn was vital to facilitate connectivity within the Rhein-Ruhr region. As the system started operation,

  • Northern suburbs of Essen got easily connected to Gelsenkirchen.
  • Altenessen was directly connected to Mülheim and the Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum.
  • Students got a convenient connection between Essen Hauptbahnhof and the University of Essen.

Hours of Operation

On weekdays, U-Bahn runs from 4:30 AM till 11 PM. On Saturdays, the system operates from 7 in the morning and on Sundays and holidays, from 8 in the morning. On weekdays, the headway is 10 minutes and on weekends and holidays 15 minutes.

Get the timetables for each line here.

Lines and Stations

The system is partly underground, partly elevated. 9.8 km of the total track lies at the underground level. This section runs under the city center area. The section between Berliner Platz and Essen Hauptbahnhof is covered by all three lines. Between Karl Platz and Berliner Platz, only U11 and U17 are operational. The areas between Bismarkplatz and Essen Hauptbahnhof are served by both U17 and U18. The rest of the sections have only one line.

U18 runs completely segregated from other lines and offers no transfer possibilities to any other mode of public transport. For the other two lines, only the elevated tram lines allow interchange. Passengers can transfer to other U-Bahn, tram, bus and railway lines.

The lines are numbered such a way that they indicate the type of transport (U-Bahn), the number of the area served (1 for Essen and Mülheim) and the number of the tram line (1, 7 and 8 respectively).

U11

This line serves as an important mode of transport between Gurga Park, Messe and Altenessen. There are total 23 stations along this line including: Messe, Rüttenscheid , Essen Hauptbahnhof , Altenessen, E-Karnap, GE-Buerer Strasse.

U17

The line connects Margarethenhoehe in the south of Essen to Karlsplatz in Altenessen. It is a relatively shorter line and connects only 17 stations. Main stations along the line are: Margarethenhöh, Holsterhausen, Essen Hauptbahnho, Berliner Platz, Karlsplatz

U18

It runs from Essen to Mulheim an der Ruhr. It is more of a rapid transit line with mostly above ground sections. Mülheim Hauptbahnhof is the most important station on this line offering transfer to Duisburg tram lines. Giving easy access to many of popular shopping areas of the region, the line got its nickname Shopping Line. It also runs through 17 stations including: Mülheim Hauptbahnhof, Ruhr-Zentrum , MH-Rhein, Essen Hauptbahnhof, Berliner Platz

Expansion

There are plans to expand the system further.

  • U17 may be extended after Margarethenhoehe another three new stations.
  • U11 may also be extended in the southern direction.
  • In place of high-floor trams, low-floor trams will be introduced.
  • Essen Stadtbahn, in near future, is going to connect to Düsseldorf International Airport.

Fare and Ticket

The fare of the system is calculated similarly to any other Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr transport system. There are fare slabs that vary with the distance traveled. For traveling up to 3 stations, passengers can use short distance tickets for 1.60 Euro each. For the entire city, there is the class A ticket, which costs 2.60 Euro. With class D ticket, a passenger can travel to any area within the VRR region. Children aged between 6 to 14 years pay the same fare, irrespective of the distance traveled.

VRR offers varied ticketing options including single journey tickets, day tickets, semester tickets, 7-day tickets etc. Tickets can be purchased either online or from ticket vending machines located at the stations. Remember, Stadtbahn drivers sell no tickets.

UBahnhof-Heissen-Kirche-2012

View details of Essen Stadtbahn’s fare calculation and ticket options here.

Facilities and Services

EVAG makes available some facilities and services in order to ensure better riding experience for the passengers.

  • The system is fully accessible. Even the high platforms are disabled-friendly.
  • Announcements are in German and English.
  • Ticket vending machines have instructions in English also.
  • All the stations and the trains have large displays of the system map.
  • For strollers, wheelchairs and bikes, the Standtbahn cars have reserved places.

Rules

To let the system function smoothly, the authority has set certain rules. These rules also apply to other EVAG transport systems.

  • A day ticket is valid from the time of purchase till 3 AM on the next day.
  • To buy tickets using your mobile, you have to register yourself in the EVAG database.
  • Smoking is generally prohibited on platforms and on the U-Bahn. To smoke while in the platform, you must go to the designated areas.

Tips

Here are few tips for an enjoyable journey through Essen Stadtbahn.

  • Rather buying single journey tickets multiple times, buy booklets of 4 single-journey tickets or 10 single journey tickets. You’ll be able to save on the fare price.
  • Before commencing your journey, it is better to check once the EVAG website for updates on any route change or cancellation.
  • If you are a tourist, interested to explore city’s attractions, buy an Essen Welcome card. You would be able to ride U-Bahn for free.

Connection to the airport

The nearest airport to Essen is Düsseldorf International Airport. This airport has international and domestic flights from Dusseldorf,Germany and is 34 km from the center of Essen.
Another airport is Dortmund Airport which has international and domestic flights from Dortmund and is 50 km from Essen.

Rotterdam Metro

The Rotterdam metro was the first rapid transit system operated in the Netherlands. It started operating in 1968. This system serves to Rotterdam nearby cities like The Hague and Zoetermeer. The metropolitan area of Rotterdam has more than 1.1 million inhabitants. Rotterdam is one of the few dutch cities, along with Amsterdam, that have subway. Rotterdam metro is the Rotterdamse metro in dutch.

Originally there were two lines, the Noord – Zuidlijn (north to south line) later renamed to Erasmus Line and Oost – Westlijn (east to west), also renamed to Caland line (Calandlijn in Dutch), both in honor of illustrious Dutch citizens.

After December 2009 the Calandlijn line branched into what is now known as the A, B and C lines. This line went underground and parallel to the Nieuwe Maas river to the city center until Beurs where you could transfer to line E.

The system is operated by RET (Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram) that also manages other transport systems in the south of the Randstad: trams, buses and the Fast Ferry. Altogether 600,000 people travel by this transport network, where nearly half do so on the subway.

*Tip! If you come to sightsee, below we tell you how to save up to 250 euros on your stay and nearly free travel by underground, bus and tram!

Rotterdam: lines and stations

Rotterdam metro has a total of 5 lines, designated by a letter and a color that really helps you navigate its network.
The A, B and C lines, old Calandlijn line, serve Rotterdam from east to west.

  • Green Line or Line A. It circulate from Schiedam Centrum in the west to Binnenhof in the north, through Beurs. It has an extension of 17.2 kilometers and serves 20 stations.
  • Yellow line or line B. Route Schiedam Centrum – Nesselande, from west to east through Beurs stopping at 23 stations. The length of this line is 20,1kms.
  • Red line or C line. Links Southwest to east from the station De Terp to De Akkers, also through Beurs and stopping at 26 stations in its 30 kms of line.
  • Light blue line or line D. It’s the former Erasmus Line . It ranges from De Akkers to Rotterdam Central Station through Beurs. It’s 21 km long and server 17 stations.
  • Dark Blue line or line E. It runs from the station Central Railway in the Hague to Slinge in Rotterdam. It’s 27 kms long and serve 23 stations.
  • E Line or Blue Line operates between Rotterdam Centraal and Den Haag Centraal. It is an intercity line.

