Top 4 countries in Asia with the best public transport

14th November 2017, Jack Manning

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Public transport isn’t something you really think about when moving home, especially if you are used to driving everywhere. Fortunately for you, we have provided a list of the top 4 countries in Asia with the best public transport in the world. These have been picked for a number of reasons; the cleanliness, the cost and access.

If you enjoy living in cities or don’t want to drive for a change, public transport is a necessity. In today’s society, cities are becoming seriously overcrowded due to more and more people deciding to live there plus the millions of tourists that come every year, which is why a lot of people prefer to commute by car because of the claustrophobic feeling that comes with public transport.

The problem with driving in a city however, is the dreaded traffic jam, especially at peak times. A lot of people can’t handle the stress and afford to waste so much time sitting in deadlock traffic, therefore countries invest heavily into improving their public transport so people don’t have to deal with that hassle.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong receives a lot of praise for their public transport from anyone who has used it. They pride themselves on offering spotlessness, cheap, regular and convenient travel for their commuters every day. It reaches all corners of the city and also provides free Wi-Fi at every station.

The stations are designed to offer easy access to all; with tactile flooring and braille plates providing support to anyone with a disability. Shops, food outlets and public toilets are located inside a number of stations or close by, which demonstrates the importance of public transport in Hong Kong.

Trains turn up regularly; around every few minutes and even sooner at peak times. Transport to and from the airport is extremely efficient with departures every 10 minutes.

Mass Transit Railway (MTR) created their own system to simplify paying for travel. The ‘Octopus card’ was introduced and is accepted on all main types of public transport. It is also used in restaurants and convenience stores.

It can be busy at peak times, but that’s because over 90% of daily travels are on public transport, yet it handles it’s 3.4 million passengers with ease.

Hong Kong

Singapore

Being a wealthy city-state, Singapore has been able to continually improve their infrastructure. The main ways of public transport are Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), buses and taxis.

Buses are relatively cheap with the day service costing roughly £0.51-£1.20 however it depends on the distance travelled. It can take a while for buses to arrive at your stop if there’s a lot of traffic and they can be incredibly busy, so be ready to wait for over half an hour for a cramped bus.

SMRT passengers has risen to over 600 million every year, they are continually improving their public transport by introducing air conditioned trains due to the immense heat outside. The main advantages of using the train is it can bypass the traffic congestion during peak times and it is also fairly cheap compared to other train services in other countries.

There is a lack of ticket machines at some stations however, which can result in ques during peak times. It doesn’t reach all parts of Singapore just yet, so have a look online before you decide to use the train.

Singapore

South Korea-Seoul

The Seoul metro system carries around 7 million passengers every day on the longest transportation system in the world. Their nine lines are located across the 25 districts of the city, so if you need to get anywhere around the city, their transport system should get you there.

Trains arrive every two minutes during rush hour and on the weekends. They also offer their passengers free Wi-Fi and phone service on the metro systems, as well as TV’s and climate controlled platforms and trains.

The trains stop running quite early on both weekdays and on the weekend, which can be frustrating for tourists as Seoul offers a great nightlife.

Seoul

Japan-Tokyo

Tokyo is known for its incredible rail system. Its speed, efficiency and quality trains transport an estimated 14 billion passengers every year.

A variety of day passes are available however, they are usually overpriced and generally don’t cover all of Tokyo’s train and subway lines. You’re better off buying a single ticket or obtaining a prepaid card as it is a much cheaper way of getting around the country.

It can be really crowded but the dense network of train, subway and bus is vast, everything is clean and they are extremely convenient.

Tokyo

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