RU  UK  EN
Статьи  >  Visit  >  Pay your fare and look out of the window: The coolest tram routes in the world

Pay your fare and look out of the window: The coolest tram routes in the world

Автор: 12.07.2019 | travel
Despite many pessimistic forecasts of urbanists of the 20th century, on-street trammanaged to stand up competition withsubways, cars and other means of public transport, and even found a second wind in modern city. The beginning of the 21stcentury, with its incredible technologies will surely become history as an era of "tram renaissance".

All because the oldest urban public transport, which attracted residents of all major cities worldwide about 150 years ago, nowadays is considered to be the most promising. So, on-street trams have been reintroduced in some places where they seemed to be abandoned forever (like in Paris),In recent decades, trams comes to places where they did not exist (Dublin, Israeli and American cities). It is impossible to ignore this trend, since a tram now feels more confident than subwaysystems and buses.1482768044.jpg
Photo europeanbestdestinations.com

There are several reasons for this new-old boom on light rail public transport.

First, in the Western countries, resurgence in electric tram systems began back in the 1980s, when after a couple of world energy crises fuel prices rocketed up, and personal cars became more expensive.1482767371.jpgPhoto europeanbestdestinations.com

Secondly, the subway, although it is very convenient sinceit does not create traffic chaos, does not consume fuel, is more environment-friendly and carries a large number of passengers, yet, subway pays off only in huge citieswith a large flow of people. For average European and American cities with a population of 300-500 thousand inhabitants, subway is unprofitable.

Thirdly, we cannot ignore ecology, the preservation of which is the most important priority of humanity in the 21st century, and tram hardly has any competitors in mass urban transport systems with ratio of engine emissions-capacity of passengers. As statistics show, over past thirty years, extensive tram infrastructure has been constructed in North America (USA, Canada) and Western Europe (Spain, Italy, France). Some of these new and old, and therefore "surviving" lines are simply incredible thanks to intricate design, an exciting route or other factors, which means that we could not help writing about them. Read and ride this excellent transport along with OUTLOOK!1482768208.jpgPhoto europeanbestdestinations.com

Hong Kong Tram

This light rail system is the only one in the world that uses double decker tramsonly(partially similar double carriages are operated in Egyptian Alexandria and English Blackpool), which are symbols of Hong Kong. Local residents and tourists have been traveling by them for more than hundred years since 1904. Every day,in a fussy Asian metropolitan citythis transport is a choice of more than 250 thousand people, because although it is not the fastest, but reliable and surely will take you to your destination. In addition to the views of the neon-clad perky neighbourhoods, hustle and bustle of busy city, between towering skyscrapers and smaller houses, passengers can notice the sea, as the rail line runs along the coast, connecting the main areas of the island. In any economic situation, fare is about half less than subway, and for tourists it is possible to use separate trams for sightseeing tours, but, of course, it is much more fun to ride a traditional local tram.Photo detovozik.ru

Coast Tram

The longest tram route on the planet stretches along the Belgian coast of the North Sea for 67 kilometres. The trip covering 69 stations takes about 2 hours and 21 minutes, which allows you to sleep on the way, to admire lovely views from your chair, and even to do part of your home assignment. The fare varies depending on zones the route is divided, the daily unlimited ticket costs only 5 euros, so for tourists this is a great investment - they move on and hide from rain and wind inside comfortable tram carriages. The Belgians are eager to use the line since 1885, which did revive in the 1980s during the tram renaissance. Interestingly, both in the North and in South the line goes closely to the borders of the Netherlands and France, respectively. This does not prevent the municipalities of the local cities of all three countries from discussing options for its extension, since the tram in these parts is very important, therefore, it is quite possible that in the near future the coast tram line will become longer.tram.jpgPhoto beaufort2018.be

See also: Accompaying persons, please leave the train: the most interesting trains on planet

Strasbourg Tram

Another example of revival of light-rail public transport spirits is the futuristic tram operating in French city of Strasbourg, where you can get into the satellite city, the German Kehl. Closed because of monstrous debts and belief in another transport on April 30, 1962, the Strasbourg tram returned triumphantly in 1994. Now it is one of the busiest in the world (except for huge urban centres), carrying more than 300 thousand passengers a day. Its design is almost the best, because it displays the entire trend of the tramway renaissance, when vintage transport gets dressed in a new way and is sent to the future, which is trips along the hilly Rhine valley and the Franco-German border.8996fc5f46e2215030540002d00d4ae2.jpgPhoto pinterest.com

Santa Teresa Tram

Off we go to Brazil, namely, to the vibrant Rio de Janeiro, where we have opportunity to take a ride on the transport muchadmired by the locals. A part of its route passes along the Carioca Aqueduct, with fantastic views of the city. Thanks to its bright colours and unusual design with open-top tram carriages, the city's iconic tram is eye-catching, and its route passes through the historic centre of Rio. Operating since 1877, the Santa Teresa tram has become one of the landmarks of the city. The heritage tramway system is being modernized, and the carriages are becoming safer, but the main thing is there – the trip through aqueduct offers the best photos.Santa-Teresa-Bond-Tram.jpgPhoto riotimesonline.com