These lines serve the tourist areas of the city, so for sightseeing in Rotterdam is very interesting to use the subway.

Hours and frequency of service

In general we can say that the Rotterdam Metro operates from 05.30 until midnight.

A, B, and C lines trains have a frequency of 10 minutes, so the common trunk section can have a frequency of 3-4 minutes. In line D there is a train every 5 minutes between Centraal Station and Slinge and every 10 minutes to De Akkers. At peak hours the frequency of service is a bit higher.

Fares and tickets

Rotterdam city is part of the all-Netherlands zone system. Typically, all transport can be used using the same card, the OV-Chipkaart.
In line E the old Strippenkaart can be used, but will soon be permanently replaced by the OV-Chipkaart.

Tickets

Tickets that can be bought on buses and trams, from the driver:

  • RET 1 uur reizen – This ticket allows you to travel one hour by bus, tram and subway for 3 euros.

You can buy the following tickets at vending machines in metro stations and sales and information RET points:

  • 1 Day travel card – for bus, tram and metro for € 7.50. Children (4-11 years) and over 65 pay half price.
  • 2 Day travel card – for bus, tram and metro for € 12.50. Children (4-11 years) and over 65 pay half price.
  • 3 Day travel card – for bus, tram and metro for € 16.50. Children (4-11 years) and over 65 pay half price.
  • RET 2 uur reizen – for 2 hours unlimited travelling by bus, tram or metro
  • RET 2x 1 uur reizen – is the same as buying two RET 1 in a single ticket. You do not save anything as the price is 6 euros.
  • Anonymous e-purse OV-chipcard – You can travel by bus, tram and metro € 7.50 excluding credit e-purse

Ov-Chipkaart

There are several types of Ov-Chipkaart:

  • Personalized OV-chipcard: It is basically a card with your name and photo. It is not transferable and with it you can get some benefits when refilling and paying (ie, discounts). You can also cancel the card and recover the credit in case of loss or theft. It costs 6.50 euros online and 7.50€ at a point of sale.
  • Anonymous OV-chipcard: It’s not associated to any person so you can share with other passengers. It has none of the above benefits.
  • Disposable OV-chipcard. More suitable for the tourist as passes and tickets RET can be loaded. It’s always more interesting to buy your Rotterdam Welcome Card.

Auto reload. If you live in the Netherlands and use public transportation several days a week you can buy your OV-chipcard with auto recharge.

Rotterdam Welcome Card

It’s the best option by far if you are sightseeing in Rotterdam. Virtually it has the same price than the transport pass you should buy, but with the Rotterdam Welcome Card you get a OV-chipkaart for unlimited travel in metro, trams and buses and besides you can also save up to 250 € when accessing attractions, museums, restaurants, theaters, clubs … and many other activities of interest for tourists. It’s sold online so you can save yourself having to decide on the fly in Rotterdam and can check in advance in its web all the benefits, discounts and all the places where it can be used. All the information here.

Another Rotterdam Metro Map

U-Bahn Lijnenkaart RET

Accessibility

Rotterdam Metro trains are adapted for wheelchair users.

Links

Online trip planner http://www.ret.nl/en/travel-with-ret/travel-planner.html

Poznan Fast Tram

Poznań tram and light PST train system

Poznan is the capital of Wielkopolska, a region of Poland that sits between Berlin and Warsaw.
It is one of the country’s oldest cities and the largest metropolitan arean in western Poland
(the 4th largest in the country).

Public transportation in Poznan comprises urban and suburban buses and trams, managed by Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo
Komunikacyjne w Krakowie, and the Poznan Fast Tram.

  • Known as: Pestka / PST
  • Lines: 1 PST Line and 20 tram lines (+ a night line and a tourist line)
  • Stations: 6 PST stations / ?? tramway stations
  • Length: 6,1 kms PST line/ 66 kms of tramway lines.
  • Capacity: 5000 person/hour
  • Opening: PST in 1997/ Tramways in 1880

PST and tram lines and stations

Poznański Szybki Tramwaj is the Poznań Fast Tram(PST) also known as Pestka.
It’s a light rail and tram line of about 6 kms length. Every stop in this line has a colour scheme that makes them easily
recognizable.
Poznań Fast Tram started its operation in 1997 and crosses the city from Winogrady and Piątkowo in the north
to the city centre.

Stations: Sobieskiego, Szymanowskiego, Kurpińskiego, Lechicka/Poznań Plaza, Al. Solidarności, Słowiańska, Most Teatralny

Sieć tramwajowa w Poznaniu

The Tram Lines

Twenty two lines of tram converge in the PST Line. The whole network covers a 66 kms area.
The system run during day time, and just one line, N21, during the night.
Poznan’s tramway system opened for business in 1880 and was electrified in 1896.

Bimby lines (trams are called bimby in polish):

  • Line 1: runs from Junikowo to Franowo, thirty stations.
  • Line 2: runs from Dębiec to Ogrody, eighteen stations.
  • Line 3: runs from Zawady to Starołęka, seventeen stations.
  • Line 4: runs from Zawady to Górczyn, eighteen stations.
  • Line 5: runs from Stomil to Gwarna, seventeen stations.
  • Line 6: runs from Miłostowo to Junikowo, thirty three stations.
  • Line 7: runs from Zawady to Ogrody, twenty two stations.
  • Line 8: runs from Miłostowo to Gwarna, sixteen stations.
  • Line 9: runs from Dębiec to Gwarna, fifteen stations.
  • Line 10: runs from Ębiec to Os. Sobieskiego, nineteen stations.
  • Line 12: runs from Os. Sobieskiego to Starołęka, twenty three stations.
  • Line 13: runs from Starołęka to Gwarna and comprises seventeen stations.
  • Line 14: runs from Górczyn to Os. Sobieskiego, fourteen stations.
  • Line 15: runs from Os. Sobieskiego to Junikowo, twenty five stations.
  • Line 16: runs from Gwarna to Franowo, fifteen stations.
  • Line 17: runs from Ogrody to Starołęka, twenty eight stations.
  • Line 18: runs from Górczyn to Franowo, twenty three stations.
  • Line 20: runs from Ogrody to Gajowa, six stations.
  • Line 23: runs from Budziszyńska to Gwarna, twenty stations.
  • Line 28: runs from Rondo Śródka to Święty Marcin, seven stations.
  • Line N21: runs from Os. Lecha to Marcinkowskiego, eighteen stations.

Schedule and frecuency

Lines 1 to 28 operate between 6 am and 10 pm. Line N21 operates from 10 pm to 1 am.
Trams run every 2.5 minutes during busy hours, then every 5 minutes

Fares and Tickets

  • Single ticket: 2.80 zl
  • Single ticket reduced fare: 1.40zl*

Timed tickets

  • 24-hours which costs 13,6 zł
  • 48-hours which costs 21 zł
  • 72-hours which costs 27 zł

* Reduced fare applies to children aged between 5 years old to almost any student under the age of 26.
PST is free for seniors avobe the age of 70 years old. There also exist discounts available for long-term tickets.

