A basic comparison reveals Metro travel in London is the most expensive
Delhi Metro just hiked fares across all its routes (except Airport Line) beyond 5 kilometres by Rs 10, a fare hike which comes just 5 months after the previous one.
The hikes will surely be a pinch on the pocket, however, it is interesting to take a glance at the fares of metro services in other cities of the world.
Prices of a standard ticket on metro lines -
General view on a platform at Southfields Underground Station near the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London (Courtesy: Reuters)
London's transport governing body Transport for London has demarcated nine zones in the city.
The basic price of a ticket (from one zone to another) comes to 6.60 GBP, or around Rs 568, whereas inter-zonal travel across more than two stations starts from 7.70 GBP (Rs 662.84).
The maximum ticket price for the London trains presently is 28.60 GBP (Rs 2,461) as compared with a highest fare of Rs 60 on the Delhi Metro.
Subsequently one can use an Oyster card/ contactless payment card or a Travel card to make payments, under which the fares are reduced by around 30 to 40 percent.
All the fares are for a single way. Moreover, travel on London’s underground involves changing at a lot of stations, which may amount to higher fares.
Source: Transport for London
Passengers wait on the platform for an S-Bahn commuter train on a snowy morning in Berlin (Courtesy: Reuters)
On Berlin’s train network, a short distance ticket costs around 1.7 Euros (approx. Rs 130).
This ticket is valid for one person and for a two-hour journey through the city, with a maximum cap of three stops, across S and U-Bahn, two of its major rail networks.
Berlin’s train network is divided into three tariff zones: AB, BC and ABC.
A single ticket (one-way) on the AB route costs around 2.80 Euros (Rs 215) whereas on the ABC route it goes for 3.40 Euros (Rs 261.38).
The tariff across zone ABC is 3.40 Euros for a one-way ticket, which amounts to Rs 261.38.
However, Berlin’s transport system also offers reasonable options such as buying a day ticket for around 7 Euros (Rs 538), and seven tickets for one person at 30 Euros (Rs 2,306).
Source: Berlin Online Stadtportal
Passengers wait inside a stopped C subway train in New York City (Courtesy: Reuters)
The fare for a "SingleRide" ticket in New York's subway amounts to USD 3 (Rs 196) as per MTA charts.
The cost comes down when one rides with a MetroCard, which can be refilled between anything from USD 8 to USD 80 (depending on route length) at a station for winning a 5 percent bonus fare. There are also Unlimited Ride MetroCards for fixed time windows (7 days, 30 days, etc.)
The logo of the Metro is pictured in Paris, France (Courtesy: Reuters)
The fares for the Paris Metro start from 1.90 Euros (Rs 146) for a basic ride and go on till how much you travel. Unlimted travel cards for tourists start at around 5.80 Euros per day (Rs 446.79)Source: RATP