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Trains and Subways, Best Bet!
- Jamescia, CNN iReport producer
When vacationing, if you are planning on staying in one city or country for a long period of time, invest in their transit system. You can usually get weekly passes, which saves SO much money.
Traveling from Heathrow Airport to London, I take The Tube as it's fast and inexpensive. But when returning to the airport, please always remember to give yourself enough time in case of delays. Also if you're traveling with several suitcases, be sure to check and see if there is a "lift" or "elevator" at your subway station, as the stairs can be brutal. Very important to check out these small details.
If visiting Los Angeles in the United States, they have a weekly subway pass for visitors that cost $20.00 and a day pass for $5.00. You can't beat that and NO TRAFFIC to fight. The subway stops at many points of interest: Universal Studios, Downtown Los Angeles, The Civic Center, Staples Center, Hollywood and Highland and the list goes on. At Union Station, the subway also connects to the Metrolink, Amtrak Trains and a Fly Away Bus to LAX. Also, the subway travels as far as Long Beach, if you are looking to see the Queen Mary or take a boat to see the lovely island of Catalina. Endless opportunites for a small investment of a subway ticket.
Bangkok, Thailand offers subway travelers the BTS Skytrain, quick, easy and you are above the traffic. You can access this right from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. I would not even begin to think of traveling any other way, but by train and or the subway as the traffic mirrors that of Los Angeles at times. And so many scooters and Tuk Tuk's to contend with on the road. The subways are very dependable and get you where you need to be on time.
In Vienna, Austria, or anywhere in Europe, the trains and subways are inexpensive. You can find a Visitor or Information Center that will supply you with a map of the town and the subways.
The only way in Vienna to see Beethoven's Burial site that is not costly, is to take the "Zentralfriedhof" stop on the Vienna S-Bahn (metro suburban railway) that is close to the Jewish part of the cemetery. The closest underground stop is "Simmering" (Vienna U-Bahn line U3), about 2 km away from the cemetery. I spent the enitre day there and all at the cost of a few Euro.
In most cities around the world, trains are available right at the airports and travel to the city centers. Fast and easy and again inexpensive. Yes, there is probably a little walking involved from one point to the other, but a chance to discover new things along the way.
1. Liverpool Train Station in London, England. This photo is one of my favorite memories of train travel adventure. The architecture alone a pure delight.
2. Subway, Bangkok, Thailand. Since I usually travel alone, I'm noted for taking pictures of myself in a window reflection. Just proof to myself that I had these wonderful experiences.
3. Train to Baden leaving from Vienna, Austria. I used this slow train at least four times a month to Baden from Vienna. It stops at every little place, but they also have a fast train if you are in a hurry. Beetoven lived in Baden for awhile and enjoyed the Sulfa Springs, as so did I. All very reasonable. When friends would come to visit, I usually brought them here to recover from jet lag and they were ready for their adventure after one day of rest.
4. Train traveling the River Kwai, Thailand - This train ride was more than emotional. To think of all the soldiers that died building this train path on the River Kwai. One of the most emotional times while traveling. I walked along some of the train track and knew that every nail that was pounded into the tracks came with pain and hunger. This train ride changed my life and made me appreciate my freedom and those that had sacrificed. The train itself has hard wooden seats, not a luxury train by any means, but the views along the way were beautiful. A MUST train ride when traveling Thailand.
Photos by Marie Sager
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