Timed ticket’s cheapest option is 3zł for only 10mins (not so cheap). In that amount of time you can reach 3 or 4 stops.
A 40-min ticket for 4.60zł is the best option unless you are going to stay in the city for a few days. Then 24hr or 48hr ticket
would be the right choice. Another option for several days visit is the Poznan City Card
for free unlimited use of the public transport system.

Tickets can be bought at the ZTM Customer Service Points, from ATMs found on most buses and trams and almost everywhere
(more than 1000 sale points: kiosks, shops, supermarkets distribute ZTM time and single-ride tickets),
and in almost every stops. Other thing to remember is that you can pay by card. If you take a big suitcase you have to buy
a ticket for that also.

Our last recommendation is to remember to validate your ticket in the kasowniks
otherwise you’ll be fined 140zł plus the cost of the ticket you didn’t validate (not purchase is not an option, really)

Poznan Public tranportation zones

Poznań is divided into 3 tariff zones:

  • Zone A: area of Poznań,
  • Zone B: Babki, Biedrusko, Bogucin, Borówiec, Bytkowo, Cerekwica, Czapury, Daszewice, Janikowo, Jaryszki, Jelonek, Kamionki, Kicin, Kiekrz, Komorniki, Koninko, Koziegłowy, Krzyszkowo, Luboń, Mrowino, Napachanie, Plewiska, Przybroda, Rokietnica, Rostworowo, Skórzewo, Sobota, Suchy Las, Swarzędz, Szczytniki, Wiórek, Wiry, Zalasewo, Złotkowo, Złotniki, Żerniki, Żydowo
  • Zone C: Chludowo, Chomęcice, Dąbrowa, Dąbrówka, Dopiewiec, Dopiewo, Dymaczewo Nowe, Dymaczewo Stare, Głuchowo, Golęczewo, Gołuski, Konarzewo, Krosinko, Ludwikowo, Łęczyca, Mosina, Palędzie, Przecław, Puszczykowo, Rosnowo, Rosnówko, Szreniawa, Walerianowo, Zakrzewo, Zielątkowo.

Can see the map here.

Airports

Poznań-Ławica Airport (EPPO) is 3.1 miles west from Poznań city centre. You can not get a tram to get to Poznan.
Instead there is a Scheduled express bus L every 30 minutes from the center to Poznań–Ławica Airport.
Another line, no. 59 also depart from Bałtyk bus station.

Interesting Facts:

Though we love metro, we must admit that one of the best ways to see the city is by bike.
You can hire one and bike around the city visiting all the museums and cathedrals
and enjoy all the gothic architecture.

Kharkov Metro

Kharkov is the second largest city in Ukraine with a population of nearly two million inhabitants. It’s not strange that such an important city has its own metro system. Kharkov metro is actually the second network built and put into operation in Ukraine, just after Kiev.

It was after the World War II that the idea of ​​building a metro system turn into necessary, specially due to the increase in population as a consequence of war. The plans were developed in 1968 with the ambitious project to build a hybrid system. However, several changes occurred in the first years of its construction, which were mainly financial. So seven years later, on 23 August 1975, the first line was inaugurated, scoring the Kharkiv Metro as one of six public transport networks of the former USSR.

Today, after more than 40 years of service, the Kharkiv Metro offers fast and accessible transportation across the city over a length of approximately 38 kilometers of tracks, divided into three lines that serve 29 stations. The system also connects to three railway stations and three major bus stations. Kharkov metro is daily used by about a million passengers and more than 200 million annually.

The metro is pretty easy to use. Just select your final destination while entering the subway. If you have any problem there is police personal to assist riders if necessary. In addition to being a quick and easy way to travel, the Kharkiv Metro is also very safe. However, as in any big city, it’s obvious that it is better to be careful and keep your property close when the service is very busy.

Kharkiv Metro lines and stations

The Kharkiv Metro has three lines designated by a color. The 3 lines form a triangle in the city center, which was a recurrent layout in the former countries of the USSR.

Kholodnohirsko Line

The first line opened was Kholodnohirsko Line, the Red Line, formerly known as Sverdlovsko-Zavodskaya. It has been operating since 1975 and has a total length of 17.3 kilometers and 13 stations. It travels between the Kholodna Gora and Proletarska stations.

Kharkiv Metro

Saltivska line

The second line started its operations in 1984, was the Saltivska line or blue line. It runs on 10.4 kms of track and serves 8 stations, Heroïv Ptratsi to Istorytchnyï Mouzeï. His name is expected to change in future years to Line-Saltovsko Schevchenkovskaya.

Oleksiïvska Line

The third line was inaugurated in 1995 under the name Oleksiïvska Line, also known as the Green Line. It runs over a distance of 11.9 kilometers, serving eight stations, Metroboudivnykiv imeni H.I. Vachtchenka to Oleksiïvska. It connects residential areas north of the city center to the industrial and residential areas of the south. It also plans to change its name to the line-Alekseyevsko Gagarinskaya.

Future developments

The Oleksiivska line is now extended to the northto Peremohy Prospekt. It is also planned to be extended to the south. According to plans, the transit system will add 50 kilometers of tracks to its current length and more than 30 stations.

Fares and tickets

Tokens and rechargeable cards

To use the system, the user must purchase a token, which looks like a piece of paper now. It is available over the desks located at the entrance of the stations. The token is valid a single journey through the underground network, regardless of the distance traveled, the journey time or line transfers. To access the boarding platforms, insert the token into the turnstile. It is important to note that it is essential to place the token and walk in the right direction, otherwise there is a risk of getting hit by metal grid.

There are also rechargeable cards available in three options: 10, 25 or 100 passages.

Hours of operation

The Kharkiv Metro operates from 5h30 to 24h.

Frequency

The frequency of services for the red and blue lines is 2 to 3 minutes during the day and 3 to 4 minutes after 22 h. For the green Line is 3 to 4 minutes.

Interesting facts

Due to the rough terrain of Kharkiv, subway stations are built at different depths. Most are relatively near the surface, about twenty meters, but six are much deeper. Those are primarily located in the city center.

Although it is said that the Kharkiv Metro is not as beautiful as that of Moscow or St. Petersburg that, the stations still are impressive.

All platforms measure 100 meters long to accommodate trains of five cars.

The average distance between stations is 1.5 km. This short distance affects the speed of traveling of the train, which is 42 km/h.

Saltivska line crosses the river Kharkiv through a covered bridge with a length of 988 meters.

Newcastle Metro

The Tyne and Wear metro is a light rail system locally known as “the metro” even tough it provides transportation services not only to Newcastle city but also to all the north east of England: Newcastle upon Tyne, north and south of Tyne, and Gateshead, an area of near one million inhabitants. It started operating in 1980 and has got a nearly 78 kilometers length network. It is considered the first modern light rail system in U.K, a sort of hybrid between metro, light train, and interurban railway  and also was the first transport system integrated in the whole country.

Newcastle Metro Lines

Presently, there are two lines with a total of sixty stations operated by Nexus with a daily traffic of 115000 passengers.

