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As well as Johns-305's excellent answer there is another good reason for designating some seats as priority seats. It enables the operators to enforce the 'give up your seat for someone who needs it' rule, without either having to make it a formal universal rule, or have the driver decide who has to give up their seat. It may seem like 'common sense' that ...


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There is a federal regulation requiring buses to do this. 49 CFR 392.10: Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, the driver of a commercial motor vehicle specified in paragraphs (a) (1) through (6) of this section shall not cross a railroad track or tracks at grade unless he/she first: Stops the commercial motor vehicle within 50 feet of, and ...


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While you will generally experience a strong language barrier, the public transport system should be the least of your worries. With a bit of beforehand knowledge it can be an easy, interesting and safe experience during your stay. Airports (аэропорт) Airports are traditionally the most foreigner-friendly places in any country. You will find most signs and ...


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I'm a Moscovite, so this answer is bound to be biased. Safety is a very relative notion, I perceive Moscow safer than quite a few cities I've been to in Western Europe and the US (or at least some of their neighborhoods). Anecdotally, I've once been detained by the US police for several hours out of the blue, so... yes, unexpected things happen everywhere. ...


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Here are some reasons for this. To be clear, the exact reasoning would vary by operator or agency. The Priority seats are often next to the door allowing easier access when boarding, exiting, and in case of emergency. The Priority seats are often dual-purpose and can be folded/stowed to accommodate mobility devices. Designating seats as Priority is an ...


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If there is no one on the bus/train/etc who currently needs the seat (or wheelchair space, where seats in that space exist) then it is perfectly okay to sit in it. Just be observant and be ready to get up if someone who does need it boards. They are not 'these seats can ONLY be used by someone with a priority need' seats, but 'these seats should be the ...


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Yes - the Basel tram system is mostly in Switzerland but extends into both France and Germany. There are five stations in France and three in Germany.


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The United Kingdom is officially, and has been for approaching a millennium and a half at this point (if one looks at the precursor states), a Christian country. Good Friday and Christmas Day have been subject to religious proscriptions for a long time. So long, in fact, that they pre-date the idea of bank holidays (codified merely a century and a bit ago ...


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Not only is this possible, it would be my preferred way of doing it. Scotland has very good rail and bus connections, and the railways run through some of the best scenery and over some of the most spectacular bridges in the world. What's the point of renting a car and leaving it in a parking lot while you hike? Using public transport also means you can do ...


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There is no online database lookup when you leave Italy. At the most they will check your passport to make sure it is valid, and stamp it if necessary. Theoretically this could be done if you use the passport e-gates if they're at the airport you're using and you're eligble to use them. However, there is absolutely zero chance that Italian bureaucracy would ...


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How reliable am I? Depends how much vin rouge I've had... Seriously, I do my best to keep the site updated, it's an uphill task but if I know bustitution is over I update the site. Countries with lots of visitors eg Italy, Vietnam, South Africa tend to be very up to date, obscure countries such as the Congo or Sudan tend (in all honesty) to get less ...


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I have the same issue, especially in China, where the subway stations are big, often crowded, where map apps don't work well, and I can't read any street signs. Compass app on the phone is really helpful. If you generally know which direction you need to go, a compass will quickly point you in the right direction and it typically gets a quicker lock than a ...


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The stamp on your ticket is so poor, that it is really difficult to read. It does indeed say Aug 27th, but it can very easily be read as Aug 21st: The stamp actually reads 'P27Ⅷ17', but the uppermost line of all characters is missing, so it could even easily be misread as 21st July (21Ⅶ). The last digit (7) is so weakly printed, that you can barely see it. ...


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They did not believe me and took me to another person who forced me to pay 800 Kronas as a fine. They said if I refused to pay, I would be taken to the police station. Ticket inspectors cannot make you pay anything. As outlined on the official Prague Public Transport website: The authorized person is entitled to: ... impose a supplementary charge on a ...


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My family had no car until I was about 12. The lack of public transit on Christmas Day was no problem. We spent the day at home, or at the home of relatives. Each family member traveled to where they were going to spend Christmas Day no later than Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day there was no reason to go anywhere. The day was fully occupied with cooking, ...


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You are not the only one of the train. While you go the six hour distance, most long distance trains have people getting on and off at all stations it stops. With day time trains that is well possible, with overnight trains those stops will fall at odd times of the night. And your six hour journey may well be part of a much longer train travel, with the ...


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What ticket do I need to travel in the centre all day? Is there a top-up card I can use? If you are just traveling for one day you have a few main options. Buy a paper travelcard for the zones you want to travel in. Buy an Oyster card, top it up with pay as you go credit and take advantage of the daily cap. Use your contactless credit/debit card for pay as ...


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The price for riding a subway system has little to do with the cost of operating it, and more to do with how much the government is prepared to subsidize it and the government's attempts at load balancing different types of public transport. For example the London Underground has lots of long lines with overloading problems on the center of those lines, and ...


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The stop button is exactly there to ask the driver to stop at the next stop. If you can't get to a button, please politely request someone and they will be happy to press it for you. Here is some interesting insight that could help you. The following information comes from the Big Red Book, which is the official instructions guide for TFL Bus drivers. As ...


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If you are not time sensitive, then Eurostar Snap is an option. You pick a day and either morning or afternoon and then get told the train time the day before. (It lets them fill empty seats.) There are seats at £25 within the next couple of weeks, and that leaves you in central London/Paris.


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The carnet comes as 10 separate tickets and nothing stops you from sharing with others.


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Airport transportation is expensive because it can be. The price isn't included in the facility charges because public transport facilities are rarely under the same management as the airport terminals are, and their interests are not necessarily in sync with each other or with passengers. Travelers are captive. In Washington, the bus agency (WMATA) raised ...


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Not very severe. In Munich as with most of Germany, automated transport ticket machines can be changed easily to a number of different languages. Physical German signs are mostly in German but their alphabet is very similar to English so can be easily memorised when you need to know certain place names. However, Munich is a very walkable city which I would ...


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For the most part, tube trains travel on the left. So, if you have a reference to the other platform, you can deduce in which direction the train will be travelling. On a few of the older cut-and-cover lines, we have two tracks running down the middle with platforms on either side (i.e., you can look across the tracks and see the other platform). For ...


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I think that you just have an unconscious expectation that the subway systems of advanced Western countries must necessarily be better than others. The fact is, that they aren't as essential to civilized life there as some other places and actually get way less love. For comparison the Moscow subway: costs 0.6 USD (https://www.rbth.com/travel/326613-how-to-...


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Bus 100 (Nice - Monaco - Menton) is a very good option and costs a mere 1.50 € (2015). It runs every 15 minutes mostly, and the trip takes 30-45 minutes. It takes an absolutely scenic route along the coast, passing through seaside towns such as Villefranche and Beaulieu. (There's also express bus 100X which takes the motorway and costs 4 € (2012); ...


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From an engineering point of view, a tram is a vehicle that takes electricity from somewhere (overhead wires or third rail underneath), use motors to convert this into torque, and spins wheels to move the tram. The obvious solution is put all this machinery at ground level, right next to the wheels, and put the passengers on top. Ta-dah, a high-floor tram. ...


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I also vote for walking. You can save a little bit of time by being in the right part of the train, and then by avoiding a couple of annoyingly slow pedestrian crossings: Travel in the frontmost carriage if you can; that'll put you closest to the ticket barriers at Kings Cross. Get up and go to the doors as the train approaches the station. You want to ...


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