Tram Karachi

Now we are not going to Pakistan, as one might think, but to a completely different continent - to Australian Melbourne, which is rightfully considered the world's tram capital, because it has the most developed network of this transport. The length of all routes (there are 30 of them) is 254 kilometres, along which 498 trams run daily. One of them is called Karachi. A few years ago, representatives of the Pakistani diaspora were allowed to decorate the carriage with their flags, national attributes and even music –pop songs from their faraway country always play inside this showcase of Pakistani culture. The inspirer of the idea is Wajid Ali, who persuaded the municipality not to write off the old tram, whichrout runs along the ring line around Melbourne,so the tram was given to local Pakistanis who love Australia, but also miss their home. Tram is free for all passengers, at the entrance each receives a ticket from the driver with interesting Pakistani quotes like "Everyone has his own destiny" or "Respect the elders, travel in silence".Photo twimg.com

Cable Tram

While Pakistani music is playing, we get to the American San Francisco, known for the most famous American tram, which is officially called the San Francisco cable car system, and is one of the city's attractions. This unique in its structure transport - a hybrid of a tram and funicular, is now used mainly by tourists, but it was the local residents who "defended" it during the years of tram decline after the Second World War. Today, as in 1873, when it was first launched, the cable car of San Francisco is famous not only for its design, but also for the fact that the cable rope itself allows it to easily overcome the hills and mountains,so typical for this land. The current system, consisting of three lines, has practically not changed during almost 150 years, having sustained not only economic problems, but also several earthquakes, therefore it is included in the US National Register of Historical Monuments, which is very honourable for transport.shutterstock_566476819.0.1505928130.jpgPhoto sf.curbed.com

Alexandria Tram

Traditionally in Africa, the tram as a transport is not so popular - the maximum number of lines operating simultaneously across the continents is 19, and almost all of them go through the Northern part of the continent. One of such systems is in Egyptian Alexandria. Perhaps, Alexandria’s rumbling old tram is one of the most picturesque in the world, as it is the best transport for exploring this colourful and lively city. It is a fun to ride it as each stop is like a small train station with café and market. Fare is one of the cheapest in the world - about five cents per ticket. That is why many tourist itineraries include a trip on the rails through the heart of the second most important city of Egypt. By the way, do not forget that the first or the third carriage (often there are three of them) are reserved for women.alexandria-2002-15.jpgPhoto en.sporvognsrejser.dk

Jerusalem Tram

We finish our trip in Israel, where trams have just begun to fill local cities. One of the youngest and the most stylish light rail routes is certainly the Jerusalem tram. The masterpiece Chords Bridgesymbolising King David's harp, was built especially for it. Local tram has air conditioner, ads in three languages (Hebrew, Arabic, English), luxurious design, high speed, but the main feature of the Jerusalem tram is bulletproof carriages, so now you know which is the safest transport of the capital of Israel.691914.jpgPhoto transphoto.ru

