To last week’s data looking at where public transport is fastest, we added price information where we have it available.
So, of those 28 cities/areas, which one has the best (fastest and cheapest) public transport?
Our top 10:
#10 Vancouver, Canada
#9 Miami, FL, United States
#8 Sydney, Australia
#7 Santa Rosa, CA, United States
#6 Southern QLD, Australia
#5 New York City, NY, United States
#4 Cincinnati, OH, United States
#3 Perth, Australia
Public transport in Perth consists of trains, buses and ferries. Travelling a kilometre by public transport takes about 5.5 minutes and costs about 22 cents. Pretty cheap – helped by the Free Transit Zone in Perth’s CBD.
#2 Melbourne, Australia
On top of the world’s largest tram network, Melbourne offers its residents and visitors buses and trains to get around. Public transport takes just over 5 minutes for each km travelled and costs about 18 cents per km. Similar to Perth, Melbourne has a Free Tram Zone in its CBD.
#1 – the winner – Adelaide, Australia
We know what you think – another Australian city?? But that’s what our data shows; Adelaide offers the best public transport deal of all our 28 cities. Though it takes nearly 6 minutes per km, that’s just over twice as long as driving, and the price is among the lowest with 16 cents per km. There are buses, trains and trams to choose from. Not surprisingly, also in Adelaide certain services (including the City Loop and the Tindo solar powered electric bus) are free.
The city with the best public transport – Adelaide, Australia
Transport in Bahía Blanca on the other hand is not only slow, but with 67 cents per km also expensive, catapulting the city onto the last place on our list.
Over to you
What’s the transport in your city like?
Let us know in the comments below.
Notes: Data generated on 3 December 2014. No guarantee for accuracy of time or pricing information. Transport prices are adjusted using average income for the country from Nationmaster. Index calculation: value for city divided by median. Overall index calculated by multiplying the individual indices. Indices rounded to 1 decimal (however, ranking is based on unrounded figures). City public transport information sourced from Wikipedia.
- Title image: Melbourne, Australia By tpsdave (Own work) [Public domain], via Pixabay
- Transperth Ferry Countess II By Nachoman-au (A digital photograph taken by myself.) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
- Z3 161 on route 55 next to Melbourne Bus Link number 354 By Liamdavies (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
- Jetty Rd, Glenelg, Adelaide By Photo by Adam Trevorrow, http://www.photoadelaide.com.AtD at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
- Full table with data for all cities By SkedGo (own work)