  • Green Line: going from Newcastle Airport to south Hylton trough the center of Newcastle up Tyne and Sunderland.
  • Yellow Line: going from Saint James up South Shields via North Shields, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay, Gateshead and Barrow

There are also two reinforcement additional lines only working during peak hours, Red line between Pelaw and Benton, and Blue Line between St James and North Shields.

Metro Opening Hours:

Metro works from 05.00 a.m to 24.00 p.m

Frequency Step

Metro runs every 10 minutes during the day, every 7-8 minutes at peak hour and every 15 minutes at night. Betwen South Gosford and Pelaw, frequency is always doubled at any time of the day.

Tyne and Wear Metro Map 2007

Tickets and Fares

Can be purchased at vending machines located in all the stations.

Metro Single Tickets: They are valid for 90 minutes from when you buy it and you can use them for one continuous journey on the Metro and on the train between Newcastle and Sunderland.  The price depends on the number of zones you travel in:

  • 1 zone…..1,60£
  • 2 zones….2,40£
  • 3 zones….3,10£

Metro Day Ticket: Allows unlimited travel on various forms of transport including Metro, Shields Ferry and local rail services (Newcastle to Sunderland) for the whole day. Travel times and prices vary depending on the type of DaySaver. Price depend on number of zones required and time of purchase (reduced after 9.00am on weekdays, all day at weekends and public holidays)

Zones Peak Time(before 9.00 a.m.) Reduced Fare Time(after 9.00 a.m.)
1 zone 2,70£ 2,30£
2 zones 3,90£ 3,30£
All 5,00£ 4,20£

Adult Day Ticket
This ticket offers one day’s unlimited travel within Tyne and Wear when using bus and Metro, or buses runned by different operators.

Price of the Adult Day Ticket is 6,80 £, reduced  to £5.50 when buying From 1 July to 31 December 2012. Adult Day tickets can be purchased from Metro ticket machines, from all drivers of major bus operators’ services and on-board the Shields Ferry. It’s also valid on Northern Rail’s Newcastle-MetroCentre/Blaydon rail service.

Transfares When your journey includes travelling on more than one type of transport, Transfares allow you to buy just one ticket for your journey. Transfare allows you to make a journey of two legs on different types of transport whenever you start the second part of your journey within 90 minutes of buying your ticket. We will purchase the Transfare depending on how many zones we will travel trought.

  • Travelling inside 1 zone:       T1…… 2,50£
  • Travelling throught 2 zones:  T2…… 3,30£
  • Travelling throught 3 zones:  T3…… 4,00£

It can be purchase from vending machines just selecting T1, T2 or T3.

Metro Season Tickets: Available to unlimited travel for a week, a month or the whole year in the Metro, the Shields Ferry and Newcastle to Sunderland rail line. The price depends on the number of zones you require. Ticket is personal and non transferrable and to buy one you have to address to the Nexus Travel shops located at Monument, Central Station or  Haymarket with an application form and passport photo. The following renovations can be made on line.

For an Adult:

Zones 1 week 1 month 1 year
1 zone 9,40£ 34,50£
2 zones 13,80£ 48,50£
All 19,00£ 64,00£ 500,00£

 

Children. Accompanied children under the age of five travels for free in the Metro, and also in the Tyne and Wear area. For children under sixteen, there is a Pop Card, with it they can  travel on public transport in Tyne and Wear for just £1.10 a day by buying a CAT (Child All-day Ticket) or buy a single metro ticket for just 0,60£. Without this card, metro single ticket is 0,70 £. Age has to be proved, and tickets can be bought at metro vending machines.

There are many other fares, (pensioners, students…etc),  to check them all enter at: 
http://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/tickets

Airport:

Green Subway Line ends in the Newcastle Airport, and from here we can easily move to city center or neighboring towns or link the commuter trains or buses. Ride to the city center takes twenty minutes.

Rennes Metro

Rennes Metro is a single line rail service that runs through the city of Rennes, in Brittany (France). The system includes 15 stations, of which 13 run underground, in a 9.4 kms long track. Metro de Rennes provides a quick transportation service for the inhabitants of this city. The train gets more than 130,000 passengers every single day.

Metrorennes

History

Rennes Metro was first commissioned in 2002, and was officially opened for public use that same year, on the 15th of March 2002. But the idea of a metro system that ran through the Southwestern and Northeastern axis was conceived by the city council already in 1986: the so called A-line. Work on the line A project began as early as 1992, with planning in place and obtaining the necessary environmental approval. The train system was developed upon the basis of German giants Siemen’s Transportation system VAL technology.

Rennes Metro Lines and stations

The A-line is a single one that runs up to 9.4 kilometers. It runs from the Northwest to the Southeast of the city, commencing at J.F Kennedy and ending at La Poterie via the Gare de Rennes (this station is served by the Gares metro station). This A-line has fifteen stations, which is inclusive of 13 underground stations.

The train system has up to 30 trains that weigh 28 tonnes & stretches up to 26 metres long individually. It can also transport as many as 170 passengers.

The A-line is maintained by STAR (which is short for the Service des Transports en Commun de l’Agglomeration Rennaise), and a company called Keolis manages it, which is a member of the SNCF. It has up to 100 staff and a control center monitors the Rennes Metro, which is located in the heart of Chantepie. The Rennes Metro is always monitored closely, and is seen by 120 cameras that constantly view the stations.

The Rennes Metro has a number of stations, which were all names after the nearest street, people and even notorious locations close to the stations. They include: The J.F Kennedy station, named after former American President, Villjean Universite, Pontchaillou, Anatole France, Sainte-Anne, Republique – city center, Charles de Gaulle, Gares, Jacques Cartier, Clemenceau, Henri Freville, Italie, Triangle, Blosne, La Poterie

Future expansions

The Rennes Metro has witnessed a number of developments since its commencement such as the creation of the Korrigo card in 2006. By 2007, the city council decided that it was time to commence plans for the line B. This was as a result of increase in population and increased need for transportation. The French municipality also decided it would adopt the same VAL technology that was employed for the A-line. The next year, the line B received its approvals for planning and environment, and in 2014 the work commenced for the creation of the B-line transit system. Line-B is targeted at transporting people from the Northeast to the Southwest. It will be commissioned in 2019.

Rennes Metro Park & Ride

The city council had three park-and-ride lots created in January 2005, which offered as many as 900 places to motorists looking to commute. It then opened two more between 2006 and 2007, which could contain another 700 vehicles.

Hours of operation

The train’s services commence at 05:20 am and end at 00:40 am every day except Thursday, Friday and Saturday, which has its own unique time schedule of 05:20 to 01:35. The Rennes Metro strictly follows its schedule and is always on time for its numerous stops. Passengers also have to wait about 80 seconds between the trains. It also takes up to 16 minutes to commute from one end of the line to another, with the train hitting its average speeds of 32km/h. Every station on the Rennes Metro has its own screen doors and lifts.

Frequency of trains is about 3-7 mins.

Fares, tickets and cards

There are a number of payment options other than regular fees including your Korrigo Card. The Korrigo Card is extremely beneficial if your daily route involves using the train and you are looking for a cheaper option.