Cover photo chicagomag.com

Вам это будет интересно:
Venetian type of taxi: gondolas
Perhaps, there is no such a person on the planet who did not hear about the unique Italian city on the water. During several centuries Venice with its amazing architecture, fantastic landscape and own atmosphere has been attracting people from all the corners of the world. So as to feel it and see under unexpected corner, one should swim on the legendary gondolas.
Guinea Bissau: Expensive downshifting
People on holiday can be divided into two types: “tender creatures” and “adrenaline addicts”. Former ones will trade passive sunbathing and comfortable hotels for nothing. The letter ones prefer even cabins to annoying all inclusive and suites. “Cabins” are the conditions Guinea Bissau provides you with.
World ghettos. Bedford: English outback with Italian flavour
Today our story is about one of the most amazing combinations one can imagine, that is Italians and Englishmen, so we expand number of our articles dedicated to the ethnic ghettos of the world. Get ready to follow us to the cold and rainy Bedford, where we will plunge into the warm Mediterranean atmosphere.
Chan Chan. Peru city from clay
Experienced travelers tell that one could watch the ruins of ancient settlements in the Andes during several months, moving from one region to another. Particularly, the richest one in archaeological complexes of is the western coast of the Southern continent. A long time ago, some of them, such as Machu Picchu, have become popular with tourists, others are just beginning to open their doors to curious people.
Philippines: Climbing A Truffle
First thing that comes to mind on hearing a phrase ‘Chocolate Hills’ are cacao bean plantations, candy villages or some kind of sweets festival. However, we’ll have to disappoint sweet teeth and make happy those who appreciate unusual views – chocolate is nowhere near here, instead there’s a unique work of nature.
Accompaying persons, please leave the train: the most interesting trains on planet
Despite ongoing development of air transport, many people across the Earth still love to travel by train for various reasons. Though the majority of passengers associate trains with a rather slow way to travel compared with airplanes, and are concerned with low comfort which can be still at the level of last century, reading through our selection below...
Borders cannot make harm: The most famous enclaves of the world
Today OUTLOOK travels along the cities and countries that are considered as the most interesting from the point of view of geography and administrative management. Moreover, they are enclaves as they are located within the territories of other states.
If you have 10 dollars and you are in Istanbul
Among tourists, especially those from Europe, it is difficult to find people who have not enjoyed vacation in sunny and hospitable Turkey at least once, so the prices at holiday destinations are more or less known. However, what awaits those who opted for "another Turkey" and went to see the magnificent Istanbul, we would like toexplainwith the example of 10 dollars.
Under the South Cross. Queenstown
Residents of Queenstown, like all New Zealanders, are among the first on the planet to meet the dawn. There are no children's homes, homeless animals. People are resistant to cold, so much so that at zero degrees go in T-shirts. Each of them has an average of nine sheep, and in nature there are practically no such dangers as mosquitoes and snakes.
Nan Madol: A City over an Abyss
Only an abandoned artificial archipelago with traces of extinct civilizations can better than a deserted island! Cadent splash of oars that plows blue dreams of the Pacific Ocean quells drumroll of ecstasy in your temples while preparing will and mind to the meeting with the greatest mystery of Micronesia. Nan Madol lies empty for more than one hundred years...
In the rhythm of heart. Japanese drums taiko
Its sounds penetrate the heart, stop the flow of thoughts and cause the blood to move in some kind of magical rhythm. It's a roll of thunder. It gives the shivers. It's a secret. Japanese drums in their homeland are elevated to the rank of cult. Without them, not a single official event is possible, their melodies delight the hearing during joy and help to experience sadness.
History of the street: Brivibas
Today in our review dedicated to the most interesting streets of the planet we are going to talk about Brivibas. The old city of Riga is truly magnificent and finely preserved part of Latvian capital. Verily here there are more tourists and less local citizens, however, 350-400 years ago around it there was nothing and city resembled inaccessible medieval fortress in semi-Scandinavian and semi-European style. All of its population could place here…
Dark blue pearl of Mongolia
Six million years ago, in faraway Mongolia a deep crater of an extinct volcano was gradually filled to the brims with water, turning into a wonderful lake. Water ran high with gusts of wind, and sparkled in the sun like precious jewel, so no wonder that along with the official name of Hövsgöl Lake, this nature wonder has a more poetic name of the Dark Blue Pearl.
Departure: Dakar
The Senegalese capital of Dakar is not only the most important city of West Africa, but also a city of extremes, a fascinating introduction if purpose of the trip is to "get acquainted with the Black Continent, but gently and smoothly". In addition to many civilizational and habitual to modern people attributes of life, every moment you feel spirit of Africa, at once both intimidating, romantic, off-beat and deeply alluring.
Baltic museums
Baltic States are a good destination for inexpensive tourism in Europe, they are well known for various attractions and changeable weather. Local waters and winds come up with unexpected rainfalls, but that is not a reason to hide in the hotel since there are many amazing museums around, and it is not much of a problem to visit all three countries within just a few days.
We were there: Sopot
European coast of the Baltic Sea can boast of neither warm waters nor lasting beach season – this however does not prevent it from being a popular resort area. Great number of cozy coastal towns attracts tourists first of all with fresh and curative air as well as with the opportunity to “heal the eyes” looking at the cold sea and amazing landscapes. Sopot – main Baltic resort of Poland – exhibits all of these advantages to the full.
Jaipur. Pink city
Someone compares Jaipur with lace tablecloth; others with a box of pink marshmallows; and some admirers claim this is a hive densely inhabited by bees. However, everyone agrees on one thing: there is the wonderful air full of freedom which cannot be found in Europe. It fills the lungs and breathing it a traveller loses count of hours and even centuries.
Kalamata. The heroic past and olive present
Ancient Greece began with Mycenae and Crete, and the country's new history starts its record with Kalamata. It was the city where Turkish shackles were dumped for the first time, thus making way for independence. Kalamata is a place with its own temper. Within less than 200 years, it was rebuilt twice, and both times revival followed.
Postcards from Batumi
Young Ukrainian writer Pavel Khomenskyi visited Batumi, the city smothered in greenery and shining bright, the one that local citizens call the city of love. Palm trees, cypresses, magnolias, oleanders, bamboos, laurels, orange trees, thujas and box trees exhale fragrances on every step there; they tempt you to go watch a romantic picture of ships sailing off harbors. And today the author shares with you his postcards from this amazing city, penetrated with murmur of the sea and taste of fragrant wine.
African beauty. Botswana
Facet of Botswana diamonds shine brightly. But aside from gemstones every woman in the world dreams about, there are many other treasures in this African nook. Today let us have a look at this country for ourselves...
Закрыть
Outlook facebook page