Alternative walks. Explore the city by public transport
Journeys | 19.08.2020
City travel isn't just about walking. In some places, even a regular bus ride will be an experience. We'll tell you about the cities where public transport routes are a separate attraction.
Lisbon. Tram route from Martin Muniz Square to Prazeres Cemetery
The tram in Lisbon appeared in 1872 and is still popular among locals and tourists. There are five tram lines in the city, but you should pay special attention to number 28.

Tram number 28 is one of the landmarks of Lisbon. The tram starts from Martin Muniz Square and goes to the historic Prazeres Cemetery. The route passes through the city center, and you can see from the tram window all the main tourist places of the Portuguese capital: the castle of St. George, the observation deck of Santa Luzia, the Lisbon Cathedral, the Commerce Square and Augusta street with the Triumphal arch.
Authentic carriages, created in the 1930s and preserved in their classic look, run on route 28. And when the tram passes the narrow streets of Lisbon or gets on high climbs, the ride becomes an attraction.

A single tram ride costs from €1.30. It is much more convenient to buy a day pass and use the Lisboa Card – thus you can get off in interesting places, and then get back on the tram without paying for each trip separately.
London. Bus route from Fulham Broadway Station to Liverpool Street Station
London's red double-decker buses are the symbol of the British capital along with Big Ben and the Tower of London. A double decker ride in central London is a good option for those who are in the city for a little while and want to see all the main attractions in a short time.

Among the routes of the London bus there is the R11. This is one of the oldest routes – it was launched in 1906. The route connects the west and the east of central London. The route starts at Fulham Broadway Station in Chelsea and ends at Liverpool Street Station. Many iconic sites can be seen on the route from the bus, such as Westminster Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, St. Peter's Basilica and the Prime Minister's Residence on Downing Street.
A single bus ride costs £1.50, no matter how many stops you pass. You can change buses free of charge within an hour after the first boarding. This means that you can get off for a short time, see the attraction you like and take the next bus without overpaying. It is important that all payments on buses are non-cash. Don't forget to buy one of the transport cards – Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card or Travelcard before traveling.
San Francisco. Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and California Cable Car Lines
For modern cities in the United States, trams are a rare form of public transport. The exception is San Francisco, where the cable car survived and became so famous that it entered the US National Register of Historic Places.

The cable car system appeared in the city back in 1873. By the beginning of the 20th century, this type of transport was very popular and served eight lines. The decline began in the twenties, when motorization came to the United States, and trams were replaced by cheaper and easier-to-service buses. In 1947, the authorities tried to get rid of the cable cars, but the public managed to defend them.
Today there are three routes in the city. Two of them, Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason run parallel and cross the city from south to north. The Powell-Hyde tram ride offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. The Powell-Mason line walks passes Chinatown and goes to North Beach, a pedestrianized area with cafes and shops. The third line California runs east-west along the Nob Hill area. You can observe the coast and the Bay Bridge from the tram.

The cost of one trip by cable car is $8. If you want to ride longer, you should buy a day pass for all types of transport, including the tram. It will cost $13.
Singapore. Cable car between Mount Faber and Sentosa Island
The Singapore Cable Car was opened in 1974 and kick-started large-scale infrastructure construction in the city. The road became the first in the world to connect the two parts of the city across the harbor.

The cable car is a lift in continuous motion, on which the cabins are suspended. The road starts in the park on Mount Faber, passes through the Harbour Front station, and ends at Sentosa Island, famous for its resorts and nightlife.
The sea section of the road is crossed at an altitude of 60 meters, so a beautiful view of the panorama of the city, harbor and islands opens up from the cabin. If you're lucky, while walking, you can see pods of dolphins jumping out of the water.

The cost of one trip is 35 Singapore dollars for an adult and 25 Singapore dollars for a child. Tickets can be bought online or at the stations.
Dubai. Water route taxi through Khor Dubai
Abra is a traditional Arab boat. Similar ones were used three hundred years ago and remain popular to this day. In Dubai, abra operate on two similar routes without intermediate stops. Both pass through Khor Dubai, a sea arm that divides the emirate into two parts: Bur Dubai and Deira.

A walk on the abra is an opportunity to get away from modern Dubai and explore the historical part of the city. It was on the shores of Khor Dubai that the first buildings appeared in this region – initially fishermen and pearl seekers settled here. The image of Dubai has changed over years, but many elements of the old city have survived. The boat offers beautiful views of the old coastal fort Al Fahidi, the historic Bastakiya district and the modern buildings located nearby.
Water route taxi is the cheapest form of transport in Dubai. The cost of the trip is one dirham. You do not need to buy tickets in advance, the payment for the trip is given to the driver.
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