Saturday, September 17, 2005

The ubiquitous tram

Getting around Vienna seems pretty simple, as long as you like trams. Stateside, these would be more or less what we'd call trolleys, much like the ones once found in Philadelphia - but these tend to be 2-3 car articulated ones. They run in the streets, don't go terribly fast, but are quite convenient and are found just about everywhere. Plus, they have connecting points to the U-Bahn (subway) and Schnellbahn (high-speed regional rail).

If I want to go across town, I can take U-Bahn or trams, in any combination, for 1.5 euros. Not a bad deal, really. The only tricky part is making sure to get on the tram going in the right direction, since I'm not accustomed to the terminus names yet.

A classic tram in Vienna.

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