There are several tickets suited to different types of commutes.
By the 1st of March 2006, a unique card called the Korrigo card was created to supplement the ticket system. This development arose from the difficulties that commuters experienced when making use of the regular ticket system. It was therefore an alternative to the regular systems, and was made to alleviate traffic in Rennes and enhance the network of the city bus.

Standard tickets can be purchased for 1.50 Euros, which is valid for an hour after the first validation and allows you to make unlimited travels. This ticket can be used in Star lines, bus and metro, incluiding transfers. It’s not transferrable. You can purchase a carnet of 10 tickets for 13.70 Euros. There are other options through your Korrigo card.  

Link to updated fares in the official website.

Tips

If you happen to misplace any items on the train, do not worry. All belongings that are left behind on the train can be found I the STAR lost and found office. All items are kept by STAR till every Wednesday, then the belongings are handed over to the City of Rennes to keep in its custody. You can contact STAR on 09 70 821 800 from Monday – Friday between 7:00am-7:30pm. Also, you can contact the STAR office on Saturday between 9:30am-6:30pm. If you are still looking for your belongings past Wednesday, contact the Rennes lost and found office through 02 23 62 18 72.

Interesting facts

An architect called Norman Foster created the design for the La Poterie, he also designed the viaducts on the line system.

The city of Rennes has over 200,000 inhabitants, but used to be the only small city in the world that boasted of its own metro system until the Lausanne Metro was opened.

St Petersburg Metro

The first plan to build a metro in St. Petersburg was designed back in 1899, but could not be carried out because of, first, world war and later the Revolution of 1917. The first metro line Avtovo to Ploschad Vosstania was inaugurated on November 15, 1955. Since then the St. Petersburg metro has evolved to its current configuration: in 2015 the St. Petersburg metro consists of 67 stations, 5 lines and 113.2 km of tracks. Transports 2.3 million users daily and employs 14,500 people.

Although the St. Petersburg metro is not as spectacular as, for example the Moscow metro can be, it’s an architectural wonder.
The Metro connects the city center to the periphery. It serves the russian cities of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. Curious facts about this system is that this subway is the deepest in the world and also is the 16 th most used subway in the world with about 800 million passengers a year.

The underground is run by Sankt-Peterburgsky Metropoliten, which is a public company. There are plans to expand the subway, new stations and more kilometers of tracks would be added.

Saint Petersburg metro lines and stations.

The St. Petersburg metro has 5 lines designated by name and color.

  • Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line (Line 1). In operation since 1955. This route covers an extension of 29.6kms from Avtovo station to Lesnaya. Travel time 47 minutes. Its 19 stations are: Devyatkino, Grazhdansky Prospekt, Akademicheskaya, Politekhnicheskaya, Ploschad Muzhestva, Lesnaya, Vyborgskaya, Ploshchad Lenina, Chernyshevskaya, Ploshchad Vosstaniya, Vladimirskaya, Pushkinskaya, Tekhnologichesky Institut, Baltiyskaya, Narvskaya, Kirovsky Zavod, Avtovo, Leninsky Prospekt, Prospekt Veteranov
  • Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya Line (Line 2). It was the second line to open in St. Petersburg in 1961. The system length is 30.1 km and serves 18 stations. It crosses the city from north to south from Tekhnologicheskiy to Parnas. Travel time is 47 minutes. Stations: Parnas, Prospekt Prosvescheniya, Ozerki, Udelnaya, Pionerskaya, Chornaya Rechka, Petrogradskaya, Gorkovskaya, Nevsky Prospekt, Sennaya Ploshchad, Tekhnologichesky Institut, Frunzenskaya, Moskovskiye Vorota, Elektrosila, Park Pobedy, Moskovskaya, Zvyozdnaya, Kupchino
  • Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya Line (Line 3). It was inaugurated in 1967. It has a total length of 24.3km and 10 stations. The line runs from Vasileostrovskaya to Rybatskoye. Travel time is 32 minutes. Stations: Primorskaya, Vasileostrovskaya, Gostiny Dvor, Mayakovskaya, Ploshchad Alexandra Nevskogo 1, Yelizarovskaya, Lomonosovskaya, Proletarskaya, Obukhovo, Rybatskoye
  • Pravoberezhnaya line (Line 4). In operation since 1985. It is the shortest line of Petersburg metro. Just 11.1kms and 8 stations. The time required for a journey from point to point is 19 minutes. Stations: Teatralnaya, Spasskaya, Dostoyevskaya, Ligovsky Prospekt, Ploshchad Alexandra Nevskogo 2, Novocherkasskaya, Ladozhskaya, Prospekt Bolshevikov, Ulitsa Dybenko, Kudrovo
  • Frunzensko-Primorskaya Line (Line 5). This line runs from the northwest of the city to the south. It is a relatively new line as it was open in 2008. It’s 20.1kms serving 12 stations. Travel time is 30 minutes. Stations: Komendantsky Prospekt, Staraya Derevnya, Krestovsky Ostrov, Chkalovskaya, Sportivnaya, Admiralteyskaya, Sadovaya, Zvenigorodskaya, Obvodny Kanal, Volkovskaya, Bukharestskaya, Mezhdunarodnaya

Hours and frequency

Saint Petersburg metro starts operating at 5.45am until 01:00 am. Only on special occasions like New Year the service continues until 2:00 am. The frequency of trains during the day is 2 to 3 minutes, but at some point during rush hour can be 95 seconds. In the early hours and last of service, frequency is a little lower. Rush Hour in St. Petersburg metro is 8.00-9.00 am and 5.00-7.00 pm.

Fares and tickets

The metro works with tokens known as zheton. A single ticket is independent of distance, as in St. Petersburg metro zones do not exist. To travel to anywhere in the city, you need a single ticket that costs 31 rubles. Tickets can be purchased at any station in ticket vending machines.

There also are magnetic passes and electronic cards. For frequent travelers there are monthly cards. Also there are weekly Podorozhnik cards, with which you can store credit and “pay as you go”. You can buy and preload travels in this card. Ie: 10 trips valid for one week with a price of 295 rubles cards. 20 trips for 15 days and 40 trips for a month for 560 rubles and 1070 respectively.

All the info about rates at the Official Website

Other tickets

  • 1 Month ticket, RUB 2380
  • Monthly Standard Student Pass, RUB 850
  • Monthly School student, RUB 425

Park’n Ride in St Petersburg Metro

St. Petersburg metro offers free parking for its users. There are special ticket on the subway that let you use these areas.
Parking tickets are valid for 2 trips in one day. They are issued in the parking lot along with a receipt of the parked vehicle.

Only vehicles entering Ride Park’n areas between 7-00 am and 8-01 pm have to pay a special fee.

Curious facts

Formerly known as V.I. Lenin Order of Lenin Leningrad Metropoliten

The station built deeper in the system is Admiralteyskaya, exactly 86 meters underground.

Beware if you’re going to video record inside the stations because you need a special permit. Photos without flash do not need permits. Information is available in English for the traveler.

St Petersburg metro lets childs under 7 years travel for free, acompanied by an adult

You are allowed to carry skis, snowboards, bikes for children in their holsters, … provided they do not exceed a certain dimensions.

Pets in cages not exceeding 120 cm in height, width or length are allowed.

