Riding on the Metro

Jessie Gretener

THE Metro is an experience that locals who have them, unfortunately, tend to take for granted.

It is something you don't find in Australia - I found the convenience of it incredible.

A train would be there every minute taking you everywhere. Want to be on the other side of London? Five minutes later you are. Forget waiting an hour for the bus.

Each country's gave you a completely different experience and was the ideal way to explore the city.

The Metro in London, England is a very popular way to get around. London is a place where you can walk to the main monuments very easily, although if you are starting to get a little tired the Metro is definitely the best option to go.

It was the most crowded Metro as London pushes for the locals to use the Metro rather than drive, the pack of wide-eyed tourist like myself didn't help. The London Metro was relatively clean and cheaper than a red double decker bus or a London cab (although they are much for fun to catch).

The Metro in Paris, France was my least favourite although the most convenient. Unlike London it is takes a very long time to walk around between monuments and beautiful sights. Therefore the Paris Metro was the ideal way to get around the city easily and without your legs collapsing by the end of the night.

Although there was the downside and sad side to the Paris Metro as it has over 3000 homeless living in it. It puts a downer on the train trip as you want to help them all. The Metro stations are also quite dirty but the trains are perfectly fine.

The Metro in Torino, Italy is only a few years old, so was a complete different experience to the Metro in London or Paris. It was definitely my favourite Metro. 

The Metro is extremely clean and it would be extremely rare and strange to find homeless there, unlike Paris. The trains are all in enclosed tunnels and there is no possible way to make your way onto the rail.

Therefore in all the tunnels I did not see one piece of graffiti and the trains stayed squeaky clean. It also cancelled out any possibilities of deaths on the railways.

The price for a Metro or bus ticket was 1.50EUR. This ticket would allow you one trip on the metro and two hours use on any buses. The best option was to buy a pack of fifteen from any news agency for 15EUR.

The Metro in Berlin, Germany was the hardest to spot in a big station or on the street. The sign were very hidden and the trains were very crowded. Like Paris though without them it would have been very hard to see and experience the amount I did in one day.

Rush hour is one giant group hug on the train and full of all sorts of people. It is also a cheaper option than buses although I preferred taking the bus than Metro in Berlin.

The Metro is a cheap and simple way to travel, definitely an option I would recommend. Just make sure you have a trusty Metro map before you begin your adventures and everything after will flow smoothly.

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