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In the past most railways in Europe ran carriages that were built to a common design. These standard UIC designs are still quite common in Eastern Europe, but are disappearing everywhere else. Such a standard UIC compartment car has usually only 66 seats in 2nd class, whereas a open coach has 88 seats. For the operating railways that is big difference, ...


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Try different apps It is never good to rely on one single source of information. To verify the quality of GMaps transport info, try the same route with one or two different apps. I usually prefer an app called Moovit - I have made good experiences all around Europe with this app. Another angle is to research the local public transport company, as Joren ...


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Just try to build a route from railway station to your hotel, from airport to city center, etc. If some of these return results that look legitimate (i.e. not "one intercity bus per day" as noted above), you can expect that it's OK overall. I think that coverage is usually hit or miss. If smoke test fails, maybe it's worth checking if there are local ...


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Here is a quick sniff test that will tell that information is not available for this city. When you mouse over a public transport stop, you can sometimes see a list of lines that serve this stop. Here is an example with Paris Gare du Nord: Note the colored lines 26, 39, 43, 45 and 54 serving this station. If you click on the stop itself, more details will ...


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Uh oh. The risk of using mapping apps for everything is you can lose the craft of how to do it "the old fashioned way". Of course, it's not quite the old fashioned way; just as if pilots needed to stick-fly a 787, they would rely on navigational charts and Jeppeson books on their iPads instead of carrying 20 pounds of books. We don't need to collect ...


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I think this has to do with: Airplane-style individual seats instead of benches. It is now possible to manufacture a separate comfortable seat for every passenger even in the cheapest class, and compartment can only practically fit benches. Movement towards flexible layouts. Instead of having a car of identical 9 compartments, in modern train car you would ...


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An approach that has worked for me on several occasions is to start by searching for bespoke advice for a similar route. Many POIs like hotels, attractions and airports have on their website advice on "how to get to us from [insert other popular direction here]". Even if I'm actually going to some really obscure address, if I can find a hotel in the same ...


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First time poster, just one point to add in addition to the other answers, the change between compartments and corridor style rolling stock in the UK was accelerated by the murder of Deborah Linsley, and concerns surrounding the vulnerability of isolated passengers, particularly in stock with compartment access only from the platform. https://en.wikipedia....


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A combination of passenger demand and cost efficiency. As explained in DavGin's answer already, you can fit more seats and thus more people into a car with an open seat arrangement. However, that would not have been possible if passengers would not actually prefer that seating. I've travelled a lot by train in Germany where this transition is still ongoing....


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As Midavalo noted in a comment, Google doesn't have complete data for all public transit systems everywhere. To know if Google has enough data to construct a route for you, you can click on a bus, metro or tram stop, if it appears on the map at all, and look for "See departure board". For instance, if you click on the bus stop icon at the airport terminal ...


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Will the 90/180 Schengen rule apply to us? No. It does not apply to you because you are a Croatian citizen. As long as you are together, it does not apply to your husband because when he is with you he is a "person enjoying the right of free movement under Union law" for the purposes of the Schengen Borders Code. The definition is found at Article 2(5): ...


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In the interests of completeness, it's worth mentioning that there are signs when entering the UK which warn that processing Italian ID cards is slower than passports or other EU ID cards. They don't have any modern electronic reader or digital signature technology, so the border official probably has to consult an online database to check that it's not a ...


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Adding a passenger would mean you're changing your booking. It's likely that as a low-fare airline, Wizz does not permit bookings to be changed or added-to, or doesn't permit new bookings for someone (the person you want to add) who isn't a member of the Wizz Discount Club. In other words, there may be no link because it can't be done, or can't be done ...


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For the specific case of Toulouse, tisseo (Public transport in Toulouse agglomeration) is using an open source platform for itinerary, routes display and such. Google approched them to include the public transports in google maps, but, if I remember correctly, they wanted tisseo to change their architecture to the google environment. This was a few years ...


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Google Maps relies on data made available by transit operators and some operators make this time table data available to the public. You could try searching for "General Transit Feed Specification" or "GFTS" and the city you are interested in. If you find something that looks good (i.e. it's hosted by an official web site of the operator, local government ...


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I usually try to get the specific application for a city (or country) and never rely on Google Maps for public transport (I do rely a lot on GM for general mapping and driving). As an example, in the case of France that would be Vianavigo for the Paris region, JakDojade for several regions of Poland, etc. (to take recent cases)


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An interesting constilation. As a citizen of the Dominican Republic (listed in Annex I), you will require a C-Visa (Schengen Visa) issued by Italy. Normaly as a holder of a valid residence permit of Spain, this would not be required. I just got a permit so I can leave Spain and come back, but on said permit it says "not valid to transit Schengen States"...


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You seem to be correct, wanting to go from the Toulouse Airport to Toulouse train station doesn't give alot of options, only 1 a day. It's not even a public transport bus. By example, from Paris airport Charles de Gaulle to train station Paris Nord gives way more results. My suggestion would be to open google maps before you leave on a trip to see what ...


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