There are metro plans subway in English and Russian in each car and in many places around the stations. The speaker only advertise in Russian.

Images and media

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Minsk Metro

Minsk Metro, the only one underground system in Belarus, started its works in 1977 to be finally opened in 1984.
Currently it consists of 2 lines, 29 stations and a total length of 40.5 kilometers. A third line is planned that could be completed
between 2019 and 2020. In the future a fourth semicircular line could be projected.

The two metro lines serve the city on a x-shape path. The intersection of these two lines occurs in the
Kupalovskaya station. Minsk metro circulates at an average speed of 50Km/h although there are routes on which can reach 70 to 80kms/h.
Minsk metro is used by 870,000 passengers daily. Definitely one of the best ways to travel and see the city of Minsk.

It is interesting to note that most stations are named in Belorussian, but people refer to them in its Russian name
(The name in both languages is often very similar)

Minsk Metro Map in Google Maps:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zYIJBCqqHKGU.kW8N-jSS_R-U&hl=en_US

Minsk Metro Lines

  • Maskoŭskaja Line, (Moscow in english). It’s 22,4 kms long and has 15 stations.
    Terminal stations are Uruchcha and Malinauka. It was opened in 1984. Names of this line in bielorrusian and russian are,
    respectively, Маскоўская /Московская. Maskoŭskaja line serves the city of Minsk from south east to north west.
    Stations (russian name): Malinovka, Petrovshchina, Mikhalovo, Grushevka, Institut Kul’tury, Ploshchad’ Lenina, Oktyabrskaya, Ploshchad’ Pobedy, Ploshchad’ Yakuba Kolasa, Akademiya Nauk, Park Cheluskintsew, Moskovskaya, Vostok, Borisovskiy Trakt, Uruchye.
    Stations (bielorrusian name): Malinauka, Pyatrowshchyna, Mikhalova, Hrushawka, Instytut Kultury, Ploshcha Lenina, Kastrychnitskaya, Ploshcha Peramohy, Ploshcha Yakuba Kolasa, Akademiya Nawuk, Park Chaluskintsau, Maskouskaya, Uskhod, Barysawski Trakt, Uruchcha
  • Avtozavodskaya line. It has 14 stations and a total length of 18,1 kms. Terminal stations are Kamiennaja Horka
    and Mahilioŭskaja. It was opened in 1990. Bielorrusian native name is Аўтазаводская and russian name “Автозаводская”. The line circulates from south east to west
    Stations (russian name): Mogilyovskaya, Avtozavodskaya, Partyzanskaya, Traktorniy Zavod, Proletarskaya, Pervomayskaya, Kupalovskaya, Nemiga, Frunzenskaya, Molodyozhnaya, Pushkinskaya, Sportivnaya, Kuntsevshchina, Kamennaya Gorka
    Stations (bielorrusian name):Mahileuskaya, Autazavodzkaya, Partyzanskaya, Traktarny Zavod, Pral’atarskaya, Pershamayskaya, Kupalauskaya, Njamiha, Frunzenskaya, Maladzezhnaya, Pushkinskaya, Spartiunaya, Kuntsaushchina, Kamennaya Horka
  • There is a third line under construction since 2014. When it’s completed, around 2020, Minsk metro network will be 58,3kms long and it will have 45 stations.
    The third line would add 17.2 kms or route. This new line will cross the city north to south and will have intersections with the other lines in Frunzenskaya and Pl. Lenina
  • It’s been said thad a fourth semi circular line from Vesnyanka in the north east of Minsk to Serebryanka in the south could be projected soon.

Minsk Metro
Minsk Metro


Minsk Metro

Tickets and fares

You can use Minsk metro with tokens and contactless cards. A token is valid for a single trip, this is since you validate your ticket untill you leave the system. No matter
the distance or the stations. A token price is Br4,500 (€0.35)

Contactless cards are aimed for the regular user. You need to pay a deposit fee.
Periods of 10 days and 42 trips can be bought aswell as 15 and 30 days with 120 maximum number of trips

Minsk Metro Token
Minsk Token


Minsk Token


You can also buy tickets with a predefined number of trip. There are 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 trips tickets.
They are valid for 60 days after their validations.

Metro hours and frequency

Minsk metro works from 5:30 am to 1:00 am next day. In peak hours, from 7:00-9:00 am and 4:00-8:00 pm, frequency is under 3 minutes.
Rest of the time frequency varies from 2 to 10 minutes. After 23:00 frequency is ususally 12 minutes.

Security

Minsk metro is quite safe. It’s equipped with security cameras even within the wagons.
You can find security and police personnel on the platforms and at the entrance to the subway. Among other security measures there are
metal detectors and scanners.

Curious facts

As in other systems in the former Soviet Union decoration of the stations is quite impressive.

Maxim Piatrul Minsk Metro Station MALINAŬKA

In April 11, 2011 there was an attack that killed 6 people at the station Oktyabrskaya.

Most of the stations have elevators for passengers with reduced mobility.

There is signal of major mobile operators in the subway.

During construction works of the Nemiga station remains of an ancient city were found. Archaeologists were working for 2 years on that but
suddenly it was decided to re-cover the discovery with sand.

There are maps of the metro lines within the wagons and indications of attractions and major streets to help visitors in the stations.

Munich Metro

In the city of Munich, the transit system comprises the Munich U-Bahn, an underground electric rail rapid transit network, and the Munich S-Bahn a commuter train system that forms a dense urban transport network that make it easier the movement of the Bavarian capital.

U-Bahn is the contraction for Untergrundbahn (underground train) in german and S-Bahn for Stadtschnellbahn (urban rapid rail).

The U-Bahn has 6 lines and over 98 stations. Complementing U-Bahn network there are suburban train lines (S-Bahn), trams and buses. U-Bahn has more than 330 million passengers per year. Today, the S-Bahn covers most of the populated area of Munich, a population of about 2.7 million people.
The two systems are very integrated and use a common ticketing scheme. To find out if a train belongs to UBahn or SBahn you just have to check out its color: U-Bahn trains are blue and white and S-Bahn trains are red and white.

Munich U-Bahn. General info

  • Known as: U-Bahn
  • System length: 64 miles
  • Nº of lines: 6
  • Nº of stations: 100
  • Top Speed: usually speed below 50 m/h
  • Official Site: www.mvg-mobil.de, www.mvv-muenchen.de
  • Operator: It is operated by the municipally owned Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (the Munich Transport Company) or MVG. The network is integrated into the Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund (the Munich Transport and Tariff Association).
  • Average Ridership: 330 per year, over 962,000 per day.
  • Air conditioning: no.
  • Start of operation: It opened on October 19, 1971 with a 7 miles route between Kieferngarten station and Goetheplatz station.

Karte der U-Bahn München

Munich U-Bahn Lines and stations

  • U1 – from Olympia-Einkaufszentrum station to Mangfallplatz station (15 stations in between)
  • U2 -from Feldmoching station to Messestadt Ost station (27 stations)
  • U3 -from Olympia-Einkaufszentrum station to Fürstenried West station (25 stations)
  • U4 – from Westendstraße station to Arabellapark station (13 stations)
  • U5 – from Laimer Platz station to Neuperlach Süd station (13 stations)
  • U6 – from Garching-Forschungszentrum station to Klinikum Großhadern station (26 stations)

Hauptbahnhof is the most important station of long distance of U-Bahn and S-Bahn. The lines U1, U2, U4 y U5 pass through it. Another important connecting station is the Odeonsplatz station (lines U3, U4, U5, U6).

Munich S-Bahn Lines and Stations

  • S1 LINE – Freising / Munich Airport – Flughafen München Besucherpark / Neufahrn – Oberschleißheim – M.-Feldmoching – M.-Moosach – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf.
  • S2 LINE– Petershausen – Dachau(*) – M.-Allach – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf.(*) – M.-Leuchtenbergring – M.-Berg am Laim – Markt Schwaben – Erding
  • S3 LINE – Mammendorf – Maisach(*) – Gröbenzell – M.-Pasing – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf. – M.-Giesing – Deisenhofen(*) – Holzkirchen
  • S4 LINE – Geltendorf – Grafrath – Buchenau – Fürstenfeldbruck – M.-Pasing – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf. – M.-Leuchtenbergring – M.-Berg am Laim – M.-Trudering – Zorneding(*) – Grafing(+) – Ebersberg
  • S6 LINE– Tutzing – Starnberg – M.-Westkreuz – M.-Pasing – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf. – M.-Leuchtenbergring – M.-Berg am Laim – M.-Trudering – Zorneding)
  • S7 LINE– Wolfratshausen – Höllriegelskreuth – M.-Solln – M.-Siemenswerke – M.-Harras – M.-Heimeranplatz – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf. – M.-Giesing – Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn – Aying – Kreuzstraße
  • S8 LINE– Herrsching – Weßling(+) – Germering-Unterpfaffenhofen(*) – M.-Westkreuz – M.-Pasing – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf. – M.-Leuchtenbergring – Ismaning – Flughafen München Besucherpark – Munich Airport
  • S20 LINE– M.-Pasing – M.-Heimeranplatz – M.-Siemenswerke – M.-Solln – Deisenhofen
  • S27 LINE– Hauptbahnhof – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M.-Heimeranplatz – M.-Harras – M.-Siemenswerke – M.-Solln – Deisenhofen
    S-BAHN A LINE – Altomünster – Dachau

Munich U-BAHN schedule and frequency:

Start to run at 4:15am and finish to 1:30am, it pass every 5 minutes in rush hours and avery 10 minutes in the rest of the day. After 00:00am it passes every 20 minutes, and the weekend is every half hour.

Munich S-BAHN schedule and frequency:

Is every 20 minutes. On parts of some branches during peak hours there is a 10 minute frequency produced by added trains. A special case is the line to Erding, where on weekdays a mix of express trains from Erding and normal S-Bahn trains from Markt Schwaben runs in the morning peaks, producing a 10 minute frequency west of Munich East station.

How to use U-BAHN and S-BAHN in Munich

Tickets can be purchased from a vending machine in any U-Bahn or S-Bahn station.
There are 4 types of tickets:

  • Einzelfahrkarten (single-journey point-to-point tickets) are the most expensive. With Einzelfahrkarten You can use 4 different types of transportation ( S-Bahn, U-Bahn, and tram or bus) if you wish.
  • Single-Tageskarten and Partner-Tageskarten, or single and partner day tickets, allow unlimited transportation from the time you buy it until 6 am the next day. There are individual tickets and tickets for groups of up to 5 people.
  • CityTour Card one-day or three-day versions, for either the proper city or the entire Munich area. In addition to unlimited public transportation, it entitles you to discounts at many museums and other attractions.

You can pay for tickets with credit card at the MVG ticket machines located in U-Bahn (underground) stations or in MVG customer service centres or at the ticket machines located at Munich Airport.

You can validate your ticket or City Tour Card in the blue time-stamping machines near the station entrance or you can be fined otherwise. There are no turnstile. Just you will need to show your ticket to inspectors in the trains.

One thing to be aware is that in a few central locations, such as the Hauptbahnhof, there are two platforms: right-hand doors are for leaving, and left hand doors are for people boarding.

Munich Metro Rates:

  • Day Ticket: 2.60 €
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  • Single Ticket: 1.30 €, 1,25 € for children aged 6-14.
  • Single Day Ticket: 5.80 € (one day), 14.30 € (3 days) and is for a person from the age of 15 and up. It can be used within the selected area of validity for as many trips as you like on one day.
  • Partner Day Ticket: 10.60 € (one day), 24.60 € (3 days) and can be used by the group within the selected area of validity for as many trips as you like on one day.
  • The Children’s Day Ticket: 2.80 € (one day) and is valid for one child between the ages of 6 and 14 years. You can make as many trips as you like within the entire network. 
  • The CityTourCard is available as a Single or Partner Ticket for a group of up to 5 adults, whereby any two children between 6 and 14 years of age count as one adult.
  • Single Ticket: 9.90 € (1 day Inner District), 20.90 € (3 days Inner District) and 32.90 €( 3 days Entire Network)
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  • Partnet: 17.90 € (1 day Inner District), 30.90 € (3 days Inner District), 53.90 € ( 3 days Entire Network).

From Munich to the Airport

Munich Airport can be reached on the S8 line via Ostbahnhof and Ismaning, S1 branch with transfer to U2 at Feldmoching.
The S-Bahn trains run between the city’s two central railroad stations (the Hauptbahnhof and the Ostbahnhof) and provide frequent transportation between the city and Munich International Airport. The Airport-City Day Ticket is available as a single ticket or as a partner ticket for up to 5 people.

Curious Facts about Munich Ubahn

Munich Bahn system is the third metropolitan transport system by extension in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg systems.
The main reason of its construction was to provide the city with modern infrastructures for the 1972 Olympic Games.

Porto Metro

Porto Metro is a mass transit system which operates throughout the metropolitan area that includes the city proper and 7 other municipalities: Porto, Gondomar, Vila Nova de Gaia, Póvoa de Varzim, Matosinhos, Vila do Conde and Maia. The system operates 6 lines over a track length of 67km and serves 81 working stations.

Unlike other european metros which are underground, most of the system is above ground with only 8kms underground in the city center. This makes Porto Metro officially a light rail system. The Porto Metro became operational in 2002. The last estimates of 2011, showed the metro on average transported 152,000 passengers. The light rail is now operated by ViaPORTO.

Lines and Stations

The Porto Metro has 6 lines and 81 operational stations. All 6 lines identify by their letter and color.

Line A: Estádio do Dragão – Senhor de Matosinhos (Blue Line)

The A line passes through downtown Porto via Trinidade and runs between Senhor de Matosinhos and Estádio do Dragão.
It’s 23 stations and 15,6 Kms long.
This line is also known as Matosinhos Line. Journey time is 40 min. and frequency about 10 mins.

Stations: Estádio do Dragão, Campanhã, Heroísmo, Campo 24 de Agosto, Bolhão, Trindade, Lapa, Carolina Michaelis, Casa da Música, Francos, Ramalde, Viso, Sete Bicas, Senhora da Hora, Vasco da Gama, Estádio do Mar

Line B: Estádio do Dragão – Póvoa de Varzim (Red Line)

The B line runs from the port Póvoa de Varzim to Estádio do Dragão. Also passing through a seaside resort Via Do Condo.
It’s 35 stations and length of the line is 33,6 kms.
It is also known as Povoa Line. Journey time is 61 min and frequency is 30 mins.

Stations: Estádio do Dragão, Campanhã, Heroísmo, Campo 24 de Agosto, Bolhão, Trindade, Lapa, Carolina Michaelis, Casa da Música, Francos, Ramalde, Viso, Sete Bicas, Senhora da Hora, Fonte do Cuco, Custóias, Esposade, Crestins, Verdes, Pedras Rubras, Lidador, Vilar de Pinheiro, Modivas Sul, Modivas Centro, Modivas Norte, Mindelo, Espaço Natureza, Varziela, Árvore, Azurara, Santa Clara, Vila do Conde, Alto de Pega, Portas Fronhas, São Brás, Póvoa de Varzim

Line C: Campanhã – ISMAI (Green Line)

C line runs between ISMAI and Estádio do Dragão. With a travel time lasting 41, minutes from end to end. It has 24 stations and its track length is 19,6 kms.
It’s also known as Maia/Trofa Line. Frequency: 15 min.

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Stations: Campanhã, Heroísmo, Campo 24 de Agosto, Bolhão, Trindade, Lapa, Carolina Michaelis, Casa da Música, Francos, Ramalde, Viso, Sete Bicas, Senhora da Hora, Fonte do Cuco, Cândido dos Reis, Pias, Araújo, Custió, Parque Maia, Fórum Maia, Zona Industrial, Mandim, Castêlo da Maia, Ismai

Line D: Hospital São João – Santo Ovídio (Yellow Line)

The D line cross the river and runs from north to south. The line operates between Santo Ovídio and Hospital São João.
It’s 16 stations and is 9,2 kms long.
Also known as Gaia line. Journey time: 25 min. Frequency: 6 min.

Stations: Hospital São João, IPO, Pólo Universitário, Salgueiros, Combatentes, Marquês, Faria Guimarães, Trindade, Aliados, São Bento, Jardim do Morro, General Torres, Câmara Gaia, João de Deus, D. João II, Santo Ovídio, Quinta do Cedro, Laborim, Hospital Santos Silva, Vila d’Este

Line E: Estádio do Dragão –  Aeroporto (Violet Line)

E line runs between Airport and Estádio do Dragão with a travel time of 35 minutes and a 30-minute headway.
It’s 21 stations and 16,7 kms. long. Also known as Aeropuerto (Airport) line.

Stations: Estádio do Dragão, Campanhã, Heroísmo, Campo 24 de Agosto, Bolhão, Trindade, Lapa, Carolina Michaelis, Casa da Música, Francos, Ramalde, Viso, Sete Bicas, Senhora da Hora, Fonte do Cuco, Custóias, Esposade, Crestins, Verdes, Botica, Aeroporto

Line F: Fânzeres – Senhora da Hora (Orange Line)

Line F operates between Senhora da Hora and Fânzeres, with a travel time of 39 minutes. It serves 24 stations through 17,4 kms of tracks.
Also known as Gondomar line. Frequency: 15 minutes

Stations: Fânzeres, Venda Nova, Carreira, Baguim, Campainha, Rio Tinto, Levada, Nau Vitória, Nasoni, Contumil, Estádio do Dragão, Campanhã, Heroísmo, Campo 24 de Agosto, Bolhão, Trindade, Lapa, Carolina Michaelis, Casa da Música, Francos, Ramalde, Viso, Sete Bicas, Senhora da Hora

Funicular dos Guindais : Batalha – Ribeira

Just 2 stations and 300 meters length.
Also Known as Funicular/Elevator dos Guindais. Journey time: 3 mins. Frequency: 4 mins.

Stations: Batalha, Ribeira

* All lines run through the Trinidade station, making it the central hub.

Porto Metro Hours

The working hours are from 6:00am to 1:00am the next morning.  On the weekend (Friday & Saturday) the light rail is part of the Move Porto scheme, and runs 24-hours only for the Yellow Line (D), Santo Ovídio and Hospital S. João, and Blue Line (A) Estádio do Dragão and Senhora da Hora. The Move Porto scheme teams up the metro with local M buses which all run 24-hours. The system helps integrate all public transit in the metropolitan area.

Porto Metro Fares, Tickets, and Cards

The ticketing system based on the Andante Cards. It’s a smart card system that allows the user to top off the cards. In other words, you can reload them for multiple uses. The Andante Blue Card is the most common as it used more like an occasional ticket. There’s also the Andante Gold Card that’s more personalized and use more like a credit card. The andante cards are part of the public transit system and are valid with the Metro, STCP buses, and the CP suburban trains.

The Andante blue card allows two forms of cards to buy. There’s the 1 day (24-hour period) and the 3 day (72-hour period) card by which the clock begins from the first ride. The average cost for the blue card is 7 euros for the 1-day pass, and 15 euros for the 3-day pass. As the most common card, it’s easily purchased at all Metro and STCP stations or counters, Andante Stores, Airport, and Tourist Office.

Andante gold card is different from the blue card as its more personalized. The gold card has a scanned photo of the owner of the card because the card carries the commuters picture it cannot be discarded. Since cards are repeatedly used, there are reload options points at Multibanco ATM terminals. Another difference from the blue card, is that the gold card can only be purchased from Andante Stores.

Single ticket for one zone is 1,10€. With Porto and Andante Tour cards there’s no rides limits. Check updated fares in Porto’s Subway Website. 

Rules and Tips

Proof of payment is done by yellow machines at the station. The cards are passed in front of the yellow machines, once validated you can board. This is your responsibility before boarding as there’s no fare gates at the platforms. However, while on the light rail fare inspectors have the right to ask for your ticket and carry card scanners. If one isn’t present, a fine 77 euros applies.

The Porto metro differs from the Lisbon metro, the other metro system in Portugal. The Lisbon metro has museums and other perks included in the purchase of the cards. This isn’t the case for the Porto Metro, don’t be confused as the cards work for public transit only.

To open the doors on the light rail a green button must be pressed on the train, and the button is for exiting and entering the metro. Remember to be on the right side of the station to avoid going in the wrong direction

The trains and platforms are equipped to deal with the handicapped and vision impaired. If someone is colorblind there’s a system in place to explain the color patterns of lines.

The metro is less crowed after hours and on the weekends. Keep this in mind if you don’t like crowds.

Bicycles are welcomed aboard the trains and have designated areas. The designated areas are designed not to disturb walking commuters which works in the favor of both the bicyclist and walking commuters. The spacious design of light rails makes all this possible.

Porto Metro Trains

The trains are electrical making them environmentally friendly. They’re on par with other metros in Europe using Euro-tram technology conserving 30 percent of power when braking. The trains can reach a maximum speed of 100km/h. One of the advantages of light rail compared to traditional metros is that it has more seats and common space. Each carriage seats 80 and 134 standing passenger capacity.